Cisco Systems Inc., a company increasing its emphasis on a wide variety of K-12 solutions, wants especially to help schools improve the security and efficiency of their wireless networks. During the conference, Cisco announced the release of CiscoSecure, a new wireless solution designed specifically for K-12 schools. The CiscoSecure Wireless Solution for K-12 helps bring the technology and the content to the students and the teachers, no matter where they are physically located, executives said. “Wireless Local Area Networks have become an essential tool for educators, providing them with anytime-anywhere access to the internet, eMail, and key productivity applications–essentially all of their daily information and communication needs at their fingertips,” said Charles Fadel, global lead for education for Cisco. “The CiscoSecure Wireless Solution for K-12 helps improve efficacy by extending the availability of content and applications alike.” According to Cisco, specific components of the solution vary, depending on the geographic and architectural needs of each school district, but a typical configuration includes: Cisco Aironet Series Access Points, Cisco-compatible laptops and PDAs, Cisco Routers and Cisco Catalyst Switches, Cisco Clean Access Control Server, Cisco Security Agent, and a CiscoWorks Wireless LAN Solutions Engine for centralized management. Pricing is based on configuration. A 30-Day Free Test Drive Program is currently available to schools through the company’s web site.

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