Tylite completes "Gigabit to the Classroom" installation

November 7, 2002--Tylite Inc. has completed what it claims is the world's first implementation of a "Gigabit to the Classroom" network for Central Valley School District, no. 356 in Spokane, WA.

Tylite Inc. has completed what it claims is the world's first implementation of a "Gigabit to the Classroom" network for Central Valley School District, no. 356 in Spokane, WA.

Central Valley awarded the project to Tylite to link two new high schools, one middle school, and one elementary school to the school district administration building. The project included labor, materials, equipment, installation, and maintenance of the Wide Area Network (WAN) for the school district.

"Our new district network is performing as designed by Tylite, delivering Gigabit bandwidth right to the classroom," explains George Amend, instructional technology supervisor. "Our teachers and students have ready access to video, data, and video conferencing applications for instructional services."

Over 80 rooms in each new high school are connected via fiber to Gigabit Ethernet switches and to the WAN or Educational Metropolitan Area Network (EMAN). The network carries voice, video, and data services, enabling teachers, students, and faculty to instantaneously access learning and communication resources at 1000-Mbits/sec. Using Smart Bits network test equipment, Tylite measured network traffic speeds and load conditions to validate that the network met expectations as established by the contract.

Working closely with Foundry Networks, SMC Networks, and RAD Data Communications, Tylite provided a next-generation fiber network infrastructure for Central Valley that not only supports their long-term education goals, but also minimizes annual operating costs associated with individual school servers and legacy phone services. RAD's "TDM over IP" technology is used to deliver phone service to the new schools over the Gigabit Ethernet infrastructure.

In addition to the integration services, Tylite provides user training and second tier service and maintenance.

Tylite is also continuing development of its unique Future Proof Fiber-to-the-Home technology for cities that want to combine school networks with Fiber-to-the-Home networks.

For more information about Tylite Inc. (Liberty Lake, WA), visit the company's Web site at www.tylite.com.

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