I was first on the scene and was met with a Chubb engineer. What is he doing here? It’s an internet cable problem. However, the plot thickens. The alarms to the infants and nursery building had started going off the day before. Only the main building alarms were working. But why?
The fibre optic cable takes all the computer data from the main building to the Key Stage 1 building. Guess where the cable runs? Right under the playground. The Chubb engineer repaired his cables with a bit of tape. Our fibre optic cable is not as simple, it’s delicate and sophisticated. It cannot be repaired but has to be replaced from the end to end, an expensive job for St Mary’s. We like a challenge!
And the ICT solution was?
Phil and I enlisted the help of a regular associate, Paul Foster from North Berks Electrics. In order to install the cable we connected it to existing ropes (left in the ducting under the playground) and pulled it through. The cable had to be in two stages due to a break in the ducting under a manhole cover in the middle of the playground (life in ICT is never simple!). These had not been disturbed for years. Getting the cable through the relevant building walls was tricky, requiring a bit of drilling over at the main building. The school had an alternative for the old fibre optic cable and much cheaper than replacing like for like.
The infants and nursery were reconnected to the internet so when the children and staff returned to school after half-term they could continue using their netbooks and laptops.
If you’d like to have Koala IT team sort out your internet problems or repair cables please contact us for no-obligation chat about your school’s ICT.