BSG Case Studies

This is an interim publication of the list of case studies (with links to further information where available) which have been submitted as examples of  ‘broadband’ projects and applications. Some of them may not be exclusively ‘broadband’ as such but all should display an  ‘always-on’ and ‘faster than dial-up’ element. Some need further description and links and on deeper examination some may not warrant inclusion at all – they have been included at this time rather than excluded arbitrarily - comments are invited from BSG members and others. A categorised and searchable database of ‘Beacon Projects’ and case studies is being developed by UK Online for Business and the DTI Small Business Service. Any comments or additional links for the case studies below can be sent by email to the Editor at TelecomsAdvice.

Scottish Enterprise

a search for "broadband" in more than 100 ICT Case Studies reveals two case studies, Wessnet and Total Soccer Experience. more...

UK Government

ICT Good Practice Guide: Using ICT to help achieve regeneration objectives - more...

Wireless

Microwave in Jersey: In Late 1999 the Jersey States Education department issued a tender for a wide area network to link some 48 Schools and other educational sites. Newtel bid for the bandwidth element using microwave distribution technology in direct competition with Jersey Telecoms ADSL offering. Some 5 consortium bids were placed in early 2000, and the eventual winning team utilised the Newtel offer on the grounds of both circuit cost and bandwidth flexibility. Since then Newtel has gone on to deploy wireless technology to offer cost effective circuit capability to other States Departments and commercial users in Jersey.

Also…Extract from Business Brief Channel Islands, Summer 2001. - A unique computer network linking all 48 schools and education sites in the Island could have important uses in business, according to its designers the Newtel group.

The network, which provides the schools with a very fast link to the Internet, has been completed on time and within budget despite being very innovative.

Instead of using cables or fibre optics, which could have resulted in significant disruption when being installed, the network uses a wireless link, which can be easily upgraded, modified and monitored. Wirelesses developed for the Israeli Military ensure that the Network is not only robust but highly secure.

Newtel won the contract to design the schools’ network against competition from Jersey telecom, who proposed using high speed ADSL technology using existing telephone lines. ADSL provides very fast download speeds for the Internet, but much slower upload speeds. Part of the advantage of the wireless network is that the schools can transmit large amounts of data to each other as well as to the Education department. According to James Martland, Head of IT at the Jersey College for Girls, which is pioneering many of its uses, the network could mean students in one school being taught over video links by specialist teachers in another school on the Island or even further a field. Latin has already been taught this way. more...

Yankee Research Group – Broadband Access Technologies more...

Enhancing UK Broadband with UMTS: more...

ArrayComm: (awaiting description and links)

Wireless Broadband Video Case Study: Rural Iowa: A wireless ISP success story in rural Iowa, Interlink's @anywhere wireless Internet service delivers affordable broadband across the community from local government to small business and residential use. Audiences in the UK have responded to the demonstration of new business applications of broadband Internet. The case of the local architect is a vivid one. With an affordable wireless broadband connection, he is able to manage large data files of up to 50 MB with ease throughout the day. This means that his architectural practice is now able to administer the utilities infrastructure of a city that is 2 hours drive away. The small rural community can now be home for a practice that is able to compete at both State and global levels. Press coverage: "Fixed Wireless Marketing Case Study: InterLink’s @anywhere in Iowa", ISP-Planet, 6 March 2001 " Learn how a small ISP in middle America out maneuvered local phone films to set up a fixed wireless system that unfolded into a broadband success story".

Consume: Aims to show people how to share their net connections, software and experiences using wireless networks. Community-based, Consume aims to use radio net technology, known as Wi-fi, to set up nodes of connectivity that anyone with a wireless network card can join. The ultimate idea is to free people from the need to pay high monthly bills for net access by letting everyone share the air. more...

Cambridge Wireless Network: 5 GHz Broadband Wireless Access trial, primed by Adaptive Broadband Limited. more...

Allegany County, Maryland, USA: broadband wireless intranet. more... and www.allconet.org

Rural Communities

Broadband in rural areas: ACRE is collating examples of partnership working amongst rural communities with the purpose of introducing broadband communications to rural areas. As a member of the Aggregation of Demand sub-group (an independent body advising government on the needs and potential opportunities), we will be pleased to hear from anyone with an interest in campaigning, experience of barriers to access, or from bodies with a success story to promote. more…

Community Content

‘Living Health’/Knowsley Community Network: Broadband infrastructure network for the community of Knowsley.  Represents a successful partnership with a local authority.  It is a good example of where the benefits of broadband have led to an increase in jobs. And Tenantspin – an Internet based community TV channel for Knowsley. more... 

Trans-cultural community pilot project – Rochdale: (awaiting description and links)

Multimedia Content

Madplayer: Hand-held computer device for dance music.  Can be used to exchange files over a company’s website. more...

Ministry of Sound Nightclub: Legal Napster for dance music. more...

NESTA VJ: VJs.net is an initiative supported by NESTA, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. The art of VJ is rapidly gaining popularity as advanced audio-visual technology becomes more widely available. The VJ (video jockey) manipulates video and sound in the same way that DJs mix records: the techniques and equipment vary but the principle is the same. Some VJs concentrate on just visual, others use sound and images to make collages. AV mixing software and equipment is being developed by VJ artists and manufacturers. Following a successful pilot at the Ocean in Hackney in May 2002, VJs.net with NESTA’s support is rolling out a programme including an annual festival, multi-site events using broadband both for live content mixing and streaming. More…

Antarctic Waves: more...

Music Antics: (awaiting description and links)

Sony: Intend to build on their Playstation 2 platform by enabling multi-player gaming over broadband connection. In addition, they will offer their users the possibility of downloading movies for playback on the TV more...

Enabling Commercial Services

Intertrust: - leading US based Digital Rights company that is establishing the rules and laws governing the trusted exchange of content over broadband networks more...

Magex: - leading clearing house and exchange to manage the payments mechanisms associated with the monetization of content over broadband more...

Health

ISABEL: Is an internet-based service free to all doctors. It uses pattern recognition software to search for information in paediatric textbooks. Doctors simply tap in symptoms and get back a list of possible problems, and details of the best treatment. more...

Social Services

There4me.com: is the first website in the UK to offer one-to-one real-time counselling online. Children can log on anonymously and talk in private, real time with an online counsellor. more...

Satellite

Inmarsat Regional BGAN Service: Satellite service providing broadband communications to remote areas of Africa, Indian sub continent, etc. more...

Hastings Satellite Network: SEEDA is deploying a satellite based network in Hastings, as part of the five point programme of regeneration in the area. more...

A-site: ASP providing online documentation retrieval system. (awaiting description and links)

Education

MOTIVATE: The Cambridge University Millennium Mathematics Project is using video conferencing to provide distant learning programmes, in which eminent Cambridge Mathematics Professors provide tuition in off curriculum topics, which are presented in a manner to excite and interest the student audience. more...

Parents Online: was designed by the Department of Education to strengthen links between home and school and make parents aware of the educational importance of computers and the Internet. Since becoming involved in the Parents Online scheme, Throckley First School has seen home PC access for pupils leap from 6% to 57%. more...

Award winning school with ISDN: more...

School with 2Mb fibre: more...

Do-it-yourself climate prediction: more...

Abingdon School selects Zipcom for wireless Internet access: Set in 37 acres, Abingdon School is one of the longest established in the country, dating back to 1256. Made up of 75 staff and approximately 800 boys aged eleven to eighteen, this independent school moved to its present site in 1870, and has since purchased a number of adjacent properties which are used as boarding house. More...

Accountancy

The largest firm of independent chartered accountants in the south east of England provides Internet access for all staff without having to worry about misuse. more...

Read Millburn, Tyne and Wear use an Igaware Network Appliance for functionality and security with their broadband connection. more…

Small Businesses (general)

AeroSuperBatics is the only official aerobatic wingwalking stunt team in Europe and has used Equiinet’s NetPilot Internet Server Appliance to simplify its Internet access.  343kB PDF

Design and marketing agency IWB has chosen Equiinet’s NetPilot Internet Server Appliance as an all-in-one-box solution for Internet access. 340kB PDF

RapidHost selected Zipcom to provide wireless connectivity: RapidHost focus on delivering Internet solutions for growing businesses. From individual components to complete end-to-end solutions, RapidHost design, create, manage and host database driven websites. More...

Marketing consultants Woodholmes-KSA in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Co. Durham use an Igaware Network Appliance for functionality and security with their broadband connection. more…

Estate Agents Groves Residential with offices in Jesmond, Gosforth and Morpeth (Newcastle upon Tyne) are using Managed Firewall, Mail Server, File Server, Anti Virus, VPN, Groupware, Backup services from Igaware with their broadband connection. more…

Library

One of the first libraries in Britain to install 'Learning Access Points' opts for Equiinet's NetPilot Internet access system for their email and web browsing solution. 292kB PDF

Reviewed January 2011

last updated : 21/01/2011



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