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Project Plan: Technology Infrastructure

Based on an analysis of the organization’s leadership, physical space and primary needs, what specific technology infrastructure makes sense? What do they need, and why do they need it? How long can this equipment reasonably be expected to fulfill their needs?



Connecting to the Internet will be a top priority for the campus in order for students to perform research and cooperate with international students in joint projects. International personnel, guest teachers as well as researchers or other guests of the school, also expect access to the Internet.

Initially we suggest working with a satellite internet. This will allow for a consistent connection, which, despite issues such as lag time, will be more dependable than the current internet connections available on island. There are several companies in the reference section that may be used, and it is suggested seeing if any of the companies would be willing to sponsor or partner with the school for future locations for a discounted rate. However, the use of satellite connection is meant to be a temporary means of connection.

One goal is to set up wireless zones, to be expanded to cover the entire campus. Priorities are the computer lab, administration buildings, personnel/visitor quarters, the rest of the school buildings, and locations in on-campus agriculture fields.

Ultimately we advise the school to connect to the West African Cable System (WACS), the underwater cable that is slated to 5.12 TB p/s, and should be connected within the next two years.   This cable will ultimately be more affordable than satellite connections, and according to the data available from other undersea cable connection consortia, is highly reliable.

Since the total design of the building, and thus total energy usage, has yet to be finalized, there is no one best solution or model of solar panel. However, there are references listed.

Solar power is currently being used by the Ukengee Foundation in Tanzania (pictured) to power their computer labs and schools. The Ukengee Foundation may be able to work with administrators about the specific issues they have seen with solar powered computer labs.