Top Case Study Series: Optical LAN Cost Savings Applied To K-12 Education Needs For Santa Fe Public Schools

by | Oct 12, 2021 | Blog

Santa Fe Public School deploys Passive Optical LAN

The Santa Fe Public School (SFPS) district, with 2,100-plus employees, encompasses more than 1,000 square miles in Santa Fe and surrounding communities in northern New Mexico. Nearly 14,000 students, pre-K through 12th grade, attend classes throughout 39 schools. To enable teachers and students to take full advantage of digital learning technologies, SFPS administrators desperately needed to upgrade their networking systems to accommodate increased bandwidth, multiplying connectivity, expanding wireless and tighter security needs.

SFPS chose to install Tellabs Optical LAN throughout their K-12 campuses across the district. The OLAN design provided a simple flattened network supporting digitally remote-controlled HVAC, motion-detection LED lighting, vacancy sensors, and a host of M2M technologies – all converged over a single fiber-based network and easily controlled from one management screen.

The quantifiable benefits, attributed to SFPS installing Tellabs Optical LAN, have been realized in many ways, such as:

  • Zero telecom rooms need for OLAN versus 7 rooms needed per typical school
  • OLAN used 8 fiber drops where copper-based LAN needed 120 cables
  • $60,000 CapEx savings with OLAN design versus traditional network per school
  • 10-year TCO for OLAN was 80% lower at $433K compared to legacy LAN $2.1M

The Tellabs Optical LAN solution allows SFPS not only to be sustainable but also cost-effective. It allows us to reduce our costs and then apply those savings to investments in other areas of education,” said Elias Bernardino, Executive Director of the SFPS Technology Department.

You can read the complete OLAN and SFPS case study titled “Optical LAN delivers flexibility and financial savings to support digital learning within Santa Fe public schools” by simply clicking here.

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Marcia Mark
Marcia Mark
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