Red-M Provides Mobility to Disabled Students Via Bluetooth

Red-M Network Removes Barriers to Education At National Star Centre College

Red-M, a leading supplier of advanced Bluetooth networking product solutions, has Bluetooth enabled The National Star College of Further Education in Cheltenham, UK. The network allows the 150 students aged 16 to 25 with physical disabilities or acquired brain injuries, to wirelessly access online resources and course content and enables them to submit coursework from their laptops, remotely over a Bluetooth connection.

The National Star College of Further Education, founded in 1967, is a National resource that places emphasis on the development of students' abilities, so that they can maximize their quality of life in the community.

The wireless network at the college is based on Red-M's award-winning 3000AS access servers and 1000AP access points, allowing reliable mobile access from Bluetooth enabled devices. By accessing the Bluetooth network, students with serious mobility issues can now enjoy an increased level of access to educational tools and learning services from a location convenient to them. Further applications under consideration include the ability for staff at the College to wirelessly access a student's educational or medical records from Personal Digital Assistants (PDA's).

Anthony Feasey, Director of Appeals at The National Star College explains, "We needed a reliable solution that would deliver access to information for both the students and staff from a wide range of devices, from anywhere on the college campus. Red-M's Bluetooth network meets our ongoing needs perfectly, and we believe that the network will enable us to provide a better service to our students, both in terms of education and medical care."

Simon Gawne, Vice President and co-founder of Red-M comments, "We believe the National Star College will be the first of many colleges to implement this type of installation. Bluetooth is an ideal technology for this type of application as it will allow colleges to take a more flexible, personalized approach to the education and ongoing welfare of their students."

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