21st Century Classroom
Hughes Debuts Solutions for K-12 and Higher Ed
Hughes Network Systems, a provider
of broadband satellite solutions and services, has launched a new suite of
products for educational institutions, including high-speed satellite Internet
access, digital signage, distance learning and managed wireless networking.
Satellite Broadband can provide high speed Internet access to rural and
remote schools and districts that don't receive terrestrial broadband service.
The service is available anywhere in the continental United States, as well as
Alaska, Puerto Rice and Canada. It uses a satellite in geosynchronous orbit,
meaning it's always in the same location in the sky, so the school's satellite
dish doesn't have to switch satellites periodically. According to the company,
HughesNet Gen4 satellite broadband service can help districts "meet federally
mandated online testing requirements."
MediaSignage solutions are digital signs that can display dynamic video,
text and graphics. According to the company, "schools can mount screens
throughout their campuses, customizing and positioning timely information for
student, faculty, staff and visitor communications and training, as well as for
instant emergency communications."
HughesON Distance Learning solutions are designed to help schools, districts
and universities offer distance learning regardless of their location. It
MediaTraining Solutions, which offers a video-based virtual classroom,
mobile video-on-demand for access from mobile devices and a Web-based learning
portal for anywhere, anytime learning.
Managed Wi-Fi is a fully managed wireless local area networking solution
that includes features such as guest Wi-Fi, which enables school visitors to
connect to the network while maintaining security of the school's resources.
Hughes Network Systems is an E-rate-approved vendor, meaning that some of
its products and solutions are eligible for government funding through the
E-rate program, which helps public schools and libraries pay for
Further information about Hughes' products for education can be found on the
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].