5-year information Technology Strategic Plan Version 0 May, 2009 Version 0 June, 2010 Ted Brodheim

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Budget to implement

Here is a robust Core Infrastructure Five Year Expansion Strategy, including the following enabling technology to support 21st learning and teaching environment:


3-Year Plan



Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

(In mil.)

Unified Communications and Collaboration software & hardware for 300 schools





SONET/DWDM New Wavelength Services 10 G





Core Network Infrastructure Upgrade











Estimate Timeline

Deploy Unified Communications and Collaboration solutions to 300 schools

3-5 Years

SONET core upgrade

1-3 Years

Core network upgrade (in the first three years)

1-5 Years

Next Generation Wireless Network


The NYCDOE envisions a high speed, widely deployed, highly available, scalable, secure and fully managed Next Generation Wireless (NGW) network. This network will provide increased radio frequency and bandwidth capacity, flexibility, mobility, and secure access to students, teachers, administrators, schools operations, schools services staff and to the school visiting community.

We are using the phrase “Wireless for Learning and Achievement” to emphasize the underlying mission of this initiative. “Wireless for Learning and Achievement” renews the NYCDOE’s commitment to use technology to add value to teaching and learning services. In order to implement these changes, and improve our ability to help our schools, we plan to upgrade our existing wireless infrastructure to one that will make “wireless” the platform of choice for many instructional services, and that will meet the next generation of school computing needs.

Goals and Strategy to Obtain Vision

The Next Generation wireless initiative will build the central backbone required to support next generation wireless computing, including a comprehensive management system, which is a wireless network security system to protect the school perimeter from attacks and vulnerabilities due to the inherent broadcast nature of wireless access that can create unique security issues. This architecture will also provide a reliable wireless printing solution for the classrooms to mitigate the wiring, legacy workgroup bridging, and electric power issues related to the existing printing setup in the classrooms.

The following are the main components comprising the Next Generation wireless upgrade:

  • Central wireless infrastructure for deployment, security, management and support.

  • School Instructional wireless network upgrade.

  • School services and administrative wireless network deployment.

  • School wireless network security monitoring and wireless network perimeter protection

  • School wireless printing upgrade.

  • School assets location and protection.

The diagram below provides an overview of the new wireless network topology.

physical diagram
Figure 6-1: Wireless Network Topology Overview

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