Public Schools In Cabanatuan Now More Connected Through The EGG Command Center

Students in off-grid locations can now access online through TV White Space technology.

The Department of Education (DepEd) states there are still over 6,000 locations with no power and connectivity in the Philippines. In these off-grid locations, students trek long distances everyday just to get online to research important facts for their homework or get updated with the latest findings in science and technology and in current events.

In a country with over 25.4 million learners, providing quality education for all remains a core objective of government regardless of where these bright, young Filipino minds are located.

In line with this noble goal of government, the Province of Cabanatuan has taken considerable efforts and devoted substantial funding by bringing quality education for the citizens of the province.

Microsoft Philippines Managing Director Bertrand Launay and Former Nueva Ecija Governor Atty. Aurelio Umali during the ceremonial reveal of the EGG command Center

Microsoft likewise continues to support engaging learners in all locations through the unveiling of the EGG Command Center in Cabanatuan. This is a central hub that provides connectivity to public schools and government agencies through TV white space technology. Public schools can connect through the EGG Command Center for the collection of various types of data including system health data, delivery of cached DepEd content such as curriculums for various subjects taught, and commencement of system updates.

The Command Center is optimized for disaster risk and recovery. It is a product of sustainable and pragmatic design as it is equipped with medical and fire safety equipment so that it can withstand national disasters. If the area has no electricity, the EGG Command Center generates its own power through solar panels found on top of its unfolded roof. Further, it utilizes an engine that collects rainwater that can be used to irrigate the land it is on or to be filtered as potable drinking water.

Initially, the EGG Command Center in Cabanatuan will connect two public schools in the vicinity. In the future, it is possible to connect to more public schools or possible new EGG classrooms deployed in various areas.

Connectivity in off-grid regions is possible via TV White Space—the unused VHF and UHF TV channels that can be used to deliver broadband access over wider areas is made possible using today’s Wi-Fi spectrum. Its excellent range and obstacle penetration characteristics makes it a better option for connectivity in the provinces where schools are far away from the villages or telecommunications cell sites.

Microsoft Philippines Managing Director Bertrand Launay and Former Nueva Ecija Governor Atty. Aurelio Umali during the ceremonial reveal of the EGG command Center.

Bertrand Launay, Microsoft Philippines Managing Director, reiterates Microsoft’s firm commitment to how digital transformation in education can make a difference. “We can see how technology affects how we live, work and interact with everybody. Now, we can see how technology can engage every student even though they live in an unconnected area,” Launay states. “Launching the EGG Command Center in Cabanatuan, the Gateway to the North, is a great start to bringing quality education to every single Filipino wherever they are located.”

Building the future of a nation through education, with technology making it all possible, is no longer a dream. With innovations such as this, every student in every region of the country is off to a great future.

Microsoft & DepEd Power The EGG Command Center In Cabanatuan To Empower PH Students In Off-Grid Locations

The 4th industrial revolution is here and digital transformation is now more important than ever. But key challenges need to be addressed before we can realize this vision.

On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, Microsoft will be unveiling the EGG Command Center and EGG Classroom in Cabanatuan City. 

The EGG Command Center is built from the H20 EGG Classroom. It creates a local hub to connect all schools in the area and can control bandwidth centrally to all the schools individually. The EGG Command Center is disaster risk management capable, provides water, internet and power at all times. 

The EGG Classroom is a container van that has been refurbished into a classroom, which can seat around 30 students and contains tablet computers and a television for projecting lessons. The tablets contain learning materials from DepEd and that Microsoft was able to get Wikipedia onboard the project as well. The van can be transported to far-flung areas via land, sea, or air and is meant to sustain itself through the technology installed inside the unit. 

The launch will be attended by key people from education and technology to discuss the country’s digital landscape and how digital transformation makes education accessible and empowers students as well as off-grid communities through the cloud. 

Participating in the unveiling together with local government officials and spokespersons from the Dpertment of Education are:

–    Governor Czarina Umali

–    Bertrand Launay, Managing Director, Microsoft Philippines

–    David Tapang, Education Lead, Microsoft Philippines

–    DepEd Spokesperson 

Invited Guests:

  • Senator Grace Poe
  • Governor Susan Yap
  • Congressman Neil Abayon
  • DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones
  • DepEd Usec. Alaine del Pascua
  • DepEd Asec. Nepomuceno Malaluan
  • D.I.C.T. Secretary Atty. Rodolfo A. Salalima 

The following themes shall be discussed in the panel:

–    The importance of making education accessible to all in the Philippines

–    How technology empowers teachers and students for the future with digital transformation

–    Microsoft’s joint commitment with the DepEd on inclusion and providing quality education for all

–    How the DepEd and Microsoft are pursuing acessible education for all

In this regard, we invite you to be part of the unveiling of the EGG Command Center in Cabanatuan City.