Multimedia Solutions in Education
MIDDLEBURY, CT, February 8, 1999 - The Kawartha-Pine Ridge District School Board in Ontario, Canada, is utilizing GDC APEX® multimedia equipment to cut costs servicing almost 100 educational facilities through partner Integra Data Systems Corp. The agreement reinforces GDC's Broadband Systems Division strategy to secure its leadership position in broadband markets, General DataComm Industries, Inc. [NYSE: GDC] announced today. Financial details were not disclosed.
Rising educational costs in Canada have prompted the Government of Ontario to reduce the number of its school boards by over 60 percent. With the amalgamated school districts in place, the board's executives needed a solution to help manage operations and maximize efficiency. As one of the affected districts, Kawartha-Pine Ridge District School Board, comprising 8,000 square miles, 99 schools and 45,000 students, uses GDC's ATM solution for cost-effective video conferencing.
"We concluded that upgrading our network video capabilities was the answer," said Dick Malowney, director of education for the Kawartha-Pine Ridge District School Board. "Video will help us reduce travel time and costs for board meetings and address the provincial requirement for facilities to enable trustee electronic meetings. As well, it will facilitate the development of a distance education program letting us efficiently deliver course content throughout the district and beyond."
"We chose GDC equipment, because it works with our existing network hardware and gives us the videoconferencing capabilities we needed," said Dave Meldrum, chief information officer for the Kawartha-Pine Ridge District School Board. "This gives us far more effective use of the existing T1 lines between our major centers by allowing voice, data and video applications to share the bandwidth. The new system uses ATM which gives us the Wide Area Network reliability we require."
"The people at Kawartha-Pine Ridge District School Board have a long history of promoting the use of technology to enhance education," said Steve Potts, president of Integra Data Systems Corp. "We believe the Kawartha-Pine Ridge network can serve as a model for the entire province."
"School board amalgamation in Canada is driving a trend in the use of leading-edge WAN technologies in education," said Chris McKenzie, president and general manager of General DataComm Ltd. "We look forward to supporting these needs and additional requirements in the future."
GDC's Multimedia Multipoint Server (MMS), providing multimedia bridging and control features, is located at the district's Peterborough regional concentration point. From there, GDC APEX® multiservice ATM switches, supporting voice, data and video, link 6 regional sites over the AT&T Canada network. Each regional site serves as a data concentration location for up to 26 schools.
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