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NetStar NetWorks Helps Victorian Schools Collaborate and Learn

NetStar Australia today announced it has won a $1.8 million contract from the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV) to construct VICTOR (Victorian Independent Collaborative Technologies and Online Resources), an ISP-styled aggregation point to serve 92 regional and rural independent schools in Victoria.
  • 20 August, 2008 11:45

<p>Sydney, AUSTRALIA – 20 August 2008 – NetStar Australia today announced it has won a $1.8 million contract from the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria (AISV) to construct VICTOR (Victorian Independent Collaborative Technologies and Online Resources), an ISP-styled aggregation point to serve 92 regional and rural independent schools in Victoria.</p>
<p>This aggregation point is the first of its kind in Australia and it will channel high-speed broadband to AISV independent schools in Victoria. It will allow rural and regional teachers and students in Victoria to communicate globally using video conferencing and classroom content sharing technologies. VICTOR was designed by NetStar in partnership with AISV and under the contract, NetStar will build, monitor and maintain the network.</p>
<p>The aggregation point will act as a gateway to allow these Victorian schools to access national and international online educational resources. NetStar’s contract for VICTOR includes maintenance, managing existing and new connections to schools and deploying new equipment and services until 2011.</p>
<p>Oliver Descouedres, Marketing Director for NetStar Australia said, “This is a strategic win for NetStar as it emphasises our skills in designing and managing complex networks. NetStar is delighted to be selected by the Association of Independent Schools of Victoria for this project.”</p>
<p>Dr Gerard Calnin, Director, Policy and Research of the AISV said, “AISV was looking for a partner who understood education and had extensive experience in information communication technologies. We selected NetStar because they were aligned with our vision and goals. NetStar demonstrated their experience in executing projects with high quality technical provision and have a very good reputation and understanding of our needs.”</p>
<p>This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Clever Networks program.</p>
<p>NetStar was engaged by AISV to provide advice on the design and technical completion of the proposal. It conceptualised and designed the aggregation point in conjunction with AISV. Besides delivering videoconferencing capabilities to rural and regional schools, VICTOR will also act as a conduit for professional development opportunities and the sharing of curriculum material between all the schools on the network.</p>
<p>The ISP-style aggregation point is expected to be completed by November 2008.</p>
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<p>For further information, please contact:</p>
<p>Gabriel Wong
Max Australia
Tel: 02 9954 3492
Email: gabriel.wong@maxaustralia.com.au</p>
<p>ABOUT AISV
AISV represents Victorian independent schools – speaking for more than 200 members to governments, the education sector and the Victorian community.</p>
<p>AISV promotes the contribution independent schools make to the community and provides Member Schools with board Governance guidance and information on workplace relations and other regulatory and legislative topics. They manage Australian and Victorian Government education programmes and conduct professional development programmes.</p>
<p>See www.ais.vic.edu.au for more information.</p>
<p>ABOUT NETSTAR
NetStar provides lifecycle IP networking solutions. With extensive expertise in deploying and supporting secure, converged networks NetStar enables companies to improve productivity and reduce support costs. In particular, NetStar offers market-leading network management offerings across voice, data and security infrastructures. NetStar’s unique Software as a Service approach to network management enables customers to reduce infrastructure support costs by 20-50%.</p>
<p>NetStar is a Cisco Gold partner and focuses on integrating and supporting Cisco Advanced technologies. NetStar has delivered solutions to more than 800 enterprise and government customers since 1995, and manages over 300 customers globally through our Global NetCentre (network support centre). Customers include Energy Australia, Swinburne University, Tyco and Wesfarmers.</p>
<p>See www.netstarnetworks.com.au for more information.</p>

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