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NEWCASTLE IT firm Calibre Secured Networks has started the final phase of a £650,000 contract to deliver cloud-based wireless, network and data storage technologies to a Sunderland school.


The latest tranche of work is part of a five-year deal for the Science Central-based firm to roll-out new Cisco hardware technologies including firewalls, switches, secure Wi-Fi and servers at St Aidan’s Catholic Academy.

When completed in 2018, the installation will have been the largest of its type in the North East education sector; and will see staff and students able to utilise mobile devices that are safe, secure and robust for use both on and off the school’s premises.

This includes improved and safer access to mobile smart phone and tablet-based IT services and online study aids for the 1,200 students. Teaching staff will also be able to manage and control access to content to ensure it is educational and safe to use.

The final phase will involve network stabilisation work to secure system reliability and network reliability, while enabling future upgrades and improvements to be undertaken quickly and cost effectively.

Glenn Sanderson, head of Key Stage 4 at St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, said the IT investment sees the school looking ahead to new technologies that can be integrated with a new infrastructure.

He added: “Calibre have impressed with their education IT expertise and skills, providing cost effective solutions using the latest technology to transform our processes, meeting our current and future business needs.

“Our investment will continue to ensure staff and students benefit from having the latest IT tools and resources to hand to learn quicker, smarter and safer.”

Calibre, which secured the original contract in the face of strong competition, is seeing strong demand for its education and public sector IT services.

It’s also on target for £1m turnover within the next 12 months on the back of an expanding client base and investment in a three-year growth strategy.

Managing director Karen Nelson said St. Aidan’s is an example of how schools can benefit from low cost IT ownership long term by investing in enterprise grade networks and associated hardware technologies.

“Our expertise sees us providing services that ensure St Aidan’s and others meet the education needs of their students not only now but well into the future.

“This new phase of the project will see the completion of a flexible solution offering demonstrable benefits and ROI as the school continues its migration to new technologies.”

Calibre provides IT solutions, working across the UK and Europe with clients building long-term strategic relationships to deliver added value solutions, which provide lasting user benefits.

This includes services and solutions, which enable schools, local government organisations and companies to maximise their return on investment through the deployment of technology to meet their business challenges.

Posted by Calibre Web Team  Posted on 14 Sep 
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