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Optima completes $5 million rollout for the NSW Department of Education

  • 12 May, 2005 09:20

<p>SYDNEY, Australia – Optima Technology Solutions (ASX:OPI), the leading Australian computer manufacturer, has successfully completed a $5 million rollout for the New South Wales Department of Education and Training (DET).</p>
<p>Optima was given four weeks to supply 3,300 desktop computers and 400 notebooks to every State school in the Hunter/Central Coast region. The rollout, which was successfully completed to schedule, is part of the Department’s ‘Technology for Learning’ (T4L) project that aims to integrate learning technologies into teaching practices and improve learning facilities for students and staff.</p>
<p>“Optima builds its notebooks and desktops locally, so we knew that it would be able to fulfill this order within the time frame that the project demanded,” said Garth Newton, Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer, New South Wales Department of Education and Training. “As we expected, the roll-out was completed on time and to our satisfaction.”</p>
<p>The desktop selected for the deployment was the Optima WorkPro 7000 series – a powerful unit based on Intel’s latest 915G chipset, which includes a range of security features that equip schools to better protect their IT investment. To prevent hardware theft, a common problem in the education sector, each PC was fitted with a special bolting device that allowed the unit to be securely fastened to a desk. The system was also fitted with an intrusion switch to stop any unwanted tampering, and a durable glass-paneled LCD monitor to prolong the life of the PC.</p>
<p>To ensure that teachers know how to use their PCs, Optima will hold regular hands-on training sessions for schools in the region, advising them on new hardware and emerging technologies that may affect their teaching and benefit their students.</p>
<p>“As an Australian manufacturer with a nationwide reach, we have the ability and flexibility to customise our products and services to suit the specific requirements of local customers such as DET. This is Optima’s advantage in the competitive government market,” said Cornel Ung, Managing Director, Optima Technology Solutions.</p>
<p>“Having worked closely with DET in the past, we have an inherent understanding of their needs and objectives, which went a long way in enabling us to complete this rollout in such a short time.”</p>
<p>A high-resolution image of Cornel Ung is available at:
http://www.watterson.com.au/Downloads/Optima/Personnel/Cornel_Ung_2005.jpg</p>
<p>About Optima Technology Solutions</p>
<p>Founded in 1989 Optima has grown to become Australia's leading manufacturer of notebook and desktop personal computers, and servers. Headquartered in Sydney, with branch offices in Melbourne and Brisbane, Optima is ideally placed by size and strength to promptly supply and actively support customers through a nationwide supply and service network.</p>

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