HERNDON, VA – August 26, 2014 – ePlus inc. (NASDAQ NGS: PLUS – news) today announced that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., has deployed an integrated collaboration solution for Surry County Public Schools (SCPS). The Cisco solution includes Unified Communications, e911 capabilities, and custom paging and emergency broadcasting—putting leading-edge technology in place throughout the school system.
SCPS is located in a rural county and needed to address physical security needs as well as replace an outdated phone system, which had become cumbersome and expensive to manage.
ePlus assisted SCPS with its entry to Cisco’s Extreme Collaboration Makeover contest. SCPS was the grand prize winner of a Cisco BE6000 deployment. After an assessment of the school system’s needs, the scope of the project expanded to include a full Unified Communications rollout. The district selected ePlus for this engagement based on its comfort and trust in ePlus’ engineering team and its Cisco credentials, including Cisco Master Collaboration Partner.
“By working with ePlus, we’ve been able to revolutionize the way our team communicates between schools, within a school, within a classroom, and with parents,” said Lloyd Hamlin, superintendent of SCPS. “We are proud to put leading-edge technology into the hands of our administrators, teachers, staff, and students through one, integrated, and cost-effective collaboration solution.”
"We’re pleased to help SCPS stretch its budget and resources to greatly enhance collaboration” said Mark Marron, COO of ePlus inc. “The district for the first time can provide voicemail and instant messaging for every teacher, in addition to video capabilities for select team members. This has resulted in improved communication, stakeholder satisfaction, staff productivity, and responsiveness.”
ePlus designed and implemented a complete Cisco collaboration solution for SCPS, based on Cisco's BE6000 platform, including phones, Unity, e911 capabilities, custom paging/emergency broadcasting, and Unified Communications server (including Jabber/Unified Presence). The project included one year of support, coordination with county utilities and the primary service provider, and custom training for all teaching staff.
ePlus is a Cisco Gold Certified Partner with Cisco Master Specializations in Security, Collaboration, Cloud Builder, and Managed Services. ePlus has Cisco Powered designations in Managed Unified Communications, Managed Business Security, and Managed Security Services. In addition, ePlus holds Cisco Advanced Specializations in Data Center Architecture, Data Center Networking Infrastructure, Borderless Network Architecture, Routing and Switching, Security, Content Security, and Unified Communications. ePlus also holds Cisco Authorized Technology Provider designations in Data Virtualization, TelePresence Video Master, Physical Security (Video Surveillance and Access Control), Identity Services Engine, Enterprise Mobility Services Platform, and Telehealth Reseller as well as Cisco Authorized Partner status in Service Provider Video and Digital Media System. ePlus has consistently been recognized by Cisco for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction. For more information about Cisco solutions from ePlus, visit www.eplus.com/cisco.
Surry County Public Schools is located in rural Surry County, Virginia and is supported by a progressive local government that works in concert with the school district. In addition, Surry County Public Schools provides a comprehensive, challenging, and rigorous educational program designed to emphasize the mastery of basic abilities, the acquisition of essential information, and the application of 21st Century skills. Pupil/teacher ratios are exceptionally low. Teacher salaries and fringe benefits are competitive and compare favorably with other localities. The schools provide comprehensive academic, career and technical, extra-curricular, and co-curricular programs. Several of these programs have received state, regional, and national recognition, i.e., the Surry Chapter of TSA and Army JROTC.
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