October 13, 2008
Emtec Selected to Provide End-to-End Technology Services and Solutions to 160 Duval County Public Schools Reaching 125,000 Students
Emtec, Inc. (OTCBB:ETEC), an information technology systems and services company, today announced that Duval County Public Schools (DCPS), the 19th-largest school district in the U.S. based in Jacksonville, Florida, selected the company to supply and implement a new technology infrastructure for more than 160 schools (105 elementary, 26 middle, 19 high, and 11 other centers and charter schools) and approximately 125,000 students. This contract is a one-year contract with four subsequent one-year renewals should Duval wish to extend at the end of each year for a total of five years. The school district is working on an initiative called "DCPS Schools of the Future", which is intended to maximize student achievement and student engagement through the use of technology.
Emtec empowers students by providing a full range of technologies to the County including: HP servers, server options, storage, and storage options; Lexmark printers; Lenovo desktops, laptops, high-end workstations, monitors, options, and thin clients; APC uninterruptable power supplies; Avocent KVM's and RKM's, Microsoft Software; VMWare Software; and miscellaneous hardware and software. Emtec will also provide an array of services including, but not limited to, all the installation services of Apple desktop and laptops, and the products of the previously mentioned companies, project management services, and disposal services.Several projects that Emtec is working on is to replace or upgrade approximately 5,000 desktops, 2000 laptops, and 4000 classroom printers in some of the district's schools, and outlying administrative offices between late October 2008 through April 2009, while also installing servers in 34 schools from late October 2008 through June 2008. In addition, Emtec worked closely with the school district's IT team to identify which machines could be upgraded and which would need to be replaced. To date, approximately 5,000 PCs have been upgraded from Windows 2000 to XP, with another 16,000 replaced with Lenovo desktops. The large scope and compressed time frame made it a substantially challenging project, but given Emtec's vast expertise they were able to complete it on time and within budget.
"We've worked with Duval County Public schools for the past six years and were involved in technology refreshes at more than 75 school buildings during that time," said Ron Seitz, president, Emtec Systems. "By choosing Emtec, Duval County Public schools are receiving the benefit of Emtec's knowledge and experience to provide a wide range of services and products which enhances their ability to accomplish the goals they have set to continue to provide their students, teachers, and administration with leading edge technology."
About Emtec, Inc.
Emtec, Inc. established in 1964, is an information technology company, providing services and products to the federal, state, local, education and commercial markets. Areas of specific practices include enterprise architecture, data management, data center infrastructure and consulting and integration services. For more information visit www.emtecinc.com.