Wichita Public School District Sets Foundation for its Fast Growing Future
New system and UC applications will enhance safety, security and efficiency in Wichita district for years to come
Irving, Texas - December 1, 2016 - NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of
advanced IT, communications, networking and biometric solutions, today announced that it is assisting Wichita Public School District (WPS) in Kansas
in its migration to a new UNIVERGE ® SV9500 communications solution designed to meet the district's needs for leading-edge integrated telephony and
unified communications (UC) for many years to come.
NEC, known as a global leader in the development of IP communication networks for small, medium and large enterprises, has a strong history
of serving education. WPS's new UNIVERGE SV9500 network will provide the kind of innovative and flexible communications environment it
was seeking as it migrates from a legacy TDM based platform. With over 100 sites consisting of a diverse range of facilities such as
schools, administration facilities and alternative programs, WPS's campus needed everyone in its organization to be able to communicate
seamlessly both with outside callers and with one another. WPS elected to migrate from the UNIVERGE SV8500 to the SV9500 platform, a
feature-rich system that supports virtualization and is ideal for large enterprises and geographically distributed (multi-campus) networks.
WPS is recognized as one of the top 100 school districts in North America and is the largest school district in Kansas, educating
approximately 10 percent of all public school students in the state and more than half of all school-aged children in its home base of
Sedgwick County. The district is growing, and now has over 51,000 students, with the trend likely to continue as its traditional Pre K-12
student enrollment is at its highest level in more than 10 years.
WPS Chief Information Officer (CIO) Cathy Sweeney said the safety of the school district's employees and students was her highest priority
in making this decision. The new SV9500 system provides 99.999% availability (less than 6 minutes per year of downtime) therefore providing
a high reliability Unified Communications platform. A secure, redundant network provides the foundation for the other key criteria WPS
was seeking: cos--effective delivery of technology and content services of the highest quality to enrich teaching, learning and staff
"NEC has proven to be a trusted advisor through this process and understands our goals and philosophy -- that technology integration is at
its best when paired with effective instructional strategies," said Cathy Sweeney, CIO, Wichita Public School District. "NEC worked with
us to determine and implement the right design not just for our immediate needs, but anticipating growth as well as our safety and security
needs for the future. Our plan eliminated guesswork and we felt NEC was vested in sharing in our success. We knew that as our lives have
become more and more digital, we needed a network that would maximize both our voice and data network. Our vision, in the Wichita Public
Schools, is to create an environment with technology naturally integrated into the teaching and learning process and the business functions
including the safety of our students and staff. Our teachers and staff now have top line resources available and rely on these tools on
an everyday basis."
As part of the network transition, WPS migrated its primary and secondary data centers to VoIP, and to achieve a higher level of reliability
and redundancy, installed a high availability Wide Area Network (WAN) failover component between the two data centers. In addition to the
operational cost savings the new VoIP network provided, NEC worked with WPS to migrate to SIP to also reduce carrier costs.
"We are very pleased to continue our relationship with WPS and provide them with a platform that will enable educators' access to the
high-quality digital content and campus-wide communications that will help them to enhance learning and cost savings inherent in VoIP
technology," said Larry Levenberg, vice president, NEC Corporation of America. "The Wichita School District is known for its innovative
approach to education, as well as for taking the smarter approach by using technology to enhance the safety and security of its staff and
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