HP has partnered with local reseller, CSG, to deliver IT infrastructure and services to a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory.
It supplied 15 desktop PCs, integrated work stands and LCD monitors, an xw4600 Workstation and 30-inch LCD monitor for the teacher, as well as a multifunction printer and ProCurve switch to St Francis Xavier School, which is located at Daly River, a three-hour drive from Darwin.
CSG delivered and installed the equipment, and will also provide ongoing support and maintenance. SchoolKiT, a provider of online learning content, will provide initial training to St Francis Xavier School staff.
HP marketing director for PSG and SMB, Grant Cleary, said CSG was the partner of choice because of its remote capabilities and strong presence within NT education. Those remote capabilities include four aircraft and a helicopter.
The initiative is part of a broader global push in which HP has supplied IT equipment to educational institutions of underprivileged nations such as Indonesia, Vietnam and India.
"We chose St Francis Xavier because it was a remote and underprivileged indigenous community. We'd love to extend the initiative to similar schools, but we want to get this one rolling right first," Cleary said.
General manager of CSG, Trevor Oliver, said its involvement with the initiative was a part of its contact with NT education that commenced late last year.
"The five-year contract is to support and provide a service desk to both government and non-government schools in the NT," he said.
Oliver said CSG had the capabilities to bring similar initiatives into other regional schools in the NT and the rest of Australia