NSW schools replace 65,000 ‘imaging’ devices

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NSW schools replace 65,000 ‘imaging’ devices

The NSW Department of Education and Training has started a major technology refresh that will see up to 65,000 ‘imaging’ devices statewide replaced with new multi function devices (MFDs), laser and inkjet printers and fax machines.

In a statement released today, the Department said it expected to purchase around 30,000 new devices over three years to create a new ‘integrated imaging’ system across its network of 2,400 schools, 130 TAFEs and departmental offices statewide.

The refresh will include the deployment of an estimated 15,000 HP laser printers over the next 12 months.

HP will also supply toner and associated services across an eventual fleet of some 25,000 units as part of a three-year contract win announced today.

“DET is replacing up to 65,000 of our current imaging devices with up to 30,000 new devices, which will make a huge difference to energy consumption, copy costs and better utilisation,” said Paul Hopkins, chief procurement officer at DET.

“This includes going from a wide range of laser printer suppliers to just one, which will make device and supplier management much easier.”

“Nearly five per cent of DET’s fleet of laser printers has already been changed with a further 10,000 and up to 15,000 devices expected to be replaced before 30 August 2009,” said Max Kaye, business manager for LaserJet and enterprise solutions in HP’s Imaging & Printing division.

The DET selected HP through a competitive tender process linked to the State Government imaging devices contract.

HP said it will be using an internal Business Intelligence solution to monitor ongoing printer usage, identify trends and highlight opportunities to improve efficiency and reduce cost within the department’s deployment.
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