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COMPUTING & IT RESOURCES


Howto revolutionise the way your schools shares information and learning


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ackney Learning Trust has teamed up with online experts eSchools and is proud to be working with schools in Hackney and its surrounding boroughs to help improve efficiency and reduce costs with our easy-to-use online solution.


Hackney eSchools combines your school website, ema platform (VLE) and additional useful features, such as Par phone app, into one easy-to-use system.


ent’s evening booking system & mobile il & text messaging to parents, learning


By reducing the amount of suppliers your school uses, Hackney eSchools helps improve efficiency, saving both time and money.With a series of package options available we’re sure to have the solution to meet your school’s needs.


The Hackney eSchools all-in-one solution is available for both Primary and Secondary schools. Key features:


• School websites – bespoke designs and easy-to-use editor • Parent’s evening booking system


•Mobile phone app – email and text messaging to parents


• Office 365 integration – access your Office 365 email within your Hackney eSchools platform •MIS integration – syncs between yourMIS and Hackney eSchools keeps everything up-to date and your information at your fingertips.


For further info visit us at: www.hackneyserv


formation and to book your free no obligation online demonstration, please k/ eschools 0208 820 7019


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TOSHIBA printers save thousand for London University R


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egent’s University London has recently installed in its two campus locations the latest printers andMFPs (Multi-Function Printers) from Toshiba. All of the new devices were installed and commissioned in just a few days without disruption to normal university activities. The size of the printer fleet has been reduced by 60%, while increasing reliability and user convenience. The University management is expecting to save hundreds of thousands of pounds each year and improve its green credentials thanks to Toshiba’s Carbon Zero scheme.


In a bid to streamline its printer fleet, achieve greater reliability, increase user convenience and cut printing costs, Regent’s University London asked a number of printing solutions vendors to offer proposals for a new printer fleet. Toshiba Tec was chosen and initially conducted an audit on the two sites - the main one in Regent’s Park in London and a smaller one inMarylebone High Street, London. After carefully assessing the requirements of staff and students on both locations, Toshiba consultants put forward a tailored solution and an installation plan.


The university uses A3, A4 and wide-format printers – the last being essential for fashion courses where students need to print their work in A1 and A0 formats. A key requirement for the new fleet was that it should offer increased reliability, thereby reducing the need for an onsite maintenance team for troubleshooting and repair services.


“When we presented our ideas, we were very much aware of some particular considerations”, explains Toshiba business services consultant, Tom Gaffikin. “We knew that there was a need for resilience within our plans, and this was achieved by standardising all devices. This meant that machines could be moved around the building without any impact on system efficiency.We also specified machines with large paper capacity as this increases user convenience and also helps to enhance productivity.” The machines were deployed over a period of five days in August 2019 during the summer vacation. The Toshiba team completed the project smoothly and with minimum disruption, whilst also achieving a seamless


March 2020


transition between the facilities provided by the old machines –


removed from site – which had to be


and the new fleet. “A major motivating


factor for installing a new printer fleet was to achieve cost savings on our print operations,” said Nicola Kelly OCIO BusinessManager at Regent’s University. “This was particularly important as we believed our existing printer contract to be uncompetitive.We were very impressed with Toshiba’s proposal from the outset because the company provided us with a clear and unbiased report on our existing systems. Toshiba was also very good at consolidating our requirements and, as a result, managed to reduce our fleet to 63MFPs and four wide-format printers.” Training and support were included in Toshiba’s package, and the machines were configured with ‘Follow me’ capabilities provided by PaperCut software. This software allows users to easily manage their print assets, collect usage data by location and device, identify inefficiencies and implement cost recovery and allocation strategies to maximise system productivity and return on investment. This means that the university will achieve much lower costs per copy. The ‘Follow me’ software was also implemented on theMarylebone site which previously had no print management system.


In addition to delivering substantial financial benefits, the A3 and A4 MFPs are carbon offset through Toshiba’s industry-leading environmental Carbon Zero Scheme. This scheme allows for the total carbon footprint of a device to be offset, including that associated with parts procurement, manufacture and transportation.


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