November 2012

Aston UTC ICT services delivered

St Neots, 13 November 2012: MASS, a Cohort plc company and leading specialist in the integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed and delivered ICT services for Aston University Engineering Academy.  Work commenced at the MASS offices in Lincoln in May this year, was moved to the new build site in August, and was completed in September before the first students began courses.
Aston University Engineering Academy is the first major University sponsored University Technical College (UTC) to be commissioned in the country.  There are at present five UTCs, who are sponsored by the Baker Dearing Trust, with an expected total of thirty-four throughout the UK.
The MASS team were responsible for the design and installation of the ICT and network infrastructure including full Wi-Fi coverage, switches, server estate and end-user devices over the three floors of the new building. Classrooms were fitted with interactive white boards and the main hall with a large projector and sound system.  Digital signage and 22 information screens were placed at strategic points around the building.
The solution was delivered with the opposite approach to a classic large ICT corporation. As a result of good dialogue, knowledge, dedication and commitment, the off-site pre-staging allowed the solution and delivery to live up to expectations.  MASS was originally selected because of the high quality of its offer, track record and extensive engineering background, along with a deep understanding of security.  MASS understands that the needs of students and educationalists is equally important alongside its expertise in flexible ICT solutions that deliver real benefit.
Lee Kilgour, Principal at Aston commented, ‘Throughout the ICT project at Aston University Engineering Academy, MASS has always demonstrated a close, committed and professional relationship in ensuring the delivery of an outstanding ICT solution’.
Andy Lipinski, Managed Services Director at MASS added, ‘At Aston UTC we have been able to demonstrate our capabilities as a leading system integrator of ICT solutions for education, and have showcased how good communication between all parties can help deliver a first class solution on time.’
A two year support contract is also running, which allows for on-site consultations and the ability for remote support to the on-site systems at Aston where changes to configuration or basic maintenance can be performed.