The kids are connected

HP has been awarded a $100 million contract to provide and manage the technology infrastructure for the Classroom 2000 (C2K) education project in Northern Ireland.

HP has been awarded a $100 million (107 million Euro) contract to provide and manage the technology infrastructure for the Classroom 2000 (C2K) education project in Northern Ireland.

The 10-year government initiative, designed to connect the largest number of pupils, teachers and administrators in the world, will enable every child from age one through university throughout Northern Ireland to have an Internet address and to access virtual classrooms.

HP plans to provide a single adaptive infrastructure connecting up to 400,000 users from the 1,200 schools across Northern Ireland.

The total contract value for HP is estimated at approximately $300 million (321 million Euro) through the next five years with an option to extend for a further two years. C2K is also one of the largest installations of Microsoft Exchange ever implemented.

HP Services has selected Amaze and Hyperwave as strategic partners to work on the C2K project. Hyperwave, a supplier of collaborative knowledge management and e-learning software, will provide its eKnowledge Infrastructure software. Amaze, an Internet technology services company specialising in the delivery of e-learning services, will be responsible for all visual and functional design, and for the integration of the Hyperwave hub software.