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Singapore Polytechnic implements new all-in-one communications platform to redefine the future of teaching and learning

Published on 30 October 2012



Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is implementing a new technological platform, known as Unified Communications (UC), to enhance the teaching, learning and working experience for academia, students and staff. It will be rolled out progressively in early 2013.

This will be the first-of-its-kind, integrated technological capability deployed for education in the local Institutes of Higher Learning sector. The new UC serves to organise the diverse communication systems in a single platform, and enable the SP community groups to better connect, communicate and share digital content in real time anytime, anywhere. It will allow teachers and students to use functionalities such as email, voice mail, instant messaging, audio/video/web conferencing being integrated with phone system.

For example, students out on a field study or overseas industry training programme can now connect with their lecturers and classmates in different locations, getting instant feedback through text messages, calls or videoconferencing on a single, standard platform. Lecturers can also better monitor the quality and progress of their students’ work regardless of location.

Teaming with HP on this initiative, SP will be leveraging UC Solution for Microsoft® Lync™2010 to facilitate the functionalities. Built on an open, software-based platform that works with applications and systems that users are familiar with, the solution will eventually connect the SP community seamlessly so that teachers, students and staff can learn, grow and create together.

“To be a mobile-enabled campus, we see the need to constantly be in the technological forefront. We want to create a borderless environment where our teachers, students and staff can teach, learn, work and live in a more fun and enriching manner. Through this UC solution, we are preparing ourselves for the future; redefining how learning and teaching will be done as well nurturing our students to be future-ready,” said Mr Tan Hang Cheong, Principal of Singapore Polytechnic.

With its advanced capabilities, UC Solutions for Microsoft® Lync™ will deliver a new range of benefits including:

    • Improved collaboration. Users are able to combine video- and audio-conferencing, application and desktop sharing, instant messaging and presence, and telephony in a single interaction to facilitate greater productivity.
    • Easy management. The reliable, secure system works with existing IT tools and systems for easier management, lower cost of ownership, smoother deployment and migration.
    • Cost efficiency. By consolidating voice and data communications, users can retire legacy telephony systems to drive down the cost of voice communications.

Mr Sanjay Vig, General Manager, Technology Services, HP Enterprise Group Southeast Asia said, “We are excited to support SP’s first foray into Unified Communications. To deliver high-quality services, educational institutions need to create a unified community where staff and students can communicate quickly and effectively. We are glad that HP is able to provide transformative services that will enable SP to build a secure, reliable system that makes communications more collaborative, engaging and accessible from anywhere.”

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We will like to invite you and your photographer/film crew to a hands-on session with the UC at SP’s Mobfest 2012 and experience how the future of teaching and learning will be redefined.



SP Mobfest 2012



Wednesday, 31 October 2012



2.30pm – 4.30pm



T1A – Concourse A




For more information:

Ms Yvonne Chan
Corporate Communications Dept
T: 6772 1006

Mr Frank Chua
Corporate Communications Dept
T: 6870 7043


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