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Powerwise from Modus Interactive, driving down cost and carbon emissions in leading Hampshire Technology College

LONDON – 30th June 2009 - UK desktop management company Modus Interactive (www.modus-interactive.co.uk) continues to highlight the success of Powerwise with a leading Hampshire Technology College. Costello Technology College today reports savings of over 49% on their annual electricity costs associated with PCs. At current prices this will equate to a reduction of electricity costs of over £4,000 per year, providing a return on investment within just 6 months. Modus have worked closely with Costello Technology College since the initial free power audit in February 2009 through to installation and deployment of Powerwise in March 2009.

Founded in 1908, Costello Technology College, Hampshire is now in its third phase as a specialist Technology College. Technology focus is paramount and its aim is for students to leave with competent use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and skills for the workplace of the 21st century. The College has a resolute, ongoing commitment, to become a sustainable eco-school, therefore it was imperative to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. Overall, the College had to reduce total ICT expenditure, this included Personal Computer (PC) energy.

“Costello Technology College undertook extensive market research with other education establishments to find the best solution available to us. The immediate criteria was the capacity to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, this has been achieved with Powerwise with an astounding 49% saving,” commented Dominic Tester, Assistant Head Teacher at Costello Technology College. “The huge reductions coupled with deployment, ease of use, and maximising student time on computers, make Powerwise the ideal choice for us. It was also important that the software enhanced the student’s eco understanding that technology can help to reduce carbon emissions.”

Mark Taylor, Head of Sales and Marketing at Modus Interactive Limited commented, “Our education portfolio continues to rapidly expand, we are delighted that Costello Technology College can experience such great financial returns in such a short space of time. We will continue to invest a considerable amount of time and resource in understanding how education establishments can successfully and cost effectively utilise an intelligent energy saving solution, without compromising teacher and student productivity.”

Powerwise provides a centralised solution to managing PC power, enabling Costello Technology College to maximise energy savings without interfering with teacher or student productivity. Using different Powerwise Profiles on PCs, depending on their use, allows Costello Technology College to cater for the differences in use of a teacher’s PC compared to a PC in an ICT classroom.

For more information on Powerwise visit www.modus-interactive.co.uk/powerwise.

For further press information on Costello Technology College, Modus Interactive and Powerwise please contact Jackie@verbalcomms.com or Parm@verbalcomms.com or telephone 0845 3730132

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Notes to Editor’s

A full case study is available upon request

Powerwise is a simple to install, power saving solution which manages network PC power usage and reduces carbon emissions, helping organisations to halve their energy costs.

Powerwise 2009 benefits and features:

Ø Reduce network PC energy use through centralized management and control of power settings, and automatic power on and power off.

Ø Reduce energy costs to benefit bottom line.

Ø Reduce CO2 emissions to enhance green credentials and CSR and contribute to targets if relevant.

Ø Report on CO2 emissions for any relevant legislation or targets.


Technology

Ø Small footprint windows service runs on a server and workstations with minimal impact.

Ø Optional Microsoft Active Directory integration.

Ø Support for Intel vPro technology as well as WOL for wakeup.

Centralised management

Ø Intuitive management console that can be run from anywhere on the network. The management console provides access to creating and managing the Powerwise Profiles as well as access to real time power status information of all the managed computers.

Profiles & Tasks

Ø Tailor Profiles according to the time of day and days of the week, and implement more aggressive savings schemes during ‘out of office hours’. Profiles and Scheme changes allow profiles to reflect the different demands and usage of staff and their computers within an organisation.

Ø Adaptive wakeup is an innovative intelligent power on characteristic which offers business’s a unique feature to power up the computer ten minutes ahead of the user who would normally switch on the computer when arriving at their desk. The software learns the regular times of when the computer is switched on and automatically adjusts the wakeup to occur at the right time ongoing for the specific PC.

Ø Run wakeup & shutdown tasks on individual or groups of computers immediately or at a scheduled time. This enables you to turn on computers to execute out of hour’s updates and maintenance and then shutdown all computers again.

Reporting

Ø Export data to create reports that illustrate power usage. Allows for reporting on both CO2 emissions and cost. As well as management reporting this can assist in assessing how successful the Profile settings are and update accordingly.

User notifications

Ø Inform users when power saving is going to occur and allow the user to cancel. Optional information can be displayed at the PC to show the user how much they are contributing in terms of energy savings.

About Modus Interactive

Formed in 2001, Modus Interactive Limited provides businesses, financial organisations and educational establishments with a powerful, cost effective and flexible managed desktop and framework solution that helps to better manage and drive down IT power consumption and carbon emissions. Located in London, the company supplies distribution, reseller and VAR channels and has ongoing activity in both the public and private sectors. The company’s products include: Powerwise a simple to install centralized solution which manages PC power saving and reduces carbon emissions. Universal Management Service reduces costs associated with deploying and managing servers, desktops and laptops. The fully automated solution is easy to use and provides OS and Application deployment, user data migration, asset management, remote support tools, and power management. For further information visit www.modus-interactive.co.uk

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