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Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Tamar Science Park invests in the future with Redstone Converged Solutions

As Science Park continues to increase in size, Redstone Converged Solutions provides scalable IT infrastructure

17th October 2006 -Tenants of Plymouth-based Tamar Science Park (TSP), one of the fastest growing science parks in the UK, are now reaping the benefits of varying types of Internet connectivity and secure, reliable ICT thanks to a flexible data network infrastructure designed and delivered jointly by Redstone Converged Solutions and Tamar Science Park.

Having previously outsourced its Internet requirements to a third party, TSP decided to manage the provision of all network services internally, creating additional key value-added services for its tenant companies. With tenants ranging from sole traders to organisations with up to 50 employees, each tenant's ICT requirements differ considerably. Therefore, Redstone Converged Solutions and TSP delivered an integrated network infrastructure to the whole site with a focus on enabling technology to provide maximum flexibility when provisioning services.

Jonathan Harris, ICT operations manager, TSP said: "Thanks to the expertise of Redstone Converged Solutions, we now have a scalable, flexible infrastructure that will grow as TSP's number of tenants increases. By bringing the provision of these services in-house, we are able to closely manage the network, promote it as a key service to potential, new and existing tenants and to integrate it with IP-ready managed telephony services."

"We pride ourselves on delivering innovative solutions which meet our customers' exacting requirements," said Paul Kennedy, managing director, Redstone Converged Solutions. He continued: "The new network infrastructure solution will allow Tamar Science Park to provide its tenants with the network bandwidth, security and access that meets its needs, irrespective of the size of the organisation."

The network infrastructure now paves the way for the next phase of evolution of TSP. £24 million is due to be invested in its next phase of expansion and this will effectively double the size of the park, offering new facilities such as a design enterprise centre, pre-incubation space, a bistro and grow-on units for tenants emerging from their incubation period.

The project saw the roll-out of a resilient layer 3 switching infrastructure, wireless hotspots for public broadband access, bandwidth management systems, resilient firewalling and an overall network management system for reporting and alerting.

Eventually, TSP plans to converge its telephony system with its new network infrastructure providing yet more flexibility and choice for tenants.

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About Redstone Converged Solutions
Redstone Converged Solutions is a leading provider of converged IP solutions, with expertise in contact centres, voice and video, IP networks, Intelligent Building (OneNET) and security. It is a division of Redstone plc, which has 500 staff, a turnover in excess of £140 million, offices throughout the UK and Ireland and is committed to becoming a leading provider of telecoms and IT solutions for business and public sector organisations.

Redstone Converged Solutions brings together the combined knowledge and experience of Xpert Communications and Redstone's solutions businesses and has numerous accreditations including Avaya platinum, BT premier, Cisco gold, Microsoft gold and Mitel platinum among others. Redstone Converged Solutions takes pride in providing leading edge, innovative solutions to businesses and organisations in the health, education, local government, retail and finance sectors. With over 10 years of expertise in the fields of voice and data, Redstone Converged Solutions represents a unique proposition in the convergence market - Redstone Converged Solutions understands telecoms and ICT. Its mission is simple, to provide secure, resilient, future-proof IP networks and innovative, integrated IP communications solutions and services which enable our customers to become leaders in their marketplace.
For more information of products, services or other news, visit: <http://www.redstoneconverged.co.uk>

About Tamar Science Park
A member of the UK Science Park Association and located in Plymouth, Tamar Science Park, is not only seen as a beacon park for its best practice and services but also one of the fastest growing parks. With stakeholders including the University of Plymouth and the South West Regional Development Agency, it provides business incubation units, diagnostic and consultancy surgeries, managed spaces, prototype labs, learning centres, data centre and a conferencing suite. Tenants range from either sole operators to staff of 50. From robotics to medical, web designers to software developers and electronics, all companies fall within the discipline of science. For more information of services visit <http://www.tamarsciencepark.com>

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Sheelagh Connelly / Fiona Whyatt
Insight Marketing and Communications
01625 500 800
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