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New Jersey District Adds IP over Powerline System

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12.14.2006—Hamilton Township School District in New Jersey is implementing an IP over powerline system in several of its K-12 schools. An initial deployment in three schools has recently been completed by Telkonet Inc., Germantown, Md., and the district expects to complete the installation in its remaining 21 schools by mid-2007.

Telkonet's broadband system uses existing power lines to transmit data. Combined with a newly developed mobile computing lab, it offers connectivity for both in school and mobile applications.

"Every technology that we considered for the School District to connect our students, teachers and administrators to the Internet was plagued with serious shortcomings," said Andrew Eberhardt, Hamilton Township School District technology director. "However, with the revolutionary Telkonet system, we were able to overcome significant physical and budgetary constraints to deliver a superb mobile computing environment to students, teachers and administrators throughout several schools in the District. Classrooms can now enjoy continuous access to a wide range of digital resources for teaching and learning including new instructional applications and expanded research opportunities all via existing electrical wiring. We look forward to continuing to work with Telkonet to deploy this unique solution throughout the remainder of our system."

The district's Crockett, Grice and Reynolds middle schools, with more than 1,000 students combined, were the first schools to have the new system deployed. According to Telkonet, the school district budget is approximately $160 million for its enrollment of approximately 13,900 students in 24 schools. Hamilton Township School District is the sixth-largest school district in New Jersey. Hamilton Township School District, with 24 schools, including three high schools, three middle schools, 17 elementary schools and one special program school.

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