Austin, Texas-based Apogee, which runs on-campus residential networks (ResNet) for colleges and universities, just wrapped a deployment of EngageIP billing and OSS software made by Canada-based LogiSense.

Apogee’s custom solutions integrate with the network infrastructure of colleges and universities to better manage users’ increasing data consumption while simultaneously reducing the workload of campus administrators. According to its mission statement, the company says its ResNet services “allow colleges and universities to enhance their network infrastructure while offloading the growing volume of administrative responsibilities associated with managing a student network. This partnership allows IT to focus on the mission-critical tasks of the university, such as growing the enterprise network and facilitating the development and use of e-learning tools and content.”

The company will cut over its full-scale implementation at the unnamed college sometime this month to coincide with students returning to school and registering for access with their respective managed broadband portals. Other Apogee schools include Centenary College of Louisiana, Southwestern University and Birmingham Southern College.

LogiSense’s EngageIP products tackle specific network-usage-administration requirements, including billing, cost allocation, customer care, telecom rating and IP?services delivery. In a college environment, it can track spikes in broadband usage to help network administrators decide whether to throttle speeds or cap data usage.

“As service demand grows for broadband and media access across multiple devices, campus administrators are realizing that it is much more cost-effective to outsource for managed network services,” says Nat Nealeigh, Apogee’s director/Marketing and Communications. “With the tools LogiSense provides us, we can now offer specialized ?services such as tiered plans, flexible access periods and guest access.”?

Adds LogiSense Founder and President Flavio Gomes, “Access to the Internet and digital media is a critical component in higher learning. Today’s youth spend an increasing amount of their time online, often using multiple devices for their academic, personal and social endeavors.”?

He continues, “As keeping up with these needs adds considerable strain to an already? stressful time of the school year, outsourcing has become the most logical way to ease this burden.”

Other LogiSense customers include Microsoft, Reuters, Infosat, DigiWeb, DigiWeb Ireland, Telesphere, Vibe Communications, PBXChange, ESCO Technologies, PCCW and MSTAR.

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