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March 25th, 2015

The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon Hughes Government Solutions For Digital Signage + Learning Management

[SatNews] Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has been awarded an IDIQ contract by the state of Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) for data communications and networking equipment and related services.

The contract vehicle enables Hughes to provide digital signage and a learning management system statewide, part of a suite of new HughesON™ Digital Media Solutions for high-impact messaging, and is for two years with the option to extend for two additional one-year terms.

Under the contract award, Hughes will offer digital signage through multiple applications such as Digital Bulletin Boards, Breakroom TV, Waiting Room TV, and interactive touchscreen kiosks. All applications consist of an end-to-end solution that enables state agencies to control the distribution of video and text program content at individual sites, each equipped with a powerful digital media player for continuously playing headquarter-specific or local site-specific content.

Perhaps the most critical application is emergency messaging, which enables the administrator to send out urgent messages instructing viewers what to do and where to go in a matter of seconds. Additionally, Hughes will offer its intuitive learning management system, the Hughes Learning Portal, which is an easy-to-use eLearning solution for employees, partners, and agencies through a simple interface, which makes it easy to store, deliver and track training data. Specifics include:

  • Digital Bulletin Boards, including professional installation
  • Digital Bulletin Board Servers, including professional installation and maintenance
  • Digital Media Players
  • Access to Hughes Web-based Learning Portal

Tony Bardo, assistant vice president of Government Solutions at Hughes, said, “By leveraging digital signage in combination with learning management, the state can deliver educational and logistical information wherever it’s needed via a powerful video-based system. This contract vehicle also complements our existing contract with Texas DIR, on which we offer satellite broadband to rural schools and agencies, further adding depth and breadth to our educational technology offerings."