VIP Tone's EduTone Gateway Connects Schools with Content Providers

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VIP Tone launches the EduTone Xchange™ partner program.

After five years of research and development, involving educational agency partnerships in California, VIP Tone announces the immediate availability of its innovative EduTone™ Platform for the K-20 education market, and launches the EduTone Xchange™ Partner Program to attract education market focused software and content service providers and distribution partners.

"Our goal with EduTone has been to enable schools to dramatically lower the technical barriers to managing secure end-user access to a multitude of web-based software and content services through a single sign-on School Portal," said Robert Iskander, Founder and CEO of VIP Tone. "Early deployments of the EduTone Gateway have been very encouraging and clearly demonstrate that we can achieve this goal for schools and districts of all sizes."

The core technology behind EduTone is an identity management and automated provisioning appliance called the EduTone Gateway™. The EduTone Gateway can be installed inside an organization's firewall to maintain student data privacy. This innovative solution allows each organization to automate the creation and management of unique end-user accounts within multiple applications, or subscription-based services. The EduTone Gateway saves significant staff time and enables improved access to services for thousands of end-users including students, teachers, administrators and parents. The EduTone Gateway facilitates a one-to-one computing infrastructure in K-20 education.

Using their pre-existing network credentials or newly created accounts, end-users can then access the applications to which they have permissions through the EduTone Passport™ a simple icon based "widget" that is embedded into their school portal. End-users are also able to create and manage bookmarks to their favorite websites, making the EduTone Passport a single point of access to all of their applications anywhere, anytime, through any device with a browser.

VIP Tone's EduTone Xchange Partner Program targets third-party K-20 education market focused software and content service providers who desire to integrate their products and services within the EduTone Platform. Service providers who join the EduTone Xchange will ensure that their products are integrated and available for their customers to access through the EduTone Gateway. The EduTone Xchange is available for syndication by strategic partners who are interested in embedding the EduTone Passport within their own Service Portals and becoming distribution partners.

"Having been involved during the early development and pilot phases of the EduTone Platform, I believe that single-sign-on and role based auto-provisioning is valuable for any School District or County Office of Education," said Dave Paulson, Executive Director of Technology Services, Alameda County Office of Education in California. " We are excited about our partnership with VIP Tone and being the first Syndicate Partner to integrate our SynapsED Portal with the EduTone Xchange. "

For further information on EduTone, or for a complete listing of the EduTone Xchange Partners, visit the EduTone website at http://www.edutone.com.

About VIP Tone, Inc.
Serving over 3,600,000 students and over 100,000 teachers in over 7,000 schools around the globe, VIP Tone helps educators create world-class school environments with one integrated solution for their learning, communication and collaboration needs. VIP Tone's product set consists of VIP PBX™, an IP telephony communication and messaging system; School MATRIX®, an education resource planning (ERP) solution; and the EduTone Xchange™, a pre-integrated K-20 educational software and content services delivery platform that features an identity management and automated provisioning appliance. VIP Tone is a privately held company headquartered in Alameda, California. For more information, visit the VIP Tone web site at http://www.viptone.com.

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