Netstreams Donate to Austin Children's Shelter

You know what.   I love it when corporations can donate to good causes and that is exactly what Netstreams have done.

From Doctor Decibel’s blog.

Friday, October 31, 2008 , Austin TX via Austin American-Statesman

Austin-based NetStreams, which focuses on digital entertainment networks based on Internet protocol technology, donated $93,000 worth of audio-visual equipment and services to the new Austin Children’s Shelter at the Mueller development.Austin Children's Shelter

Expansion plans

After several years of extensive planning, the Austin Children’s Shelter is building a new facility that will give us the ability to provide emergency shelter, residential treatment care, educational support and family based services for as many as 78 children at a time. The new campus will be built on approximately 13 acres of land adjacent to the old Robert Mueller Airport. The land, valued at $2 million dollars, was donated to the Shelter by Dick and Sara Rathgeber.

The donation of land presented an exceptional opportunity for the Austin Children’s Shelter — and this community — to rise to the challenge of providing a safe haven to more children and do a better job of meeting their needs and the needs of the community.

New Streams of hope

All the buildings on the new campus will be connected via fiber optic cable” states Kevin Reinis, NetStreams CEO. “They plan to use Juniper IP switches” he continues.

Members of the NetStreams Field Services Engineering group, Jeff Coates, Tim Mackie and Commercial Sales GM Rusty Wagner jumped on the opportunity to help get this project off the ground.

We never dreamed we could have such an advanced A/V solution for our shelter” said Scott McKinlay Director of Technology for the shelter. The IP A/V system is a 20 x 20 system, and will be a key part of the facility and living experience that they strive to to provide the children at the shelter.

Everyone wants to know when ACS will move into the new facility. As with virtually all major construction projects, this is a moving target. We will begin construction of the buildings once the underground utility work is complete and we receive the building permits. We anticipate beginning construction in the fall of 2008, and completing construction in late summer or early fall of 2009.

About NetStreams
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NetStreams delivers the Ultimate IP A/V Experience by distributing high definition audio and video over TCP/IP networks. NetStreams’ products, designed for commercial and residential use, offer unprecedented levels of performance, functionality, simplicity, reliability, and expandability. By combining audio/video content, metadata and control signals into one stream and incorporating industry standards, NetStreams solutions are a smart investment. NetStreams is enabling the future of IP A/V – today.
For additional information on NetStreams and its innovative products, please visit

About Austin Children’s Shelter Austin Children's Shelter
The Austin Children’s Shelter is an emergency shelter offering a safe haven for children who are removed from their homes due to life-threatening abuse or neglect. The children who come through our doors are traumatized, hurt, angry and despondent. For more than 20 years, ACS has provided the high quality care and critical services they need to begin the healing process including individual and group therapy, medical and dental care, and educational assistance. The individual attention given to the needs of each child helps them to feel safe while re-building their self-esteem. Our goal is to reduce the emotional trauma suffered by child victims of abuse and neglect and to lay a foundation of hope for a better future.

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