CardSmith has developed FastStart, a multifunctional campus card service specifically for community colleges. The Application Service Provider campus card solution does not require services or software or even on-campus staff for operation. It works with campus ID cards produced locally and can be launched at more than one campus. Applications include dining point-of-sale and paying for services such as printing/copying, bookstore purchases, and laundry. CardSmith will fix service costs for a three-year minimum and guarantee that programs can be launched within six weeks from the start of their implementation. Pricing is based on factors such as institutional size and could begin at around $10,000 per year. Learn more at www.card-smith.com.
The Manual SRM projection screen from Elite Screens has a slowed retraction mechanism (SRM) that enables the screen to gently retract in and out of its casing. A safety feature, SRM eliminates the risk of retracting the screen too quickly, which could cause damage to the unit. The screen's end cap design can accommodate installation on a wall or ceiling. An auto-locking mechanism adjusts to various height settings. Screen sizes range from 85 to 120 inches with a choice of 1:1 and 4:3NTSC aspect ratios. Pricing starts at $119. Learn more at www.elitescreens.com.
Sharp's new PN-E series of professional LCD monitors can be best applied to digital signage and display use in high-traffic areas. Available in four screen sizes, the Energy-Star qualified line has a thin bezel design for easier mounting and placement with 1080p resolution from just about any analog and digital RGB source, as well as HD video for sharp images. The monitors also provide contrast ratios up to 5,000:1 and multiple color adjustments and include a 10-watt audio stereo system with built-in speakers. A lockable key panel and power-on delay function is also offered. Add-ons such as an optional expansion board and a signage controller are sold separately. Pricing ranges from $1,795 to $7,550. Visit www.SharpUSA.com/monitors.
Sanyo has introduced two new ultra-short-throw projector mounts that eliminate the need to use the projector's internal speakers or a separate audio system. Instead, they provide a high-output audio playback system. The MT-EDU101 (priced at $949) and MT-EDU102 ($999) integrate a 50-watt, two-channel amplifier and two 25-watt-rated two-way speakers into the chassis of the wall mount for optimum sound. The mounts can handle weights up to 50 pounds and have multiple external audio sources. For short throws, the MT-EDU101 can extend 7 to 27 inches from the wall. For longer throw distances, the MT-EDU102 adds an extension pole to place a projector 37 to 67 inches from the wall. An integral cable routing system conceals signal and power cables. Check out these mounts at http://us.sanyo.com.
The ThinkPad X201 tablet from Lenovo offers dual functionality as a pen or finger-based slate and a full-size laptop with keyboard. The Energy-Star qualified tablet has a 12.1-inch multitouch screen and Microsoft Windows 7 Business operating system optimized for touch. A SimpleTap navigation application allows for the tablet's screen to be operated via two fingers for tasks such as file searches and moving icons. A wide-angle screen enables viewing it up to a 185-degree turn. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ethernet connectivity is included. Security tools involve a fingerprint reader, self-encrypting hard drives and other anti-theft prevention technologies. The tablet has multiple USB ports and a 54mm Express Card Slot and starts at $1,549. Visit www.lenovo.com/us/en.
AirWave 7, the latest version of the Aruba Networks' wireless network management suite, contains new features for helping IT personnel better supervise their institution's network by managing mobile devices. Solutions in the suite can aid in quicker and more effective troubleshooting and resolving the root cause of network problems. A mobile device manager module aids in organizing and monitoring handheld devices and wireless printers. Administrators also can customize dashboards to provide specific data to the help desk and other staff members, as well as create customized reports. The suite is available in a choice of three models: as software, as an appliance, or via Software as a Service. For example, tier-based licensing can start at $4,995. Learn more at www.arubanetworks.com.
American Dreams from MultiEducator is an iPhone (and iPod touch) app that offers a wealth of historical documents from each period of our nation's history from the Mayflower Compact to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address earlier this year. In addition to text from 90 Supreme Court decisions, every U.S. president's inaugural address, the U.S. Constitution and dozens of key laws, the app includes audio recordings of famous figures dating back to Theodore Roosevelt. Easily searchable, documents can also be shared via e-mail. American Dreams sells for $2.99 at the Apple iTunes Store. Learn more at http://bit.ly/c74agX.
Bosch Security Systems has introduced the VDC-480 FlexiDomeXF Indoor series. The cameras in this series were made to deliver sharp, detailed surveillance images in low or harsh lighting conditions. They are ideal for interior locations such as stairwells, building entrances, and reception areas. The series includes surface or flush-mount models with a choice of three different varifocal lenses and offer 15-bit digital video processing. A Smart Backlight Compensation feature can optimize light levels for objects of interest and automatically adjusts deep shadow areas, thus enhancing important details, such as facial features. Pricing ranges from $590 to $650. Visit www.boschsecurity.us.