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University Business, Oct 2008

Crestron’s Media Presentation Controller family of all-in-one classroom control solutions can connect, control, and route AV equipment for use with projectors. Wall or lectern mountable, the device’s five models share the same push-button layout so they can be consistently used in any location. All have Ethernet communications and a built-in web server and offer full two-way communication and transport control for DVD players. Some contain a thumb pad for navigating onscreen menus. Pricing ranges from $450 to $1,920. Also new, the TPS-6X has a tabletop, touchpanel design that makes it portable and versatile. When docked, the TPS-6X becomes a wired Cresnet- or Ethernet-connected panel with full-motion video display. The 6-inch controller also can recharge its battery and still allow for programs to be uploaded. To switch the controller to a wireless radio frequency device, just lift the panel off the dock. It costs $3,200. Learn more at


Vicon Industries and Verint Systems have partnered up to create the Nextiva S2800e, a new IP PTZ (pan, tilt, and zoom) dome camera. The high-performance camera can be deployed for use in indoor or outdoor settings and for day-to-night operation in environments that have low light or have a wide range of lighting conditions. A digital slow shutter handles low-light areas. Verint’s encoding technology enables users to view images at a high resolution but store them at lower resolution so that there is less bandwidth and storage consumption. The camera, developed from Vicon’s SurveyorVFT camera dome, also offers programmable tilting, autopan, and alarm inputs. Pricing starts at $2,495. Learn more at

Schools from Inigral is an extension of Facebook that connects students at their respective college or university through shared affiliations such as academic major, athletic team, or student organization. The social network application has features parallel to Facebook, with a focus on connection and interaction rather than course management. It is set up to enable users to interact with classmates, friends, instructors, and others with shared affiliations that have opted in directly and lets them view information such as course calendars and memberships. It is designed to be managed by an IHE and plugged into its database, allowing administrators to control information sharing. Currently in a limited beta version, the application is open to participants to try out for a $5,000 fee. Learn more at


The Polycom Converged Management Application aids in managing and deploying videoconferencing networks by unifying them so that administrators can have control over their operations. The application helps to streamline workflows to centralize the management of conferences, devices, and systems and provides gatekeeping, scheduling, and directory management. Administrators can automate software updates and establish network stipulations. A key component in this solution is the CMA Desktop, a PC-based video software application that creates contact lists from a corporate directory and then easily launches video calls when the user clicks on contacts. It indicates whether or not fellow users are present and then connects to them. The software also supports high-definition video, voice, and content sharing. Pricing, which includes site licensing, starts at $20,000. Learn more at

Vinpower Digital has unveiled a line of eight Xerox-branded DVD/CD duplicators that possess a “drag and drop” function for making digital copies of any media. Users can connect the duplicator to a PC through a USB cable, highlight the images to be transferred, and then just drag them over to the duplicator’s internal hard drive—all without having to produce a master disc—for each project. These manual tower duplicators range from having one to 15 write drives, each of which can operate independently from a PC. Several models also offer 256MB buffer memory for more reliable high-speed duplication with reduced buffer under-run errors. Pricing for the line begins at $355 for the Xerox D101 Disc Duplicator and goes up to $2,185 for the Xerox D1015 Disc Duplicator. Visit


Casio has four new super-slim projectors that are thin bodied and focus on fixed projection and support RS-232 connectivity. All are equipped with a wide-angle 2X power zoom lens, allowing for distances starting at 2.8 feet and going up to 30 feet, and can be operated remotely. The XJ-SC210 and the XJ-SC215 are designed to produce strong color accuracy; they have 2500 lumens, a color-rendering light engine algorithm, and an improved color wheel. The XJ-S57 and XJ-S52 center on applying brightness, with a 3000 ANSI lumens output, which is needed in venues such as classrooms or conferences. Both the XJSC215 and XJ-S57 have a USB port for wireless connectivity for notebooks and allow up to four PCs to connect at one time. The pricing range is $1,299-$1,599. Visit


The Epson WorkForce 500 and the Epson WorkForce 600 by Epson are all-in-one printers designed to deliver laser-quality documents at a high speed. Both models have a 2.5-inch tilt LCD screen, an automatic document feeder, and built-in memory card slots. The printers also have four-color individual ink cartridges so that users can replace just the color they need. They perform double-sided printing and make documents resistant to fading, water, and smudges, yet friendly to highlighter markings. They differ on some features. The WorkForce 600 ($199.99) can print up to 38 black or color pages per minute and 38 copies per minute, and it has built-in Wi-Fi and wired networking. The WorkForce 500 ($129.99) prints up to 33 pages per minute and 31 copies per minute, and it has a wired connection. Check out the printers at


TopSchool has released the TopSchool SLM 2.0, a student lifecycle management system designed to provide officials with the data they need for making informed decisions for student recruitment and retention and proper learning environments. Set up as a software as a service (SaaS) model, the system collects information in a cycle that starts with student prospects and continues through students’ entire time at their institution. Users can customize the software to set up their key variables. Pricing for the system is based on a per-student fee and can cost as little as a few dollars per student per month. Learn more at