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University Business, Nov 2010

The LV-7590 Multimedia Projector from Canon U.S.A. delivers 7,000 lumens of brightness and a 1,800:1 contrast ratio, making it suitable for large venues. Five different optional lenses allow for the XGA-resolution projector to be tailored for front or rear projection applications. There are many features for controlling and enhancing an image's quality. A Color Control Device helps to deliver precise color while a Color Management feature can manually fine-tune specific hues. Installment and maintenance is made easier with a center lens body design and an auto-winding filtering system. The HDCP-compliant projector has the latest connectivity options, and can be integrated into a local control system or an existing network for remote monitoring. It has a suggested list price of $8,999. Visit

DefenCall, a personal emergency response app by Defentect Group, can dispatch voice, e-mail, or text-based alert messages with a press of a button from an iPhone to a first responder. Settings can be preconfigured for sending alerts to different responders or systems and by more than one delivery method. A GPS location is sent with an alert; e-mail messages send a link that will click through to a Google-mapped location. The app can be centrally administered and set to immediately call back the sender of an alert. Assistance with installing DefenCall's software platform as well as continuous tech support is offered. The platform can also be run in a test mode for system checks. DefenCall can be downloaded from iTunes for no initial cost. The annual user subscription fee is $60. Visit


Microsoft Office for Mac Academic 2011, a special edition made for higher education, can encourage project sharing and collaboration among users. New co-authoring tools enable students and administrators to work on a file from Word, PowerPoint or Excel from different locations, as well as letting colleagues work on, edit, and keep track of projects simultaneously in real time. Microsoft Office Web Apps also lets users access their work from any smart phone or computer with an internet connection. Another new addition is a ribbon that gives users all of the tools they need in one location. The suite includes Word for Mac, PowerPoint for Mac, Excel for Mac, Outlook for Mac, and Messenger for Mac. It is priced at $99. Volume licensing is available. Visit


The U.Commerce Mobile app by TouchNet Information Systems enables campus commerce to be conducted away from the office or computer. The app works with common smart phones and has three different modules. Mobile Dashboard lets administrators review campus-wide payments by date and time as well as payment history and activity. It also can send alerts about anomalies or matters that need attention. In the Marketplace, students and parents can browse and pay for campus merchandise. It also lets students register for events and classes. Bill+Payment provides a view of student account activity, letting users make and schedule payments and be alerted about account changes. Pricing can range from $5,000 to $20,000. Institutions that already have a U.Commerce license receive a discount. Visit

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