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University Business, June 2012

Secure Card Printing

The CP500 identification card printer from GET Group combines 600dpi pigment ink with user-upgradeable encoding features for personalized, secure card printing. The CP500 can produce contactless, contact, and magnetic stripe identification. Its retransfer print process enables edge-to-edge printing and the use of programmed primers over specific areas to allow for chip technology and encoded data anywhere on the card without requiring cut-outs to lamination. CP500 comes in multiple configurations, beginning at a $6,000 list price.

ADA Compliant Line

The Cirrus line of SMARTdesks height-adjustable sit/stand tables and desks meets ADA compliance codes and provides easy access for wheelchairs. Available in four different styles, Cirrus tables and desks are ratchet adjustable, featuring motorized lift, spring-pin, and floating balance pneumatic customizable tabletop options. Priced from $359, they can be made with contoured edges finished in 3D thermofoil, or laminate with PVC trim edges.

Informed Textbook Selection

With the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool from online bookstore and marketplace provider Akademos, Inc., faculty can more easily select textbooks based on quality and value. The online portal aims to reduce textbook costs by allowing faculty to access and compare textbooks across 3,600 subjects and 2 million books. The Akademos Comparison Wheel allows faculty to find their courses, view relevant textbooks by school adoptions, and save textbooks for later adoption. The tool, which is free for faculty, features peer reviews and an unbiased database of textbooks from both large and small publishers, including digital and eBooks, as well as Open Educational Resource textbooks and content.

Risk Mitigation On Call

Searchlight, a risk mitigation and traveler tracking tool from On Call International, provider of medical, security, and travel assistance, provides travel preparation, tracking, interactive communications, and social media integration to reduce health and safety risks for students and company employees when traveling anywhere in the world. The online portal, as well as the Searchlight mobile app, includes a traveler profile, trip details, and destination information. The product features a customized online resource center, a global-view dashboard, information and advisory tools, and access to a worldwide medical provider database.  Pricing varies by institution.

Collaborative Notebook App

The SMART Notebook app for iPad from SMART Technologies, a provider of collaboration solutions, allows students to use SMARTNotebook collaborative learning software on their personal or school-owned iPad. The application enables a seamless transition between whole-class, small-group, and personalized learning, allowing students and teachers with an iPad to utilize the lesson materials of SMART Notebook software anywhere and at anytime. Priced at $6.99, the app features a page sort viewer, zoom and pan, image insert, pen tools, object control, and language support, among other features.

Individualized Marketing

Prospect IQ, a data enhancement product from Experian QAS, enables institutions to gain a deeper understanding of their students by allowing them to leverage Experian ConsumerView data, including demographics, geographic data, and interests, and make effective business decisions in real time. It delivers individualized consumer insight at the point of contact, allowing businesses to prioritize high-value prospects and ensure rapid follow-up and effective offer strategies. Pricing varies based on institution size.

Handheld Conferencing

The Polycom RealPresence Mobile app for the Apple iPhone 4S and Android 4.0 is a secure, enterprise-grade video software solution that extends the reach of video collaboration beyond the conference room. Users can easily connect with other standards-based video systems, including immersive video rooms, group or desktop systems, laptops, tablets, and smartphones in HD quality. Users can view content by swapping the view between the content and meeting participants, with the image of blocking the video image during a meeting if desired. Polycom RealPresence Mobile is available as a free download in the Apple AppStore and the Android Market.

On-The-Go Testing

With the newest update to Blackboard’s mobile learning app, Blackboard Mobile Learn 3.0, students are able to take tests specifically designed for mobile devices and to receive push notifications when important updates or changes happen in their courses. It also provides a streamlined test authoring tool that allows instructors to quickly create mobile-compatible tests. Blackboard Mobile Learn 3.0 is available for clients using Blackboard Learn 9.1 and supports Android 2.2 and above and iOS 4.0 and above for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

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