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University Business, Oct 2006

The Versatility line of notebooks from Seneca Data can be personalized with a custom designed top panel. The Versatility 15.4AV notebook features Intel dual-core processors, advanced 945 chipset functionality, enhanced wireless capabilities, and improved battery performance. The units are part of the Verified by Intel (VBI) program, which takes a multi-layered approach to providing quality hardware, technical service, and support. VBI units are designed on common building blocks with seven common components that are used across different makes and models, which are customizable to specific end-user needs. A standard configuration can cost between $1,300 and $1,400. Visit

There is a new player in the emergency communication market. NTI Group has launched its Connect-ED service for higher education. The company started with a K-12 offering, which it reformatted for the postsecondary market. The service is web-based and fully hosted, includes security and privacy technology, allows users to store up to six numbers per contact, can deliver the same message by either voicemail or e-mail, and tracks delivery. Pricing varies; the most comprehensive package, which includes unlimited, campuswide calling to all students and staff, is $3.60 per student contact. Various custom-tailored programs are also available. Get the details at

Interesting training programs, demonstrations, and presentations can be just a point and click away with Captivate 2 from Adobe. The program allows users to set up software simulations by capturing on-screen actions, which can then either run automatically or walk participants through the proper steps. Flash-based content can be added without the user needing to know Flash, and interactive training scenarios that include video can be created or modified easily. The software will be available in early October for an education price of $199; the regular price is $599, with an upgrade costing $299. Visit www

The CyberLock EntryPoint electronic system offers lock cylinders that cannot be picked and keys that cannot be duplicated. The grand master key contains a unique family code used to program locks via infrared communication with the CyberKey. Users can log on to the Videx website to register their key, back up their system, and request a new family code to prevent a lost key from opening locks. No programming software is required. The IR Encoder is an infrared port with a USB connection that's used for communication between the key and service website. Pricing starts at $441 per system. Learn more at

It's a projector, it's a document camera, it's the TLP-XC2500U from Toshiba. Users extend an integrated arm to access the camera, which has 3-megapixel resolution, 16x zoom, and built-in LED light. The projector features 2500 ANSI lumens, XGA 1024x768 resolution, and 400:1 contrast ratio. For security, the unit won't operate without the proper password. It also has auto set-up, quick cool down, and low operating noise. Suggested retail price is $1,539. If transformers aren't your style, Toshiba has also released the wireless TDP-TW100U, which has 2700 lumens and retails for $1,699. See them at www

Disc Makers offers many choices when it comes to DVD and CD duplication. The ReflexAuto3, priced at $1,890, and ReflexAuto8, at $4,790, are automated towers that hold 100 and 1,000 discs, respectively. The systems' robotic arm means operators don't have to change the discs manually. The Pico is a smaller automated duplicator that will hold 25 discs and is Mac compatible. It costs $699. The Elite MaxPrint, priced at $1,990, is an automated, on-disc inkjet printer that holds up to 280 discs and includes label design software. Finally, Ultra HydroShield rewritable CDs have a unique surface that dries instantly to a glossy surface that locks in ink to protect the image from smudging, humidity, and small spills. They are sold in packs of 100 for 89 cents each. See details at

Horizon Wimba has released Pronto, a free instant messaging and voice chat tool that allows students and instructors to spontaneously meet live online at any time to discuss their coursework. Features include instant messaging, voice over IP audio, and group IM and VoIP. The software integrates with Blackboard or WebCT so contact lists automatically populate according to class rosters, and teachers and T.A.s display differently for ease of identification. The software is currently available for prerelease clients and will be available to all education institutions for free in fall 2006. Schools interested in reserving their campuswide license can sign up at

Hitachi has expanded its interactive whiteboard line with the Starboard FX-63 and FX-77. The series offers screen sizes of 63 and 77 inches; faster tracking speed; fully customizable function buttons that enable the use of StarBoard software without the constant use of on-screen menus; and a customizable toolbar to further enhance speed and flexibility. Available in a choice of USB wired or Bluetooth wireless configurations, the whiteboards can be integrated with new or existing equipment, including computers, LCD projectors, and data scanners. Prices for the FX-63 and FX-77 range from $1,119 to $1,599, depending on model configuration and including software and mounting brackets. See more at

Ideal for installations involving large power amplifiers on a common circuit, the UL-listed MPR-SEQ is a six-step controller that sequentially powers on components, while saving space within an integrated enclosure system. Providing an economical, space-saving control solution for its Modular Power Raceway (MPR) System, Middle Atlantic Products sequencing can be initiated locally via a front panel switch, as well as remotely using a wall plate or rack-panel mount switch, or via any contact closure switch. Designed with versatility in mind, the MPR-SEQ Sequencing Controller can be installed within an MPR raceway or as a stand-alone module that does not require any additional front rack space. The list price is $197. Visit

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