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W H AT ' S N E W Looking for higher-education technology products and services? Start here. Edited by Michele Herrmann Tilt and Zoom Better Control on the Presentation 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 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 Promoting Student Connection 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 Unified Video Conferencing 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 58 | October 2008

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - October 2008

University Business - October 2008
Editor's Note
College Index
Company Index
Advisory Board
Behind the News
Future Shock
On the Hill
The Changing Chaplaincy
Stop, Thief!
Chief Business Officers Speak Out
Independent Outlook
Internet Technology
What's New
End Note

University Business - October 2008