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Keep the Student in Mind When Building a Distance Learning Environment
The University of Maryland has a new distance learning center that includes a Polycom videoconferencing system, Mediasite webcasting, NEC LCD displays, an Extron annotator and a Wacom digital graphics tablet. The spaces also include lighting from BrightLine and acoustic panels from MBI. The classrooms were designed to create a more intimate distance learning experience that mirrors the traditional classroom in both style and content. Classes are streamed live.

Channel Vision 1.3 Megapixel Mini IP Dome Camera Controlled by App
The 6532 1.3 Megapixel Mini IP Dome Camera can be used and controlled via a Web browser or through the use of the Channel Vision's smart device app.

Google Play to Offer Digital Textbooks for College Students
Google Play will offer digital textbooks for college students in August. Discounts of up to 80 percent off traditional textbook prices will be available.

Extron Introduces the PC 101 AC Power Controller
Extron Electronics introduces the PC 101. This one input, one output AC power controller is designed to provide remote power management for AV devices. When paired with a controller or control processor equipped with relays, such as the MediaLink MLC 226 IP or IP Link IPL 250, the PC 101 can be configured to turn a device ON or OFF at scheduled times for security and energy savings purposes.

Matrox Updates MuraControl 2.0 for Windows Video Wall Management Software
The newly issued update provides electronics professionals more control over content and layouts.

WattStopper LMPC-100-5 DLM PIR Occupancy Sensor Aims High
The newly announced LMPC-100-5 occupancy sensor can be used in areas with ceiling heights of 20 feet to 40 feet.

School Security System Integration Market to Rise More than 80 Percent
In the wake of recent school tragedies, school spending on security and surveillance system integration is expected to grow spurring the market to rise more than 80 percent by 2017. School security systems help to deter crime from happening on campus and greatly reduce response time in the event of an emergency. Information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS) details this information in a new report.

Extron Releases H.264 Streaming Media Decoder for Pro AV Applications
The SMD 101 offers integration-friendly control capabilities, including an optional handheld IR remote, wired IR, RS-232, or Ethernet. And an easy-to-navigate Web interface provides simple, flexible control and management.

Dr. Amar Bose - The Man Who Made Audio a Household Priority Dies at 83
July 12, 2013 - Dr. Amar Bose, the man who made audio a household priority dies at 83. It was the combination of Bose' genius, passion, need to understand how music is processed by the listener as well as brilliant marketing that transformed his name into a brand name to be reckoned with. TechDecisions, editor-in-chief, Cindy Davis recalls a discussion during a press conference where Bose shared a story about his work on brain-controlled prosthetics while at MIT.

LG Display Announces New Full HD LCD Panel for Smartphones
LG Display announces the unveiling of their new full HD LCD panel for smartphones. The 5.2-inch panel is 2.2mm thin with a 2.3mm bezel and features LG Displays One-Glass-Solution (OGS), which is implemented for the first time with this product.

CompTIA ChannelCon a True Collaboration
Formerly known as Breakaway, this year’s CompTIA ChannelCon 2013 conference will focus on education, partnering and peer-to-peer connections and more than 100 exhibitors in the ChannelCon Technology Vendor Fair.

VUE Audiotechnik Announces New al-8 Compact Line Array System
Shipping this fall, the al-8 joins the al-4 Subcompact Line Array System, making the al-8 the second in VUE’s al-Class. The al-8 features beryllium compression drivers, Kevlar/Neodynium transducers, onboard networking and full compatibility with VUEPoint beam-steering technology.

AV/IT Convergence in Education: A Q&A with a University Media Support Engineer
Steven Douglas, media support engineer at Central Washington University talks about AV/IT convergence and the challenges technology staff face when merging departments. He shares tips for conversion including which products to start. He also explains how to future-proof technology investments.

NSCA Offering Free MNEC Symposium Registration
The NSCA Education Foundation is announcing its second free MNEC Symposium. The foundation has set aside money to cover the full $249 registration cost for qualifying integrators, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) and other code officials for the second MNEC Symposium, scheduled Oct. 22-23, 2013 at the Four Points by Sheraton BWI Airport Hotel in Baltimore. There is a limit of one free registration per company.

What You Need to Know to Create the Best A/V RFP - Learn What Makes a Good Request for Proposal
Expert tips on how to create the Best A/V RFP. A good Request for Proposal needs to have a clearly-defined scope. Understanding new technologies, the attention to detail that accounts for every circumstance needs to be tempered with the clarity that prevents it from becoming an overwhelming document.




Colleges with eduroam can centrally authenticate student users to log in to their networks securely across the U.S. and Europe with mobile devices.