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Free consultations from the Control Room Group. Who says there’s no such thing as a “free lunch?”

By David Jones, Sales Manager Control Room Group

Just recently, I had the opportunity to review a control center request for proposal that was sent to us by a client in one of our vertical markets. We had been working with this client on a regular basis over the past few years helping them design their control room facility.

De ja vu all over again set in as I was sure I’d seen the specification before. After a little investigation I was surprised to find that we had indeed responded to the very same specification not once but twice in the last year.

Each of the three clients had used the same firm as their consulting engineering company and each had been given the exact same specification down to the bullet points.

Although the three companies were prominent in the same vertical market, the problem is that the three had entirely different needs, missions and budgets insofar as their technology requirements in the control center. As I’ve mentioned before in my blog, there is no one size fits all control room design or set of control room technologies, but let me say it one more time – There is no one size fits all control room design or set of control room technologies.

The Control Room Group has more than 450 clients that we’ve designed and built control rooms for over the last eight years and we’ve never built the same room twice. The likelihood that these three clients had exactly the same control room requirements was pretty slim.

Also, as you might have heard me say here before that the Control Room Group works with all the manufactures of mission critical components to create a custom solution that is specifically designed to meet your unique control room requirements using common off the shelf components.

So, here’s where the “free lunch” comes in. If you’re in the process of designing a control room facility using an in house or outside resource (aka consultant) I’ll make you a special offer.

If you or your consultant contacts me at David.Jones@avispl.com before the end of the year – December 31, 2010 – we will provide your project with either a FREE system design that exactly meets your needs or a FREE system design review and subsequent comment and suggestion report.

So, maybe there really is such a thing as a “free lunch?”

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Learn How Cisco’s TelePresence Was Used in This K-12 School District to Reduce Costs & Engage Students

Curious to know how TelePresence can make a positive impact in your school? Join us on Wednesday, September 29, as AVI-SPL and Cisco hosts an informative seminar on these topics – one that’s geared specifically towards the special needs of K-12 educators like you.  Don’t miss out, as the seminar starts at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT.

Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

Located in rural Southeast Oklahoma, the Howe Public Schools District serves approximately 480 pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. Challenged by federal mandates to offer more content, Howe lacked the financial resources to hire the number of teachers needed to comply. Today, Howe is partnering with four different schools to deliver courses, adding video to online classrooms, podcasting class sessions and improving professional development for faculty.

Join Dr. Lance Ford and Superintendent Scott Parks to learn how they are using Cisco TelePresence to:

  • Maximize faculty resources through distance learning
  • Provide access to experts and content not available otherwise
  • Unite multi-cultural student groups for collaboration and learning
  • Expand professional development programs
  • Provide on-demand access to content and lectures anytime, anywhere
  • Reduce costs and improve efficiencies for administration tasks

Register today to learn how you too can video-enable Telepresence in your school!

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University of Georgia Uses Telepresence to Reach More Students and Retain Faculty – Learn How.

Join Cisco and AVI-SPL on Tuesday, September 28 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT for an informative webinar.

Learn first-hand how Telepresence brings students and faculty together, while at the same time retaining faculty, increasing elective offerings and reaching more students.

Sit in on a conversation with Sarah Wardlaw Jones, program coordinator for the Millikan Educational Resources Center at the University of Georgia’s College of Pharmacy. Her school’s four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program has faculty and students located across the state. With interactive video communication, faculty and students are seeing better use of their time and more in-depth and active learning, as well as significant cost reductions.

Register today to learn how you too can video-enable Telepresence in your school!

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Host

Dr. Lance Ford is an educational technology advocate for Cisco’s Collaboration team. He is focused on helping students attain their maximum potential through various technical tools.

Speaker

Sarah Wardlaw Jones is the IT Manager for the Millikan Educational Resources group at the University of Georgia, College of Pharmacy. She is responsible for the management of the College’s instructional technology and classroom support program.

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How Does RoomPro ONE Virtual Control Panel and Microphone System Improve Learning?

Every teacher wants a learning tool that is easy to use, affordable and worth the investment. RoomPro ONE is a fully integrated, all-in-one classroom control and microphone system that enables K-12 educators to provide an enhanced audio and video experience to improve student learning.

RoomPro ONE is equipped with a built-in infrared (IR) microphone system that offers optimized voice enhancement and 360° sound reinforcement for full-classroom auditory learning. It also includes a wall panel for simple, one-touch control and notably features a Virtual Control Panel.

The system is priced with tight school budgets in mind. “Our system is well-positioned to help schools create the classroom of tomorrow within the budget limitations of today. It essentially can be purchased for what you would expect to pay for a classroom microphone system alone,” says Dean Olds, president of RoomPro Technologies.

RoomPro ONE has also been well received by school technology specialists because it is engineered for quick installation. “RoomPro ONE includes a one-of-a-kind, all-metal ceiling enclosure that attaches cleanly to the ceiling and integrates four hi-fidelity speakers, audio amplifier, A/V switcher and projector mount-all in one,” he says. “And since our system is designed to be installed in under an hour…” adds Olds.

RoomPro ONE also includes a full complement of voice amplification options, starting with an IR pendant-style microphone that features an audio input jack for seamless connection to an iPod® or MP3 player or a separate plug-in headset teachers can wear comfortably around their necks if they prefer.

RoomPro ONE Package Includes:

  • Ceiling Speaker Enclosure with Integrated Speakers and Amplifier
  • Three-Input User Control Panel (2 VGA with Audio, 1 Composite with Stereo Audio)
  • IR Pendant Style Microphone with Lanyard, and Optional Plug-In Headset
  • Universal Projector Mount
  • (2) 35′ Plenum CAT5e Cables For Connecting User Panel to Ceiling Enclosure
  • 6′ Projector Cable Pack (RS-232, VGA, Composite)
  • 15′ VGA w/Audio
  • Mounting Hardware (Turnbuckles, Wire, and Screws)
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty

Accessories Include:

  • Surface mount panel wall box
  • 2nd hand-held mic
  • Extended warranty

System Specifications

  • Amplifier – 40 watts Stereo at 4 Ohm
  • Speakers – (4) 5 1/4″ poly woofers with butyl surround and 3/4″
  • Sensitivity – 91 dB
  • Frequency Response – 50 Hz – 20,000Hz
  • All-Metal Enclosed System – For Easy Above-Ceiling Installation

How RoomPro ONE Works

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Want to find out how RoomPro’s all-in-one classroom control and microphone system can fit your needs and budget? Contact us at (866) 559-8197 or click here to request more information. »

Get Creative with Your School Bulletin Boards Using Your VariQuest Cutout and Poster Maker

Over the summer the bulletin boards and walls were stripped of their decorations and now it’s time to rebuild. Take some time to explore what your Cutout Maker can do to help create stunning bulletin boards!

With the scalable lettering and multiple fonts available, you can create some excellent titles for your boards! The shape library also includes great cutouts to highlight a ton of educational subjects from science related themes like cell parts to physical education. Use the search by keyword option to see if your current lesson plan has anything available to use!

Bullentin Board Examples

Student work can be framed with exciting borders or stapled to the bulletin board with fun designs protecting the corners of the pages. Decorate and get creative! The more eye catching your bulletin board is, the more likely a student will be to take time to stop and learn something new as they mingle in the hallways.

Sometimes information is easier to display using a Poster. That’s where your handy Poster Maker can spring into action!

As your parent teacher conferences and open house nights are rapidly approaching, utilize the Poster Maker to create some really helpful directional posters. Use the “search by keyword” feature to find the arrow posters. These can be customized to help your guests find their way around the school. For large high school campuses, why not scan and print some maps and post them around the school to help the guests find their way around the school? These maps are great for the incoming freshmen too!

With new students, you might need to find a way to help teach them your school’s rules and policies. Use the Poster Maker to help post important information. There are even some great high impact colors like the fluorescent orange on black that can help grab attention. The orange on black posters are perfect for posting safety information!

Want to share your creative ideas using the VariQuest products? Let us know by emailing victoria.cobb@avispl.com »

Order your Cutout Maker and Poster Maker accessories and supplies online! Visit variquest.avispl.com »