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SMARTboard Video Conferencing Solutions Launched by VideoCentric

News item: December 6, 2004

VideoCentric has announced that it is now offering a series of six newly integrated SMART Board Solutions for Schools, Colleges, Universities, Training Organisations and Board-rooms which allow the lecturer to easily make Video Conference and Video Streaming calls, by dialling out on the touch controlled screen or lectern.

The SMARTboard-VC packages come in a variety of forms to suit those who already have SMARTBoard’s and projectors installed, or those who are considering front or rear projection interactive whiteboards for the first time. All packages offer high quality, advanced pan, tilt & zoom features, H.323 IP broadband connectivity with H.320 ISDN options, and they use the new H.264 standard to improve quality at lower call speeds. The familiar SMART- Technologies tools are supplied with each bundle and teachers can even reach remote students by streaming a video lesson directly to one or many Internet PCs.

SMARTboard-VC Lite – An entry-level package for small groups, costing less than £800, where SMART board and high spec PC are already installed. The upgrade kit includes PTZ camera, wall-bracket, high definition H.323 software, one-to-many streaming, table-top echo canceling microphone, USB adapter, camera control cable and drivers.

SMARTBoard-VC FrontPro – Same as for the Lite package but complete with wall-mounting 60” SMARTboard, 2000 ANSI Lumens Projector with ceiling-mount kit and high-spec Windows XP PC. Options include full installation, SMARTBoard user training course and 48”or 72” screens.

SMARTBoard-VC RearPro – Same as for the Front-Pro package but complete with 67” SB2000i-XGA rear projection SMART-board cabinet with internal Video/Data Projector. Full UK installation is included.

SMARTBoard-VC Plasma – An executive training package complete with a wall-mounting 50” True XGA Plasma screen, SMART touch screen Plasma overlay, PTZ camera & bracket, high definition H.323 software in HT-spec PC, tabletop echo canceling microphone and speakers. Options include full installation, plasma-trolley and 42” or 61” screens in silver or grey.

SMARTBoard-VC Lectern – A large hall package where a pull-down or electric projector screen is already installed. The bundle includes SMART ID-250 touch-screen LCD package for podium, low-light PTZ camera, high definition H.323 software, echo canceling microphone and high-spec PC with keyboard & remote. Options include full installation, high performance projectors, screens, lectern, audio mixer and wide variety of microphones.

SMARTBoard-VC Elite – An exclusive boardroom package where a SMART Board is installed by VideoCentric behind hinged doors inside a craftsman-finished wooden credenza in a choice of quality veneers. The bundle comes complete with luxury cabinet, 60” front-projection board, ceiling-mounted Projector, HDVC Video Conferencing Codec, Touch screen user-interface software with QWERTY remote and full installation. Options include matching boardroom table, chairs, in-built drinks refrigerator and even your Company’s own logo in-laid into the grain of the wood finish. Demonstrations of multiple furniture options finished to the very highest standards are available.

David Shimell, Sales Director for VideoCentric, said, “these new teaching and corporate training packages are available now and can be adapted for existing users of other interactive whiteboards such as TDS, Hitachi, Cleverboard or Promethean. A software developer’s toolkit is also available for integrators wishing to build interactive video conferencing and streaming into vertical applications, eg. tele-medicine, medical teaching, banking, finance and legal. The FrontPro package was demonstrated at the WAVE 2004 show in London and this will be followed by an educational training day in January for BECTA resellers shortly after BETT 2005”. SMARTBoard training courses are available through VideoCentric Ltd for both new and existing customers of SMART technologies products.

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