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The Connected Campus: The Cost-Effective Learning Environment: Remote Management of A/V Tech at Texas Woman's University Saved Money, Maximized Staff

Magazine article University Business

The Connected Campus: The Cost-Effective Learning Environment: Remote Management of A/V Tech at Texas Woman's University Saved Money, Maximized Staff

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A University Business Web Seminar Digest * Originally Presented on April 17, 2012

This second of the three-part Connected Campus webinars features a case study from Texas Woman's University, which used remote management and monitoring systems to achieve significant savings in equipment and energy costs, more efficiently manage staff time and improve the benefits of technology in classrooms and lecture halls.

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JACKIE DELUNA

Strategic Education Marketing

AMX Corporation

THE GLOBAL EDUCATION ALLIANCE PROGRAM RECENTLY conducted a series of roundtables on campuses from coast to coast. The alliance was created to provide universities with the opportunity to communicate, to collaborate, to share best practices and to reach out to one another for advice and help on installations.

During the Connected Campus tour, we sat with IT and AV staffs to learn their current needs and plans for future-proofing their digital campuses. They shared how they are looking to enhance and support the user experience with cost effective, scalable and stable solutions that centralize current technologies, but also adapt to emerging trends.

A common theme was the cost-effective learning environment that is sustainable and future-proof, but that also provides a return on investment. A connected campus is more than just efficiency and convenience; it also generates significant savings, which is really important.

There are three key ingredients to a cost-effective learning environment:

1. Centralized management--Using a resource like AMX Resource Management Suite really helps to ensure equipment uptime, reduces energy use and extends device and bulb life. It also helps maximize staff efficiency and provides critical reporting. RMS Enterprise is a scalable client-server-based system. The rich web app offers new widget-based dashboard enhancements and navigation. Ali of this is to simplify the operations support and security on the campus.

2. Future proofing investments. We are very proud of the new Enova products that combine all components you need to control any environment all in one box. They are true game changers. One box replaces a large rack of boxes and cables and dramatically simplifies AV distribution and control.

3. Energy management solutions. AV equipment wastes energy. A typical rack consumes 400 to 500 watts of power. Enova products reduce energy usage both in operation and in standby.

When all is said and done, standardization--as Casey discusses in her presentation--is key. It is impossible to overstate the importance of this. University sees significant cost savings in training and support, adaptation among users, and ease of management.

We are really excited to hear how Texas Woman's University utilized the RMS and achieved significant savings in projector bulbs, energy costs, and staff time by implementing remote monitoring and management that controls all devices in all classrooms.

CASEY FOULDS

Instructional Operations Systems Administrator

Texas Woman's University

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IN 2003, A TYPICAL CLASSROOM INSTALL WOULD COST up to $30,000 per room. It was typical for us to have a project list of 20 instructional spaces that would need some kind of technology consideration. We were moving from a rolling cart system to permanent installations with control systems. …

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