WHAT'S NEW

WHAT'S NEW

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Touchpanels are making the management of A/V equipment easier. With a high-contrast 5.7- inch color touchscreen and a 640 x 480 video window display, the <em>Isys TPS-6L Wall Mount Touchpanel</em> from <b>Crestron</b> enables users to incorporate features such as full-motion video display from video servers, cable TV, or even security cameras, right on the touchscreen. It contains WAV (waveform audio format) file audio feedback, a built-in microphone, an amplified speaker option, and a faceplate containing 12 programmable "hard key" pushbuttons. These optional pushbuttons align with fluctuating text and graphics onscreen to support context-sensitive menu functions such as lighting presets, channels, or digital media files. High-speed Ethernet provides easy network integration and communication. A built-in light sensor automatically adjusts the display brightness for optimal visibility in the room. It's designed for easy flush-mount installation in a wall, lectern, or flat surface. Pricing is around $2,400 but varies depending on programming and installation. Learn more at www.crestron.com.

Designed for those who rely heavily on e-mail communication, <em>Email Object</em> by <b>Melissa Data</b> verifies e-mail addresses in databases, address books, and spreadsheets, or from a website form. The API tool offers three optional degrees of verification to ensure only legitimate e-mail addresses are saved to a database. Users can remove invalid characters and correct and update the domains of addresses in batch or at point-of-entry. Features include batch and point-of-entry validation, editable spelling lists, custom blacklisted and valid domains, and a list of 125,000-plus valid domains. Available for Windows and UNIX-based users, Email Object can be purchased as part of the Data Quality Suite-a toolkit for complete contact data verification (pricing starts at $3,100 depending on volume per record)-or as a stand-alone for $1,295 per year. For a free trial or more information, visit www.melissadata.com/emailobject/emailobjres.asp.

One advisor responsible for 100 or more students is a poor ratio for monitoring student retention. Created in partnership between the <b>University of Southern California</b> and <b>Urban Insight</b>, <em>UAdvise</em> identifies students who are at risk for not graduating within four to six years. It presently focuses on undergraduate students. This web-based software program leverages 20 indicators, among them, courses that have not been completed or a significant drop in GPA. Serving as a central online repository for advising information, users can assess each student's academic situation and map out needed or required courses. It also tracks communication with students through personalized e-mails, logs all advising records, tracks course data, and generates online multi-year course plans. Pricing depends in part on school size. A typical 10,000-student university would pay an estimated $90,000 the first year, which includes a $30,000 startup cost and a monthly fee of $5,000. Learn more at http://uadvise.urbaninsight.com.

<b>Swann Communications</b> has released the <em>DVR 16-8500AI,</em> a 16-channel security monitoring solution that offers professional grade security with features such as a 3D operating system and high-speed search engine. Its H.264 level video compression allows users to see more detail on screen and view large files over the web or network, while taking up less storage space. A menu system and USB port mouse operation make navigation easier, and the DVR can automatically detect the user's IP address. Its hard drive can record up to one month of continuous video footage from 16 cameras. The solution sells for $1,499. Check it out at www.swannsecurity.com.

Two new <b>Hitachi</b> 3LCD projectors boast a variety of wireless connectivity and built-in networking capabilities and share many features. The <em>CP-X417</em> ($3,695) and the <em>CP-X308</em> ($3,295) allow for monitoring and managing of one or more projectors from a remote location. Users can schedule power on/off events on an hourly, daily, and weekly basis and carry out e-mail alerts for scheduled maintenance or error conditions. Each weighing 8.8 pounds, the projectors' 802.11 b/g wireless features allow users to connect and present with four PCs simultaneously. Also, the <em>CP-X807</em> 3LCD projector ($5,995) displays images via a 1.2x manual zoom lens, with a throw distance of up to 42.4 feet. It can be remotely controlled and maintained through a LAN connection. An optional wireless card provides easy wireless connectivity. A High-Definition Multimedia Interface input transmits uncompressed digital audio/video streams, while a USB reader enables PC-less presentation and a full range of connectivity options. Go to www.hitachi.com.

<em>ELMSelect,</em> by <b>ELM Resources,</b> enables IHEs to give students the capability of comparing loan rates and fees from the schools' listing of suggested lenders at no cost to either party. The website displays popular loan types, including Stafford, Plus, and private, along with providing additional lenders for added selection. It allows full disclosure of preferred lender criteria to help schools meet new federal lender list requirements. Schools can personalize their pages in terms of branding, controlling the display order of preferred lenders, and adding links to other resources such as contact information. A two-step lender comparison feature provides a straightforward evaluation and focused lender choices to students. There's also access to a free online calculator for student use. Visit www.elmselect.com.

<b>PeopleCube</b>'s latest version of <em>Resource Scheduler</em> contains new features for managing space usage through an eco-friendly, low-cost operation. Designed to schedule temporary office space, an office hoteling module lets users search for and reserve space by looking at a map to check in and out reservations. It also tracks down colleagues' reserved workspaces so nearby areas can be reserved when appropriate, and determines when reserved space is not actually used. A telecommuting analysis report calculates carbon emissions saved when employees telecommute, while a videoconference savings report illustrates cost, productivity, and carbon emissions put aside due to not traveling to meet in person. Compatible with Microsoft Exchange 2007 and supporting Microsoft Outlook shared calendars, the solution is now also available in a Spanish version. Pricing is $35 per seat for on-premises, or $2 per seat per month for on-demand (software as a service), plus 5 to 8 percent of energy savings for the dashboard. Go to www.peoplecube.com.

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