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Zachary Community School District Chooses Hitachi Software T-Series Panels


– Louisiana school district permanently installs 180 Hitachi Software T-Series StarBoard panels throughout five schools. —

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, www.hitachi.us, September 13, 2007 – When seeking a more interactive and engaging form of communication between teachers and students, educators from Zachary Community School District in Zachary, Louisiana toured various other schools and institutions in the region as a part of their research into the best interactive presentation solution for their five-school district. After seeing the Hitachi Software StarBoard T-Series panels in action at an Atlanta school, their answer became clear.

“We started with three T-15XL panels in our high school math classes,” explained Ms. Adonica Pelichet Duggan, Communications Specialist, Zachary Community School District. “We‘re now up to 180 total panels throughout the district, most of those being the T-17SXL model, and our teachers continue to be impressed with the overall increase in student participation and enthusiasm.”

“Our district has been ranked number one in the state for the past two years, and our goal is to continue that by providing our teachers with resources to make their lessons as engaging for the students as possible,” Ms. Duggan continued.

Joe Rush of MIS Technology in Baton Rouge handled the product introduction and transition for the school district. “We‘ve installed a complete interactive presentation solution in the classrooms in Zachary with the standard setup being a Hitachi Software StarBoard T-17SXL panel, a Hitachi CP-X260 ceiling mounted LCD projector and a 120-inch screen, creating a visually stimulating and interactive environment for the students,” said Mr. Rush.

The results have been noticeable according to both Ms. Duggan and Mr. Rush. “Every student is engaged in the technology,” said Mr. Rush. “Teachers are actively letting students operate the T-Series panels and the students are excited to ‘play with the toy,‘ which is key in a society where kids are surrounded by other interactive electronic technologies such as cell phones, video games and MP3 players.”

Hitachi Software‘s T-Series panels are available in the two models. Ideal for desktops and lecterns, the compact 15-inch T-15XLG and 17-inch T-17SXLG both allow teachers to directly face the classroom while presenting materials to students, preserving the flow of a presentation. Utilizing Hitachi Software‘s StarBoard software technology, teachers and students alike can annotate directly on the panel using the wireless pen stylus, having the notations immediately appear on the screen. The entire session can be saved and printed, providing valuable take-away notes for students.

About Hitachi
Hitachi America, Ltd., Ubiquitous Platform Systems Division, produces and markets a wide variety of digital products for business and consumers. The division‘s Consumer Group markets high-definition plasma televisions and monitors, LCD projection and flat panel HDTVs, LCD projectors, and DVD camcorders and DVD players. The division‘s Business Group markets LCD projectors, professional plasma monitors, interactive panels and whiteboards and security and observation system products through value added resellers, system integrators, distributors and OEM.

Hitachi Software Engineering America, Ltd. develops advanced interactive communications tools for education, training and boardroom applications including interactive whiteboards, plasma displays and tablets all powered by the company‘s category-leading StarBoard software. For more information about Hitachi Software, visit www.hitachi-soft.com.

Hitachi has a unique position in the marketplace by manufacturing and developing its own core technologies to provide consumers and businesses with optimal product performance in each of Hitachi’s product categories. For consumer products, please visit www.hitachi.us/tv. For business products, please visit www.hitachi.us/digitalmedia. For more information about electronic whiteboards and Starboard software, please visit Hitachi Software at www.hitachi-soft.com. Hitachi brand business products are connected through Hitachi‘s OneVision program, which makes it possible for any Hitachi business unit dealer to sell Hitachi products from other Hitachi business units.

Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., markets and manufactures a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, and consumer electronics, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout North America. For more information, visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 384,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2006 (ended March 31, 2007) consolidated revenues totaled 10,247 billion yen ($86.8 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at www.hitachi.com.

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