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UW Colleges Standardizing On Biamp Nexia VC And Nexia TC For Distance Learning Application

New statewide initiative uses the latest technologies to deliver content to every UW College campus.

Wausau, Wisconsin, October 9, 2007 — Embarking on a two-year phase-in of new teleconferencing and videoconferencing systems, the University of Wisconsin (UW) Colleges – a network of 13 two-year, freshman and sophomore sub-campuses under the University of Wisconsin – is in the beginning stages of upgrading all of its conferencing capabilities at each of its satellite campuses across the state. The first phase started this summer and will be completed before classes begin in September. The next phase will be completed by the end of summer 2008.

Each UW College campus hosts a distance conferencing classroom to provide students greater access to instructors with specific skills sets -i.e. foreign languages or medical courses

“Our main goal is to replace our antiquated audio conferencing processors with Biamp‘s new Nexia VC and Nexia TC processors,” said Scott Bouffleur, UW Non Online Distance Education (NODE) Coordinator. “In nearly every conferencing room we‘ve installed a single Nexia VC alongside a Nexia TC to facilitate both teleconferencing and videoconferencing with Biamp‘s TrueSound AEC capabilities. In rooms with more than eight microphones, we‘re using two Nexia VC units with a single Nexia TC. So far the installation has progressed very smoothly and we‘re quite pleased with the performance of the Nexias.”

The Nexia VC processors interface with Polycom video codecs to aggregate incoming audio and mix and route those signals accordingly. In each room, the instructor has a number of different source inputs to choose from at the podium, including a computer input, a DVD player and a CD player. The Nexias‘ built-in TrueSound AEC algorithm provides high-quality acoustic echo cancellation so that microphones in close proximity to each other and to speakers in the room are not re-transmitting incoming audio or clipping other audio signals. The Crestron control panel in each room is used to control room volume via the Nexia, as well as switch between input sources, among other functions.

Bouffleur noted, “In addition to integrating the Nexia processors, we are also upgrading our Crestron control systems so that we can utilize the network-friendly functionality of the Nexia and Crestron eControls. With these new Biamp and Crestron components we can access all of our system settings via IP and we can upload new configurations quickly and remotely, saving us a lot of time and energy by not having to visit each campus separately.”

With regard to the new Biamp Nexia VC and Nexia TC, Bouffleur recounts that the price point was what initially attracted UW Colleges. “As a state entity, we have to be very selective with how we use our allotted funds. We realized the Nexia price would free up some additional budget to install other components in the system, and then, when we actually heard it perform, we placed an order right away.”

“Additionally, we‘ve identified some newer videoconferencing units with HD capabilities that we may upgrade to in the future. The Nexias give us the flexibility to expand and upgrade to those solutions, if needed, and that is peace of mind that is extremely valuable for us.”

About Biamp Systems
A leading international provider of professional installed audio electronics, Biamp Systems (www.biamp.com) is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, and is recognized for delivering high quality and innovative electronic products, including the award winning Audia® Digital Audio Platform, Nexia® family of digital signal processors and TrueSound™ AEC algorithm. Its products are designed to meet the audio requirements for a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, theater complexes, courtrooms, houses of worship, educational centers, public venues and other installed audio applications.

For more information on Biamp Systems‘ full line of products or to request a product catalog, please visit www.biamp.com or contact: Biamp Systems, 10074 SW Arctic Dr., Beaverton, OR 97005; Tel: (800) 826-1457 or (503) 641-7287; Fax: 503.626.0281
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