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Mount St. Mary’s College performs large-scale classroom technology update with TecPodium Lecterns

College performs large-scale modernization using 70 uniform, user-friendly and fully integrated Tecom podiums

Tecom TecPodium Presenter at Mount St. Mary's College

Rosh Haayin, Israel – 30 September 2013 – Mount St. Mary’s College is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts college which provides a values-based undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles, California. Established in 1925, the College aims to train future female leaders committed to public service on a global level. The College also prides itself on the diversity of its student body and faculty, which includes a wide variety of religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
In 2010, Mount St. Mary’s College was presented with the opportunity to upgrade 60 classrooms for the intellectual and technological demands of the 21st century.

To improve the current teaching environment and prepare the College for future technological upgrades, Eric Kieselhorst, Director of Media Services and Stephanie Glick, former Academic Technology Director, began the assessment of all classroom technology aspects. It was important for the College to ensure that the pedagogic, academic and technological needs of the students and faculty were considered and included in the plan to update the classrooms.

Seeking and Finding: Easy to Use, Height Adjustable Lectern
In a teaching lectern the faculty wanted something that was height adjustable and had a small footprint. Pedagogically it was important that control of the classroom technology devices (e.g. projector, document camera, etc.) be accessible to the faculty member on the lectern so as not to break eye contact with the students. Prior to the new solution, faculty would turn to the wall and press buttons to control the technology. An integral part of the solution for Mount St. Mary’s College was found in the TecPodium Presenter Lectern from Tecom Electronics. It is economical, height adjustable, sturdy, sleek and sexy.

The TecPodium Presenter is an all-in-one, compact and clean-looking smart lectern solution. It has an interactive pen display and coupled with the classroom computer housed in its base, allows direct on-screen annotation of classroom materials. “After numerous surveys, interviews and discussions with faculty as to how technology could best serve their pedagogical needs in the classroom, we arrived at the conclusion that the TecPodium Presenter Lectern would meet the entire qualities faculty required” says Eric.
“Due to its sleek design, ease-of-use interface and the most practical ADA compliant height-adjustable lift in the industry, the Presenter has done wonders for faculty in the classroom”.

Aviv Brosilovski, Tecom CEO noted: “Tecom has been basing its products design on faculty feedback to ensure that it meets their needs while providing high performance, durability and cost effective solution higher-education institutions demand. Tecom solid reputation with worldwide installations in educational, corporate and government settings contributed to the level of confidence the College was looking for. We were glad to be part of this project and to work closely with the College, the AV system integrator and, of course, our REP firm in the territory.”

Swift Deployment of “Pod Rooms”
Tecom partnered with CCS Presentation Systems to sell and install 60 TecPodium Presenters to Mount St. Mary’s College over a three year period. During this time Presenters were installed in classrooms on both of the College’s campuses.

Eric and the College team worked with Tecom to customize the lectern to meet all of the needs. A software platform was installed on the computers that enables faculty to control the technology directly from the Presenter interactive monitor. To ensure that the technology worked seamless and was transparent, all control panels were removed from the walls and unnecessary controls were removed from the lectern. Thus alleviating any faculty confusion as to how to control the technology. After the first rooms were complete the faculty vied to be able to teach in the new “Pod Rooms”. The faculty and students are satisfied with the solution.

Mount St. Mary’s College use the Presenter as the hub of their A/V system where instructors use a control dashboard GUI run by a software control platform to power on the displays in the room, route the desired sources, control microphone and program volume and even record the class to a capture device if needed. The lecturer now has everything under his fingertips in the lectern. “The TecPodium Presenter secures the workstation, monitor and cables from potential alterations or damage, thereby limiting the number of Help Desk calls we receive and the days when a search in each classroom for projector remotes, workstations, and USB drives are over” states Eric.

The Result: Happy Tech Staff, Happy Instructors
The installation process was very smooth and the TecPodium Presenter has become the College’s standard for classroom instruction. “The instructors quickly became accustomed to the TecPodium Presenter as their control center and teaching station. The College has been very satisfied with the product and its benefits and has enjoyed the uniformity that comes with a classroom standard in terms of staff support and understanding of the systems since they are all very similar” notes Henry Barnston, CCS Sales Representative. Whereas the original installation plan was for 60 Presenters over three years, more than 70 units have successfully been installed with plans to equip each classroom on both campuses with its own Presenter.

In Conclusion Eric Kieselhorst, Director of Media Services, states:
“With the Presenter, technology is no longer an impediment to teaching. It is transparent. Faculty are able to walk into a classroom with little or no training and immediately begin to do what they do best – Teach.
We are now in the final phase of classroom upgrade project and Tecom’s TecPodium Presenter is now an integral part of each classroom. Without the Presenter, the classroom upgrades simply would not have been as successful. I highly recommend the product“.

About Tecom Electronics Ltd.:
Tecom Electronics is a dynamic company continuously developing and evolving their products to provide the simplest yet most technologically advanced solution to managing Audio Visual equipment in training and educational facilities. Tecom replaces generic podiums in the classroom and boardroom with a more interactive and easy to use technological experience.
www.tecpodium.com

About CCS Presentation Systems
Founded in California, 1996, CCS Presentation Systems has grown to become one of the largest audio/video integration companies in the State of California, with four offices in major metro areas.
Local Sales Representative, Henry Barnston, was responsible for getting this project underway and managed the installation and service support for the College.
www.ccsprojects.com

About REP 360
REP 360 – A Best Practices Manufactures Rep Firm, which links technology manufactures to the AV Consulting Community, Design Firms, Audio-Visual Technology Systems Integrators in the western United States. With 25 years of channel development experience, REP 360 is responsible for sales and technical training, marketing and support services for some of the top AV manufactures in the world.
www.rep360.com

College Expands – More Tecom “TecPodium Rooms” Delivered!

The Academic College of Ashkelon, a long time Tecom customer, has recently expanded it’s facilities to include an additional Campus, due to drastic increase in its’ number of students.

The new state-of-the art classrooms and computer labs now include the latest IT and AV technologies including students personal workstations in computer labs, high speed fiber-optic data networks, short throw projectors, stereo sound systems and Tecom latest classroom lectern – the TecPodium Interactive.

The recently introduced TecPodium Interactive (TPI-12W) is a breakthrough audio-visual lectern featuring HD resolution support, a new PC with digital outputs, a wide screen interactive pen display, high resolution document camera, stereo sound and a new HD switcher scaler.

One simple control panel is used for controlling every AV device, from an LCD projector, PC or document camera to a laptop and DVD player.

The rich functionality of the smart podium meets the requirements of any presenter and its’ simple, easy to use design meets the requirements of modern learning environments, ideal for group study.

TecPodiums have rapidly become the lectern-of-choice. Across the globe educational institutions, government facilities, hospitals, corporations and military are all installing TecPodium lecterns.

www.tecpodium.com

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Tecom re-Invents AV Lecterns – Case Study: Complex Technological Project, Easy to Use Interactive Lectern – Reutov, Moscow

In May, Russian AV system Integrator “Unisound” successfully completed a large scale conference rooms installation in Reutov, Moscow region. At the heart of this project, TecPodium Interactive lecterns were installed to allow easy presentation and control over the AV devices.

Unisound, Tecom longtime partner in Russia, has entered a contract to reconstruct the conference rooms, design, build and supply some of the most advanced and leading presentation technologies in the world, allowing great flexibility.
Now, the rooms include high definition video and audio conferencing – with the ability to record and simultaneously stream content, broadcast management capabilities, automatic shading, multiple video projection walls and more.

TecPodium Classroom Lectern

TecPodium Classroom Lectern

Tecom was pleased to have its newest and most advanced lectern – TecPodium Interactive (TPI-12W) – be part of such complex project and installation. The new Lecterns feature HD resolution support, a new PC with digital outputs, a wide screen interactive pen display, high resolution document camera, stereo sound and a new HD switcher scaler.
As a breakthrough audio-visual system for lecture halls, TecPodium Lectern has every multimedia capability built-in, and is managed through one simple control panel.

The rich functionality of the smart podium meets the requirements of any presenter and its’ simple, easy to use design meets the business-oriented requirements of the conference rooms.
TecPodiums have rapidly become the lectern-of-choice. Across the globe educational institutions, government facilities, hospitals, corporations and military are all installing TecPodium lecterns.

www.tecpodium.com

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Tecom Launches New AV Lecterns with Multi-Touch Screens at InfoComm 2013

Introducing the All-New TecPodium Interactive with Multi-touch Capabilities

Tecom had a great InfoComm show in Orlando and we were proud to be the first to introduce a multi-touch screen Lectern, receiving many great comments from visitors.

Attendees loved our products’ simplicity and ease of use! OUT OF THE BOX!

The TecPodium TPI-12W is an all-in-one lectern with a single control panel for all the integrated Audio-Visual equipment. Now, the lectern has a built-in optical, multiuser touch screen system, employing state of the art technology to achieve high-resolution, high brightness, fast and accurate response with no calibration requirements.
The new multi touch screen offers extended educational tools for the modern classroom and training environments where the presenter can use all common touch gestures such as swipe, tap, slide, scroll, zoom and more directly on the podium screen.

VIDEO – Aviv Brosilovski Tecom shows the new multitouch screen with the TecPodium Interactive classroom lectern at InfoComm 2013, Orlando Florida

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Multi-Touch Technology Reaches the Classroom: Tecom Launches New AV Lecterns

Introducing the All-New TecPodium Interactive with Multitouch Capabilities

Rosh Haayin, Israel and Orlando, Florida – May 21, 2013 – Tecom launches its latest TecPodium AV Lectern with multi-touch screen capabilities supporting Microsoft Windows 8 and HD resolution. “The New TecPodium now meets all presenters’ need with the latest technology approach” says Aviv Brosilovski, Tecom CEO.

The TecPodium TPI-12W is an all-in-one lectern with a single control panel for all the integrated Audio-Visual equipment. Now, the lectern has a built-in optical, multiuser touch screen system, employing state of the art technology to achieve high-resolution, high brightness, fast and accurate response with no calibration requirements.

The new touch screen offers extended educational tools for the modern classroom and training environments where the presenter can use all common touch gestures such as swipe, tap, slide, scroll, zoom and more directly on the podium screen. TecPodium multi-touch screen fully supports Microsoft Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 inking features, allowing direct, on the fly annotation capabilities.

Aviv Brosilovski, Tecom CEO: “Over the last couple of years we’ve witnessed a dramatic growth in the use of smartphones and tablet applications in the educational environment. Faculty wants to keep up with the trend and bridge over the “generation gap” with their younger students. What could be simpler than adopting the multi-touch screen, commonly used by the presenter in his smartphone, into his teaching station – the TecPodium! Presenters no longer have to undergo extensive training on racks full of amplifiers, controls, and switches; they can now focus on their messages, not the technology.”

TecPodiums have rapidly become the lectern-of-choice. Across the globe educational institutions, government facilities, hospitals, corporations and military are all installing TecPodium lecterns.

Tecom will be displaying the new TecPodium Lectern and its latest technology at InfoComm 2013, on June 12-14 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Tecom will be at Booth # 2481.

www.tecpodium.com

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Tecom New TCD-100 Projector Control Device at Integrated Systems Europe 2013 exhibition

The TCD-100 is a compact and easy to use projector control system – it will allow the teacher or presenter in a classroom environment to control the projector or other display devices easily with colorful and readable push buttons.
The TCD-100 has a built-in IR learner for easy setup and learning IR commands process.

TCD-100 Features:
• Intuitive control for projectors and other display devices
• 5 Buttons display device controller
• Easy IR learning with built-in IR learner
• MACRO function capability
• Compact design to fit single-gang boxes
• Simple and easy to use
• Cost effective

Click on the link to see TCD-100 video from ISE 2013

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Tecom Updates Universal Projector Control Panel

The TCD-100 controller from Tecom Electronics is a compact and easy to use projector control system. It allows the teacher or presenter in a classroom to control a projector or flat-panel through a colorful remote with giant push buttons, rather than the remote that ships with all projectors (usually with more than 15 small buttons).

The TCD-100 only has five buttons and includes a built-in IR learner for easy setup and learning of IR MACRO commands.

The revised design of the product was recently introduced at ISE 2013. This simple and creative product concept from Tecom simplifies the use of AV equipment in a room by offering presenters an easy to use interface.

Aviv Brosilovski, Tecom CEO, presents the new control system at ISE 2013:

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Sleek, Modern and Simple: Tecom re-Invents AV Lecterns

Introducing the All-New TecPodium Interactive Podium

Rosh HaAyin, Israel, and Amsterdam – 5 January 2013 - A pioneer in the development of high-tech lecterns, Tecom launches the new design for its’ TecPodium Interactive Lecterns, to Universities and Colleges. “We’ve now included our latest and fastest technology in the podium and made the design modern, colorful and effective” says Aviv Brosilovski, Tecom CEO.

The lectern new coloring is metallic sliver and white and with the streamlined, contemporary design, it interfaces with virtually every type of equipment typically used in a presentation, with all the capabilities integrated into a single lectern.

Tecom’s newest and most advanced lectern (TPI-12W) features HD resolution support, a new PC with digital outputs, a wide screen interactive pen display, a higher resolution document camera, stereo sound and a new HD switcher scaler. As a breakthrough audio-visual system for lecture halls, TecPodium Lectern has every multimedia capability built-in, and is managed through one simple control panel.

Another new addition to the design is the TecPodium cabling system functions which now support both analog and digital inputs, providing presenters with more plug in options and the ultimate convenience.

Aviv Brosilovski, Tecom CEO: “We’ve been successfully installing thousands of TecPodium lecterns worldwide for the last 15 years. As a result we have firsthand knowledge and expertise of both academic and technical requirements for a flawless operation in a presentation environment. Recently, we went into a process of redesigning and re-inventing our leading product. Our customers love the ease of use and the small footprint so we kept both. We’ve now included our latest and fastest technology in the podium and made the design modern, colorful and effective”.

Tecom Electronics will be displaying the new TecPodium Interactive and it’s latest technology at Integrated Systems Europe, on January 29-31 at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center. Tecom will be at booth 1-K4.

About Tecom
Tecom Electronics, established in 1996, is a dynamic company continuously developing and evolving their products to provide the simplest yet most technologically advanced solution to managing Audio Visual equipment in training and educational facilities. Tecom replaces generic podiums in the classroom and boardroom with a more interactive and easy to use technological experience. Tecom Electronics is ISO 9001:2008 certified.

www.tecpodium.com

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Case Study: The “Golden Arches” Gets TecPodium Interactive Lecterns

A recent installation at the new corporate training facility included TecPodium Interactive Lecterns.
After having operating difficulties with the existing Audio-Visual equipment at the training center, Ronald said “enough is enough”.
The waste of training time, and money spent on technician hours, were issues managers and lecturers dealt with on daily basis.

TecPodium installations at the new training facilities were quick and clean as all cables and wiring were already in place.
Now all trainers and instructors feel more comfortable to use all audio-visual equipment, and can easily concentrate on the content instead on delivery.

One of the new rooms is the multi-purpose cafeteria hall where the TecPodium lectern controls the AV equipment, projector, motorized projection screen and more.
We look forward to expanding to other training centers, and to serve as an example in other corporate environments.

www.tecpodium.com

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Tecom introduces New Gooseneck Microphones Line

The new TGM product line from Tecom Electronics offers a complete range of gooseneck microphones which perfectly fit the classroom and auditorium environments.
The microphones are immune from mobile phone interference and offer several cardioid condenser options. The TGM microphones, used on hundreds of TecPodium Lecterns, are highly reliable and quick to install in a classroom podium, teacher workstation or a boardroom.
The new product line features professional condenser gooseneck microphones for various applications: large-scale conferences, classrooms and auditoriums, public addresses and outdoor speeches.
The TGM line offers high performance, extremely clear sound, high sensitivity and low self-noise.
The flexible gooseneck, with a standard 3 Pin XLR connection, is highly durable and includes red LED indication.

Read more on Tecom Gooseneck Microphones

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