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New features for ONELAN’s Data Collection Engine in v 3 A


n response to customer demand, ONELAN’s Data Collection Engine (DCE) v 3 now has several new exciting features. Firstly bulk reconfiguration allows configuration changes to be made to all connections with a single button press. This simplifies configuration for larger deployments in retailers, restaurants and schools, particularly when media players are added or removed. The Text connector has been enhanced to add additional filter settings, allowing a much finer level of control over the processing and results. This means that data can be updated much faster and more easily.

In addition, tabular media has been improved to automatically detect a wider range of row and column heading combinations, providing a more accurate display e.g in a shop or cinema, without having to resort to custom media.

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New Ultimate Interactive Projector by Hitachi

s specialists in ultra short throw projectors, Hitachi has unveiled its first ultra short throw model with interactive capability. The innovative iPJ- AW250NM Ultimate Interactive projector integrates Hitachi Starboard software to deliver a complete interactive experience on any flat surface. With a rich feature set that meets the specific interactive needs of education users, the compact iPJ-AW250NM, like the other models in the Ultimate range, is easy to install, easy on the environment and designed to deliver outstanding performance in any setting.

Education markets demand ease of use, so the software’s compatibility with rich content and rapid response makes teaching interactive and fun. The iPJ-AW250NM offers a bright, 2500 lumen image supporting wide screen (WXGA) resolution. The total cost of ownership over the projector's lifetime has been reduced with a 5,000 hour lamp life which means less maintenance costs and less environmental waste.

With its compact size, unique, easy install wall mount and Hitachi projector management software, the iPJ-AW250NM is easy to install, set up and network – and ready to deliver high performance interactivity in the shortest possible time.

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Frog set to showcase its new school improvement tool at BETT 2012


ward-winning learning platform provider Frog ( will be showing schools how they can achieve whole school improvement and real value with their learning platform at BETT 2012 – on stand M50. With teaching and learning at the heart of its product, in addition to its secondary and primary learning platforms, Frog will showcase a practical tool to help school leaders achieve their strategic vision. Frog’s School Improvement Programme was launched to its customers in June 2011 and is already being widely used amongst the Frog community. The core of the programme is Frog’s School Improvement Framework; a free online tool, available in Frog, that lets leaders measure and evaluate how the school is performing. It is a guide to help identify areas of improvement. The school can use the tool to get an overview of what they need to focus on; creating a living action plan that aligns to the school’s own improvement plans.

There is also a social network available where schools can create groups, collaborate and discuss ideas with other schools. The framework also brings a wealth of real implementation experience from hundreds of schools, in to a powerful resource bank that is made available to every Frog customer.

The programme is underpinned by a new team within Frog that focuses on driving school

excellence with its customers. Lucy Evans, Head of School Improvement at Frog explains how the team will work with Frog’s customers: “We are committed to ensuring that schools have the right support to drive improvement across the entire school, the technology is secondary. “From the very start, the team will work with the school to identify what success looks like and how they will get there.”

The school improvement services that Frog is offering is the result of a 12-month research and development exercise that the company believes will revolutionise how schools will measure what was previously un-measurable – the impact of using technology to deliver whole school improvement.

Anne-Louise Payne, Deputy Head Teacher at the Howard of Effingham School in Surrey took part in the exercise: “It really helped us refocus and assess where we are on our learning platform journey. We are really pleased with the impact it is having on our students’ attainment and our overall standards at the school.” Greg Hughes, Assistant Principal at The De Ferrers Academy in Staffordshire added: “Frog’s School Improvement Programme is like having an MRI scan for your learning platform. It shows you what you’ve got, but also identifies the problems you might not realise you had.” Phil Spoors, Head of ICT at Cramlington


Learning Village in Northumberland agrees: “It has genuinely helped us identify areas that we can improve and expand on. As a consequence of using this Framework we have already implemented a number of schemes to help us improve what we offer to our school community via our learning platform.”

The learning platform market is still in its infancy, and coupled with the swift demise of government quango, Becta, companies operating in this space are seeing a distinct downturn in market growth. Whilst many learning platform providers now flounder in creating real, measurable value for their customers, Frog is breaking the mould. Generations ahead in its integral technology, Frog has created the first serious tool that will help schools to measure learning platform success.

To speak to Frog and receive a demo of the new tool, visit Frog on stand M50 at BETT 2012.

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