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communicate information to students, staff and visitors who are constantly on the move. The Academy invested in the help of

An easy way to communicate W

ith having a new £9.7m building, Staffordshire University Academy wanted an easy way to

Beabloo Digital Signage, a cloud-based content management tool that allows higher educational institutions to create customised content and deploy it seamlessly and consistently across multiple digital platforms, including digital signage, mobile applications, social media and websites. Beabloo software allows users to manage

multiple campaigns rapidly across all displays in their network. The solution has allowed the Academy to enhance their communication with students on the school campus. Small form factor Beabloo media players

powered by Intel Core processor technology and content management software were installed. A strategically placed network of screens next to lifts, in stairwells, corridors, the canteen and reception area ensures

that important messages reach each and every student as they move around the new Academy. “By far the most impressive part of

Beabloo’s signage solution has been the video wall,” explained Michael Shillam, network manager at Staffordshire University Academy. The video wall comprises nine 46” super-

narrow bezel screens from Philips MMD that can display full HD content on each screen or across the whole wall. This technology is

very new and Staffordshire Academy is one of the first education campuses to install a greater than 4K quality video wall. Shillam continued: “With its placement in the reception area, as soon as visitors walk through the doors they are greeted with the high-quality display with many visitors commenting on its impressiveness. This has been a powerful tool for inspiring students who gain great satisfaction from seeing their work showcased to the entire academy.” The academy had a rapid deployment of

a 14-screen signage solution from Beabloo, with everything being installed and ready to go in litle over two weeks. Beabloo’s web interface is easy to use,

making it a quick and painless task to update displays. This can be done at any time and from anywhere making the solution very versatile. Future developments within the campus over the next three months will see the addition of IPTV – the ability to transmit live TV streaming through the Beabloo digital signage software. ET


LASER CUTTING/ENGRAVING technology is in high demand throughout the UK due to its versatility within the manufacturing and education sectors, and it has recently become more affordable due to the continuous and rapid developments in technology. Within the education sector

this technology has become more popular because of its incorporation into the design, technology and art curricula. Laser cuters allow students to develop their knowledge and practical skills which can be later applied in the workplace. Using laser equipment is a great

way to produce intricately designed products in a quick and clean way. This gives students an opportunity to convert their ideas from paper to 3D tangible products. The use of CNC routers is another

area which has changed over recent years. With the development of this

technology students are able to learn in a more effective and up-to-date, practical environment. Intrinsic to all of these machines is the

use of CAD/CAM Software, which is most frequently used for prototypes and finished parts, critical for students who wish to pursue a career in this sector. By using the two processes, students are more than prepared when choosing to continue studies into further and higher education. CAD is the use of computer technology

BELOW: The Piranha PJB6050 RIGHT: The 9060 Enclosed Engraver

for the process of design and along with CAM, applications are used for designing a product and for programming manufacturing processes. The models and assemblies created in the CAD software are used by the CAM portion of the program to generate tool paths, which drive the machines that turn the designs into physical parts. All of the machines we sell come with

excellent user-friendly software and upon installation we offer a full training package as standard. ET

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