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Views & Opinion Trends in projection technology promise


a bright future for laser Comment by Gerd Kaiser, Senior Product Line Manager Large Venue Projectors, NEC Display Solutions Europe


Until recently, Laser, or SSL (Solid State Light Source) may have seemed a long way from being widely available and the industry was somewhat sceptical about it, however, laser is now proving to be a viable technology for many projection applications. Today, the belief that laser might be a steep investment, that it’s still in its early days, or that handling might be complicated because of laser regulations are only a myth. The fact is that laser has matured very quickly to a point at which it is now an easy to use working technology that quickly delivers an excellent return on investment. With far longer replacement intervals, laser technology shows its advantages in many ways; firstly the costly lamp no longer needs to be included in the cost calculation – there is no lamp. Offering up to 20,000 hours of operation, equating to nine lamp changes in a traditional lamp-based projector, laser technology delivers long lasting, consistent brightness with no lamp change required. Secondly, the act of replacing a lamp in a projector, for example


hanging from a very high ceiling such as in an assembly hall or lecture theatre, ceases to be a time and resource challenge requiring hire of a cherry picker or scaffolding equipment. Laser projectors are maintenance free, and coupled with lower power consumption, the TCO calculation becomes even more attractive.


Lower power consumption is not only a TCO benefit, but also an environmental one. In addition, by eliminating mercury lamps from the projector, it further reduces the impact on the environment.


Installation of laser projectors has also been made easier, as classification changes mean that specially trained laser officers are not required – previously this would have added complexity to the installation. Now, there are recommendations for health and safety but is it no longer in the realm of laser regulation. For early adopters of laser, this transforms the installation process, making it easier, more cost-effective and quicker. From a visual perspective, laser is an investment that is already paying off.


Viewers rate the image quality of laser-based projectors as far better than those of traditional lamp models. Laser light is extremely pure in colour, thus enabling a very wide colour gamut for a vivid and intense colour illumination. Laser Phosphor projectors are relatively compact but nevertheless very bright. In fact, 6,000 to 8,000 lumens with one chip technology and 12,000 lumens for three chip models are easy to achieve and the possible brightness level will be expanded even further in the coming years.


New developments in laser technology overcome the myths traditionally surrounding its use and there is clear evidence as to the low total cost of ownership, reliability and advanced nature of the technology, enabling more and more applications to be addressed by a laser light source. The education sector is an early adopter of laser projection and is already reaping the benefits; laser is promising a brighter future!


From classroom to boardroom: building


bridges for the talent of today Comment by Robert White, Principal, NUAST


The stand out cry from the British Chamber of Commerce’s (BCC) 2014/15 Business Manifesto was for more support for young people as they make the transition from education to work. It’s not the first time that it’s been suggested that British under-graduates are at a disadvantage when it comes to transferable skills for the workplace. More than half (57%) of British businesses have stated students often lack the necessary soft skills required in the workplace, such as communication and team work.


We should take this as a clear sign from the business world that education is not providing the sufficient preparation students need. At Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology (NUAST), our curriculum is specifically designed to give students strong, academic foundations, but also prepare them for their future careers in the workplace. There is a desperate need in our region for a strong supply of well-skilled, adaptable and confident young people going into industries associated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This is


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why we focus on providing students with academic knowledge they will need, but also hands on experience that can be transferred across to the workplace. A successful future is about being flexible and open minded, being willing to learn from others and able to work as a team. By fostering all these vital skills with what we do in the classroom, we already start building that bridge between schooling and work for our students.


For staff and students alike, building relationships with our partners is a valuable experience and a real joy to witness. For instance, at the central NUAST technology hub, the Toshiba IT Lab, we host the latest Toshiba technology to help students develop applicable skills for future careers. Students are able to not only use the technology as an education tool, but can also get hands on and understand the inner workings of it.


Another great example of how we ensure our students get relevant work experience is Toshiba’s Self Maintainer Scheme, under which students take control of IT-maintenance themselves. Students have the opportunity to


interview for the programme and then take part in a two day, high level training programme led by Toshiba’s IT education experts. At the end of the course they emerge as qualified Toshiba laptop technicians. Our first round of recruits now look after the laptops used at the academy independently, from installing IT-systems and diagnosing problems, to inventory management and carrying out repairs.


The Self Maintainer Scheme fits perfectly into our vision of empowering students, because it combines two of the key things we are aiming to convey at NUAST: relevant, transferrable skills for the workplace which make our students the most competitive future applicants for higher education or apprenticeships. Students have already told us it’s giving them a distinct edge in their UCAS applications.


We trust that our best practice for successful partnerships between education, academia and industry can serve as an example for more relevant experience at academies, in turn changing the consensus we see today that students aren’t ready for the workplace.


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