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Bringing Control to the Classroom

Aug 6, 2008 12:00 PM, By Linda Seid Frembes

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"Calypso manufactures a variety of products for the classroom. We started with device control and how to make control functions easy and intuitive. As we experienced increased success, we developed other types of products like wireless microphones, audio amplifiers, and CATV tuners," Parish says. "For classrooms who already have installed technology, the bundle may not always be appropriate, but Calypso sells each piece separately as well."

Most notably, the ezRoom bundle is based on an open architecture design that can work with any platform and most any devices found in a K-12 classroom. "An important aspect to ezRoom is connectivity, which can be expensive and difficult depending on the project," Parish says. "ezRoom is compatible with all projectors and standard AV gear and has the flexibility to adapt and expand as classroom technology needs change."

Teachers can also use a networked ezRoom system to contact technical support and have a two-way conversation to resolve the issue.

The standard ezRoom includes the CA-1000 amplifier with four inputs. Parish notes that classrooms typically use a DVD player, computer, microphone, and an iPod or other music source.

Calypso introduced the new CA-1000SV amplifier at InfoComm. The new amplifier includes the same four inputs but with the added capability to stream audio from the network in either WMA or MP3 format. The CA-1000SV uses Barix IPAM 200 decoding modules for integrated audio decoding and amplification. The two companies are working in conjunction with software provider SchoolView Technologies to offer their CampusSV system.

The ezRoom bundle can also work with a school's existing paging or bell system when combined with the SchoolView CampusSV software, and the CA-1000SV is in use. "Many classrooms have redundant systems with a 70V paging system and the classroom audio system; that compromises cost and quality," Parish says. "Now you can page with one system, using single or group IP addresses."

Parish also says that ezRoom takes the guesswork out of small-room design and installation with the ability to configure systems more quickly with consistent results. Although they are geared for the K-12 market, Parish says, "Our products can definitely fit into higher education market from a technology perspective. K-12 is at the beginning of a growth cycle and is more of an open market. Usually, there is no incumbent manufacturer that dominates a classroom. Similar to the higher education market, often there is an incumbent in place because they have been using AV products for more than 10 years."

Currently shipping, the ezRoom classroom bundle is sold solely through Calypso Control System's dealer network.

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