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Avaya Spotlights Real-Time Collaboration Solutions for Higher Education

Avaya at EDUCAUSE 2012 showcases innovations in collaborative, online and mobile learning, campus safety communications and always-on education

For Immediate Release:06 Nov 2012

(Denver, Colorado) – Avaya, a global provider of business communications and collaboration solutions and services, is showcasing its latest innovations in real-time collaboration for the education market at EDUCAUSE 2012 in Denver.  At the EDUCAUSE event—the premier gathering for higher education IT professionals—Avaya is demonstrating solutions that help students, faculty and staff benefit from new advancements in immersive virtual worlds, video-enabled learning, and campus safety.
Higher education is expanding as new advancements in online and interactive technologies enable greater participation by students who are no longer limited by distance and time. At EDUCAUSE, Avaya (Exhibit Hall Booths #815 and #817) will demonstrate solutions in key areas that are improving experiences, productivity and growth in this market:
  • Collaborative Learning: Among the Avaya products tailor-made for educational institutions is AvayaLive™ Engage, a Web-based immersive collaboration environment that enables students, faculty and staff to use personalized avatars in a 3-D environment. This is an ideal solution for collaborative meetings, study sessions, online learning, international studies, distance learning, and training and recruiting.  AvayaLive™ Engage was awarded a 2012 Ed-Tech Readers’ Choice Award in recognition of its advances in online learning technology.
  • Video-Enabled Learning: Avaya will showcase the benefits of its easy to use Radvision Scopia® applications, which create new collaborative learning opportunities by bringing video-enabled learning to life on mobile devices, in classrooms and at desktops. The Scopia video conferencing portfolio supports an institution’s real-time video needs, spanning telepresence, classroom, and desktop and mobile user applications. It can also interoperate with an institution’s existing video conferencing environment, helping drive simpler, more cost-effective installations, while protecting an organization’s existing investments.
  • Campus Safety – In emergency situations on a campus, the Avaya Notification Solution (ANS) can help institutions deliver timely notifications of key events--including warnings, threats, campus closures and administrative reminders--using multi-channel notifications delivered to multiple endpoints, including mobile phones, SMS and social media. In addition, Avaya’s E911 solution can be used to accurately locate a caller’s physical location to inform first responders of the exact location of an emergency on campus. Calls can be accurately directed to the local emergency response agency where the campus is located, even if an institution has many campus centers across the nation.
Supporting quotes:
"Avaya’s Radvision video conferencing solutions provide critical real-time collaboration tools for the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). We use it for distance learning, day-to-day communications between sites and for establishing communication during a crisis.  We’ve also delivered Scopia solutions to our end users, which opens a new world of videoconferencing for university employees and faculty who can participate in visual communications via laptop, as well as students who can video conference into classes. This gives us a flexible, easy-to-use platform that brings traditional conference rooms right into desktop and mobile clients."
--Steve Cachia, manager for Video Network Services, University of Houston-Downtown Technology.
"Participants become immersed in the learning experience of AvayaLive Engage and interact dynamically with each other and instructors using a level of engagement comparable to that seen in a physical classroom."
-- Dr. Peter Hirst, executive director, MIT Sloan School of Management
"The education industry is ushering in a new era enhanced by compelling interactive technologies. Avaya helps educational institutions benefit with ‘always-on’ real-time collaboration solutions that help ensure rich, detailed learning sessions can be accessed from anywhere. This brings education to a new level, using collaborative technologies to deliver rewarding experiences that can reinforce valuable connections."
-- Sanjeev Gupta, General Manager, Avaya Verticals.
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Supporting Facts:
  • U.S. and global education spending is estimated to be $4 trillion, according to a September 2011 report by the President’s Council of Economic Advisors.
Tags:  Avaya, Unified Communications, AvayaLive Engage, Avaya Aura, Radvision Scopia, videoconferencing, distance learning
 
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