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Sonic Foundry, Vaddio Partner to Develop Integrated Classroom Solutions

Sonic Foundry and Vaddio have announced a new partnership aimed at creating a new line of integrated solutions that combine room-based video technology with lecture capture, according to a statement released today by the companies. The two companies have worked together on a number of installations in the education sector.

The purpose of the new alliance, said Vaddio president Rob Sheeley, is to expand the use of video capture technology across the education spectrum.

"We've always been committed to automating the latest lecture capture tools--whether it's camera tracking or the combination of people and content, there is tremendous opportunity to enable the rapid expansion of automated lecture capture in all segments of education, and our partnership helps individual schools to community colleges to traditional four year university programs create a completely automated lecture capture classroom," explains Sheeley.

Industry expert Alan Greenberg, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research, views the partnership as a way to foster the expansion of tech-enabled classrooms.

"Though we're not yet at the point where the smart classroom is a ubiquitous and workable concept, we're getting there, and partnerships that combine expertise help us get there faster," said Greenberg. "Two premium solution providers like Sonic Foundry and Vaddio, getting together to address how to reach many classrooms with video capture technology and beginning to address the economics of outfitting classrooms with affordable gear, is a win-win."

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Kanoe Namahoe is online editor for 1105 Media's Education Group. She can be reached at knamahoe@1105media.com.

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