Hardware


IBM Launches Academic Cloud

IBM will be opening up its software portfolio online to academia to enable faculty to incorporate technology into their curricula. The company said it's working with 20 United States colleges and universities to help them use a new "academic skills cloud" that includes both software and courseware. IBM said it expects to add additional schools over time.

National LambdaRail and Internet2 Partner on Cisco TelePresence

High performance network operators Internet2 and National LambdaRail (NLR) will be collaborating on development and deployment of a unified Cisco TelePresence service offering for the research and education community. The collaboration will enable Internet2 and NLR members to have TelePresence-based conferences with each other.

GestureTek Demos Large-Format Vertical Multi-Touch Display

GestureTek demonstrated earlier this month a new plug and play vertical multi-touch display that allows users to control the screen both with touch and with gesture recognition technology.

Power Grid Security Research Gets New Funding

A pan-university team will be able to continue their research into securing the national power grid with an infusion of federal funding for a project that began several years ago.

Brown Signs International Sustainable Campus Charter

Brown University in Providence, RI recently signed the Sustainable Campus Charter. The charter pushes universities to follow sustainable practices in development, construction, and operations campus-wide and to include sustainability in its teachings.

Gefen Expands Digital Signage Lineup

Gefen has expanded its digital signage lineup with a new media player, a content creator, and a controller.

American U Adopts Self-Reporting Sustainability Program

American University in Washington, DC is the latest university to announce its participation in a new self-reporting sustainability program launched by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the same organization that created the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

Colorado U Adds Solar to Three Buildings

The University of Colorado at Boulder, which has installed solar panels on the roofs of three buildings, said it expects to produce 140,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year--enough to power 20 medium-sized houses.

Florida A&M Going Green with Infrastructure Upgrades

Florida A&M University has signed a $2.4 million contract with Siemens to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings. Work has already begun in areas such as lighting upgrades, pipe insulation, and steam trap replacements at the campus' central plant, with expected savings of at least $4.1 million.

Brigham Young U Gets Infusion of Network Switches

Provo, UT-based Brigham Young University has received a donation of $110,000 worth of Brocade FastIron WS Series and Edge X Series network switches from Red Sky IT Solutions. The network switches will replace outdated equipment in the classroom labs of Fulton College of Engineering and Technology as well as within the university's network infrastructure.