Intrusion Protection System
Bluesocket's Intrusion Protection System (IPS) can overlay
a school's existing network without requiring modification of the school's
existing wired or wireless infrastructure, and scales from small to large
WLAN deploymentsâ€”even with hundreds of access points. IPS can protect the
enterprise from all types of rogue devices, including access points, rogue
clients, neighboring WLANs, peer-to-peer (ad hoc) networks, and software access
points, as they appear. Price: $2,250 to $11,495 (depending on the number
of sensors). www.bluesocket.com.
Stepping out of the Classroom
Education non-profit Forest Foundation, dedicated to sharing knowledge about forests, is offering instructors a free, interactive software program where students get a virtual field trip experience into California's forests. Virtual Forester is an integrated forest management simulator with an interactive interface, suitable for all audiences. The simulator allows instructors to use a tool similar to what is available to today's foresters, including planning for upcoming tree growth and harvests, and mapping a 100-year management strategy. Free to instructors based in California. www.calforestfoundation.org.
Supplier management and procurement solutions provider SciQuest has released Contract Manager, the latest addition to its suite of spend management and procurement automation tools. Contract Manager provides tracking, reporting, and analysis capabilities so that college and university administrators can better manage contracts and meet regulatory reporting and compliance. Also, a centralized repository makes it easy for administrators to store, find, and view contracts. www.sciquest.com.
Access Control for Campus Security
Designed to support several buildings simultaneously on the campus, Synergistics Inc., a provider of complete access control systems of cardholder technology, introduces WAPAC-PRO. From the newest generation of its software line, PRO can handle over 4,000 alarm inputs and relay outputs for automated building management access installed in buildings. The system is also equipped with alarm graphics, alarm prioritization, and is expandable up to 80,000 cardholders per integration. www.synergisticsinc.com.
SunGard SCT has released SCT PowerCAMPUS 6.0 and IQ.Web 4.0, designed to help colleges and universities with enhanced registration and payment convenience for learners. PowerCAMPUS helps to unify the administrative and academic function of campuswide departments, and IQ.Web gives students, faculty, and staff secure, online access to that system. Institutions can now open the registration process outside of the admissions cycle to allow non-traditional learners to sign up for continuing education classes. In addition, students can make and manage tuition payments online, reducing time for check processing. Price is based on the number of users and licensed fees. www.sungardsct.com.
Alternative Face-to-Face Communication
Rutgers University (NJ) recently adopted Sony's PCS-TL50 IP-based desktop videoconferencing unit, part of Sony's IPELA technology line (Integrated Visual Communication, person-to-person, location-to-location) that enables institutions to conduct regular meetings across its campuses. PCS-TL50 has a 20-inch LCD monitor and doubles as a PC monitor with an embedded camera, microphone, and speakers. "In the past, driving to and from in-person meetings has been the first, preferred method for our deans to gather together, and changing such embedded habits is difficult,â€ says Raphel J. Caprio, VP for Continuous Education and Outreach at Rutgers. Priced at: $5,000. www.sony.com/ipela.