News Update :: Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Contracts, Deals, Awards

Blackboard to Resell e-Suds Internet Laundry to Higher Ed

Blackboard Inc. said it has become a reseller of the e-Suds online laundry service. e-Suds’ parent, USA Technologies, said Blackboard will start to offer e-Suds to customers that use the Blackboard Transaction System. e-Suds is an Internet connected laundry system that lets students monitor the availability and status of washing machines and dryers via the Internet.

Users will swipe their Blackboard transaction card to activate the laundry system, and will be notified by e-mail on their PC, or receive a cellular phone text message when the laundry is done. The cost of the service will be automatically deducted online from a student's Blackboard account.

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U. Kansas Picks AT&T for Visually Impaired Support Tech

The University of Kansas picked AT&T Natural Voices Server for its iTelephone Reader Dial-up Information Service. The service provides blind, vision, and print-disabled people access to publications, television listings, local newspapers, or department store circulars.

With a touch-one telephone, users can use the keypad to select publications, listen to headlines, and choose stories from featured newspapers. The stories are then read in an understandable, human-sounding voice that is supplied by the system’s text-to-speech engine.

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