Diversified’s Systems Integration Manager recommended the Cisco C60 codec for use in two 100-seat lecture halls and two video conferencing classrooms in Modesto. Mark Jones of KBZ, a leading Cisco distributor who worked with Diversified to supply the Cisco products, says the C60 includes a multisite bridge making it possible to bring in guest lecturers or groups in addition to the ones at Sonora. A year later Diversified’s technology team in Beaverton recommended the Cisco C40 codec for two video conferencing classrooms in Sonora. In addition, the district’s technology staff installed two servers with the Cisco Show and Share webcasting and video sharing application. These devices record the teleconferenced classes and make them available online.
“Our use of Cisco systems is all about reliability and support,” Gonser explains. “If one of my technicians calls with a problem he can’t solve, I can fix it from anywhere, whether I’m at my desk, online at Starbucks or attending a trade show.”
Dusold says the use of Extron IPL 250 control systems is also crucial to the success of the program. Instructors can operate the presentation systems from 3.5” Extron TLP 350MV touchpanels mounted in the front of each classroom or lecture hall, while technicians handle the video conferencing and recording systems using 7” TLP 700MV panels in the back.
In the classrooms, Extron DXP HDMI-series matrix switchers provide all of the presentation source switching plus camera switching. In the lecture halls, sources include a ceiling-mounted PTZ camera used to capture demonstrations on a human patient simulator. Of course all of these images are included in a video conference and captured with the recording system.
“We’re a huge Extron house,” Gonser adds. A big reason is the district’s use of the Extron Global Viewer to remotely monitor and, if necessary, control classroom and SIM center systems as well as keeping track of maintenance items such as lamp life. “It’s just amazing that, wherever I may be, I can login to a classroom system and help the instructor if he has any kind of problem.”