UAEU connects classrooms to private cloud

The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) has rolled out education solutions from Arrive Systems, to connect to its own private cloud network, to create a campus-wide integrated educational network.

The project, which was deployed by systems integrator Visionaire, includes end point devices and AV solutions, to connect 154 laboratories, 100 computer labs, 259 smart classrooms, 50 lecture rooms, 2 auditoriums and more than 20 meeting spaces.

Each UAEU classroom with a standardized interactive whiteboard and Arrive’s RoomPoint, which performs the combined tasks of the Room PC, DC power adapters, lecture capture, AV switcher and content delivery platform. The media processor appliance (MPA) eliminated the need for faculty to bring a laptop to the classroom as the cloud makes applications and content available to all users at once.

Battery operated microphones and energy consuming audio amplifiers have also been replaced by ceiling mounted microphones that amplify lecturers’ voice and saves their presentations for archiving purposes.

In addition, each teaching venue in the UAEU has been equipped with Arrive InfoPoint, a small touch screen device to display timetables, published surveys or broadcast internal communications.

The university has also replaced equipment racks with a wall mounted modular media processor appliance that provides network access via a thin-client and audio-visual switching.

Aneeta Gupta, president and CEO of Visionaire said: “The strategy to standardize on the educational technology and cloud connected content delivery at UAEU using open standards Intel based architecture, provides the ability for students and faculty to experience the same user interfaces irrespective of different delivery devices and venues as well as promotes scalability when adopting next generation technologies. It also allows for the end-point systems to be light weight with the cloud connected network doing much of the heavy lifting”.

The Arrive RoomPoint and InfoPoint devices both use Intel processors with improved energy consumption profiles. The RoomPoint MPA is comprised of 100% folded aluminium, to reduce carbon footprint and energy consumption, and also has no fans or other moving parts.

Dr Abdullah Al-Khanbashi, Vice Chancellor of UAEU and the primary stakeholder of the UAEU Green ICT Vision commented: “UAEU’s planned focus on using green ICT as the key driver of its educational emphasis is paying off with the new and “green ICT” campus providing faculty and students high performance access to UAEU IT services, the Internet and Ankabut [the UAE’s advanced education
network].”

Taha Khalifa, regional sales manager for Intel in the Middle East said: “The Intel Atom is designed to make it easier for users to take advantage of benefits of the Intel Architecture based on their specific needs. The Intel Atom is built directly into the CPU of smaller devices to improve performance and sustainability – much like Intel creates technologies that advance the way people live, work, and learn.”

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