SOURCE: Echo360

June 18, 2008 09:00 ET

Echo360 Launches Next-Generation Lecture Capture Platform

Scalable Solution Includes Industry-First Capture Appliance

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - June 18, 2008) - Echo360, higher education's first-choice for letting students relive the classroom experience on demand, today announced the general availability of the next-generation EchoSystem™ platform for campus-wide lecture capture and podcasting. The release marks a milestone in the evolution of classroom technologies with the delivery of the EchoSystem capture appliance: the first and only non-PC based device designed, built and dedicated to the capture of classroom-based content.

Despite the educational benefits lecture capture affords the millennial generation and non-traditional student populations, campus-wide adoption of lecture capture has been limited by solutions priced and designed primarily for corporate applications. The delivery of the EchoSystem, along with new university- and department-wide site license pricing options, finally allows institutions to scale their lecture capture initiatives to every course on campus.

"Before expanding a technology initiative to our entire student body, we must understand the true costs of purchasing and maintaining a solution," said Anand Padmanabhan, chief information officer of the Stern School of Business at New York University. "The EchoSystem site license pricing gives us complete transparency into the financial outlay for the project. Coupled with a low total cost of ownership due to the limited staff required to manage the solution, we are now planning to deploy lecture capture school-wide."

The EchoSystem platform was designed to address the primary technology hurdles to broad adoption. The EchoSystem server schedules, monitors, assembles and publishes lecture as rich media in a completely automated workflow. This centralized management approach creates a hub for lecture capture operations with a scalable, distributed computing architecture that streamlines the time and staff needed to manage a campus-wide lecture capture.

The platform includes the only unified hardware and software capture model on the market today with the delivery of the EchoSystem capture appliance. As a seamless addition to today's smart classrooms, the appliance drastically reduces the deployment time and total cost of ownership traditionally associated with general-purpose presentation recording solutions. The appliance, along with a software-only option deployable on existing classroom computers and faculty laptops, comprise a suite of flexible capture options for in-classroom and mobile workflows.

"We're on the cusp of a sea change in higher education, with institutions poised to make on-demand replay of every lecture, delivered in every classroom, accessible to every student," said Mark Jones, president of Echo360. "This has been our vision for lecture capture for almost four years, and the EchoSystem is the technology platform that transforms this promise into a reality for institutions and students."

About Echo360

Echo360 envisions an opportunity for every student to be freed from traditional barriers to learning with an on-demand education experience. Full-time, part-time, distance, continuing, and online all describe today's student living in a 24/7 world. On-demand media and education converge at the newly-formed Echo360, helping colleges and universities engage students on the students' terms with full and unbounded access to classroom-based content via multiplatform replay. Developed in partnership with the University of Western Australia, Echo360 means scalable and affordable lecture capture solutions that can provide institutions of all sizes with universal availability of lecture content. For more information, log on to www.echo360.com.

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