A PC-based version of the software, RoomView Express, is available as well. And if school leaders want even more ability to track and monitor their energy usage, Crestron’s Fusion EM software tracks an organization’s carbon footprint while letting users change and schedule temperature settings, lighting levels, and more. It also saves energy by automatically turning off lights and reducing HVAC use in unoccupied spaces, the company says.

Network computing makes a comeback

School IT managers might remember the term “network computers” from the late-90s: early-generation thin clients that never really took off, because network infrastructures weren’t robust enough to deliver on the promise of true networking computing back then. Well, this idea is now making a comeback with the emergence of cloud computing—and at InfoComm 2011, LG Electronics unveiled a new series of what it called “network monitors” that can save schools energy and money by tapping the power of virtual computing.

LG’s P Series Network Monitors use what the company calls “zero client” virtual computing technology and VMWare software to connect to a server host and simultaneously redistribute its capabilities to multiple users through an IP network. With enough bandwidth, one server computer potentially can support more than 100 redistributed systems, LG said.

“The P Series Network Monitor solution helps reduce high costs associated with maintaining a multi-computer setting,” said Y.K. Cho, senior vice president of commercial displays for LG, in a press release. The 19-inch LED monitors not only are cheaper to buy than traditional computers but also use less energy, meaning a school’s long-term costs will be reduced as well.

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