In the rapidly evolving world of science, universities are creating a standard of technology in the classroom. Technology not only produces high-quality education through time-saving applications and effective communications, it also makes life easier for the user and can ultimately be incredibly cost-effective.

Centralized management technology is one area seeing increased adoption in classroom settings. By creating a centralized management system, universities can simplify the monitoring and management of on-campus technology.

The University of Central Florida (UCF) has implemented a centralized management system and standardized technology usage across campus. Streamlined and easy-to-use technology offerings help students and faculty achieve their academic and professional goals while making troubleshooting and maintenance easy for the IT department. “As the unit responsible for supporting multimedia across all of our sites and rooms, it was critical for us to have the ability to deliver the quality of service that’s expected of us,” says Don Merritt, director of the office of instructional resources.

UCF turned to a central control system because it was looking to establish and maintain a level of workflow consistency throughout the university’s 750 spaces, including lecture halls, event halls, and laboratories. Each room has an integrated AV system that works hand-in-hand with enterprise monitoring and management software. One central-management system provides a unified control platform, helping the AV design and support unit to have better visibility into the technology used on campus. “Central monitoring and reporting software allows us to easily extract data and analyze it to determine the usability and preferred sources of technology within each room,” says Bradley Jones, assistant director of the office of instructional resources.

3 benefits of central management software

1. Control from anywhere

UCF’s classroom hardware and devices are managed more efficiently through a central management web portal. Via a single computer, UCF can control, manage, and report on classrooms and associated equipment across the campus. If a piece of equipment malfunctions, staff can be notified automatically through the central-monitoring software so they can quickly address and correct the problem.

About the Author:

Matthew Silverman is the program manager for educational technology for Crestron. Crestron is a global leader in control and automation products that simplify technology for homes, offices, schools, hospitals, and more.


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