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This technology marks a ‘generational leap’ for colleges

Posted on June 12, 2014

It doesn’t take a university’s resident budgetary whiz to know that long-term technology cost savings trumps in-the-moment savings, especially when those long-haul savings bring a cutting-edge technology and proven reliability to campus.

That’s why Robb Mann’s proposal to bring Sony’s 3LCD laser projector to the University of North Carolina Wilmington was a straightforward pitch. Invest in this first-of-its-kind technology today, Mann told university officials, and you’ll realize year-over-year savings while improving the teaching and learning experience.

“Anyone with a good grasp of finance can wrap their head around this,” said Mann, manager of classroom operations and special events at UNC Wilmington since 2003. “It’s simple math, really, especially when you trust the technology so much.”

Mann’s proposal to purchase Sony 3LCD laser projectors, complete with a host of environmentally friendly features and upwards of 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation, was a resounding success.

Already, Mann said, the school has realized cost savings not only with the projectors’ efficient features, but also with the reduced need to maintenance that has freed audio-video experts on campus to focus their efforts elsewhere.

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