Over the past few years, VCU has upgraded the technology in our large
lecture halls. A custom podium was designed and placed in each room.
The podiums all contain AV equipment including a Crestron Control unit,
DVD player, VHS player, etc. There is also a rack-mounted Windows
workstation, which is custom built (not a name brand). We are now
getting ready to replace the rack-mounted pc's. Vendors such as Dell,
Gateway, IBM make rack-mounted servers but these will not suit our needs
as we need USB ports, Zip Drives, good video etc. We want to assure the
new workstations are reliable. We are looking for vendors who specialize
in this sort of thing --- if they exist. We are also interested in how
others using custom podiums deal with this issue.
Jane R. Hesler
Director, Media and Computing Services
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 980016
Richmond, VA 23298-0016
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