Meeting Reminders:

The next Technology Advisory Committee Meeting is Thursday May 4th, 2017 at 9:00am. 

 

Lightspeed

The landscape of filtering is changing drastically and in turn our consortium has to change how we view and support this technology.  The concept of inline filters has dominated this space for many years, and that methodology is starting to change how this industry is defined.  With the growth of Chrome OS devices and an industry standard move to secure web traffic, content filtering has become quite a much more difficult task to accomplish effectively.  Cloud filtering has become a much stronger player in the market and the needs of schools are changing.  Please join us at our next Technology Advisory Committee meeting as we discuss the direction our consortium will take in regards to content filtering and hear what new technologies Lightspeed, our current filtering partner, has to offer.

 

Video Conferencing

As NEOnet continues to embrace video conferencing as a mechanism to help support our customers while eliminating the cost of travel, we are constantly adjusting the formula to create the right environment with the fewest number of technical road blocks.  The introduction of WebEx video conference bridging has drastically reduced the complexity of scheduling conferences.  Having the bridging in the cloud offsets the cost of local resources, while leveraging the simplicity of WebEx making any end user device capable of attending and participating in the meeting.  A user can join simply by calling in on a phone, or with full video and audio capabilities on the device of their choice, including another video conferencing room.  Our latest set of modifications will bring better room participation by removing the “push to talk” limitation of individual microphones for an easier whole room microphone solution.  Using the technology to support our users has allowed us to better tune what hardware and accessories to put together to build not only a room that is easy to use, but also gives the end users the realistic feel of being on site.  We look forward to growing and expanding this service down into classroom level integration.  With the goal of expanding our customers’ ability to share resources and impact the education of students all over Northeast Ohio, we will begin to partner with our interested customers to put together a proof of concept around this strategy.  Look for more information on this topic in the monthly updates as we progress.

 

April
2017
Technology Update