Fulton County Schools Standardizes A/V Technology Districtwide

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District Chooses Epson for Its Total Cost of Ownership, Color Brightness and Interactivity Tools

LONG BEACH, Calif. – To improve students’ and educators’ technology experience in classrooms districtwide, Fulton County Schools in Metro Atlanta is installing a BrightLink® 595Wi interactive projector from Epson, the number-one projector manufacturer in the world, in each of its 6,100 classrooms. At the end of the two-phase implementation, which is projected to be completed in fall 2016, Fulton County Schools’ implementation will be the largest BrightLink 595Wi installation to date.

After reviewing potential solutions, Tim Dunn, Director of Operational Information Technology Program Management at Fulton County Schools, initially decided an interactive solution – either a flat panel or an interactive projector – was the direction the district would take because it was the most cutting-edge. The district discussed installing flat panel displays, but was deterred by the cost of ownership, the small screen size and the extensive and pricey repair process that had the potential of leaving classrooms without a presentation solution for weeks. Additionally, the district’s facilities department preferred a presentation solution that minimized installation in classroom ceilings to avoid damage. Because of this, Fulton County Schools began researching interactive projectors.

Dunn was attracted to the BrightLink 595Wi for its color brightness because he found that students in the back of the class can see the projected image nearly as well as students in the front of the room. Additionally, the ultra-short throw projector was easier for the on-site technicians to install with minimal classroom disruptions. It was the projector’s finger-touch interactivity and its compatibility with Promethean ActiveInspire® and SMART Notebook® however that helped make the decision for Dunn.

“From the beginning of our research, I always said the ‘magic’ is in the interactive software and that we needed to find a projection solution that allowed our teachers to continue using the software they had become accustomed to,” said Dunn. “With the BrightLink 595Wi, teachers can still use the software to maintain an interactive experience for students.”

The goal of Phase 1 of the implementation was to install a BrightLink 595Wi in every classroom that did not already have a presentation solution. Fulton County Schools installed approximately 3,100 projectors in Phase 1. Phase 2 will consist of replacing all existing presentation solutions called “legacy equipment” with a BrightLink 595Wi.

More about the BrightLink 595Wi

The Epson BrightLink 595Wi is the world's first touch-enabled 3LCD interactive projector. The ultra-short throw BrightLink 595Wi delivers 3,300 lumens of color brightness and 3,300 lumens of white brightness1 and features advanced connectivity options, PC-free interactivity capabilities, interactivity over the network, and more.

The BrightLink 595Wi is equipped with an external module that mounts directly to a wall or existing whiteboard enabling finger touch control and annotations. It supports gestures2, up to six fingers at the same time, and dual-pen support. The BrightLink 595Wi projector also gives teachers more control with the built-in Moderator device management software, allowing up to 50 computers, tablets and other handheld devices to be connected via the network for ultimate classroom collaboration.

More about Epson’s Projectors

Epson 3LCD projectors deliver three times brighter colors than leading competitive projectors3. With the BrightLink 595Wi, convenient and advanced features for educators include:

BYOD Classrooms: Wirelessly share4 and compare students’ work from multiple devices, simultaneously, with Moderator device management software5

Epson iProjection™: Wirelessly project from an array of devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™ tablets and smartphones using the free Epson iProjection app6

Extended Lamp Life: Lamps have extended life in economy mode, helping to maximize presentation time; replacement lamps cost $49 through the Brighter Futures program, providing a lower overall total cost of ownership

3LCD Technology: Features the latest 3-chip 3LCD technology to deliver amazing, true-to-life color and detail for powerful presentations; 3LCD technology also provides an energy-efficient light engine using available lamp light to create stunning images, and in contrast to 1-chip DLP technology, 3LCD requires, on average, 25 percent less electricity per lumen of brightness7.

As a leader in innovation and partnership, Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for a total of three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.

Designed with educator input, Epson’s advanced interactive display and projector technologies make bright, collaborative learning environments a reality. Compatible with a wide range of devices and widely-used interactive software, Epson projectors make it easy for teachers to share content to engage students, no matter where they sit in the classroom. Epson’s unmatched technology, service and support ensure educators are confident that high quality, bright images and multimedia are available in the classroom every day.  

Color Brightness Specification and Projector Performance

The color brightness specification (measuring red, green and blue) published by the Society of Information Display (SID) allows consumers to compare projector color performance without conducting a side-by-side shootout. With today’s high definition content, teachers and students can display content with higher quality in brighter environments. For a truly impressive image, projectors need to offer both high color brightness and high white brightness. High color brightness is important for larger screen sizes and provides flexibility for a variety of screen materials. Without sufficient color brightness, images may be muddy, soft and lose detail, even in a dark room. For more information, visit http://www.colorlightoutput.com.