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The BBC has announced a new technology and engineering apprentice scheme, the BBC Technology Apprenticeship, to address a critical technology skills shortage in the broadcast sector.
BBC addresses tech skills gap
Funded by BBC Technology and the government’s Employer Ownership Skills Pilot, the scheme, with the participation of a number of industry partners, aims to produce 100 highly skilled, experienced and employable graduate level apprentices over eight years to meet growing industry demand.
The apprenticeship opens for applications on Thursday 18 April at bbc.co.uk/careers/trainee-schemes and will recruit 20 apprentices annually for an innovative three year programme, working toward an honours bachelor degree.
Apprentices will be based across the UK and will receive a combination of world class training, work placements and academic study.
As part of the Open Channels initiative announced in December 2012, BBC Technology and the BBC Academy, in partnership with major UK universities and Creative Skillset, have brought together some of the UK’s biggest broadcasters (BBC, Channel 4, and ITV) and media infrastructure companies (Red Bee Media and Arqiva) to shape a common skills agenda, collaborating for the first time ever to solve a critical industry skills gap.
This combined industry involvement will help apprentices gain the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed; creating the next generation of engineering talent for the industry. Apprentices will also benefit from work placements within partner organisations as part of the practice-based learning programme.
The academic courses will cover key topics including software development and managing IP networks, as well as the traditional engineering principles of electronics, electrics, video and audio systems.
Polycom has luanched SoundStation Connect, an audio conference system that plugs directly into any laptop or desktop USB port, letting users of soft-phone apps such as Polycom RealPresence Desktop 2.0, Microsoft Lync or IBM Sametime experience HD-quality audio conferencing technology for small-group meetings in the office, at home or when travelling.
SoundStation Connect includes voice technology to reduce background noise, echo, and feedback. The microphone pickup covers more than 7 feet in diameter.
No software driver is needed, and the device runs on USB power and works with any UC soft-phone app running on computers that support USB audio.
Polycom SoundStation Connect will be available in Q2 2013 from Remote Audio Visual
Epson has launched five new 3LCD installation projectors, featuring brightness of up to 5,200 lumens. The range features the EB-4950WU and EB-4850WU with full HD WUXGA screen resolution, the EB-4750W with WXGA screen resolution and the EB-4650 and EB-4550 with XGA screen resolution.
All models feature 5000:1 contrast ratio, with a zoom ratio of 1.8x (EB-4950WU and EB-4850WU models) or 2.0x (EB-4750W, EB-4650, and EB-4550 models).
All five projectors feature two digital inputs: HDMI and DisplayPort.
EB-4950WU – 4,500 lumens
EB-4850WU – 4,000 lumens
EB-4750W - 4,200 lumens
EB-4650 – 5,200 lumens
EB-4550 – 4,500 lumens
The Epson EB-4950WU, EB-4850WU, EB-4750W, EB-4650 and EB-4550 are available from Remote Audio Visual June 2013.
SMART Board 500 series is no longer supported
SMART no longer support SB500 series boards on the following Operating Systems: Mac OS 10.6, “Snow Leopard,” Mac 10.7 “Lion” and later versions; and Windows OS Vista and later versions. In addition to this, older (supported) operating systems will work ‘as is’ with no future hardware/software upgrades.
There are known issues with SMART Board 500 series boards with later editions of MAC OS and Windows OS, and therefore this product is not officially supported, unless it is on an older OS. Customers should be encouraged to upgrade to the latest SMART Board interactive whiteboard or interactive display technology.
There are issues with using this type of Serial to USB cable on new computers, as it is an older technology and was never meant to work with these systems. Customers should therefore be encouraged to upgrade to the latest SMART Board interactive whiteboard or interactive display technology.
The last 12 months have seen a significant increase in the scale and number of videowall projects across a diverse range of verticals, including retail, corporate, broadcast, and the replacement of older technologies in control rooms.
The entry of LCD manufacturers NEC, Samsung and Sharp into the videowall market has increased the awareness of what can be achieved with videowalls, this has benefited all the products in the portfolio. It has opened new verticals which wouldn’t have previously looked at videowalls, and means there are a variety of price points and technologies to choose depending on the application.
The London 2012 Olympics will continue to provide a boost to the market, especially in rental for hospitality and branding applications