FSR is focusing on solutions specifically for the educational marketplace. While the number of technology installations is increasing, we recognize that there are still challenges for K-12 and higher ed institutions, from packaged solutions that work in new or existing spaces, to an overall lack of space, to creative uses for little used areas, to tight budgets. And don’t forget the need to be Green! FSR addresses all these issues with a variety of products which meet the needs of modern schools and campuses.
Collaborative Learning: HuddleVU Suite of Products
That buzz phrase that’s been hanging around for a little while now, “collaborative learning,” has actually become a punch list item for most higher ed institutions. From breakout tables in larger classrooms and labs to huddle spaces in libraries and even student unions, the idea is that working together and sharing information enhances a student’s learning, problem solving and communications skills while potentially enabling a more practical or real approach to theoretical concepts. FSR has specifically designed some packaged solutions for schools that offer an intuitive collaborative experience. It is our HuddleVU suite of products.
Ceiling Boxes & Digital Ribbon
Additionally, the fight for real estate in educational facilities is on. While technology is a priority, finding adequate space allotted specifically for technology is a challenge. FSR is focused on addressing the search for space by offering ceiling boxes that hold up to 4 rack units of equipment and hide it in the ceiling, out of sight, secure, and easy to access. FSR also offers a Digital Ribbon that runs high speed, HDMI signals up to 328 feet without power, eliminating the need for additional equipment like extenders.
Wall, Floor and Table Boxes
Fighting for a piece of the pie is always an issue for technology managers. We are seeing a lot of AV budgets (and staff) moving into IT departments within the educational market. We are modifying our language, products and approach to address these changes. Our wall, floor and table boxes are incorporated into the infrastructure of buildings and existing or new furniture. They allow for many different configurations and connectivity options for both legacy and state of the art systems and anything in between.
Charging and Power
Just as students expect colleges to offer wireless internet connection across campus (why not, my local coffee house has free Wi-Fi) they also expect convenient and usable locations to charge their devices. FSR has developed a variety of solutions for charging mobile devices in classrooms, libraries, lounges, study areas or wherever power may be needed (this is in addition to accessible power in our table boxes.)
Keeping budgets in mind, FSR offers an extensive line of AV electronics including switchers, scalers, HDBaseT transmitters and receivers, distribution amps and power products that are well-priced and offer great quality, reliability and performance. Stay tuned for additional products and packages being releasedthat will make tech managers’ lives a whole lot easier.
Flex Control System
Many schools, especially public institutions, are obligated to have firm sustainability initiatives and processes in place throughout the district or campus. Technology equipment typically consumes a significant amount of electricity. FSR manufactures a Flex Control System which can control “almost anything” in a classroom both in the room itself, or remotely from the Flex app, enabling remote energy consumption monitoring by controlling or scheduling equipment shut down. It can also control shades, lighting, screens, etc, therefore becoming a money saving, energy conserving, universal remote for the entire classroom. The Flex interface is extremely intuitive, a plus for busy teachers and administrators who do not have a lot of extra time for training.
Keep coming back for exciting new products soon the be released from FSR, which will provide more solutions to the higher ed and K-12 markets. For up to the minute product announcements and FSR news tailored for education, sign up here for our e-newsletter.
Director of Business Development, Education