WALLINGFORD, Conn. – June 20, 2006 – VBrick Systems, Inc. (www.VBrick.com), an industry leader in affordable video over IP network solutions, today announced that the Geneva Area City Schools (Geneva) in northeast Ohio has selected VBrick Systems to stream cable television to the classroom economically and reliably – eliminating $200,000 in traditional Information Technology (IT) infrastructure costs. VBrick also enables Geneva to select and restrict access to specific cable stations, thereby ensuring age-appropriate content throughout the district.
Geneva’s cable television streaming initiative is a component the district’s modernization plan to build five new schools for its 3,011 students. In addition to the new high school that opened in January 2006, Geneva’s strategic plan includes four additional schools by 2010. Ohio funding for new school development is contingent on Geneva’s compliance with state guidelines that require all classrooms to include network connections, PCs, and cable television access. Ohio also requires school districts to manage (modulate) access to age-appropriate cable television programming and channels in each building.
The district required robust network classroom capabilities that are economical and easy for its one-person IT department to manage. Geneva also wanted to avoid installing expensive modulation equipment in the planned schools.
Geneva selected VBrick encoder appliances to stream cable television channels to each classroom across the district’s gigabit fiber optic network – thereby eliminating the requirement for a separate classroom television coax cable deployment. VBrick also enables IT administrators to restrict cable channel classroom access.