Laptop/Tablet Carts aid schools in transition to digital

The benefits of using electronic devices in schools are many. They can improve standardized test scores, hold hundreds of digital textbooks, increase student interaction and creativity, and, in the long run, even save money. This transition to digital will be happening sooner rather than later for the public school system in Florida.

In May 2011, Governor Rick Scott signed legislation mandating, “all adopted instructional materials for students in kindergarten through grade 12 must be provided in an electronic or digital format.” Students will be required to use digital textbooks by 2015, and similar mandates across the country mean that more and more schools will need a secure place to store, transport, and charge tablets, e-readers, and other devices.

These iPad, Chromebook, Tablet, and Laptop Carts come in many configurations to fill a school’s needs and can safely store and transport many different kinds of devices, with cases and without, in a small footprint that is the perfect size for classrooms and administrative areas. For more information, check out our brochure, or watch the video below.


Fighting the summer storms – Choosing a UPS or BPS

Summer is storm season and that means an increased risk of equipment damage and data loss from lightning strikes, power anomalies, power outages, etc. One good zap can sideline your company’s operations in an instant.

Most power problems are brownouts (low voltage) or blackouts (complete outages). Only an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or a backup power supply (BPS) can protect your systems against conditions of too little power.

To prevent power disasters before they happen, more than 70% of servers are protected with a UPS or BPS. Network managers know that having a server down brings many operations to a halt. Although the loss of a single hub or router may not bring the entire corporation to a standstill, it can result in zero productivity for entire workgroups or remote offices.

A UPS or BPS keeps power flowing, giving you enough time to shut down safely during a power outage. It also regulates your power, smoothing out dangerous overvoltages and undervoltages, spikes, surges, and impulses that often go unnoticed.

The difference between a UPS and a BPS is that a UPS provides continuous power that stays up during a power outage whereas a BPS provides standby battery backup to which it switches during a power problem.

Eaton 5110 UPS, 700 VA/420 Watts UPS

With a UPS, your equipment is always running on battery power, which is continuously being recharged from your regular power lines. Because there is no switchover time with a UPS, it’s a particularly stable source of power. Continuous UPSs, although they can cost twice as much as a standby BPS, provide extremely stable power and are frequently used in server rooms and other critical network applications.

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InfoComm 2013 product demos

If you were at InfoComm June 12th – 14th, we hope you got to visit our booth. During that time, rAVe Publications was kind enough to stop by and let us promote our digital signage, KVM matrix switching, and video switching and distribution solutions. Click on the videos below to learn more.

iCOMPEL – Digital Signage Platform and Player

DKM – HD Video & Peripheral Matrix Switching

MediaCento IPX – HD Content Distribution

Brian Kutchma, our VP of Sales, was also able to give a presentation on how to avoid the biggest digital signage disasters. You can read the full article on