-- The Kansas school district chose the CP-X443 projectors for its built-in networking capabilities and Hitachi's commitment to customer service --
BRISBANE, CALIFORNIA, www.hitachi.us, July 10, 2006 - Reinforcing the advanced networking capabilities and ease of use of Hitachi projectors, Lawrence Public Schools in Kansas have installed more than 100 Hitachi CP-X443 model projectors for use in its high schools, junior high schools and elementary schools. Sold through Troxell Communications, the CP-X443 projectors were chosen in large part for their ability to be monitored and managed from a remote location.
With an eye towards providing every classroom in the school district with a projector, Kevin Powell, electronics and A/V technician for Lawrence Public Schools, began installing the CP-X443 projectors in July 2005. "Outfitting the classrooms with projectors is our first priority, with the library and media rooms a close second," Mr. Powell said.
Because of the size of the Lawrence Public School district (two high schools, four junior high schools and 15 elementary schools), remote monitoring of the projectors was a significant factor in the purchasing decision. The CP-X443 is equipped with PJMan? software, allowing a user to easily monitor the status of the projectors, such as lamp life, power and input source. "We really needed that built-in networking capability, in large part for the management of the system by the technicians," Powell said. "Additionally, the maintenance features of the CP-X443 really help us keep tabs when the filters need to be cleaned, when the lamps need to be replaced, and other issues. It's a big help to have all of that information without leaving our office."
According to Powell, the projectors have been so successful that schools are now purchasing additional projectors with funds outside of the technology bond that originally provided for the equipment upgrade. "The CP-X443 projectors are very easy to use and they've been used quite a bit, to the point where I've received additional work orders outside of the bond funds, where schools are making purchases through their own funding, like from their parent-teacher organizations," Mr. Powell said.
Powell has put his faith in the Hitachi brand thanks to the combination of Hitachi's cutting-edge display technology and a commitment to customer service. "Hitachi's support has been incredible, they're second to none in my opinion," he said. "In the rare occurrences where we have an issue, their people are immediately there for us. I recommend Hitachi to everyone, not only for the classroom but any presentation setting."
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