Emerson Network Power Enables Science Center to Amplify the Power of Interactive Learning

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The Avocent® HMX High Performance KVM over IP extender system has taken a leap from the silver screen to the hands-on science classroom. The Avocent HMX extender system is offered by Emerson Network Power a business of Emerson and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure.

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We are proud to help the talented staff and teachers achieve their goal of interesting young people in careers in science, math and technology.

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today announced that the Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center is using the Avocent® HMX High Performance KVM over IP extender system from Emerson Network Power. Located in Huntsville, Ala., the non-profit center enables teachers to interact with students in a unique 3-D/HD immersive theater that leverages Avocent HMX extender systems for its remote over IP computer resource switching.

Best known for its superior performance in demanding environments such as film and broadcast productions suites, the Avocent HMX extender system is designed for organizations whose employees need to seamlessly access and share one or more computing resources that are physically separated from their work environment. The Avocent extension solution fully addresses all the security and sustainability issues when there is physical separation between a computer and the user. This and other important benefits made the Avocent HMX extender system the best solution for the science center.

One program held in the theater, for example, features a computer game that teaches students about the physics of weather. Each student is given access to a touchscreen monitor to play the game. A rack-mounted CPU system stored in a computer room elsewhere in the center powers each individual game session. Over an IP network, the Avocent HMX extender system transmitter remotely connects the different touchscreens with their CPU counterparts, which are connected to the Avocent HMX receiver. If needed, any touchscreen can quickly be remapped to a different CPU. Adding to the interactive nature of the program, the moderator can show any of the students’ touchscreen displays on the theater’s big screen.

“Avocent HMX system has significantly enhanced our live narrative shows, as well as our educational camps and classes,” said Robin Soprano, IT director for Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center. “It has made our whole theater experience better for all involved, from our students to our educators to our IT team.”

One aspect of improving the theater experience is locating the equipment in a computer room in another part of the facility. Theater space is optimized and the learning environment is quiet. The IT staff benefits as well. “The Avocent system has certainly made a big difference in saving time and staff requirements,” Soprano said. “When our theater shows first began, we had to have an IT person in the control room at all times. Now our educators can usually run a show without any additional help. The Avocent HMX system makes setup and use of our technology so much easier for everyone.”

“The Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center is a treasured resource in our community,” said Steve Hassell, president of the Avocent business of Emerson Network Power. “We are proud to help the talented staff and teachers achieve their goal of interesting young people in careers in science, math and technology.”

To learn more about Emerson Network Power’s KVM products, please visit http://avocent.com/Products/Category/KVM_Appliances.aspx.

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About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at http://www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson
Emerson, based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2011 were $24.2 billion. For more information, visit http://www.Emerson.com.

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