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E-Rate Program Overview - IDSolutions - Home

  1. 1. FY2009 E-Rate Year 12 Eligibility Guide Featuring Solutions from VBrick Systems and Lifesize
  2. 2. E-Rate Program Overview E-Rate is federal program that provides schools with technology funding E-Rate is an open bid process; no service provider is guaranteed any award Service provider selection is weighted by cost, relationship, reputation IDSolutions educates applicants on which video solutions are eligible Our competitive edge is E-Rate video product and solution knowledge IDSolutions focuses on maintaining communication during the entire process
  3. 3. <ul><li>E-Rate video solution experts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Video conferencing and streaming distribution for distance learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Best in breed partners/products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VBrick and Lifesize, also AMX/Crestron, Polycom, Tandberg </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Full professional services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Level one support, design services, installation/integration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Local presence with national reach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Customer relationship #1, AT&T partnership, central HQ with local offices </li></ul></ul>Introduction – IDSolutions and AT&T
  4. 4. <ul><li>Leader in using streaming video for distance learning </li></ul><ul><li>Live Video - Encoders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-time audio & video capture/delivery; virtual field trips </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stored Video – Video-on-Demand </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stored file delivery; self-created content for distance learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Management/Control – EtherneTV Portal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete control system for managing the video distribution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Display – Decoders and set-top boxes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Send video to TV or monitor, Windows/MAC PCs, mobile devices, IPOD </li></ul></ul>Introduction – VBrick Systems
  5. 5. <ul><li>Leader in using high definition interactive video for distance learning </li></ul><ul><li>Live Two-way Video - Codecs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-time audio & video capture/delivery; ultra low delay </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High Definition Quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highest quality available for distance learning and virtual field trips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zero fatigue on teachers and students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Management/Control – Easy to Operate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Push button remote allows “speed dial” to set up conference </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fully interoperable with all other video conferencing systems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The best quality, performance and price on the market today </li></ul></ul>Introduction – Lifesize Communications
  6. 6. <ul><li>What video equipment do you have in place today? </li></ul><ul><li>How old is the video equipment and how often is it used? </li></ul><ul><li>How was the video equipment purchased? </li></ul><ul><li>Has your school purchased with E-Rate funds in the past? When? What %? </li></ul><ul><li>Does your school have a technology plan? </li></ul><ul><li>Does your school work with an E-Rate or technology consultant? </li></ul><ul><li>What application is your school looking to fulfill? </li></ul>Fact Finding – past, present, future
  7. 7. E-Rate ESL and Distance Learning <ul><li>The USAC’s Schools and Library Division (SLD) releases an annual eligible services list (ESL) to define products and services eligible under E-Rate </li></ul><ul><li>The ESL states which Voice/Video over IP (VoIP) components are eligible as internal connections and which are not </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation will review the most popular distance learning applications that are covered under E-Rate </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation will help explain which VBrick and Lifesize products are eligible and how they relate to the functions defined under Internal Connections </li></ul><ul><li>Both VBrick and Lifesize have worked extensively with the USAC to get products pre-approved. The list of approved products can be found at: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sl.universalservice.org/vendor/epd_pilot/prod_info.asp </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>VBrick and Lifesize products fall primarily fall under the function “Video components” listed in the ESL </li></ul><ul><li>Products are further classified as “centralized video components necessary to transport information all the way to individual classrooms or public areas of a library are eligible”. </li></ul><ul><li>Specific to both VBrick and Lifesize: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CODEC/Video Encoder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Master Control Unit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A one-page XLS spreadsheet has been created to summarize product eligibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This spreadsheet is useful for both calculating customer contribution responsibility as well as when filling out form 471 item 21 </li></ul></ul>Product Eligibility
  9. 9. Streaming Video for Distance Learning <ul><li>VBrick’s EtherneTV is a distance learning system that provides digital video distribution over existing IP networks </li></ul><ul><li>The most common E-Rate applications include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News announcements from students or staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher delivery of classroom sessions to other classrooms or schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This could be live or on-demand (or both!) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Streaming distribution of TV to discuss current news events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivery of VCR tape and DVD assets as part of classroom lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual field trips to bring a live distant event into a classroom </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Interactive Video for Distance Learning <ul><li>Lifesize’s High Definition video conferencing is a distance learning system that provides interactive video communication over existing IP networks </li></ul><ul><li>The most common E-Rate applications include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instruction between classrooms not located in same building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual field trips with other schools, museums, places of interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject matter debates between classes in different schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expert instruction from a remote specialist to a distant school </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. How can these video solutions help a school? <ul><li>Streaming and Interactive video can: </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce the cost of maintaining a separate network for video services </li></ul><ul><li>Allow schools to introduce and integrate cultures from other countries </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate the need for VCR tape service </li></ul><ul><li>Help improve test scores through video studying </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce the travel costs associated with physical field trips </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce the costs of having to duplicate expert instructors at multiple locations </li></ul><ul><li>Allow teachers to integrate video to create more exciting lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the reach of expert instructors to other remote schools </li></ul><ul><li>Allow more immediate discussions regarding today’s news and headlines </li></ul>
  12. 12. What are typical costs and product eligibility? <ul><li>Lifesize products are between 88% and 100% eligible. </li></ul><ul><li>The codec itself is 100% eligible but the camera and microphone are cost allocated </li></ul><ul><li>The MCU, Gatekeeper and Transit Server infrastructure products are 100% eligible </li></ul><ul><li>Room systems are 89% eligible </li></ul><ul><li>Team MP systems are 90% eligible </li></ul><ul><li>Express systems are 88% eligible </li></ul><ul><li>Focus systems are TBD eligible </li></ul><ul><li>Please contact IDSolutions for complete costing information </li></ul>
  13. 13. What are typical costs and product eligibility? <ul><li>VBrick products are between 90% and 100% eligible. </li></ul><ul><li>The encoders, codecs and control portal infrastructure are 100% eligible </li></ul><ul><li>The on-demand server and VBStar encoders are cost allocated for the hard drives </li></ul><ul><li>A VOD-W or WM is 90% to 96% eligible </li></ul><ul><li>An ETV MCU portal is 100% eligible </li></ul><ul><li>A set-top box is 100% eligible </li></ul><ul><li>An encoder is 100% eligible </li></ul><ul><li>A VBExpress streaming kit w/o hard drive is 93% eligible </li></ul><ul><li>Please contact IDSolutions for complete costing information </li></ul><ul><li>Note that the video sources (ie: cameras) and monitors are ineligible per the ESL </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>E-Rate Questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pat Cassella </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Office - 203.479.3506 </li></ul></ul>Where to Get More information