Best Upgraded Hardware

Best Upgraded Hardware

ATEM Television Studio
Blackmagic Design

ATEM Television Studio is a live production switcher that combines a professional switcher with a broadcast-quality H.264 encoder, offering live multi-camera production and broadcast encoding for the Internet in one unit. Judges recommended it as a way to show live broadcast videos. They also noted that it was very easy to set up. One judge suggested that it would be a great way to record graduations.

Crestron DMPS-300-C-AEC

Crestron’s DMPS-300-C-AEC is a complete, high-definition presentation control and signal routing solution for boardrooms and videoconference rooms that incorporates the control system, multimedia matrix switcher, mic mixer with AEC, audio DSP, and amplifier in one system. One judge loved that she could “send multiple video feeds to several projectors and TV screens in our large conference area.” The judge added that switching presenters is easy with the multitude of available inputs, and no “hassle of swapping inputs on projectors and TVs.”

Barracuda Web Filter
Barracuda Networks

The Barracuda Web Filter gives administrators clear visibility into Web activity while blocking security threats. It also offers extensive policy tools for managing access in the workplace with no per-user fees. Judges raved over the high-quality tech support and found it simple to set up overall. One judge added that this product keeps educators’ needs in mind, citing features such as YouTube and Facebook integration as particularly useful.

Dell KACE K1000 Systems Management Appliance v5.4
Dell Software

The Dell KACE Management Appliance delivers a fully-integrated systems management solution that’s easy to use for network administrators of all levels. Judges called it “excellent” and “effective for schools” with small IT departments. One judge added that it would streamline many of the tasks that staff have had to do manually