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District outfits campuses with new projection technology

By Stephen Noonoo
December 9th, 2015

A major overhaul of projectors led one district to Casio’s LampFree line

casio-lampfreeAs a major school district in Indiana, the School City of Hammond, has installed more than 200 of Casio America Signature XJ-M141 projection units in five different locations.

“We were in the process of looking for a new and advanced technological solution that would enhance learning in the classroom. When we researched Casio’s Signature projector line, we were thrilled to learn about the LampFree technology and the significant financial resources we would be saving over the projectors’ lifespan,” said Ken Benich, Director of Technology and Assessment in the School City of Hammond. “Additionally, the standard 5 year/10,000 hour light source warranty for educational institutions helped fortify our decision to use Casio projectors as we feel they are truly a partner with schools.”

Benich and the district’s technology team selected Casio’s Signature line of LampFree projectors specifically because of its affordability, long-term use, proprietary LampFree technology and state-of-the-art LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source. Casio LampFree projectors provides users with a 20,000 hour estimated lifespan, and unlike competitive projectors with lamps, they eliminate the need for expensive mercury-based projection lamps that require frequent replacement. The average user can save an estimated $800 after 6,000 hours of use compared to traditional mercury lamp projectors. In addition, these units require no filters to clean and little to no overall maintenance.

“We were able to complete a seamless swap of our old projectors with the new LampFree units while still using our existing mounts,” added Benich. “With the new projectors, our teachers have been able to continue their work without discoloration and dimming. They love the instant on feature and that there has been no disruption in the classroom due to lamp issues.”

Weighing in at 8.6 pounds, Casio’s line of Signature projectors including the XJ-M141, offers a wide range of connectivity options including video, HDMI and RGB inputs plus audio as well as RS-232 for remote control and a built in 5 watt speaker. Signature series models with USB capability can connect wirelessly with PC and Mac computers or using the Free C- Assist APP connect with iOS and Android mobile devices for a true BYOD experience. These models also incorporate LAN connectivity for remote access and control as well as 2GB of built in memory that allows many file fomats, such as PDF and Quicktime to be stored in the projector for quick and easy playback.

“Casio is proud to partner with the School City of Hammond and provide its schools with state-of-the-art Signature XJ-M141 projectors,” said Joe Gillio, Senior Director Strategic Planning and Marketing of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “The Signature series has become one of our most popular product lines in the K-12 education market. Our LampFree technology, low maintenance, and affordability are unrivaled in the industry allowing teachers and students to have the best technology resources possible in the classroom.”

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Stephen Noonoo

Stephen Noonoo is a former editor of eSchool News. He has served as a consultant for CUE, California’s ISTE affiliate, and as managing editor of its quarterly publication, OnCUE. He has worked as a freelance writer, an education editor for SmartBrief newsletters, and as a staff editor for a well-known publication focusing on education technology.