AMX Announces Acquisition of SchoolView Technologies
Solidifies Successful Partnership as K-12 Education Market Continues to Exceed Expectations
RICHARDSON, Texas – July 19, 2011 – AMX®, the leading provider of solutions that simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments, announced today the acquisition of SchoolView Technologies, LLC., a Plano, Texas based company specializing in building comprehensive software that consolidates management and control of diverse school technologies at the district, building and classroom level, on a single, comprehensive platform. AMX introduced a partnership with SchoolView Technologies in February of 2010 and launched the AMX | SchoolView solutions combining hardware and software that integrates disparate building systems to deliver a central command center in a single location using existing data networks, and capable of scaling for future technology integration.
AMX | SchoolView solutions are hugely successful due in part to its reputation within the education market of controlling costs while providing the highest quality of service Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all despite a soft economy. This complete, scalable solution consolidates management and control of traditional bell, clock and PA systems, while addressing the management and control needs of classroom audio, video and presentation tools at the district, building and classroom level. As a result, innovative institutions have found the key to controlling cost is simple; capitalize on their existing disparate technologies through automation and control.
"We have been impressed with both the quality of the products and the people at SchoolView over the past 18 months and are glad to officially welcome them to the AMX family. AMX is capitalizing on the success of this partnership with a solution that aims directly at controlling costs at a time when K-12 schools are being challenged more and more to show a true return on their investment," said AMX President and CEO Rashid Skaf. "AMX | SchoolView is the only scalable education solution set that allow schools to start with certain critical components and continue to add more later to eventually take full advantage of our 'unified control' solutions to manage connected technology, automation, security and energy utilization."
AMX | SchoolView provides a host of features essential for innovative learning environments. Administrators and support staff can perform remote system diagnostics, track projector use, lamp life allowing efficient scheduling of routine maintenance such as lamp replacement and instant notification if devices are disconnected providing financial savings through theft deterrence. AMX | SchoolView includes components for safe and crime free campuses such as centralized control of security cameras to mass alert notifications. Unlike many traditional notification systems, AMX | SchoolView can deliver synchronized alerts and messages to all rooms including portable classrooms. Beyond giving administrators and teachers simplified control of the system, the AMX|SchoolView also offers energy savings. It aligns to green-building initiatives that many school districts are facing as it automates management of energy-consuming resources like PCs and AV equipment, and further increases cost reductions by simplifying maintenance and support, which extends technology lifecycles.
"The education market is currently facing two diametrically opposing obstacles – lower funding and higher demand for innovative use of technology," said AMX Vice President, Education Sales Michael Peveler. "Education customers around the world will benefit because AMX|SchoolView addresses both challenges without increasing costs or compromising technology."
The AMX | SchoolView includes a host of services designed to help K-12 customers. Funding Opportunities Support offers resources to customers for tracking ARRA funds, and grant opportunities. Grant Writing Services help customers design technology upgrade paths for use in the classroom. System Design/Technical Services show customers ways of taking advantage of existing school data networks when designing new solutions. Information, Research & Resources give teachers, technology directors, administrators or education officials the resources like newsletters, white papers and other educational materials chocked full of insightful information about technology tips and trends. Professional Development Services include continual education programs dedicated to ensuring customers get the opportunity to learn and experience how to get the most from the technology. Needs Analysis helps customers make more informed decisions when purchasing technology by providing one-on-one consultation/analysis of specific school district requirements to ensure the highest return on your investment.
"SchoolView is excited to be a part of a world-class organization like AMX that has successfully installed solutions in tens of thousands of classrooms around the world," said Michael Yonks, SchoolView Technologies, Inc., president and CEO. "As evident over the past year and a half, we realize AMX is the type of company that mirrors our commitment to growth, quality, and personal integrity."
Future plans include an AMX|SchoolView Education Technology Tour tentatively scheduled for this fall. For more information about AMX|SchoolView solutions contact your AMX dealer or go to www.SimplifyYourCampus.com.