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Harris Signs Agreement with Edgenics

To provide integrated media asset management and distribution system (October 06, 2004)

Harris Corporation today announced a contract with e-learning service provider Edgenics, Inc. that will enable the delivery of e-learning services utilizing rich media content, including interactive and file-based video. An infrastructure will be built to include content creation, media asset management, rich media networking and distribution systems, all integrated for a simple and seamless end-user experience. According to the agreement, Harris and Edgenics will collaborate on system design and construction, joint sales and marketing, and joint development of new intellectual property. Harris was chosen because of its breadth of technologies in broadcast communications, including NetVX video networking technology for high-speed connectivity; Invenio enterprise- wide collaborative content management; and DataPlus WAN-based media management for real-time capture, search, retrieval, and scheduling of digital assets.

In an early phase, Edgenics will focus on the delivery of live interactive and file- based video programming to rural K-12 educators in the Southern Delta region of the United States. The creation of Edgenics' next-generation communication and collaboration solution is part of an $11 million program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to extend continuing education to geographically isolated regions. The USDA-sponsored program serves 55 counties in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas and is designed to help teachers and teachers' assistants in rural areas achieve certification in math, science, foreign languages and other disciplines that would otherwise require intense in-class study. By enabling teachers to gain certification through media-rich distance learning, rural school districts can better retain their teaching staffs and help ensure students in the Delta receive the same quality instruction as those in metropolitan communities. In addition to serving academia, Edgenics' services are also available to students and give them the opportunity to take university-level courses and begin earning college credit while still in high school.


"Our collaboration with Harris creates an ideal combination of design expertise and powerful multimedia management capabilities that will create the technical foundation for a variety of government and commercial education and training programs," said Robert Dansby, chief executive officer of Edgenics, Inc. "Distance education has become critical to expanding people's skill sets in an era when civil and governmental employees are frequently separated from physical learning institutions. By working with veteran technology companies like Harris, Edgenics is rapidly eliminating this physical barrier to education."

Harris' media asset management and content distribution technologies will provide Edgenics and its customers with instant access to the educational content they need when and where they need it. The completed infrastructure will use collaborative content management, and WAN-based media management to enable the real-time capture, search, retrieval and scheduling of digital media assets, including video and other rich media.

"We're extremely pleased with our close cooperation with Edgenics. This relationship plays to our strengths in designing, provisioning, and supporting end-to-end content management and distribution systems for service providers that want to deliver large quantities of rich media," said Jim Denny, vice president and general manager, networking and government solutions, Harris Broadcast Division.


About Edgenics, Inc.
Edgenics is an e-learning services company that utilizes advanced communications, digital video and internet technologies to provide innovative educational courses and services. Edgenics implements its solutions by working with leading technology partners. Edgenics has implemented a unique business strategy in the e-learning space to provide educational services to customers in the government, corporate and higher education sectors. For more information, visit
www.edgenics.org.


About Harris Broadcast Communications Division
Harris Broadcast Communications Division is one of four divisions within Harris Corporation, an international communications equipment company focused on providing assured communications services for government and commercial customers in more than 150 countries. One of the world's leading suppliers of broadcast technology, Harris Broadcast Communications Division offers a full range of solutions that support the digital delivery, automation and management of audio, video and data.

For more information, visit www.broadcast.harris.com.

 


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