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University upgrades projector stock with Hitachi

The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota has installed nearly 100 HD Hitachi projectors throughout its campus to upgrade the classroom technology offering and provide HDBaseT capabilities.

The University of St. Thomas, a private catholic school in the heart of St. Paul, Minnesota, is home to over 10,200 graduate and undergraduate students. The university offers more than 90 majors and seven professional academic divisions, which means classrooms on campus must have the right equipment to teach anything from science to journalism. Classrooms are set-up with a projector, screen and other media to allow professors and staff to make presentations.

“We have over 200 classrooms throughout campus, and we also use projectors in our meeting rooms and event spaces,” said Daniel Hoisington, associate director of AV and classroom technologies. “We were looking for an HD projector that had HDBaseT built in and was also bright enough for our classrooms. Hitachi offered the right features at the right price point. In the end, the extra warranty coverage with the OneVision Program helped me feel comfortable in switching brands and upgrading around 100 of our projectors. The fact that the upgrade would give us nine free projectors was also a great perk.”

With the switch to Hitachi projectors, Hoisington found that the projectors provide a valuable way to create a reliable room set-up without needing to dedicate receivers for each projector. And with vertical and horizontal lens shifting capabilities, professors and other staff have an unlimited number of ways they can use the projectors for their presentations.

“Right now we’re looking into networking the projectors together, which will be a big step for the AV department. We also want to look into the possibility of stacking the projectors for our larger rooms and auditoriums. There are a lot of features that I know we will get into with these projectors, but for right now it’s just great to hear the staff talk about how bright and crisp the new projectors are.”