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Tidebreak Joins NEC's UNIVERGE Solutions Partner Program

November 02, 2009

NEC Corporation of America, a provider and integrator of advanced communications, networking and IT solutions, has reportedly announced that Tidebreak has joined the UNIVERGE Solutions Partner Program.

UNIVERGE Solutions Partner Program creates a cooperative relationship with NEC and other companies in the communications industry. The program gives providers of related communications products the opportunity to fully integrate their offerings with NEC products, applications and services on a world-wide basis.
Tidebreak is a provider of interactive workplace and learning space technologies. The company plans to work with NEC to provide its collaborative classroom environment for education customers by joining the UNIVERGE Solutions Partner Program.
In addition to learning space technologies, the company’s interactive learning space technologies support three ideas -- transforming large displays into communal work surfaces, allowing the easy movement of content among student, instructors and devices in a classroom or group meeting, and automatically capturing and disseminating information to participants as they co-create new ideas.
Tidebreak said that its technology offers campuses a software-based alternative to the traditional but costly audio/visual hardware infrastructure.
Dr. Andrew Milne, CEO at Tidebreak, said the company envisions the campus of the future as an augmented-reality environment where real and digital worlds meet to stimulate collaborative learning, where mobile devices, interactive learning spaces, and social networking communities are seamlessly integrated.
He said that together, Tidebreak’s learning space systems and NEC’s intelligent campus solutions bring together the elements that will deliver this future, slightly ahead of schedule.
“NEC has a strong product portfolio for the classroom; Tidebreak introduces an original approach that fosters student learning based on peer-to-peer interaction,” said Sydney Burton, director for education markets at NEC Corporation of America, in a statement.
He said that NEC and Tidebreak offer universities a complementary solution that completes the modern classroom.
In other news, last month NEC Corporation of America announced a complete end-to-end business continuity suite for software disaster recovery and hardware continuous availability protection.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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