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VideoCentric and Nelson Thornes

News item: August 15, 2006

Wokingham, UK, July 02 2004 – In a demonstration of interoperability of broadband videoconferencing, VideoCentric today claimed to have held a single video conference, with 19 different H.323 systems in the same call. Every endpoint system involved was a current model and all could see each other on screen simultaneously.

VideoCentric and Nelson Thornes to co-operate on delivering advanced level lessons via video conferencing technology in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

London UK, August 15th 2006 – VideoCentric and Nelson Thornes Distance Learning have agreed to work together to accelerate the delivery of learning programs in the UK. Nelson Thornes Distance Learning have over a decade’s experience in delivering distance learning solutions but does not sell videoconferencing hardware. VideoCentric has been selected as a primary partner due to its ability to supply & support equipment from all the leading manufacturers, full installation, maintenance & technical support. VideoCentric also offer ISDN lines and Broadband IP suitable for video conference and streaming applications.

Rob Blewitt from Nelson Thornes Distance Learning said “VideoCentric’s vendor independence makes them an excellent partner as we can ensure complete interoperability between the latest systems and advise on a complete solution for a particular school or college”. He added, “It means that we can now focus more on the advanced content of our remote lessons, and offer students an even wider choice of curriculum options. As delivery to remote schools evolves to use broadband IP, rather than traditional ISDN, our partnership with VideoCentric will ensure a smooth transition for our customers.”

About VideoCentric

VideoCentric is an integrator & reseller of the world’s leading video conferencing and streaming products from RADVision, Codian, Polycom, Tandberg, Emblaze-VCON, Lifesize, SONY & Canon. Headquartered in the Thames Valley, England, with satellite sites in Edinburgh and Ayr Scotland, VideoCentric markets its products and services primarily in the UK but has also formed associations with other Companies worldwide to facilitate the global supply and support of major corporations and system integrators, including those of Cisco, Avaya, Mitel, IBM and Nortel. VideoCentric’s bandwidth services include the supply of ISDN, ADSL, ADSL-Max, SDSL and uncontended leased lines for video and voice over IP, and their other value added services include free demonstrations, long-term rental, short-term hire, installation, maintenance, training, managed multipoint and 24×7 video dial-in support. For more information, visit www.videocentric.co.uk or telephone 0118 214 2300 (England/Wales) or 0131 473 2351 (Scotland).

About Nelson Thornes Distance Learning

Nelson Thornes Distance Learning (previously known as Moorhouse Black) has over 10 years experience in delivering GCSE, AS and A2 distance learning solutions to schools and colleges. Professional tutors deliver a wide range of subjects into schools using videoconferencing technology and highly interactive distance learning course materials. Their subject specialists have attained results that are as good as or even better than those attained by conventional methods and have enabled students to study subjects that would have been otherwise unavailable to them.
At the start of the 2005-6 year, Nelson Thornes Distance Learning had contracts to deliver courses to over 220 schools and over 3500 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To find out more about Nelson Thornes Distance Learning visit www.nelsonthornes.com/distancelearning

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