Ankabut, which serves as UAE's National Research and Education Network educational hub, has been working with Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert), an innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, to give a fillip to education and research in that country.
As part of its ongoing commitment to universities and schools to deliver high-tech resources and tools to end users, and to help them extend their learning curve, Alcatel-Lucent and Ankabut reportedly got together to demonstrate the working of the virtual classroom and showcase its capabilities to members.
The virtual classroom solution is easy and quick to deploy and implement, operable on both a physical enterprise level as well as a virtual one, with several schools getting the service from a central hub.
Teachers and students can interact in real time by sharing desktops and applications, as well as make real presentations remotely using a standard interactive whiteboard. Users need to merely access a link to be securely placed virtually in the classroom.
Understandably, as is with any new technology, the move by Ankabut is being resisted, and company officials claim suggest they’re facing problems while convincing educational institutions to adopt the concept of a virtual classroom.
In attempting to demonstrate that learning can take place anywhere, anytime by operating from a single platform, Alcatel-Lucent hopes to convince educational institutions and others of the power of going beyond the traditional means of education, where students and teachers across the globe can interact seamlessly with one another.
Alcatel-Lucent is testing the solution extensively at Ankabut, and has plans to extend this across universities and campuses. It has other exciting projects slated for the year with plans to introduce its first e-health/telemedicine solution, and help enterprises looking to organize virtual conferences internationally.
The company is also working on one of the largest data centers in the market, which is said to combine a traditional data center as well as a carrier-level data center.
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise recently announced the release of a new version of its VitalQIP IP Address Management (IPAM) solution. VitalQIP 8.0 was developed with the assistance of Alcatel-Lucent's customer base with the goal of creating an automated migration solution to the IPv6 Internet address system.
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Edited by Braden Becker