Cincinnati, OH (October 19, 2004)–Harris Corporation has 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 Edgenics solution is part of an $11 million USDA-sponsored program that 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.
“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 Broadcast Communications Division