AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, February 4 /PRNewswire/ --
- Mediasite empowers staff with scalable reliability and easy integration
Integrated Systems Europe booth #11F48 -- Sonic Foundry, Inc. (Nasdaq: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, today announced Utrecht University, the largest university in The Netherlands, has chosen Mediasite as the foundation of its long-range online learning plan.
The use of lecture capture is growing like wildfire on our campus. Some departments are considering recording all of their lectures, said Lex Hermans, multimedia department consultant at Utrecht University. The university rolled out its unique centralized course capture plan under the name LectureNet this semester. Academic departments including the humanities, arts, law, social studies and the affiliated academic hospital pay a set price per lecture or course to have trained multimedia department staff record their classes. The university is planning to record over 1,000 presentations in 2009.
Teachers who have used LectureNet a few times are really thinking about how they can use it in different ways. If you imagine everything you teach is online and available via Mediasite, you can do more with personal group meetings. I see tremendous opportunity to develop this, said Hermans.
After a year of piloting various webcasting applications, the university selected Mediasite by Sonic Foundry. Mediasite is a platform that can scale to meet the university's needs, said Tom Van Buren, CEO of Mediasite reseller Mediamission. In the long term when we're recording thousands of lectures in a year, we'll need what Mediasite offers, said Hermans.
We are honored to support Utrecht University, a globally renowned institution, in its efforts to integrate competitive educational technologies, said Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry. A long term commitment to our global channel partnership program has uniquely positioned Sonic Foundry to support top tier universities like Utrecht, as well as other existing customers in Europe and North America, that are rapidly expanding their footprint in high-growth markets.
The first European reseller for Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, Mediamission (www.mediamission.nl) is a master distributor of Mediasite for the Netherlands based in de Bilt. Mediamission has enabled Mediasite use at eight universities. Modernizing information delivery is central to Mediamission's work. Together with clients, partners and preferred suppliers, the company innovates existing infrastructure and assets for the production, distribution and use of rich media presentations. Mediamission develops, advises and manages projects in education, government and enterprise. Because of its wide knowledge of education, information transmittal, IT and comparative media studies, Mediamission is in a unique position to make implementations of large scale rich media presentations possible, reducing the distance between customer and client and increasing the impact of client expertise.
About Sonic Foundry(R), Inc.
Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO, www.sonicfoundry.com) is the global leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing enterprise communication solutions for more than 1,200 customers in education, business and government. Powered by Mediasite, the patented webcasting platform which automates the capture, management, delivery and search of lectures, online training and briefings, Sonic Foundry empowers people to transform the way they communicate. Through the Mediasite platform and its Events Services group, the company helps customers connect a dynamic, evolving world of shared knowledge and envisions a future where learners and workers around the globe use webcasting to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance.
Certain statements contained in this news release regarding matters that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Because such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, uncertainties pertaining to continued market acceptance for Sonic Foundry's products, its ability to succeed in capturing significant revenues from media services and/or systems, the effect of new competitors in its market, integration of acquired business and other risk factors identified from time to time in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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