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The exceptional construction processes and technology systems integrated into the University of Hawaiʻi Information Technology Center on the UH Mānoa campus continue to receive recognition—most recently when the center was chosen as a finalist in several innovation award categories among entrants from seven countries in the University Business Tech (UBTech) 2014 conference June 16–18 in Las Vegas. The Information Technology Center received the first ever Automated Memory eXtra (AMX) People’s Choice Innovation award as the “best example of the most relevant automation and control solution” for creating a solution for integrated control of multiple devices into a single automated touch screen interface. UBTech is an annual national summit focusing on advancements of technology and leadership in higher education.

The UH Information Technology Services’ audio-visual team, led by Video Operations Manager Royd Liu, worked in conjunction with the locally owned Audio Visual Company to design and install state-of-the-art AMX hardware and software equipment into the center allowing Information Technology Services to maximize sustainability and effectively expand information technology support statewide throughout the 10-campus University of Hawaiʻi System.

It was this work that led attendees at UBTech 2014 to single out the Information Technology Center with their votes to win the People’s Choice award. The design of the audio visual system in the building helps to improve campus experience by enhancing the way faculty teach and create digital content for students to learn, reducing support costs, facilitating collaboration and increasing energy efficiency.

“It’s important and appropriate for a state of the art IT building to have state of the art AV,” said Steve Smith, interim vice president for information technology and chief information officer for UH. “Not just high tech for high tech’s sake but appropriate technology to help us work together better. That is what we have and we are honored and happy to have this recognition.”

Read the UH System news release for more about the Information Technology Center.

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