Portsmouth Public Schools Selects BenQ's Interactive Flat Panel Displays

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — Oct. 31, 2018 — BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today announced that Portsmouth Public Schools in Portsmouth, Virginia has installed BenQ's RP Series 4K UHD Interactive Flat Panels (IFP) across the district. The IFPs have been instrumental in transforming interactivity and collaboration in the classroom, replacing the aging, traditional lamp-based projectors that were used as dedicated whiteboards and interactive surfaces.

"It's not an option in today's classrooms to have technology that doesn't support teachers or students," said Dean Schlaepfer, director of information technology, Portsmouth Public Schools. "BenQ's RP Series IFP is a high-quality tool that's designed with the educator in mind. With it, we're able to retain exceptional teachers who can easily create the best learning environment, driving student engagement and success across the district."

The district's old lamp-based projectors required expensive maintenance, including costly lamp replacements that took the system out of commission and tended to lose brightness over time, making it difficult for students to see content. In addition, the units had to be calibrated, required lengthy boot-up and shut-down times, and were noisy and distracting. Finally, the interactive pens that were necessary to interact with the screen were glitchy, expensive to replace and limited to one user at a time.

After an exhaustive research and testing period, the district selected BenQ's RP Series IFPs. Working with Troxell, the nation's leading end-to-end solution provider for education technology, the district installed 675 BenQ RP704 4K UHD IFPs across the district. For the first time, teachers are able to turn on the screen and start teaching immediately. Multiple students can work together on the screen simultaneously with or without a pen, and without casting shadows on the screen. With the best possible resolution and high brightness that doesn't fade over time, every lesson is perfectly visible. The panels have also been instrumental for expanding the district's Google classroom opportunities, bring unexpected life to sketches and drawings in the high school art program and helping to fully accommodate visually impaired students.

"Troxell chose to work with BenQ based on its ability to deliver a product meeting Portsmouth's requirements, timeline and aggressive price points," said Mark Barber, SVP Sales, Troxell. "BenQ is the type of partner that understands the education market and delivers a product that fits the feature requirements of today. More important is its ability to look down the road to understand where the market is going and offer future-proof features that extend the life of the technology."

The RP704 70-inch display features full HD resolution with 20-point multi-touch capabilities and innovative technologies that provide a healthier viewing experience for teachers and students. Putting the highest priority on keeping users healthy, the screen's tempered glass is covered with a bacteria-resistant coating to help reduce the spread of germs and enhanced with BenQ's exclusive Eye-Care features, including anti-glare glass to minimize light reflections and improve readability, as well as Low Blue Light and ZeroFlicker backlight technologies to help reduce eye fatigue during long hours of content viewing and instruction. Furthermore, they come equipped with a built-in Android operating system that's packed with a suite of apps and educational games for classroom instruction. They also easily connect to a standalone PC or laptop. The included pens eliminate internal electronics that are prone to failure while allowing multiple students to work at the screen simultaneously and with different colors.

"The challenges that Portsmouth Public Schools faced are a common reality in today's classrooms," said Bob Wudeck, senior director, business, education and Cinepro solutions at BenQ America Corp. "BenQ's Education IFPs were engineered to eliminate these roadblocks and create a more enjoyable and healthier learning and teaching experience. Portsmouth Public Schools achievements are perfect example of what BenQ envisions when designing new classroom solutions."

More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.com.

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About BenQ America Corp. 

The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for "Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life," fusing lifestyle with technology, ease of use with productivity and aesthetic design with purpose-built engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling global projector brand powered by TI DLP® technology according to Futuresource. BenQ offers an extensive line of visual display solutions including a broad range of CinematicColor™ projectors, ZOWIE eSports gear, LCD monitors, interactive large-format displays, mobile audio products, cloud consumer products and lifestyle lighting for any application and market — home, gaming, education, enterprise, government, hospitality, healthcare, house of worship, digital signage — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability and aesthetics. Whether it's interactive projectors or digital whiteboards for conference rooms or classrooms, high brightness projectors for auditoriums or houses of worship, short-throw projectors for schools, 4K UHD projectors for home cinema, interactive flat panel displays for collaboration or digital signage screens for public spaces, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company's products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers and retailers. More information is available at www.BenQ.com. 

About BenQ Corporation

Founded on the corporate vision of "Bringing Enjoyment 'N' Quality to Life", BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers' lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, audio products, cloud consumer products, mobile communications and lifestyle lighting. Because it matters.

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The BenQ Group is a $25+ billion powerhouse comprised of nearly 20 independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group's vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company's vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment 'N' Quality to Life.

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