The initial investment to implement classroom projectors might seem like a critical factor, but it may just be the tip of the iceberg. Because it is the resources, costs and time involved in maintaining and managing projectors that impact the overall TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).
Reliability and cost-effective maintenance
When thinking about TCO, it is important to ensure that the type of projector being installed is optimal to the environment. In a study commissioned to understand the role of a projector in India's higher education, it was found that a singular challenge that professors and students faced was projector breakdown. In projectors, ‘dust’ has been found to be one of the main reasons for image blemish, heating, brightness and color decay and even shutdown. India continues to suffer severe dust conditions year after year. According to the National Geographic, 2018 saw a new phenomenon - dust storms with wind microbursts.
This severe environment warranties a design that takes the dust problem as top priority. Dust increases both direct and indirect costs in projector maintenance. Dustproof projectors are designed and built to address these maintenance issues.
BenQ DLP classroom projectors with their sealed engine design, filters and anti-dust color wheel sensors provide the best reliability and performance. BenQ lamp-free laser projectors feature a premiere dustproof design for protection of the light source and optical engine to further ensure 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation.
Thanks to reliability and low total cost of ownership (TCO), dustproof classroom projectors’ maintenance is only one-third of non-dustproof projectors. Who doesn't enjoy saving more bucks?
In India, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) lays down regulations for student strength, classroom size and similar norms. An average Indian university or a college comprises 30-40 classrooms, which in turn would mean at least 30-40 projectors. Imagine having one IT support resource to manage that many projectors! The other alternative would be to outsource projector management entirely. However, this would lead to an increased TCO and utilization of extra resources.
Modern projectors can now streamline and simplify routine management, thereby making it easier for just one person to manage the projectors as well as strengthen security since most of the process is automated. LAN controlled projector management allows IT personnel to remotely perform day to day projector management. Projectors within the same school network can be linked together and managed through LAN Control. This way, schools can optimize their resources and costs to a great extent.
BenQ’s projectors offer comprehensive projection solutions for education with a focus on easy management. BenQ classroom projectors run the central management software. This software enables powerful centralized monitoring, control, and power scheduling across a university’s display network from a single computer, offering full access and control over every device directly. BenQ education projectors are also compatible with Creston, AMX, and PJ Link control systems for convenient system integration with various third-party devices.
Projectors offer a cost-effective way for educational institutions to optimize the education experience. They offer several benefits including but not limited to increased interaction and enhanced learning. However, to reap the benefits of projectors well, it is important to carry out a careful assessment of needs and the environment. This will ensure easy, pain free management, reliable performance and eventually a low TCO. Fortunately, modern classroom projectors today can make this happen.