Distance Education Now a Real-Time Experience : Abhimanyu Gupta, Actis Technologies

With the learners today having access to new technology tools for communication, many institutes have realised the importance of interactive and engaging modes of education delivery. More so, in the delivery of distance education programs Abhimanyu Gupta, Director, Actis Technologies, in conversation with Rachita Jha, tells us how his passion for innovative audio-visual solutions is the extension of his vision to deliver educational services beyond the physical boundaries

What is the market size of audio-visual solutions in the education sector and expected growth rate in the coming years?
According to a recent research study by Springboard Research, India’s Education sector will step up its spending on technology from an estimated USD 356 million in 2008 to USD 704 million in 2012, reflecting a CAGR of 19 percent during 2007-2012. Out of it, the Audio Visual market in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15-20 per cent by 2013. The video applications itself will account for around 86 per cent of the total audio visual market share.

Tell us more on the changing maturity of the education sector towards audio-visual solutions
In today’s competitive environment, increasing adoptability towards IT peripherals has brought about a drastic change in educational sector. Education is now glocal with access to the varied user friendly audio visual solutions. Our innovative solutions enhance real-time communication with qualitative collaboration, making education an easier platform for everyone, saving time, money and resources.
The video conferencing and interactive whiteboard technology has brought about a revolution in the monotonous classroom set up in educational institutions. It provides both students and teachers from diverse communities and backgrounds to explore, communicate, analyse and share information and ideas with one another. The interactive whiteboard solution on the other hand allows capturing the whiteboard contents in the PC for sharing, printing etc. and annotation drawing audience’s attention to content. It makes the interactive live video sessions, interviews of professionals or a well-known face of a particular industry a splendid learning experience.

Could you elaborate on your upcoming projects and products that are in the research and innovation pipeline?

One of the many solutions that we are working is the Rich Media and Streaming solution. While the presenter will be teaching, training or presenting any topic, this solution can record everything simultaneously, including the presenter’s video and any presentation images. It’s highly beneficial for the audiences as they can immediately watch recorded presentations live or on-demand

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