Prevention over Cure

Preserving digital image integrity with Aleratec’s 1:3 DVD/CD Flash Copy Tower

by Perry Solomon

Every so often a controversial photo or video circulates around the internet, only to discover later that the image was altered. Image manipulation is a growing problem because today’s editing techniques are so advanced that even experts are having a hard time discerning between what is real and what is fake. While this may be the source of anxiety for high profile celebrities, there are other areas where altered images can have more devastating effects. In forensic photography, for example, a doctored image could change the outcome of a trial. While there are software programs that can attempt to detect image manipulation, prevention is typically better than a cure and a safer method begins with how the original files are saved and stored.

Aleratec’s DVD/CD Flash Copy Tower stand-alone, multi-functional duplicator copies data stored on high capacity memory cards, such as image files used in professional photography, to non-alterable, non-volatile DVDs or CDs.

Aleratec’s DVD/CD Flash Copy Tower stand-alone, multi-functional duplicator copies data stored on high capacity memory cards, such as image files used in professional photography, to non-alterable, non-volatile DVDs or CDs.

Aleratec’s 1:3 DVD/CD Flash Copy Tower duplicator copies documents and images from high capacity USB flash drives and functions as a DVD/CD duplicator with the ability to make a master copy of a DVD/CD and simultaneously duplicate the data on up to three DVD or CDs. One of its most important features, however, is its ability to copy data stored on memory cards, such as image files used in professional photography, to non-alterable, non-volatile DVDs or CDs. The key word here is “non-alterable.”

The 1:3 DVD/CD Flash Copy Tower duplicator is targeted toward fields where the integrity of a digital image is extremely important. Such fields include forensics, medical imaging and military and industrial photography where archived images should be an exact copy of what the Read more ›

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Tackling Tablet Management in Crowded Classrooms

by Perry Solomon

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An optional wall bracket for Aleratec’s Charge and Guard Charge/Sync Secure 16 allows the cabinet to be mounted when when classroom floor or counter-top space is limited.

Creating an organized, practical classroom that is conducive to learning can be challenging for educators, particularly when space is limited. Walk into most K-12 classrooms and you’ll see that every inch of floor or counter space is used and has a purpose. With iPads, Chromebooks, and other electronic devices quickly becoming part of the teaching experience, however, educators are now faced with a new challenge—how to charge and sync the devices and where to store numerous tablets in rooms where real estate is at a premium.

When we designed the Charge and Guard Secure Charge/Sync Cabinet 16, the goal was to produce a secure cabinet that could hold as many devices as possible with the smallest footprint possible. The cabinet charges, syncs and securely stores up to 16 tablets yet is only 20 inches long, 17.7 inches wide and 16.5 inches high. For even more efficiency, users can order an optional wall mount kit to hang or reposition the cabinet on the wall, thus freeing up precious desk and floor space.

Portable Device Management products like the wall mount kit offer a space-saving solution for educators navigating their way in a new world of digital learning. Tablet deployment should Read more ›

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A Unique Contest for a Unique Crowd

Aleratec’s “My Makeshift Charging Station” Online Photo Contest gives educators a chance to turn their tangled and messy homemade tablet charging stations into a chance to win prizes.

At Aleratec we all understand how resourceful and ingenious educators can be. It wasn’t until we attended ISTE 2014, however, that we discovered exactly how inventive they could get with charging their various tablets, Chromebooks and other devices. As educators and administrators stopped by our booth to look at Aleratec PDM devices designed to charge, sync and safety store tablets for the classroom, many voiced a similar comment: “You should see what I have rigged up in my classroom!”

Off-the-grid solar-powered charging  station.

Off-the-grid solar-powered charging station.

That gave us an idea. Why not run a contest for educators and let them post their crazy contraptions and let others vote on the top three submissions? We recently launched the contest and as submissions begin to arrive, we’re learning something—educators will go to great lengths to make sure their students have the best opportunities for leaning. If that means creating a charging station inside a plastic bin or nailed to a two-by-four, so be it because classroom tablets must be charged, synced and ready to deploy.

Enter the “My Makeshift Charging Station,” a truly unique online photo contest that gives educators a chance to win prizes simply by posting a picture of their homemade station on the contest page. So what would literally take just a few moments of their time, will result in three lucky contestants receiving some very nice prizes:

1st Prize: Charge and Sync Station Mini 10 ($399 value)

2nd Prize: Heavy-duty Aleratec tablet desk mount ($99.99 value)

3rd Prize: Aleratec tablet stand mount with strap holder ($34.99 value)

The “My Makeshift Charging Station” contest will run from now unit October 8, 2014, and when the contest is over, we’ll choose the prize winners based on the top three with the most votes. The ultimate goal of the contest is to bring attention to Aleratec Portable Device Management and how these products can transform charging and syncing tablets in the classroom from atime-consuming hassle to an efficient and ready-to-deploy process. In the meantime, however, we’ll have a great time viewing and interacting with the many resourceful educators out there who take the time and the chance to enter. Good luck! 

It's a copier cart and tablet charging station!

It’s a copier cart and tablet charging station!

 

For more information and to review contest rules click here.

This blog was written and posted by Perry Solomon, President & CEO of Aleratec, Inc.

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Compatibility Is King

Aleratec’s USB HDD Copy Cruiser and USB HDD Copy Towers take versatility to a whole new level.

by Perry Solomon

Most of us at one time or another have made that fateful purchase of a product that, as it turned out, was compatible with every type of device with exception of the one you own. Adding useful, new compatibility was a focal point for Aleratec engineers when we designed our new USB HDD Copy Cruiser SA and USB HDD Copy Tower SA family, which is why you’ll see all three units work with USB-connected 2.5” external hard drives and SSD drives. 

Before design and engineering phases began, we surveyed end users for input and asked what features they would like to see on future Aleratec USB flash drive duplicators. Time after time, the ability to work with external hard drives was the number one requested feature. In other words, make a USB duplicator that not only clones USB flash drives but also works with 2.5-inch USB-connected external hard drives and USB-connected external solid state drives as well. And while you’re at it, include sanitization functions. A tall order. Fortunately, Aleratec engineers are adaptable.

Aleratec’s new USB HDD Copy Cruiser and USB HDD Copy Tower

Aleratec’s new USB HDD Copy Cruiser and USB HDD Copy Tower family are compatible with USB flash drives, USB-connected 2.5-inch external hard drives and solid state drives, and include sanitization functions for 2.5-inch external hard drives. (flash drives, hard drives and cables not included)

USB Flash Drives and More

Three models in the new series include the 1:7 USB HDD Copy Cruiser SA, the 1:23 USB HDD Copy Tower SA and the 1:31 USB HDD Copy Tower SA for fast duplication of 7, 23 or 31 flash drives at a time. Not only do these powerful stand-alone duplicators copy or compare multiple USB flash drives, they are compatible with USB-connected 2.5-inch external hard drives and Read more ›

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