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Unicon Partners with Kaltura to Deliver Open Source Video Platform to Higher Education

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Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting services provider, specializing in open source for the education market, today announced its partnership with Kaltura, Inc., developer of the first open source online video platform.  Unicon’s partnership with Kaltura will enable Unicon to deliver the innovative Kaltura Open Source Online Video Platform and integration services to enhance learning and research in higher education institutions.  Kaltura’s open source platform powers the video capabilities of over 52,000 video publishers worldwide, including major universities.  Kaltura’s solutions provide video and rich-media capabilities to online classes, lecture material, university web sites, marketing campaigns, and internal and external institution employee training programs.

Kaltura’s open source framework is built to support third party technologies and services, allowing higher education institutions to customize their solution to meet their individual institution’s needs.  Kaltura’s Solutions Partner Program allows for providers to extend the Kaltura platform with added-value solutions.

“The strong pull for open-source online video tools in the education market is driven by the growing demand for e-learning, and by the industry’s affinity for open-standards and low-cost solutions,” Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman & CEO, says.   “As ‘the open source service company for education’, Unicon is an ideal partner to address this demand.  We are excited about the collaboration and are looking forward to enhancing online education in universities all across the nation”.

The Kaltura Online Video Platform allows colleges and universities the ability to explore a new, interactive educational channel with the familiar flexibility and cost-effectiveness of open source software.  Kaltura’s platform is fully integrated with popular Learning Management Systems, and Unicon is currently at work on integrating the platform with Sakai.  The platform is available in an affordable Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, or through a self-hosted, on-premise installation.  Unicon is a licensed reseller of the Kaltura solution, and will provide services to integrate Kaltura into the institutional architecture.

“The Kaltura Video Platform provides institutions with a new, cost-efficient dimension in teaching and learning,” John C.  Blakley, CEO of Unicon, Inc., says.  “Unicon specializes in implementing and integrating enterprise platforms and is proud to offer Kaltura’s video solution to higher education.”

About Kaltura

Kaltura provides the world’s first Open Source Online Video Platform.  Over 52,000 web publishers, integrators, and developers use our flexible platform to power advanced video, photo and audio functionalities, including publishing, management, syndication, monetization and analysis, as well as content uploading and remixing.  Kaltura’s SaaS platform includes full video services, such as streaming and hosting, ad serving and aggregation of related third party services, as well as maintenance, support, integration and professional services.  Kaltura’s platform can also be deployed as a self-hosted solution and is offered as a free Community Edition, and as an Enterprise Edition under a commercial license.  Founded in 2006, New York-based Kaltura is also a founding member of the ‘Open Video Alliance’ (www.openvideoalliance.org), a coalition of organizations dedicated to fostering open standards for online video.  For more information: www.kaltura.com and www.kaltura.org.

About Unicon

Unicon, Inc.  is a leading provider of IT consulting services for the education market.  Unicon works closely with colleges, universities, and corporations to find the best solutions to meet their business challenges.  Unicon specializes in using open source technologies to deliver flexible and cost-effective systems in the areas of enterprise portals, learning management systems (LMS), authentication, video, calendaring, email, and collaboration.  Unicon is a Sakai Commercial Affiliate; a member of Internet2 and the Oracle Partner Network; a Jasig partner and authorized Solution Provider for both CAS and uPortal; a services partner of Kaltura, Liferay, VASCO, and Zimbra; and a contributing member of the IMS Global Learning Consortium.  For more information, visit: www.unicon.net.

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