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Impact Of ICT On My Local Commnunity

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ICT COURSEWORK The impact of ICT on my local community In this piece of ICT coursework I will write about the different ways in which ICT can help my local community. I will be writing about the impact of ICT in Ladbroke Grove. I am going to talk about Video Conferencing in the City Learning Centre (CLC), the Internet in an Internet Caf´┐Ż in Ladbroke Grove and CCTV cameras in Ladbroke Grove train station. City Learning Centre (CLC)- Video conferencing The CLC is the City Learning Centre which has been situated in Ladbroke Grove and is mainly used for Video Conferencing. Video Conferencing is used for universities, primary schools, young centres etc. The community needs the CLC to use the video conferencing for schools and universities. This meets the community's needs as is saves people from travelling long distances to give lessons etc. Inside the CLC is a teaching centre which has a big whiteboard and a graphic tablet. Then there is a small room in which there is a plasma screen which is used for training for the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) which is a qualification. The Digital Editing Pod is another room in the CLC where students from other schools go to use for music graphics. This room is also used for making and editing films with imovie which is a digital editing package. Students can also go to the digital editing pod to write songs and edit music using digital music software. ...read more.

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They also have a built in network card system followed by LAN and wireless which is needed in such a big business. This is used for supplying the computers with broadband Internet. The Internet they use is a high-speed cable broadband Internet approximately (512 Mb or 1Gb), not DSL (phone line) mainly in case the phone line gets faulty, and that would cause the Internet to stop working. They also use a broadband router to supply all the other computers with Internet by using LAN cards and not wireless, this is because for such a big business LAN is more powerful. The printer that they use at "Net Time" is a Lexmark Z735 desktop printer. This printer is supposed to print both in black and white and in colour but recently the printer has stopped printing in colour so the customers have to print all documents in black and white. This printer is easy to use and has a compact, space saving design. It has a print resolution of up to 4800 x 1200 dpi and can print up to 15pages per minute in either black and white or in colour. To print a document at "Net Time" it will cost the customer 25p per page. This is quite expensive and there have been many customer complaints regarding the cost of each page to print. Currently at "Net Time" they do not have a scanner. Train Station- CCTV cameras Train stations like many other public places in a community will have CCTV cameras to help keep people in the community safe. ...read more.

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To improve this "Net Time" would need to buy a new printer that would print in black and white as well as in colour. This new printer could also be a 3 in1 and include scanner, printer and copier. The EPSON DX4200 3 in 1 printer, scanner and copier would be the ideal solution for "Net Time" to improve their resources available to the community. It has a print resolution of up to 5764 x 1440 dpi and a scan resolution of up to1200 x 2400 dpi. It has 4 individual DURABrite ultra ink tanks and will print up to 20 pages per minute in black and 19 pages per minute in colour. This would solve the problem with the colour printing, scanning and also the wait for each printing would be faster as they would then have two printers instead of just one. But for "Net Time" to improve their service even more they could lower their printing price on black and white printings. Evaluation- CCTV Cameras The CCTV cameras in Ladbroke Grove train do not meet the community's needs entirely. As the cameras only produce a black and white image it may sometimes miss out certain details of a person and this could make the polices job much harder. A way in which the CCTV cameras could improve in order to meet the community's needs would be to get new colour CCTV cameras. They could get a 70CS series outside true day/night IR colour camera with a range of 30m, max 40m, with a lens of 4.3mm and 78 degrees angle of view. ...read more.

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