Washington, DC – October 15, 2002 – Today at the NACAS 34th Annual Conference, Blackboard Inc., the leading software infrastructure company for e-Education, announced that Vision Database Systems (VDS) signed a partnership agreement that will make the companies’ systems interoperable through Blackboard’s Building Blocks Program™.
Under the agreement, Vision Database Systems joins Blackboard’s Building Blocks Program, which provides developer services for creating extensions to the Blackboard e-Education Suite™. The two companies are developing a real-time Blackboard Data Integration AgentÔ to allow interoperability between the RapIDcard IDMSÔ card production system and the Blackboard Transaction SystemÔ.
“Blackboard’s Building Blocks program and Building Blocks Manager technology provide an ideal foundation for the development of real time interfaces with our RapIDcard carding platform,” said Emil Bonaduce, President of Vision Database Systems, Inc. “Such interfaces will allow our clients who utilize RapIDcard IDMS to lower their overall capital expenditure while increasing card office efficiencies when implementing the Blackboard Transaction System.”
Blackboard’s Building Blocks Manager technology allows for the real-time exchange of data between the Blackboard e-Education Suite™ and multiple third party systems, ensuring complete data synchronization and data integrity.
“VDS has provided a scaleable, functional, and highly customizable carding software solution for higher education and K-12 clients and we are pleased to be working with them,” said Jim Hermens, General Manager of Blackboard Transaction Systems. “Blackboard is committed to developing meaningful relationships with other technology providers through Building Blocks to allow clients even greater flexibility with their Blackboard Transaction System.”
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. was founded to transform the Internet into a powerful environment for the education experience. The company offers a complete suite of enterprise software products and services that power a total “e-Education Infrastructure” for schools, colleges, universities and other education providers. Blackboard solutions deliver the promise of the Internet for online teaching and learning, campus communities, auxiliary services and integration of Web-enabled student services and back office systems.
The Blackboard Learning, Community Portal, and Transaction Systems are consistently ranked by industry analysts as the market share and customer satisfaction leaders for thousands of academic institutions and a leading number of the Internet’s most popular consumer education sites. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices and staff across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Please visit www.blackboard.com for more information.
About Vision Database Systems, Inc.
Vision Database Systems, Inc. (VDS) is a leading edge manufacturer of photo imaging software for photo id, security, education and related markets. VDS also acts as a system integrator and bundles hardware components such as cameras, capture boards, digital video cameras, plastic card printers, and plastic card and ink ribbon supplies with software.
VDS’s flagship product RapIDcard is used to create great looking plastic Photo ID cards and is primarily sold direct to the Higher Education and K-12 markets, government market, corporations, and regional OEMs and dealers. RapIDcard Photo ID software can be purchased as part of a turnkey system with cameras and printers, or individually as a software package to be interfaced with cameras or printers supplied by the end user or dealer. RapIDcard IDMS and companion programs, such as ID Status Check, have been implemented by campuses utilizing online magnetic stripe and proximity, barcodes, off-line smart card solutions at both the higher education and K-12 levels.