Dear Colleagues

I trust that you have had a great break over the past few weeks. I certainly had too much sea, wind and surf; but managed to improve my windsurfing skills. To kick the year off really well; we would like to give you a few gifts in appreciation of your support over many years. Naturally, we hope this will give us some PR for our engineering training courses for 2009.  We would be grateful if you would forward this email to any of your colleagues so that they can access these materials.

1. Free web conferencing software to present your own live, online engineering training and support - save significant money and time

As we hear repeatedly from TV and the newspapers; the recession has hit many countries and the important issue for you now is to cut costs and make your training go even further. And naturally to cut down on travel, hotel and other costs for you and your course participants. Without impacting on your training.

After three years of development, we would like to give you a free trial copy of our live web conferencing software (Electromeet) allowing you to provide live sessions over the internet using video, voice, text chat, whiteboard and sharing of your programs with your colleagues and students. This software allows you to provide everything from live training over the web, product training, remote support and, in future, remote labs. And indeed record everything you do, for later review by all the participants. We believe this is truly something of value and are offering it for unlimited usage for 30 days for sessions of up to 20 participants, and if you twist our arm, we will extend this complimentary Provider Licence period by another 3 months!   But we need your help in testing out the software, identifying any bugs, irritating features and getting your feedback, comments and suggestions – that is the only “price” of the Trial.

To access this package and to start your free trial; simply go to the web site and download at:

https://www.electromeet.com/download/Default.aspx

Contact Ric (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or me or any of our engineers to answer any questions you may have about using it.

And coming soon will be an update of our popular sessions designed to introduce the possibilities of online training and support.  The subject is “Applying eLearning to Boost the Return on your Engineering Training”, a generic overview of the technologies available to engineers, technicians, and their trainers.

2. “Major disasters in industrial wireless and how to prevent them” presentation over the web - with a live instructor – free.  Wednesday January 21.

Industrial Wireless is rapidly moving in everywhere and as part of our regular Wednesday web conferences we are offering this thought provoking non-sales presentation for those of you that are interested in or currently working with radio and wireless. We ran it late last year to over 90 participants.

Web Seminar: Avoid industrial wireless disasters

You haven't experienced a wireless disaster yet? Well, it is probably only a matter of time! But there are tricks and strategies to follow which can help sidestep real calamities.
We invite you to join us on our forthcoming webinar: 'Major disasters in industrial wireless and how to prevent them'. It will involve discussion of disasters both real and potential, and the basic methods of preventing them. You can ask as many questions as you want and interact live with the instructor and  with the other participants.

Your presenter will be Edwin Wright from IDC Technologies.

The 45 minute presentation will be live in real time and repeated three times on Wednesday, January 21:
Session 1: 11am Sydney, Australia time (8am Singapore, 1pm Auckland)
Session 2: 2pm Johannesburg, South Africa time (12noon London)
Session 3: 3pm London (5pm Johannesburg, 10am Canada East)
 Join this webinar from anywhere and bring an expert to your desk! If you are interested or involved in industrial wireless you will benefit from this free session.

All you need to participate is a computer with an adequate internet connection, speakers and (ideally) a microphone. Joining the session is entirely free of charge. We will send you instructions about how to download the software and join well ahead of the session. Places for this webinar are limited to 20 participants to maximise the interaction and value to you.

To register simply email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Tell us the Session  (1 or 2 or 3) you’d like to join, then we’ll send you joining instructions.

3.      Engineering Whitepapers and software

We also have a rapidly growing set of useful whitepapers and software ranging from Instrumentation, Data Communications, Electrical to Mechanical engineering.

Just dive in to access them at:

https://www.idc-online.com/

Select Downloads and then Technical Downloads or Software or Pocket Guides

And I trust that in spite of the 'gloomsayers' that 2009 turns out just right for you and yours and is full of fun and engineering chutzpah.

Yours in engineering learning

Steve