Kenwood created a large space capable of hosting an audience of over 150 for large company briefings, where senior executives (local or remote) could address all staff, and for other large events. This space splits down into three separate rooms (side by side) which are used for regular local training sessions and internal meetings often with video conferencing links.
Divisible rooms always pose unique challenges both for presentation of images suitable for all audiences and especially for audio coverage and doubly so when integrating video conferencing. The systems implemented at Kenwood have met the challenges exceptionally well.
Image – The centre room of the three features a 4-metre wide projected display, large enough and bright enough to provide the main image when opened out into the full auditorium; while the side rooms each have 80” flat panel displays which act as main displays when the rooms are divided and repeater screens in the auditorium. These 80” displays are mounted on mobile trolleys housing all associated VC, switching and control equipment with just a single ‘umbilical’ power/data cable to connect to different wall plate or floor box positions appropriate to the group size in any training session or internal meeting.
All three rooms offer high resolution wired and wireless connections for BYOD as well as resident systems for videoconferencing links to Kenwood offices around the world.
Audio – Special thought was applied to the voice re-enforcement system to allow each member of the audience to experience the same level of clear and crisp audio wherever they sit. A selection of lapel and hand-held microphones allow users flexibility based on their personal preference and all audio levels are carefully set up to suit each room configuration and type of session.
Control – a touch-screen controller allows a user with no experience of the system to simply select from a number of pre-set room configurations and to select what is shown on-screen. Once the rooms are divided, the side rooms have their own touch-button controls to switch between audio and video sources.
Success and Resultant Cost Savings – These rooms have proved exceptionally successful both in the ability to deliver company-wide briefings but more-so in the cost savings to Kenwood by bringing training and other events in-house where previously they would have incurred room hire and catering charges from local hotels (delegates now use the Kenwood cafeteria).