The digital signage system was extended by the additional display screens that are connected to the pre-existing Onelan content management system (CMS). Fresh content is regularly created and uploaded by the central communication team and proves to be popular and useful to staff, students and visitors. Facilities managers within the Clerici building can access specific zones to provide pertinent local information. “It is an effective solution that is managed as a single channel,” says Pickett. “That enables the screens to show mixed content from central comms and local content managers in attractive layout that looks like a single message.”
To make the most efficient use of space in the meeting rooms, control and BYOD interface equipment is located in Teammate Wallzone wall mounted lecterns. An Extron MLC 100 Plus control panel provides intuitive touch-enabled switching of sources onto the large format display screen.
The focus in the teaching rooms was on collaborative learning, based around 70” CTouch interactive displays. “This enabled us to minimise costs as the display itself is used to switch inputs, removing the need for a traditional external switcher,” explained Pickett. “The minimal form factor of the Team Mate hub lectern we use helps us to maximise room capacity. It has interior space for a local PC, Lumens PC193 document camera and facilities for BYOD and provides a neat and efficient solution that is easy to use by both lecturers and students alike.”
To achieve the required flexibility and dual-room layout in the Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall, the AV system was split into two separate systems, one for each individual area, with the ability to be combined into one system whenever the hall is opened into a single space, such as for the prestigious degree award ceremonies.
Two lecterns have been installed in the separate halves of the hall. Local switching in each lectern is provided by an Extron DXP 84. Each lectern has a SHARP interactive touch screen, Extron Pro 720 control panel, Kramer Via Connect for BYOD device connection.
All source inputs, including camera feeds for lecture capture are also fed into an Extron XTP CrossPoint 1600 in the control room. The selected outputs are then fed to a 20,000 lumen Epson EB-L1750U laser projector in one space and dual Epson EB-G7400U projectors with motorised screens in the other. In addition, each area has 4 radio mics, dual lectern mics and a number of floor boxes. These are processed by an Extron DMP 128 AT DSP and Yamaha TF1 Digital Mixer. Speakers are a mixture of Ecler and Extron ceiling speakers. An Ampetronic Low Spill induction loop was also installed.
Lectures are regularly captured and made available to students for later review. The hall has a fixed lecture capture PTZ camera, combined with Sonic Foundry MediaSite system. Lectures can then be shared using Moddle or streamed live via the internet.
Engineers in the control room overlooking the hall control the setup and operation of the whole system using an Extron Pro 720 touch panel. This is pre-loaded with typical and commonly-used system configuration setups to make it a quick and easy task to change the operation of the audiovisual equipment to match the room layout.
The Social Learning lecture theatre uses a double-width Teammate Educator lectern, with a SHARP interactive touch screen. Again, an Extron Pro 720 control panel provides operator control and Kramer Via connects students’ BYOD devices wirelessly. Switching and audio distributions dealt with using an Extron DXP 84 Matrix Switcher and Extron DMP 128 DSP. The room also has a PTZ camera for lecture capture.
Kenneth Wheare Hall