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Audio Visual - University of Strathclyde TIC Building

  • Client:
    University of Strathclyde
  • Value:
    £1m
  • Duration:
    14 Months
  • Completion:
    December 2016

Developed with industry, for industry, the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre is revolutionising the way researchers in academia and industry collaborate and innovate together.

In order to optimise its own technological credentials, the TIC procured the services of leading systems integrator FES and an integrated solution which is helping this pioneering initiative harness AMX innovation.

Delivering the perfect meeting experience across all of the TIC’s conference rooms, auditoriums and meeting rooms, the award-winning Enova units incorporate all of the components needed to control and automate these high-tech environments into one simple, flexible, comprehensive solution including control, video switching, transcoding and scaling, and local and remote distribution. 

Technologies such as SmartScale and InstaGate Pro automatically deliver optimally-scaled images to each of the TIC’s displays and provide hassle-free matrix switching to those that are HDCP compliant, without constraints or delays.

In the TIC’s impressive main auditorium, which can be divided into three smaller rooms, a central DGX matrix delivers over-arching control from the technician’s room while three DVX presentation switchers, with their local-level capabilities such as multi-format local inputs, audio mixing and amplification, allow each zone to operate independently, as required. The AMX control system provides both the inhouse AV support technicians behind the scenes, and the presenters and lecturers in front, with simplified management of the installed systems via a Modero X Series touch panels.

An impressive 20” touch panel located in the control room offers the in-house technicians more pixel real-estate than traditional touch panel designs, as well as an edge-to-edge projected capacitive glass display and unrivalled panorama. Three 19” panels mounted into each lectern afford presenters and the TIC’s corporate clients with an intuitive interface, allowing them to control the integrated technology easily and simply, regardless of their level of familiarity with the system. Seven multi-format transmitters in each lectern feed back to the central DGX via DxLink and an NI-3100 provides additional processing capability.

The smaller auditorium is similarly specified while, elsewhere in the building, AMX HydraPorts provide a stylish meeting room connectivity solution. These modular units, which Combine to form a retractable cable connection system, provide fingertip control in certain rooms via an integrated 8-button ControlPad, whilst in others a 4” touch panel provides the primary interface.

The level 3 and level 5 meeting rooms boast either DVX or DGX units used in conjunction with wireless Modero touchpanels which are programmed only to show certain functions, depending on how the room is setup.

Used by rocket scientists, room 430 on level 4 boasts an AMX SVSI networked AV system which includes AV over IP video encoders, decoders and network video recorders for a complete digital media distribution solution from each source, to every display. The high SVSI frame-rate ensures optimal video and audio quality output and the crispness of image demanded by this highly specialist application. Also under AMX control are the Smart Board, NEC screens, audio levels and the Polycom video conferencing set-up which is, in turn, linked back into the SVSI system. A camera on each of the twenty scientists’ desks allows their image to be brought into the VC call, if they are providing the presentation.

“The centre provides state-of-the-art research facilities and a highly flexible working environment which will enable new and more efficient ways of working. It also provides a valuable platform for the use of new and emerging technologies and will help bridge gaps between research, technology and commercialisation. ” Dr Steve Graham. Executive Director, Technology & Innovation Centre