Cranfield University - Aerospace Integration Research Centre-
Cranfield University commissioned GV Multimedia to install AV in their new signature building the AIRC (Aerospace Integration Research Centre). Based on the brief (which included the requirement of 4K capability) and the various users of the building, we took an approach on the AV design that allowed flexibility of spaces and proofing for possible future requirements. The university required installation of digital signage, an executive boardroom, large open flexible lab space and five meeting rooms.
On the ground floor the team installed two Sony 4K LFD's for use with ONELAN digital signage. Also included was a WePresent wireless collaboration device.
In the executive boardroom, located on the first floor, GV installed dual Sony 75" 4K displays. As the output signal from the switcher needed to be capable of 4K, GV used the DMPS3-4K-300-C - the first installed in HE in the UK. Two Crestron Fliptop units with Crestron retractable cables were installed for BYOD on either end of the boardroom table as was a 10" Crestron TSW-1052 panel to control the AV and Polycom VC solution. The room was also bi-directionally linked to the 1st floor open space lab so that a conference call can be viewed in the area and any of the lab's content can be shared via VC.
The open space on the 1st floor is where the AIRC truly comes into its own as a flexible AV space. The area has four "zones" which can be combined in six different modes.
Two zones were integrated with dual Sony projectors, providing a single edge blended image, while the other two had single projectors installed.
Each zone has its own custom podium lectern featuring an input plate for BYOD and a Crestron 7" touch panel for control of each zone. The dual projection zones display multiple sources simultaneously thanks to the Sony Vision Presenter and can be controlled whilst walking about the space, using the provided tablet.
The AV sources for the space are all run through a Crestron DM-MD16X16 which also outputs to a Crestron streaming unit, feeding a stream of the lab space sources to the five meeting rooms on the 2nd floor and other spaces on the campus.
The other five meeting rooms located on the second floor all had 4K displays installed, linked with a Crestron DM-DGE-200-C which allowed reception of sources via the stream generated on the 1st floor. The displays are controlled via Crestron 5" touchpanels and an input plate next to the desk allows for connectivity of BYOD. The addition of Crestron's occupancy sensors also allowed a neat automatic welcome message inviting guests to use the system.