Moot Board Room AV Upgrade Project – Summer 2013

The following post was submitted by Jim Wilson, Director and Chief Engineer of Media Services

Project Start Date: May 13, 2013
Project End Date:  July 12, 2013

AV Vendor: Total Video Products (TVP)

The Mandeville Hall Moot Board Room suite, 310, 311 and 313 will get a complete AV overhaul this coming summer.  All existing equipment, racks and wiring will be stripped out of all areas and replaced with new.
MV 310 and 313 will feature a Panasonic HD 8000 lumens main projector and a 104″ 16:9 projection screen.  Flanked on either side of the main screen will be two Sharp 52″ LCD displays and two more Sharp 52″ LCD displays in the rear of each room on the window walls.  Each of the four LCD areas will serve as collaboration spaces for students to break-out into small groups and work together as a team on a problem or project.  Each collaboration space will feature a touch-button control pad and an AV interface for students to plug-in their own laptop.  The collaboration tool is WOW Vision VEOS.
“Leverage on the VEOS to transform traditional classrooms from a teacher to student centric model to create a highly conducive, exciting and creative environment for learning. Students can effortlessly display their presentations; teachers can maintain classroom discipline with the Classroom Management System (CMS), and encourage creative discussions by utilizing the electronic whiteboard and collaborative Q&A features.”

The teacher’s station will be situated in the front-center in each room. The technology desk is a Computer Comforts “Sit-to-Stand”.
A ceiling-mounted document camera will be positioned above the Sit-to-Stand.  The AV rack is built into the desk and will have installed a PC, Blu-ray DVD player and an AV/Laptop interface and Extron touch panel for system control.

AV capture, recording and streaming will also be an integral part of the new systems. Mediasite by Sonic Foundry will be implemented into the Moot suites.
Wall mounted cameras, a tracking camera and boundary table-mics will be used for recording and streaming.  Recorded sessions are automatically uploaded and published to a URL.

Sound reinforcement will be spread evenly across the room by eight ceiling speakers.

IP video conferencing will be available using LifeSize.

Control of the system will be from an Extron touch panel located on the teacher’s Sit-to-stand desk.  ALL AV routing and switching will go through an Aurora 16×16 HDMI Digital 1080P switcher.

Observation Room 311 will have an 80″ Sharp LCD with the ability to route one to four separate video signals to the display.

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