Pure AV delivers Flagship lecture theatre refresh at Lancaster University
George Fox Lecture Theatre 1 is the flagship lecture theatre on the thriving Lancaster campus. Used for teaching and conferences; it has a tiered seating structure and capacity for 344 students. The need to replace existing audiovisual equipment allowed the university to re-think the traditional setup previously in place and to trial the use of AV over IP.
Lancaster University awarded the contract for the lecture theatre update to Pure AV following a mini competition run under the NWUPC framework contract.
The solution designed and installed by Pure AV had to balance the exploration of new technology with the ongoing delivery of a consistent and reliable experience for room users.
The university required the end user to be able to enter the room and encounter a familiar interface that was easy to use and fully able to support their teaching needs.
The system also needed to function without the need for an AV technician to be present and utilise AMX control to integrate with the University’s existing AMX RMS monitoring system.
One of the first improvements apparent to room users following the refresh of the lecture theatre is the enhanced image quality offered by the new projection system. Three Panasonic laser projectors are used to create the main teaching display. Projecting directly onto the wall, the units can be used for a single central display or side-by-side when a dual source layout is required.
The addition of two 55” screens mounted on the side walls act as confidence monitors for the presenter and enable them to move freely around the teaching area.
Wireless connectivity for iPads, iPhones, Android and laptop devices is provided by the inclusion of Mersive's Solstice.
At the lectern, the presenter has access to the familiar AMX control used across the university.
The most significant departure from the standard specification of teaching spaces at the University is the switch to the use of AV over IP; a change driven by the University’s desire to trial AV over IP technology and future-proof the installation.
The user experience is further enhanced through the high-quality voice reinforcement offered by the addition of Sennheiser Speechline digital wireless microphones, and the system integrates fully with the University’s lecture capture system enabling any source to be recorded for post-lecture review.
The familiar interface has enabled lecturers to quickly adopt the new system and make use of the additional features without fuss. The simplicity of the Solstice wireless solution has made it a popular addition to the space and the longer battery life of the Sennheiser Speechline microphones has made the management of microphones more straightforward.
David Neal explained,
The requirements were well met; the control system works the same as the rest of the campus, so our users can walk into the space and are immediately comfortable even though there are several additional features not included elsewhere on campus.
We have had very few call outs for support, which given that this is our largest space with one of the highest utilisation rates is a good indicator that the refresh has been a success.