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EDUCATION


Teamwork Award CDEC – PHOENIX ACADEMY


CDEC worked in partnership with Phoenix Academy and Telford and Wrekin Council to ensure a bespoke AV solution was designed. The council’s independent


ICT department has its own cost base to consult on school technology in the region. This is the first project completed by the team and involved close consultation with the school. In addition, CDEC worked in partnership with a selection of manufacturers, specifically Sahara Presentation


The team at MultiTouch are acutely aware that universities and other establishments devoted to research and education have a need for technology that aids discovery. MultiTaction technology itself was based on research carried out at Aalto University/Helsinki Institute for Information Technology. So MultiTouch was eager to work with researchers at TU Dresden to meet their needs.


Systems. The solution saw Sahara seamlessly integrate WePresent software into CleverTab touchscreens for the first time. Toni Barnett, managing


director of CDEC, says: “Our Phoenix Academy entry fully deserves to be shortlisted for three awards, recognising the hard work of the team. Our consultative approach led to us working closely with our supplier Sahara to develop a range of uniquely integrated CleverTab touchscreens that were not on the market.”


MULTITOUCH – TU DRESDEN Although MultiTouch


has developed interactive displays for a number of years, the team found that TU Dresden required more of a turnkey solution. After many hours of brainstorming, they came up with iWall, an entire interactive videowall that could be ready to use straight out of the box yet still offer the same benefits and features of a custom- made videowall.


Star Product Award


CDEC – PHOENIX ACADEMY (CLEVERTAB TOUCHSCREENS WITH WEPRESENT SOFTWARE)


CDEC worked closely with Sahara Presentation Systems to develop a streamlined AV solution which eradicated the need for excessive external equipment. The system allows teachers to connect to the board in their next classroom as they move around the school, cutting time between lessons, an outcome that wouldn’t have been possible if additional wires or other devices were required. The integrated screens


have multiple uses: for example the cookery class uses an external webcam to record the teacher’s technique and relay it through WePresent to the main display for the whole class.


The integrated Sahara


screens provided better value as there was little requirement for additional devices.


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MEYER SOUND – LSU (MEYER SOUND CONSTELLATION SYSTEM)


The Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system installed in LSU’s Digital Media Center auditorium provides powerful tools for replicating acoustic environments, creating dynamic sonic effects in multimedia presentations, and fostering more direct and intimate communication among faculty, students, and corporate partners.


Precisely designed,


calibrated and tuned by the Meyer Sound Constellation team, the system allows ultimate flexibility as a performance and presentation space. Constellation allows push- button transformation – creating the ambience of any desired acoustical space, from an intimate recital hall to a cavernous cathedral.


OM INTERACTIVE – CREATING LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (BITWISE CONTROL)


The brief was to design and install three different environments that would provide stimulating and engaging sensory learning experiences for children – some of whom are on the autistic spectrum, some have severe physical and cognitive difficulties and some mild learning difficulties – in a way that would be simple to operate from a touch surface. Although generally used for home automation,


the control solution from Bitwise became the central control hub for all of the sensory rooms – along with programming support from Aldous Systems and OM Interactive’s front end.


STAGE ELECTRICS – GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC & DRAMA


The high degree of collaboration between Stage Electrics, Theatre Projects Consultants, DelStar Engineering and Stage Technologies demonstrates their capabilities in producing a visually stunning and technologically advanced project. Flexibility was key


throughout the design, build and installation. Particularly noted were the benefits engendered by the high level of communication in early co-ordination, design- checking exercises and support. Early factory visits were also cited as helpful in visualising the products that the client and consultant


were considering specifying. All the contractors agree that this project had an unusually high degree of co-operation and teamwork. Health and safety was


highly important; Stage Electrics was singled out for its continually proactive approach to this throughout the whole project.


MULTITOUCH – TU DRESDEN (MULTITACTION IWALL)


The central component of the MultiTaction iWall is the 55in MultiTaction Cell, 12 of which were used. Virtually any number of MultiTaction Cells can be assembled together to operate as one screen.


These displays, which


allow any number of people to interact with them at once, are suited for use in public spaces because of proprietary Hybrid Tracking, which ensures


that MultiTaction Cells are immune from the effects of sunlight, halogen spotlights or other ambient light sources. The release of


MultiTaction IR Pen software has enabled users to write, draw, sketch, and brainstorm designs and words on MultiTaction Cell displays using most IR pens. The software can distinguish between pen and touch interactions.


TV ONE – THE CREATIVE EDGE, EDGE HILL UNIVERSITY (TV ONE CORIOMASTER)


The brief was to show the high level of creativity and professionalism of the university’s computing and media departments. The videowall can showcase students’ work, display messages or entertain visitors with television. Driving the wall and supporting 4:4:4 sampling rates, CORIOmaster from TV One ensures crisp, clear images. Featuring full bandwidth chroma sampling, the modular system faithfully reproduces high-resolution colours. Controlling each input


source is an AMX device that can handle a multitude of playout systems simultaneously. A PC interface for the CORIOmaster instantly adjusts the layout of the videowall and controls each dynamic element on screen. Combined, these two devices give the user total control over every source.


MEYER SOUND – KANBAR FORUM AT THE EXPLORATORIUM


The brief was to design and engineer immersive sound systems for the Kanbar Forum, a multidisciplinary theatre at San Francisco’s Exploratorium. The look, feel and the sound of the Kanbar Forum came about through a collection of varied talents. The audio concepts were developed by the Exploratorium’s executive associate director Ron Semper, in collaboration with multimedia pioneer Kristina Woolsey. To implement their vision, Phil Bailey of systems integrator BBI


Engineering worked in close consultation with Meyer Sound’s Constellation team on the design particulars. Development of the audio systems was co-ordinated with Adam Shalleck,


principal and president of theatrical design firm The Shalleck Collaborative. Also fundamental to the project was the overall vision of EHDD, the principal architecture and design firm.


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