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De Montfort University enables wireless-content sharing


E Montfort University in Leicester is continuing its investment in providing a modern and inspiring

environment for its staff and students. Its latest initiative involves Mersive

Technologies, an American leader in wireless content sharing and collaboration solutions, which has installed Solstice Pods in over 50 rooms and workspaces. The pods allows users to wirelessly share content on collaborative displays, which enables teachers and students in a single room to easily share information from any device. A more creative and inclusive learning environment is the end result. An initial installation of five Solstice Pods

was undertaken in the Leicester Castle Business School building, which is a historic, Grade 1 listed building that was formerly a criminal law court. Out of respect for the fabric of the building, any solution needs to be wireless. The lecture theatres also have a unique format due to the building’s previous use, with students seated in a semicircle around the lecturer – which facilitates a Harvard style of teaching. DMU installed Solstice to deliver an

improved AV experience where users can switch between laptops, phones or tablets to easily share and display information wirelessly, improving workflows and promoting more creative discussions. De Montfort University has one of the

largest populations of disabled students in the country, and Solstice Pods have helped to support these students in achieving their full potential. Working within Disability Advice and Support in Student Welfare, Leanne Herbert, DMU’s Disability Officer, supports autistic

students including those with Asperger's, and works closely with different teams and agencies to ensure the appropriate support is available. She commented: “The installation of Solstice Pods has been fantastic for meetings and I’m looking forward to using this with the students to easily demonstrate the set up for the ‘brain in hand’ app, an assistive personalised technology that we offer our 200 autistic students. The app requires the demonstration of a website alongside the mobile app, and with Mersive technology in place, I can switch between both really easily and well." Dr. Nathan Jeffery, Multi Media Services

Manager at De Montfort University, said: “There are many wireless solutions on the market, but not all of them offer a collaborative approach with such an intuitive and easy to use interface. The easy management of any technology across the whole estate is also crucial and the intuitive dashboard allows access to control any or all of the pods within the wireless umbrella via a single point of access and a single mouse click.” Dr Jeffery added:“A member of staff

from The Faculty of Business and Law uses a wheelchair and this technology has also provided them with the ability to move freely around the classroom and present from anywhere within the space, rather than having to be tethered to the technology at the front of the room with wires. The teaching space also has a low level height adjustable whiteboard that he is able to write on, with a camera that relays this content to the students in real time.” DMU’s new Vijay Patel building is the

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centrepiece of a £136 million Campus Transformation Project, bringing art and design together into a striking building that provides the space and facilities for students and staff to develop new ideas. The front of the building is adorned with a 76sqm landscape LED video wall utilising a Mersive Solstice pod to share up-to-date videos, information and events within the public space.

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