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March 17, 2014

Teaching room computer upgrades

Filed under: Audio Visual, News — Dan Jolly @ 2:49 pm

seminar_room_pcThe upgrade of all teaching room computers from Windows XP to Windows 7 has now been completed by Audio Visual Services.

The upgrade to Windows 7 will improve the performance and stability of the computer, and also supports the University’s move away from Windows XP which reaches end-of-support as of 8 April 2014.

A total of 160 computers were upgraded across Colchester Campus over a two month period.

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March 7, 2014

Teaching room refurbishments by Audio Visual Services

Filed under: Audio Visual, News — Dan Jolly @ 4:06 pm

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A yearlong capital investment project to improve the remaining below standard teaching rooms has now been completed by Audio Visual Services.

AVS, working closely with Estates, have refurbished seven teaching rooms; installing a combined total of £187,000 worth of state-of-the-art AV equipment, which includes:

  • A flagship lectern system  –  fully designed, branded and integrated in-house
  • Touch panel control
  • Digital high-definition OHP’s
  • Future proof technology using Cat6 transport
  • Interactive writeable surfaces

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“The room refurbishments was a major highlight in the AVS calendar.  As a capital funded project this was a new development for AVS, where we were able to take a break from maintaining existing systems and build something new, which was then used as a guideline for the ongoing upgrades to the LTB, and the upgrades to the gateway building on Southend campus.” – Tim Warren, Audio Visual Services Team Leader.

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February 25, 2014

Listen Again … 18 months on!

Filed under: Audio Visual, Elearning, Listen Again, News — Tags: — Dan Jolly @ 2:51 pm
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Our much loved lecture playback service officially launched in October 2012, and since then it’s been doing some amazing things.

The Audio Visual Services team have worked tirelessly to install the hardware and infrastructure required for Listen Again to not only exist, but to expand to new heights.  As a result of all this hard work, Listen Again now covers 157 teaching rooms (30 more on the way) making it one of the largest lecture capture systems amongst UK universities.

The Learning Technology team provide the clever front-end that you have all become familiar with. Representatives from our eLearning team are exhibiting the Listen Again service at this years UCISA 2014 higher education conference in Brighton (26 March 28 March).

We’ve put together some interesting Listen Again stats in the form of an infographic:

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February 21, 2014

Audio Visual Services project featured in magazine article

Filed under: Audio Visual, News — Tags: — Dan Jolly @ 12:32 pm

essex_iclh_interior_1A challenging project to refurbish and install state-of-the-art audio visual equipment in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall (ICLH), which was completed back in November 2013, has been featured in a leading audio visual magazine.

The project, undertaken by the University’s Audio Visual Services team in collaboration with Martin Audio, LMC Audio and Scan Audio, developed a pioneering solution to meet the unique challenges posed by the ICLH building.

“The biggest problem posed, however, was the fact that the rear walls of the hall move — splitting the auditorium via a central removable divide when it needs to open up. A total of four OmniLine arrays were specified to cover each of the two sides, and yet maintain pattern control across exactly the same area when the room is functioning as a single large space.”

The challenge was to design a solution that would allow the sound system to move and adapt to the changing room size, dynamically directing sound to non-hard surfaces to avoid feedback.

Read the full article here >>

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