Government Case StudyMinistry of Education Wellington Accommodation Project
Ministry of Education Wellington Accommodation Project
The Ministry of Education is one of New Zealand’s largest government agencies with approx. 2,000 Wellington based staff. The Wellington accommodation project was tasked with bringing these staff into two new locations and providing an updated and modern working environment including a complete overhaul of how the Ministry deployed, supported and maintained their “Meeting Room Technologies”. The first and largest of these buildings, with 1,500 staff, is located at 33 Bowen Street Wellington and has been renamed - Mātauranga House.
Mātauranga House had previously been occupied by another government agency that has also been relocated. As part of this project, The Ministry of Education entered into an agreement with the Landlord to completely refurbish the 12,000m2 12 storey building including; a base building upgrade comprising seismic strengthening, building services upgrade and internal finishes upgrade, including the installation of new internal stairs from top to bottom.
The design of the Ministry of Education AV platform is based on the AMX Enova DGX - centralised Architecture. AMX was selected because of the ability to be deployed on the building's existing network using a separate AV VLAN, the reliability of the Enova DGX platform, the ability to integrate a room booking solution and the extended capability of the Resource Management Suite.
The AMX digital media switcher functions as the centrepiece of a complete solution that manages and distributes analogue and digital audio and video including HDMI with HDCP compliance, control, and Ethernet. A comprehensive set of AMX Enova DGX hot swappable boards were used in conjunction with DGX Transmitters and Receivers to provide an end to end distribution system over shielded twisted pair cable. An integrated NetLinx NX series central control processor and embedded ethernet switch enable management of the entire solution including source equipment and display devices located throughout the environment. The whole system is able to be managed from a single point of control.
A centralised room booking has also been deployed that is integrated into the Ministry’s exchange platform. Where rooms are bookable, a touch panel has been installed outside the rooms to display current status, enables room bookings and also used to confirm participation when a meeting commences.