SVSi installation at USQ

March 23, 2016

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) take the honour of being our first major SVSi by AMX installation in Australia.

David King, Manager of Audiovisual Services was tasked with building a number of flexible learning spaces over the Christmas break and chose to abandon the traditional hardware switching model in favour of a network-based content delivery mechanism. Working closely with Bob Sharp from SVSi last year, David refined the design around N-2000 (JPEG-2000) encoders and decoders and pressed the ‘go’ button.

In a fairly compressed timeframe involving two competing integrators working in parallel (interesting story in itself!), David successfully delivered a very impressive group of collaborative rooms just in time for the start of teaching.

The installation is impressive on a number of fronts:
●  The level of engagements with academics – listening to their needs
●  The level of engagement with the IT Network section – this was critical to the success or failure of the AV-over-IP concept. In fact David had a network engineer seconded into his team for the project.
●  Project management – David had a clear vision of the outcome and maintained very tight control to ensure there were no deviations or unacceptable compromises. Engaging two integrators was a radical move, but David foresaw a resourcing problem with a single integrator and elected to address it proactively. Very clever move.
●  User Interface design – a lot of thought and consultation with users resulted in a clean, intuitive UI. It was not left to an integrator; USQ retained control of how the touch panel behaved.

In early March (actually day 2 of semester) while Bob Sharp and Michael Peveler (VP Global Education) were in the country, we did a site visit to see the installation in operation. We were fortunate to be able to get into one empty room – all the others were in use and David told us utilisation and bookings are very close to 100%. A good sign.

B3 B2L-R: Phil Dunn, Michael Peveler (AMX HQ) b7B1b5Graham Barrett, David King, Bob Sharp (SVSi), Marc Braganca (ProAV)

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