Lessons from a $30 Million Luxury Hotel Technology Renovation
Designed to increase guest comfort and increase energy efficiency the $30 million renovation of the 154-room West Tower of One UN New York (formerly the UN Millennium Plaza Hotel) implemented touch screen-operated control of various systems in each room. Using Vantage Control’s InFusion control system combined with the company’s ScenePoint Relays and sensors for lighting, thermostat and in-room temperature sensors to coordinate climate control. The touchscreen panels offer five languages through which the hotel’s diverse clientele can operate the interface. The system is fully hardwired for security reasons.
Clemson Turns to Control System to Run Social Media Command Center
Clemson University finished construction on a social media listening center that includes Salesforce Radian6 Software, six LCD flat-panel displays, two Panasonic projectors, a Crestron control system and a Crestron DigitalMedia switcher. Students and faculty use the center to monitor and analyze social media conversations surrounding things like politics or brands.
Utah System of Higher Education Chooses New Learning Management System
The Utah System of Higher Education chose Instructure Canvas as its new learning management system (LMS). It also considered Moodle, Blackboard, Desire2Learn and Sakai. An IT pro from one of the consortium schools describes the RFP process and the requirements for an LMS like mobile use, texting, scalability and more.
Keep the Student in Mind When Building a Distance Learning Environment
The University of Maryland has a new distancing learning center that includes a Polycom videoconferencing system, Mediasite webcasting, NEC LCD displays, an Extron annotator and a Wacom digital graphics tablet. The spaces also include lighting from BrightLine and acoustic panels from MBI. The classrooms were designed to create a more intimate distance learning experience that mirrors the traditional classroom in both style and content. Classes are streamed live.
Keeping College and University A/V Systems Up to Date Takes Creativity and Initiative
A broadcast professional shares his tips on how to keep your A/V systems up to date while respecting budget constraints. California Polytechnic State University has an A/V setup that includes HD cameras, video switchers, LCD screens, projectors a Polycom videoconferencing system and video editing software. The university keeps expenses down by exploring alternative ways of purchasing equipment including directly approaching broadcast technology manufacturers and negotiating education discounts.
Making the Move to HD Video for College and University Broadcasting
The University of Idaho purchased six Hitachi Z-HD5000 cameras to move to HD video production. Other broadcast equipment includes a NewTek Tricaster 855 switcher, NewTek 3Play 820HD replay system and Sony HVR1500A HDV/DVCAM VTR, Hitachi CU-HD500 camera control units and Hitachi 1000VR remote control units.
The Best 12 of 2012: AV/IT and Energy Integration Case Studies that Made a Difference
The Best 12 of 2012: End User Case Studies that Made a Difference. From a $4.4 million per year energy savings at the Empire State Building to a medical learning center that has deployed a state-of-the-art lecture capture and videoconferencing system to digital signage. A Guy Fieri Restaurant in NYC makes the cut, as does a Hilton Hotel and some amazing churches. The best in AV technology, AV and IT integration, digital signage, distance learning, hotel automation, energy savings and much more.
University of North Texas Upgrades Broadcast Studio While Planning for the Future
The University of North Texas upgraded it's student broadcast studio with new HD Hitachi cameras, RU1000VR remote control panels, a Ross Vision-M 1.5-M/E multi-format switcher, Compix Synergy 2 dual-channel HD graphics system, a Blackmagic Design router and a 360 HD Maxx server. The studio was designed to with the latest technology and built to last at least 5-7 years.
New Facility Rides the Cutting Edge of Daylight Harvesting
Ben Franklin Technology Partners' TechVentures2 facility uses Lutron lighting control systems to slash energy consumption. Automated shades with Hyperion solar-adaptive software and AMX helped to create an award winning, LEED certified facility.
Using Contract Riders for Market Research
SW Oklahoma State University upgraded the A/V in its Fine Arts Center based on requests from performers who had used the venue. The overhaul included an MA grandMA 2 UltraLight lighting console, Martin Stage 2 Long RGBW fixtures, Elation Platinum Wash ZFX Pro fixtures, Lightronics AC 1109 8-scene pushbutton scene remote stations, Lightronics RA122 12-channel 2400-watt dimmers and a Tripp-Lite SR42UB Smart Rack.