Massachusetts integration company DGI Technologies recently provided the Audio Visual presentation, video/audio conferencing, and lecture capture technologies for a lecture hall and numerous conference rooms throughout the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Used by research departments within the UMMS system, the overall goal was to provide each department with integrated audio visual technologies for their conference rooms that would foster collaboration and communication both internally and externally. DGI and AV consultant Accentech relied on advanced audio visual systems to accomplish the school’s goal, elevating the communication capabilities within UMMS beyond their expectations.
Lecture capture was a critical component of the upgrade, and an echo360 lecture capture system was installed to record and archive teaching events in numerous rooms. In addition, each room was outfitted with a Digital Projection M-Vision Cine 400 1080p projector to view high-resolution digital images with precise color matching.
In the function suite DGI implemented a Future Automation ceiling projection lift to house a Digital Projection Titan WUXGA 330-L projector, shooting onto a large projection screen for audience viewing. Shooting the opposite direction is a DP M-Vision Cine 400 1080p, acting as a confidence monitor for the presenter. Each room was outfitted with Crestron touchpanel control.
The lecture hall includes a control booth with 3 DP TITAN WUXGA 660 projectors, a Yamaha live mixing console, and a Panasonic production switcher. The lecture hall can be controlled with a Crestron touchpanel or manually controlled via the production switcher and the live mixing console.
Of particular importance to the venue was the need to visually blend the new AV components within the architecture. The idea was to be as unobtrusive in each space as possible, thus the drop down ceiling projector lift in the function suite that has 18’ high ceilings. The projection system disappears completely into the ceiling when not in use.
This impressive upgrade was fueled by both state and federal funding, inspired by the work of a few Nobel Prize-winning department researchers. Regarding the facility’s new capabilities, Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney stated, “I'm sure a number of folks will say, 'He's where?' And then they'll learn, yeah, as a matter of fact, UMass Medical School is one of the very best medical schools in the country and now we're going to be known not just as a medical school but also a center of technology and advancement and research par excellence."
Congratulations to DGI Technologies on delivering this world-class, impressively capable research space, and thank you for choosing DP’s precision displays!