University of Bath: Audio Visual Unit

News and developments in AV

Topic: Equipment

Technology Demonstration - Digital Signage

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📥  Equipment, Systems, Technology

On Monday 6 March 3:00-4:30pm, in 6W1.1, the company that provide our digital signage platform, OneLan, are coming to campus to demonstrate their other solutions that can run on our server.

These are:

RESERVA - a room booking system based on screens at the door of the rooms.

wayfinding - using the system to give directions and navigate through the campus.

Please come along if you would like to find out about them!

 

Audience Response System (Voting / Clickers)

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📥  Equipment, Systems

We've been undertaking some development over the last few weeks and months to update the old version of the software for Turningpoint.

The good news is that you should be able to get anyone with a mobile device or laptop to participate in the sessions. You will not need the clickers!

The clickers will still work - but you won't necessarily need them any more.

As an academic member of staff you get a license of 500 concurrent student users at the same time.....

The slight change is that you will need to have a license to use the system attached to your account, but we will be using SSO (your own login at the University) to do it.
To request an account activation, please contact Rob Hyde (AV Manager) or Sacha Goodwin (AV Operations Manager).

You can still use the older version of Turningpoint on Office PCs to create presntations; although it may be better to get your IT Supporter to roll the new version out to your office PC.
The new Version is already on the GTA PCs.

Instructions of how to set up are on the AV Wiki:

https://wiki.bath.ac.uk/display/bucsAV/Using+TurningPoint+Cloud

 

 

GTA Rolling Refurbishment - Update 9 August 2016

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📥  Design Build Advise, Equipment, Spaces, Systems

We've been for a tour of the new facilities, and they're all progressing very well.
We hope to have them ready to go again in the next 10 days or so.

Some rooms are really unrecognisable from before!

4E3.19 - 9 August

4E3.19 - 9 August

4E3.10 - full delivery

4E3.10 - full delivery

4E2.61

4E2.61

4E2.56 - Dual screen

4E2.56 - Dual screen

3WN2.1 - flooring finished

3WN2.1 - flooring finished

Obviously there is more to come in the near future!

 

SCHOMS Conference - Day 2

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📥  Equipment, Live Event, Technology

After completing a very satisfying Day 1, the conference moved into the Exhibition and Systems Day of the conference.

Outside of BETT, the conference manufacturer and supplier exhibition was the largest in HE this year - which is some achievement. Indeed, it's given us food for thought for future events.

The first presentation of the day came from Professor Nigel John at the University of Chester, and focussed on the provision of a virtual training environment for medical procedures. This was a fascinating run through how well things have developed in 20 years. Even down to the newest form of student app for training on specific procedures. The assessment seems to show that it is of benefit to the students.
Some of Nigel's work is here:
http://medical-graphics.org/

After this first session, the Exhibition proper started:

exhibition1

If you'd like a rather good review of events - Lis from St. Mary's University has done it....
https://thepostmoderntechslacker.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/schoms-exhibition-at-the-university-of-bath/

There were two parallel sessions later in the morning, just before lunch

  1. Marc Poffley from Crestron presenting EDID - http://www.crestron.com/downloads/pdf/product_misc/4k_whitepaper.pdf
  2. Sarah Davies from JISC presenting Digital Capabilities.

We attended the session by Sarah.

It covered the production of a new service, and the process of working with stakeholders and sector bodies, to provide clear guidance over what digital skills are required - and equip leaders and staff with the tools and resources they need to improve digital capability at a local or institutional level.

It looks like a very robust way to approach developing skills.

six-elements-wide

https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/building-digital-capability

In the afternoon, there were two other parallel sessions:

  1. Matthew Green and Jonathan Rhodes from University of Wolverhampton presenting Teaching Science.
  2. Rob Hyde and Sarah Turpin from University of Bath presenting the LITEbox project.

Obviously I was presenting the second session!

litebox

We covered the whole LITEbox development, and collected feedback from the audience about how other universities conduct this process. It's being used going forward to inform the direction of our project!

The final session of the day was a duble-header; the SCHOMS bursary scheme, and the Benchmarking Exercise.

The SCHOMS bursary scheme is designed to assist members to take a project on that will be of benefit to the community. This year's beneficiary was Caroline Pepper at Loughborough who used the funding to conduct a benchmarking with several other universities - including us at Bath, to examine the running of AV services.

The results have provided an interesting insight into the operation and differences across the sector.

More information is here: http://www.schoms.ac.uk/aim-to-build-on-schoms-bursary-impact/

After a final visit to the Exhibition, we then broke for the SCHOMS Conference Dinner, which this year was held in the Pump House at the Roman Baths:

Photo courtesy of Adrian Brett

Photo courtesy of Adrian Brett

dinner

I think we can agree.... It was a brilliant evening, and will be quite hard to follow!

 

Summer Upgrades

  

📥  Design Build Advise, Equipment, Projects, Spaces

This summer, we are rebuilding many of the teaching spaces.

Full rebuilds (Furniture, Decoration, Equipment):

  • 1E
  • 2E (but not 3.1)
  • 3WN
  • 4E (not 3.38)

Equipment refresh & Decoration:

  • 5W
  • Council Chamber

Equipment Refresh

  • 4W
  • 6W

1E3.6, 4E2.56 and 4E3.5 will become twin projector rooms - so you can show 2 sources side-by-side.

3WN2.1 will be fitted with camera tracking (similar to University Hall).

These rooms are being upgraded to the latest AV Specification. They are also being fully rewired to give the latest standard of cabling.

From the start of the new academic year, all of these rooms will be equipped with a full set of digital interfaces, so any form of laptop can be plugged in.

The rooms will have a full lecture capture interface, so that anything the students see on the projection screens or displays will be captured.

An addition to that, the rooms are also getting Apple and Miracast display sharing devices - so you will be able to present from a tablet or latest model laptop wirelessly.

Please contact us if you would like to know any more details.

New technology

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📥  Equipment, News, Technology

Today we took delivery of a Yamaha YVC-1000 Conference device.

This can be plugged into any computer to facilitate audio conferencing (with SKYPE for example) - to give a better coverage of audio.

You can also pair the device with your smartphone via bluetooth, so you can hold a conference call to a bigger audience.

Our kit has the Base Station (with the speakers) - and 3 microphones.

Please let us know if you would like to use it! It's available for you to have us come and set it up for you as a loan (on-site).

a.v.bookings@bath.ac.uk

 

Conference Season - new products

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📥  Equipment, Spaces, Technology

The early part of the year brings several conferences and shows for teaching technology.

Recently there has been BETT (teaching technology - January) and ISE (integrated systems - February). BVE (broadcast video) is next week.

We'll highlight some of the interesting products and solutions we've seen over the next few weeks.

Firstly!

Magic Whiteboard

This product featured recently on Dragon's Den - and is a really neat solution for multi use writing surfaces if you're in a space without them. You need nothing more than a reasonable flat wall to use.

We have a sample of this in AV if anyone would like to try it out.

Here's how it works:

We can get this product through our usual suppliers.

For more details - http://www.magicwhiteboard.co.uk/

 

Upgrades - University Hall

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📥  Equipment, News, Spaces, Systems, Technology

We've been working hard over the last couple of weeks to update some of the technology in University Hall

 

We are piloting an installation of Apple, Android and Windows display sharing. We've fitted an Apple TV and a Miracast dongle into the lectern.

You'll now find two extra buttons on the control panel.

UniHall_newcontrolint

Apple TV:

To do this you need to use peer-to-peer AirPlay. You will need to stand in the vicinity of the PC, and have bluetooth switch on on your device.

The device is called: University Hall Apple TV

With peer-to-peer AirPlay, your iOS device and Apple TV don't have to be on the same Wi-Fi network. To use peer-to-peer AirPlay, you need one of these devices with iOS 8 or later:

·                      iPhone 5 or later

·                      iPad mini or iPad (4th generation or later)

·                      iPod touch (5th generation or later)

For more information please look at the Apple support site- https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT204289

 

Miracast:

To do this you need to use bluetooth. You will need to stand in the vicinity of the PC, and have bluetooth or a widi compliant device.

The device is called: University Hall Miracast

You can check if your device can do this here:
https://www.wi-fi.org/product-finder-results?sort_by=default&sort_order=desc&capabilities=2,3&certifications=45

Essentially, your device will need to be relatively new.

Android: o/s 4.2 Jellybean or newer.

Windows: Windows 8.1 or newer.

For more information on how to do this: http://www.howtogeek.com/200897/how-to-use-miracast-screen-mirroring-from-windows-or-android/

 

If you would like to try this out, please do - but we would like your feedback! AV@bath.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

Room Update - 8W 1.28

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📥  Equipment, Furniture, News, Technology

We've been busy over the last week or two putting in some updates in some of the classrooms.

In 8W1.28, we've upgraded each of the individual workstations to have a micro PC on each one.

27800 New Room 8W1_28. Shots showing new facility in use for workshops and group discussions.  Client: Sarah Turpin - LTEO

8W1.28 - 6 workstations & Tutor station

Each controller now has a 'PC' selection button, which will change the display to the built-in PC.

We are working on the Tutor station over the next couple of weeks, to enable a collaboration box, so that the box content can be shared in the rooms to and from each workstation.

Please contact us if you'd like to know more.

a.v.bookings@bath.ac.uk