Last night the annual Audio Visual Industry Awards (AVIA’s) were held at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre as part of the Integrate Conference for leaders and professionals in AV and Systems Integration.
Umow Lai entered the Jeffrey Smart Building project for the University of South Australia in the category of “Best Application of AV in Education +$500k” and despite some impressive competition, it was deemed the winner.
The win can be attributed to a number of key innovations utilised including:
- A 16 screen (4×4) video-wall setup to display University Artwork in the ground floor gallery, which doubles up for local presentations from a lectern and gives the students a place to host movie nights and games nights with on up to 4 Xbox/Playstation consoles (the wall is able to simultaneously display 1 to 32 HD video sources). This provides a wow factor, as well as promoting a fun environment to encourage students to stay on campus.
- Hardware based Collaborative Teaching solutions which provide a stable platform for teachers. This has revolutionised student learning through an interactive pedagogy pertinent to present day workplace and living conditions and for the foreseeable future. The hardware based solution has been adopted by the University as their new AV standard.
- AV design which caters for digital and analogue video sources (HDMI + VGA&Audio) to cater for all student bring your own devices (new and old). An AV system which operates over Shielded Cat6a cabling to provide a future upgrade path and does not require re-cabling of the facilities to embrace new technologies.
- An AV system which operates over Shielded Cat6a cabling to provide a future upgrade path and does not require re-cabling of the facilities to embrace new technologies.
- Central monitoring of rooms through the use of AMX RMS package, allowing easier support and maintenance for the IT Department.
- Interactive Panels in place of standard display screens, making all displays touch capable with the added functionality to be used as interactive whiteboards.
- Wireless iPad’s which provide control of complex AV systems which are secured via the buildings security system, which require a staff security card to undock, enabling loss prevention of devices.
- Various sized project and team spaces fitted out for local presentations, allowing students a location to work on small, medium and large groups.
Lead AV Consultant on the project and Senior ICT Consultant at Umow Lai, Peter Kielan, states:
“It is extremely rewarding to be recognised for our work on this project, which was not without its challenges. The University of South Australia have been great to work with and my favourite aspect of the building is the design and operation of the Active Teaching Spaces which is a new experience for both the teaching staff and students as it provides technology which supports a totally new learning and teaching style. I wish they had technology like that when I was at Uni!”
The University of South Australia has referenced the building as the ‘new standard’ in education for South Australia.
This is an outstanding achievement for Umow Lai’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) team and the University of South Australia.