“The vast experience of our experts with a variety of projects in various sectors suggests that the classroom is set at a high technical level, and in some aspects is superior to many of today's decisions”, said Sergey Milyaev, the director of Avilex business development.
This joint project of Panasonic and Avilex allowed transforming the classic stream classroom only with top table and a forum for speakers into a modern high-tech solution for lectures, seminars, research councils, including those with remote participants.
In addition to the multimedia means the classroom is equipped with the innovative eco-imaging by the Panasonic company. The system monitors the power consumption and shows statistics for creating incentives for rational energy use.
The display system in the classroom consists of two attached to the ceiling Panasonic PT-DW730ES projectors and two motorized screens sized 300x205 cm. Each projector has a brightness of 7000 ANSI lm and resolution of 1280x800. Dual lamp system allows you to use the projector in a 24x7 mode and not to worry about lamp failure at a crucial moment. Information from the main screens is duplicated to four monitors on the top table, providing convenient perception of information. On the display system screens they show both the signal from the speaker or operator’s laptop, as well as the video conferencing signal. The classroom also has two robotic cameras, one of which is directed into the room, and the other - on the presidium. They provide a full translation of what is happening in the classroom, and are used for the communication sessions with your contacts, or as part of a distance learning system. Panasonic KX-VC600 video conferencing terminal is set in the hardware room.
The opening of the classroom. Photo: Panasonic
It is possible to manage the content during performances from the speaker’s podium and the Panaboard UB-T880W interactive multi-touch board, installed on the left side of the hall. In addition, graphic comments over any application are enabled. Thanks to this solution, classes and reports become more dynamic and compelling than simply showing classic presentations.
In the operator's room behind the classroom there is the system of control and monitoring of activities in the classroom. For the operator they installed a 42-inch Panasonic TH-42LF30 LCD Display, where the operator can see all incoming signals (VC, laptops, etc.), tracking of what is currently available to display on the screens in the classroom. At the disposal of the operator there is a controlling monitor, which receives images from two IP-based cameras in the courtroom.
Additionally in the control room they placed the equipment of eco-visualization system that collects data on the level of energy consumption and displays them in the form of graphs and charts on a 42-inch Panasonic TH-42LF30 LCD Display, located next to the main screen of the audience. In the same room there is also a Biamp Nexia audio processor managing 4 wall and 10 ceiling speakers that make the sound system in the hall.
Thus they implemented the system in the operator’s room, allowing full control of everything that happens in the classroom. An interesting feature of the project is using a non-standard switching. All video signals using Black Magic Design are transferred via HD-SDI.
The developed solution takes into account all the necessary equipment requirements for the functioning of a modern university, providing a wide range of use of the classroom for different tasks. And, most importantly, the solution is able to attract attention of young people to environmental issues and energy conservation, motivating them to find new solutions that are relevant to our country.
The modern multimedia classroom, being a prime example of innovation, is designed to further modernization and development.
In the long term, according to Sergey Milyaev, the director of Avilex business development, it is possible to derive a system of monitoring and control of equipment beyond a single classroom. NUST "MISiS" brings together seven institutions and the faculty of distance education. "Imagine - you can control what happens to the equipment in each classroom in all this vast complex from one point and at any time. For example, you can stop the working, but not being used projector at the other end of the city without getting up from your desk. Simple and effective. "
Today the system of eco-visualization allows you to see the energy consumption in the classroom, and the control system allows users to immediately influence it. If any equipment is not used, but it works, it can be instantly switched off from the control panel. The combination of these innovative systems allows rationally using energy - but only within the same classroom.
"The Avilex company has solutions, such as AMX SchoolView, which allow you not only to operate the equipment in the same room, but also to unite all the classrooms of the Institute under the management and control of one administrator, and to unite the institutions themselves in a common management network. The number and complexity of the hardware always increases with time, so the introduction of this system will, on the one hand, allow teachers not to get distracted by the technical side of the process, and on the other – help the administration cost-effectively keep track of all available equipment, seeing the details: what is being used and how often or when, for example, the projector lamp will burn out. This is an opportunity to manage power consumption competently. Using such systems is inevitable, and the sooner this happens, the easier the process of further informatization in universities will be."
Another possible direction of the classroom development is the lectures and meetings logging system.
"By establishing classroom cameras and microphones, all the information comes to a logging system, where it will be stored in the directory. Access to the directory can be arranged through the internal network of the University or open the external access, and then the students will be able to view the recorded lectures from anywhere in the world."
This opens up new opportunities for distant education. Such systems can not only record and store information, but also to broadcast it online in real time. As a result remote students can virtually attend lectures and seminars.