EXPERIENCE

In each project, we take the time to meet the Client and have the single goal of getting to know and understand the ultimate end users of the systems we design. This is a critical step, which ensures the requirements, functionality and user expectations are clearly defined before any designs, products, or technologies are even discussed.

PRECISE SOUND
DESIGN

This Bistro & Bar located in the “Assembly” on ground floor of the iconic Deutsche Bank building in Sydney’s CBD required a high quality installed sound system. The design brief called for pleasant, unobtrusive background music (BGM) and high fidelity speech to four different listening environments for the patrons. All visible components were to complement the stylish fit out of this southern European eatery. A key part of the brief was to also ensure that the audio from the speakers be contained within the physical confines of the venue. This was no easy feat given there are no physical barriers between it and the vacuous 15m tall “Assembly”.

A methodical and calculated approach was taken to firstly model the space and its immediate surroundings using a predictive audio analysis software. This process helped to determine the optimal areas for speaker placement and narrow down the range of speaker options suitable for the venue. It also proved to the owners that the system would deliver the best listening experience to all seats and still minimise sound spill into the Assembly. Close collaboration with the interior designer and venue owner led to the final selection and locations of the speakers.

A bonus feature of the system is the ability for staff to easily control the volume and source selection in the independent audio zones using an iPad. Another big drawcard for the customer is that live performers can use the installed sound system and be confident that the quality of the listening experience for the patrons will be outstanding.

UNIFYING
COMMUNICATION

A leading global IT company providing cloud services, virtualisation, and mobile workspace solutions relocated all of its Sydney staff into a brand new 5,000+ sqm office in 2014. Being a global technology company, local and international communication between internal staff and external business partners is crucial. The customer has its own Unified Communication (UC) software platform, which is rich in capabilities including: voice and video calling, instant messaging, presence, data sharing, and file collaboration. All staff have access to this UC system and are encouraged to use it regularly. The brief was to enable this UC system across more than 45 meeting spaces including: small, medium, and large meeting rooms, VP offices, 2 x large boardrooms, and 2 x large training rooms with room combining.

The traditional audio visual components such as microphones, cameras, display systems, and audio systems were successfully integrated with the PC based UC system in each room. All rooms are therefore enabled with the full suite of features built into the customer’s UC software. Meeting rooms are easy for staff to use and there is nothing new for them to learn. Bring your own device (BYOD) is also a feature of the new Sydney office. The customer’s UC system can run on many different devices and now, in the new rooms, the staff can connect wirelessly through the IT network and join any type of UC meeting using portable laptops, tablets, and smart phones.

TEACHING
REDEFINED

A major NSW University had the goal of improving learning outcomes for its students and began the process of transforming its teaching spaces. A pilot set of spaces were designed and built in the main campus in 2014 to make them more collaborative. It is the Pro-Vice Chancellor’s vision to deliver more of these to all of the campuses in the near future.

An example collaborative space is the “flipped classroom”. In this room the teacher’s role is to facilitate group discussion and activities. Grouped into multiple pods of 4 or 5, the students are encouraged to work together to explore concepts, solve problems, and brainstorm.

The brief from the University was a forward thinking and exciting one to meet. Any student was to be able to share work with the lecturer. Sharing work between student pods was also a requirement to enable peer review. The lecturer was to be in complete control of all content at all pods, and also be able to share any pod’s work with the rest of the class.

Traditional AVT design would not have delivered all requirements in a simplistic and user friendly way. Some out of the box thinking led to the implementation of a powerful PC based software that meets the University’s vision. A wireless tablet allows the lecturer to move freely about the room whilst still keeping full control of the system. Added features include the ability for students to share content wirelessly from portable devices such as laptops, tablets, and smart phones.

CENTRALISED
AUTOMATED INTEGRATED

A multinational insurance broker that has more than 400 offices globally undertook a comprehensive move and upgrade of its Sydney office in 2014. A goal for the project was to achieve efficiencies in the build and ongoing operation of multiple building systems. Successful implementation required close collaboration with the architect, builder, services engineers, and the customer’s IT staff.

One major feature of all the meeting spaces in the new facility is the integration of the audio visual, lighting, and mechanical systems onto a common network. A single and simple control point in each space is used to run the audio visual, adjust the lighting, and regulate room temperature.

This is much more user friendly for the room occupants. Additionally, now that all of the systems are on a single network, centralised and automated control is possible. Audio visual equipment, lights, and air conditioning are only in use when the rooms are occupied. The result is lower operating costs of these systems. Double booking of meeting rooms had been a problem for this customer at the previous office. Now, a state of the art digital room booking system manages the meeting rooms. Staff can easily book rooms on touch LCD screens outside each room or via their email calendars. Meeting space usage is optimised and the staff are much happier. Rounding out the solution is a custom and automated waiter call system. This enables the staff to discretely call the catering team to a meeting room as needed. An efficient and slick modern touch that saves time and impresses their clients.

SIMULATION
SIMPLIFIED

This large federal government organisation invested in a new 18,000+ sqm office, which was completed in 2013. The technology spaces include: high level boardroom, large conference rooms with room combining, video conference rooms, interactive training rooms, digital signage, over forty meeting rooms, and IT forensics lab.

The jewel in the crown, labelled “a world class facility” by the head of the organisation, is a four room Simulation Centre. The multi-purpose Centre is used for: general meetings, training, product testing, AV presentations and conferencing, interactive white boarding, audio and video recording, and remote observation and monitoring.

The previous Centre was functional but in need of a major upgrade. The backbone of the system, now entirely digital, enables crystal clear high resolution audio and video. With full audio and video signal routing, the system operators benefit from much improved flexibility and usage options for the Centre. Conferencing used to be a clumsy and low resolution portable trolley system. The new experience is enhanced, as each room is fitted to provide high fidelity audio and video calls. The biggest improvement is the ease of use of the entire Centre. Intuitive and customised control points in each room have greatly simplified processes. Significant amounts of time are now saved every time a room is used.