Sometimes, the best solutions are the simplest, as we found during this exciting installation with our partners at Hadleigh Technical Support, who helped to transform the AV display system at Pates Grammar School in Cheltenham.

In the school’s Refectory, where students gather for breaks and meals, any time the mobile data network was activated on a device, it would cause interference to the room’s projector and display monitors system to a point that the screen content was unable to be viewed. If you imagine the number of devices that modern students have on them, you can begin to see how this had a serious affect on the system.

Following successful previous installations, the school enlisted HTS as their dedicated AV solutions provider to create a system that eliminated the interference issue, working within the schools existing AV/IT capabilities, in the very short timeline of just one day.

HTS guided the school to upgrade their system with Vision Matrix switches at its centre (Vision TC2-MATRIXTX and TC2-MATRIXRX). This eliminated interference from mobile phone frequencies on the school’s existing system – which included a projector in the refectory, and six other screens throughout the campus. It also used a Vision Media player, which allowed input and content sharing across any individual or number of screens across the school network. Finally, HTS used Vision cable converters for the Cat5e cables to match the school’s existing outputs, allowing this system to easily fit into the network for a hassle-free installation.

Matthew Hooper, Operations Director at HTS comments:

“For schools, a dynamic AV system is no longer a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have to create a vibrant learning community. The screens in Pates Grammar School help to communicate important messages for students, teachers and visitors alike, making them an invaluable resource in showcasing the school’s values. However, students now are more connected than ever before and have multiple devices at all times. So the effects these devices have on current systems is something we predict will be an increasing issue for schools and AV integrators.”

To ensure the equipment would meet the school’s performance needs, HTS were able to complete a test run on the equipment before installation, as Vision offered a unique try-before-you-buy-deal thanks to their confidence in the product. All Vision products were acquired through HTS’s trusted distributor TD Maverick, with whom they have worked together on many projects due to their specialist knowledge and similar working attitude to HTS’s attention to detail.

The selection of the equipment in particular was important to meet the schools needs. HTS knew the Vision suite would deliver high-performance without being affected by external factors such as mobile and wi-fi frequency interference and had great flexibility and ease of use for the school environment. Additionally, these products were a strong fit as they could fit into the schools current capabilities and not cause a disruption for students and teachers during installation and beyond. While it can be difficult to retrofit an old system, with their experience and high-quality equipment, the installation took HTS a mere day to complete, and when lessons were in session, too. Working closely with school planners, HTS made no disruption to the school’s daily running, or to students.

The installation immediately eliminated the interference that plagued the school for so long, and the new media player system allowed them to take greater control of the screen content – relevant messages can be changed and adapted to specific locations. The refectory projector can be showing school information and activities, for example, while the side screens could show other school information.

Graham Woodsford IT Manager at Pates Grammar School, concludes:

“I’m happy to say that the Refectory AV distribution solution has worked seamlessly since HTS installed it. In fact, it’s so reliably consistent that most people don’t realise that it is there – a far cry from the days where any phone signal could disrupt it. We haven’t needed to change the configuration since it was installed, but the admin console is straight-forward and intuitive to use so I’m confident that it will be an easy-to-manage system.”

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