School AV case study
Keeping the noise down in the classroom
Digital Vision AV were contacted by one of the UK’s finest schools to help solve an AV challenge. With centuries of history and outstanding facilities, the school expected high standards which demanded a leading AV company with experience in the education sector.
The goal was to update a meeting space so it could be used as a classroom as well as hold group video conference calls for parents evenings and staff meetings.
On the surface this might sound like a fairly straightforward school AV project, but the room suffered from echo, making spoken words difficult to hear clearly. A combination of glass and solid brick walls, as well as a solid ceiling, meant sounds reflected from one hard surface to another.
The school wanted up to date video conferencing technology built into a multi functional room. It was therefore vital the room had acceptable levels of reverberation.
It was important for a school with outstanding facilities to have a well functioning, multi-purpose room. As well as an easy-to-use multi-platform, video conference solution. One which delivered great audio and video quality in the room, and to the participants of the video call.
When the school made the decision to upgrade their AV setup, it was clear that echo was going to be a problem due to the dynamics of the room. So rather than invest in video conferencing technology which would have never reached its full potential, the school called upon the services of Digital Vision AV.
Paul Mayhew, MD of Digital Vision AV has partnered with Buzzi.Space giving the ability to measure and control reverberation as part of an audio visual installation.
Innovative control of echo in meeting spaces
- Pleated lighting pendants
- Freestanding fabric-covered columns
- Wall panels of varying geometric shapes
- Blinds and curtains
- Biophilic wall solutions (reindeer moss, anyone?)
Managing noise to
A comfortable working environment can play a significant role in performance and productivity.
Many studies have highlighted the importance of managing noise in places of work. Even low level noise can contribute to higher levels of stress and reduced motivation.
This issue comes into ever greater focus as organisations struggle to drive people back into offices and shared work spaces.
One source of noise which can be managed is echo, caused by sounds reflecting off hard surfaces such as concrete, brick, glass, wood and metal. The shape of the room can also be a factor.
By introducing objects which absorb and deflect sound you can bring reverberation down to acceptable levels.
Echo reduction is a game changer. Read more on the subject in our guide on how to reduce echo in conference rooms.
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