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Connecticut School District Deploys BTX’s ‘ProBlox-D’ Systems

Enables quick and simple setup of the district’s mobile video production system to broadcast Board of Education meetings

Regional School District Number 14 in Woodbury, Conn., has deployed BTX Technologies’ ProBlox-D systems, which enables quick and simple setup of the district’s mobile video production system to broadcast Board of Education meetings.

The ProBlox-D is an all-in-one connector system that incorporates multiple data, high definition video, audio and control signals in a single connector block, BTX says. The system contains two Cat 5e connectors, 16 HD video, and 18 audio and control contacts, all of which are field-terminatable, the company says. The addition of the Cat 5e components takes advantage of all the signals, including HDMI, DVI, and VGA, that can be effectively run over one or two Cat 5e cables.

In the BoE’s meeting space, all cameras, ceiling speakers and tabletop microphones are wired to the ProBlox-D connector mounted to the wall, BTX says. In addition, an analog audio mixer, video switcher, camera controller, small graphics generator, small video wall, DVD burner and CATV modulator are wired to the mobile cart’s ProBlox connector. To utilize the sophisticated system, the cart only needs to wheeled out of its storage space and a connection from the cart to the wall made, a process that takes less than one minute, the company says.

Regional School District Number 14 contracted DNR Integrated Systems based in Oakville, Conn., to design the mobile system—operated by high school students—to broadcast the BoE meetings on public access television.

“For District Number 14, DNR created a plug-and-play mobile system that students simply roll out of a closet and set up with one easy connection to the wall for all signals, video, audio and CATV,” said Don Gamsjager, lead designer of DNR Integrated Systems.

“With ProBlox-D and BTX’s ability to customize its solutions, we were able to design a very complex system that is so simple to operate, even freshmen high school A/V students can use it with minimal training,” Gamsjager said. District 14 has “been very happy with the system’s plug-and-play capabilities, and the technology director has also been impressed with the reliability and durability of the ProBlox-D connectors,” he added.