Integrator Prime Systems partnered with TEKVOX to provide a complete boardroom solution for metro Houston’s Friendswood Independent School District (ISD). The Drop-in solution customized by TEKVOX supplied the customer with all the equipment, software and system commissioning to meet the educator’s needs.
“We had outgrown our old boardroom, which was too small and was outfitted with failing equipment,” says Chi-Chiu “C. C.” Wu, Executive Director of Technology at Friendswood ISD. “So we converted a former cafeteria into a new boardroom that could also serve as a training room. TEKVOX came up with a very good turnkey solution for the space at a very affordable price. It’s a system we don’t have to manage or worry about.”
Alex Murdoch, Account Manager with Prime Systems, suggested that TEKVOX design the boardroom’s mic system and control system while Prime Systems supplied multiple screens, projectors and a podium. Together, “we were able to make a much more economical system with more functionality,” he says. “Ease of use was key.”
“We are delighted to add Friendswood ISD to the roster of educators using TEKVOX solutions for classrooms, boardrooms and training rooms,” says Jim Reinhart, CEO of TEKVOX. “The cost-effective, easy to use drop-in system we tailored for Friendswood enables them to make the most of their combined boardroom/training space and takes them to a new level of operational efficiency.”
Friendswood ISD required three screens and video projectors to accommodate board meetings and separate meeting areas and a dais microphone system. To control each projector for the individual areas, they wanted two wall mounted touchscreen controllers, a tablet touchscreen and three simple touchpads. To fulfill these needs TEKVOX designed a system with TEKVOX control products, its new DSP microphone system and the TekFlex-16 video matrix.
TEKVOX designed the decentralized system to allow each touchscreen controller to independently operate the system and access back up in case of failure. At each projector position a TekTouchPad is mounted on the wall for simple, independent control of the projector.
Each screen is built into a wedge to give improved viewing when mounted on the wall. The screens are controlled by TEKVOX TekController TCX9s, 9-inch wall-mounted touchscreens with PoE LAN connections. TCX9 also supports VNC operation for remote viewing and control.
The multiple touchscreen controllers can also work together by deploying TEK 3 device controllers, which communicate directly with their connected devices. The TekEzLink protocol allows up to four touchscreen controllers to establish a connection to each TEK 3 and synchronize their feedback.
TEKVOX’s DSP microphone system, consisting of ten delegate mics and a chairman mic, greatly simplifies installation and set up by using digital mics daisy-chained together with their own mix-minus speaker system.
A Biamp TesiraForte handles audio distribution, room combined audio and volume control. The Tesira also allows for multiple touchscreen controls to connect and synchronize their feedbacks; any time a change is made by any one of the touchscreen controllers, all of the other controllers will get updates.
For video, TEKVOX’s TekFlex-16 modular seamless matrix allows the user to pick and choose input and output card types and their positions. Each room has an HDMI/VGA wall plate with HDBaseT connection. At the dais a PC connection allows for both HDMI and VGA; a TEK 51T is used for connecting an external laptop at the podium.
A TEKVOX CB-1A ceiling box at each projector contains a TEK 3 device controller, HDBaseT receiver and audio amplifier. The ceiling box comes preinstalled with this equipment and prewired by TEKVOX for easy installation and cable connection.
When using TEK 3 the system can be remotely monitored and controlled using the free Windows program TekManager or TekEnterprise.
“Everything is working well, and C.C. is very happy,” says Murdoch. “The ability to control everything from one interface or one mobile device is great: One person can control zones within the boardroom from one location. This ease of control is unique to boardrooms, and the cost savings is also good.”
“TEKVOX really came through for us with whatever we wanted and anytime we changed our mind,” says Wu. “They did a great job designing the system, and we’re very happy with its operation.”
TEKVOX (http://www.tekvox.com) is a private Texas company offering unique A/V control technology that brings unprecedented affordability, capability and reliability to audio/visual applications in teaching, training, meeting and interactive collaboration. Applying state-of-the-art Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise management (EMS) technologies, TEKVOX’s distributed, networked solutions dramatically change the cost of acquiring and operating A/V-rich facilities.