ADVANCED INSTALLS SOPHISTICATED, EASY-TO-USE CONFERENCE ROOM AV SOLUTIONS TO HELP FACILITATE COUNCIL MEETINGS WITHIN TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) was created on January 1, 1998 following the amalgamation of 7 individual Boards of Education. TDSB serves almost 1.4 million electors of the City of Toronto and is currently the largest school board in Canada and among the largest in North America with over 550 schools each delivering quality education to students at all levels.
Toronto District School Board (TDSB) was created on January 1, 1998 following the amalgamation of seven individual Boards of Education. TDSB serves almost 1.4 million electors of the City of Toronto. They are the largest school Board in Canada and among the largest in North America with over 550 schools that deliver quality education to students at the elementary, intermediate, and secondary levels.
THE ADVANCED SOLUTION
The Council Chambers within TDSB went through a major renovation that transformed the space into a state-of-the-art, collaborative audiovisual facility, now regularly used to conduct City Council and Trustee meetings.
The school district needed an environment that would allow each Councillor and/or Trustee to personally communicate to the room through videoconferencing technology. To create this interactive, collaborative environment, Advanced installed 2 special projectors, equipped with long-throw lenses, to provide dynamic displays on the dual projection screens at the front of the room. Around the main boardroom table, Councillors could now speak and be heard throughout the room easily with the gooseneck microphone system installed in conjunction with an audio conferencing system incorporating enhanced echo and noise cancellation technology.
Tabletop boxes at each chair position allow attendees to connect laptops and participate in the meeting by sharing digital data on the large-format screen. Through a central room automation and control system, installed at the head of the table, the meeting chair is able to to select each individual attendee’s computer signal and project the information and images onto the screen. This allows for the complete participation and interaction of the entire group.
An integrated videoconferencing system, together with multiple document cameras, allow for distance meetings to occur. The specially-programmed cameras pick-up sound and zoom in on whomever is speaking, then displaying their image on the dual screens. This automated process helps to unite attendees by providing them with a visual image of who is speaking at all times.
The conferencing system connects the attendees with the audience by sending the feed to overflow rooms in the office cafeteria and meeting rooms adjacent to the Council Chamber. In addition, the modulator sends the audio feed to the nearby press room, where reporters gain access to the live proceedings.
Together, the overall AV solution provided by the experts at Advanced gives the Board a more immersive, collaborative environment to facilitate the sharing of ideas, data and opinions during Council meetings.