Barrick Strikes Gold with Interactive Video Collaboration System Designed and Installed by Advanced

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WHAT

Video conferencing system

LOCATION

Toronto, ON

PRODUCTS

Prysm Visual Workplace displays, Cisco video conferencing, Crestron Control Processor, Shure Microflex Advance ceiling microphone array

About Barrick Gold Corporation

Barrick Gold Corporation is the largest gold mining company in the world, with its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. More than 75% of their gold production comes from the Americas region, including Argentina, Canada, Dominican Republic, Peru and the United States. The Company also has mining operations and projects in Australia, Chile, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, and Zambia.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Barrick, a leading global mining company, conducts weekly meetings with forty of its senior executives and miners who are stationed all over the world. Since time is valuable, video collaboration meetings are run from the company’s Toronto headquarters with military-like precision. Recently, Barrick sought to fine tune its video conferencing system to help streamline the remote communication and content sharing process. That’s why they called on Advanced, North America’s leading AV integrator, to conceptualize, design and install a sophisticated new system built around two Prysm Visual Workplace displays and cutting-edge Cisco video conferencing.

THE ADVANCED SOLUTION

Barrick was looking to utilize top-of-the-line technology to increase productivity during its weekly meetings with remote mining sites.  We knew that the Prysm Visual Workplace display would be the perfect solution for this application. This interactive display enables collaboration and sharing in real time with an interface that is extremely intuitive and easy-to-use. Once we decided to utilize Prysm’s technologies as the foundation of the company’s content sharing, we built a cutting-edge conference system around it that truly makes video conferencing and collaboration on content quick, easy and painless.

The Advanced team installed one interactive 34 ft wide by 5 ft high (76 tiles) Prysm display at the front of the room with a custom “skin” to match the room’s décor and a modified panel to meet the room’s unique floating floor in addition to one 84” 4K Prysm LCD display at the side of the room for break-out sessions. The display’s custom skins serve an aesthetic purpose, while the customized frame beneath the display mask the entire system’s AV rack. Advanced provided a custom-built wraparound frame around the main display to make it appear as if the screen belongs in the wall.  It also houses all of the system’s equipment.

Advanced also replaced Barrick’s existing video conferencing system with an all new Cisco SX80, complete with dual cameras and speaker tracking functionality. A Crestron control processing and digital media system was installed with a Cisco Touch 10 control interface to program and automate certain events that simplify use for Barrick’s employees. For example, Advanced together with the Prysm design team, programmed an “event” that enables Barrick’s employees to automate the system and create content snap grids with one simple button press on a centrally located touchscreen.

The newly installed interactive video collaboration system also utilizes cutting-edge microphone technology with a Shure Microflex Advance ceiling microphone array, which includes two MX910 ceiling microphones that harness the ability to pick up any voice in the room and transmit it with sharp accuracy. In a room of forty people, one person can stand up and speak, and the microphones will pick up the person’s voice perfectly from any angle.

Additionally, the innovative microphone system includes wireless mute buttons, programmed through the Crestron control system, that enable Barrick’s senior executives to “mute” themselves so that they can discuss sensitive topics without having to broadcast their thoughts live to all of the meeting’s participants. LED lights installed in the corners of the ceiling tiles indicate whether or not a mute button is deployed; if the lights turn red, the microphone is muted, and if the lights turn green, they are live

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