Project – Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare (IOH), Hong Kong Metropolitan University

Hong Kong-headquartered lighting-and-audiovisual systems specialist BAP has been busy during the pandemic. The firm designed, supplied, installed and supported audiovisual (AV) teaching systems for over 60 teaching venues and theatres at the Hong Kong Metropolitan University’s new nursing college.

Located in Ho Man Tin, the institution, named the HKMU Jockey Club Institute of Healthcare (IOH), has had the latest state-of-the-art AV systems installed in a range of spaces, including nursing laboratories, physiotherapy practical rooms, debriefing rooms, fitness and sport rooms, VR and simulation laboratories, lecture theatres and a conference hall. “Our client’s nature of professional training demanded a solution that calls for reliability and precision,” says BAP project director Finson Lam. “Our solution was expected to be user-friendly, future-proof and fuss free for professors and nurses to use.”

The use of 3D technology can revolutionize teaching, turning classrooms into interactive spaces. The IOH has two lecture theatres. BAP installed three 3D projectors (two Panasonic PT-RZ12K with 12,000 lumens and one Panasonic PT-RZ31K with 31,000 lumens) in each theatre. The central projector can display a large image on a 300-inch screen. When such a large screen isn’t needed, it retracts and two smaller 193-inch screens scroll down at the sides, allowing different images to be shown simultaneously.

The conference hall is equipped with a 12000-lumens Panasonic projector that displays clear and bright images onto a 200-inch screen. The AV system is built to add support for wide variety of mobile sources and to facilitate access for local and remote participants. Audio quality is crystal clear for local and online users. The high performance of camera and recording systems enables the archiving of important meetings and events.

In the Digital Virtual Dissection Laboratory, where students learn about the human anatomy, BAP’s AV system distributes signals to multiple digital dissection tables, wall-mounted monitors and an interactive whiteboard via HDMI matrix switches.

Other teaching facilities have been equipped with the Extron DTP Crosspoint 84 4K all-in-one matrix switcher with DTP twisted pair inputs and output, 4K scaling, audio DSP with AEC, an integrated audio power amplifier, and a built-in IPCP Pro xi control processor. It delivers all of the core functionality of an AV system in a compact way, saving substantial storage space and greatly simplifying system support. Behringer ceiling microphones are used to enable a flexible, hands-free microphone solution which provides a hygienic teaching experience during the pandemic.

Every AV enabled room in the university shares a common AV-control architecture and a similar touchpanel user interface, simplifying configuration, maintenance and operation, and delivering a system that is easy to understand and control.

BAP had to overcome a number of obstacles along the way, such as getting delivery of the required hardware in a timely manner during a period when Covid protocols were slowing everything down. “Managing timelines is the most challenging part as AV integration is the last part of work in a project,” says Lam. With a turnaround time of less than a year, BAP was up against a ticking clock and a pandemic that was making doing business much more complicated than usual. “But with our strong connections with manufacturers and suppliers, we did it,” adds Lam. The project was completed on time, and at a time when much of the world had ground to a halt as it wrestled with coronavirus. “We came through because BAP has lot of talent and experience, and also a good relationship with manufacturers,” concludes Lam.

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