To support knowledge sharing goals, leaders at University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, tapped UNC AV Engineer Christopher Ferrer to design and install state-of-the-art AV systems in a comprehensive renovation of the fourth floor of the Burnett Womack Building on the Chapel Hill campus. Central to the project was creation of a 140-seat Surgical Education Center to connect UNC surgeons with their peers during weekly surgical grand rounds. The project also included new AV-enabled office spaces and conference rooms. Ferrer turned to pro integrator ClarkPowell for AV design and installation services. Extron was the vendor of choice for AV switching, distribution, and control systems.
“The Surgical Education Center, its videowall, and NAV AVoIP network tying all meeting spaces on the fourth floor together surpassed everyone’s expectations,” says Christopher Ferrer, CTS-D / CTS-I, AV Engineer at University of North Carolina School of Medicine. “We couldn’t have done it without the aid of a company that was willing to embrace our design goals, train us, and support us, as Extron did throughout this project.”
Extron NAV Pro AV over IP Encoders and Decoders, along with the NAVigator System Manager, link every AV source to every AV destination over UNC’s enterprise data network. The NAV system provides ultra-low latency video and audio transmission, and allows easy, economical scalability, making it uniquely qualified for UNC’s application of transporting real-time video and patient vital sign telemetry among a large and growing array of endpoints. The Surgical Education Center’s main 24’ x 5’ videowall receives 4K video from an Extron Quantum Ultra 305 videowall processor. This processor allows wide latitude for windowing the video images in mixed resolutions, formats, and orientations for simultaneous display of information like patient charts, photos, and live video, all in crisp detail. For remote attendees, presentations in the Education Center are livestreamed, stored, and archived to the Panopto lecture capture platform via an Extron SMP 351 streaming media processor. New conference rooms use DTP switchers containing integrated audio amplifiers to operate as stand-alone meeting spaces or as overflow rooms for the Education Center. Controlling all AV functions are IPCP Pro control processors and a variety of wall-mounted and tabletop TouchLink Pro touchpanels.