Case Study

Situation

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History was in the midst of finishing construction of its new building when officials realized the need for a new telepresence system. The museum wanted a system that would allow flexibility in presenting its material and content for curriculum enhancement classes and virtual museum tours. SKC had the answer in the Cisco TelePresence System Codec C60.

Solution

SKC technicians and programmers collaborated with Cisco engineers (then TANDBERG) in Norway to design what would become the first TelePresence System Codec C60 endpoint in the world to contain an image compositing system. With image compositing, far-end users can see multiple images at once, such as a view of a science experiment video call, an image from a document camera and a PC-input in separate quadrants on the same screen.

Two 1080p displays and a TelePresence camera mounted to the wall allow museum instructors see classrooms on the far end and local camera views, all while looking toward the camera. Additionally, a Wolf Vision document camera built into the ceiling gives viewers a birds-eye view of the demonstration, enhancing the learning experience.

Each piece of equipment is controlled by an AMX NI-3100 integrated controller. SKC created a touch panel design for the AMX Modero that incorporates video switching, audio control and device control which is simple to use and eliminated the need for multiple remote controls that can be complicated and easy to lose.

Results

Installed the following month, the new system has increased museum attendance through its classroom enhancement and virtual tours. Classroom enhancements include multiple screen shots that bring together a document camera, video and digital presentations. Museum employees can conduct interesting and interactive science experiments in front of the class with the ability to speak with students and teachers face-to-face.

This new solution has made the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History a leader in interactive classroom enhancement technology.

“SKC went above and beyond in preparing our system for this application,” said Anne Herndon, Director of School and Group Programs. “I couldn’t be more grateful for the hard work they put into creating a solution that had yet to be developed in order to fit our needs perfectly.”

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Products Used:
  • Cisco TelePresence System Codec C60
  • AMX NI-3100 integrated controller
  • AMX Modero 12-inch touch panel
  • Revo Labs microphone system