Illinois State University

 Illinois State University

About Illinois State University 

Illinois State University, located in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, was the state’s first public university.  Founded in 1857, the school has approximately 18,000 undergraduate students, 2,300 graduate students and 3,560 employees, including 1,224 departmental faculty. Illinois State University has received numerous awards. For 2017, U.S News & World Report ranked the school 78th among America’s best public universities for academic quality and excellence. Illinois State received a rank of 22nd from College Factual among the best colleges for the money out of 1,200 schools and included it among the country’s best universities for veterans. Illinois State is also listed among the best schools for military and veteran education by Military Advanced Education & Transition and was named as a "Gold Medal-level Military Friendly School" by Victory Media

Challenge

Illinois University wanted to find a digital audio/video solution for its classrooms that would allow faculty to easily switch between different video sources in 320 classrooms. In 2009, the university began to add more audio/video technology in its classrooms, but incident rates reflected the fact that faculty members had trouble using it. To reduce the number of incidents and service calls, the customer wanted to switch all classrooms to digital while ensuring ease of use.

Kramer was tasked to convert all 320 classrooms with the appropriate scaler/switcher to make sure the faculty's user experience was seamless no matter where a class was being held.

Solution

The Kramer custom integrator recommended the VP-728* and VP-730* are a 9-input ProScale™ presentation scaler/switchers for analog and digital video with picture in-picture, picture-and-picture, and split screen capability and the VP-773A, an 8-input HDMI & HDBaseT ProScale™ presentation switcher/scaler with 2K support and audio power amplifier. By installing one of these units in each of the classrooms, Illinois State was able to convert all 320 classrooms to digital capabilities with easy-to-use interfaces.

Results 

Kramer presentation switchers have allowed Illinois State audio/video specialists to provide faculty with a standard setup for each classroom. “They can go from room to room and know what’s going to be there such as a computer, document camera and the like; and Kramer has the switching core. We put a standard user interface in and they know that if they press "computer," the magic happens and the computer shows up on their projector; and they don’t have to think about it,” said Doug Smith, Director, Learning Spaces and Audio/Visual Technologies at Illinois State University.

Smith explained that despite there being more technology now, the incident rate has plummeted.   “As we ramped up our responsibilities, the number of times we had to go in and revisit rooms just kept dropping. The impact has been staggering,” he added.

In addition, he says the Kramer solution has saved the university money. “The product is rock-solid, the [Kramer] support is rock-solid and [the solution] saves me money every time I turn around,” said Smith.

* The VP-732 is our most current product for this specific use (recommended)

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