Simplicity was the key to AMEC’s new audio/video system in its Houston oil and gas office. According to Tom Austin of Industrial Audio/Video Inc. ( IAV ), the local integrator who installed the system, the executives at AMEC wanted to be able to outfit conference rooms and training rooms with easy-to-use equipment that allowed the use of both HDMI and VGA. They wanted to get presentations up on the screen in two easy steps:
- hook up a laptop
- a picture appears
“They didn’t want a control system or a confusing bunch of products,” Austin said. “They wanted nothing on the table tops, so we designed a simple, easy-to-use system using Kramer products that were also easy to use.”
IAV designed sleek, no−nonsense systems for three different parts of the building: the training room, the executive conference room and 23 smaller conference/training rooms. Each room had a simple system that accessed the necessary digital technology with the push of a single button. There was no adjusting of projectors, resizing screens or poor-quality images on the screens.
The primary training room, which seats about 30 people, inherited equipment from the executive conference room. It included a Smart tablet for annotating, two ceiling-mounted projectors and Kramer VGA and HDMI cables within a custom podium.
Twenty-three smaller conference/training rooms were outfitted with identical systems that included a Kramer VP-434 or VP-435 scaler along with Kramer VGA and HDMI cables. In each room, the Kramer scaler converts the selected video signal to a computer graphics or HDTV output resolution. It outputs an HDMI signal, transmitted to the projector using CAT5 cabling. Because the cabling already existed in most of the rooms, it saved the time and money of re-wiring, Austin said. The VP-434 and VP-435 scaler, along with a CAT5 transmitter, switcher and all of the VGA, and HDMI cables, are housed under the conference room tables, so there is no clutter on the tables themselves. Each system is controlled by a simple eight-button wall controller with easy-to-understand functions.
The AMEC executive conference room also features a 25-foot conference table with nothing on it. IAV incorporated an under−the−table mounted Kramerauto−sensing VP−435 ProScale Digital Scaler to scale HDMI and VGA signals to a computer graphics output resolution. The room also uses a Kramer FC−46 audio de−embedder for audio conferencing.