Video Conferencing | NCHR Oslo

Case study Scandec

Through distributor partners Scandec, Avonic PTZ cameras constitute part of a flexible, multidisciplinary solution for the NCHR ( Norwegian Centre for Human Rights) in Oslo.

When seeking new AV solutions to enhance its work in the field of Human Rights research, the NCHR looked to Avonic distributor partners Scandec to provide a comprehensive suite of high level solutions which would allow them to record, broadcast and video-conference their activities with a global team of academics and professionals. 

Core to the solution developed by Scandec was the integration of high quality Avonic PTZ cameras which would be able to capture crystal clear footage of the speeches, debates and classes which took place within the main NCHR auditorium. 

Avonic PTZ cameras constitute an important part of many distributors’ portfolios for a number of reasons – all of which had high applicability in the case of the NCHR installation. Firstly, all of the cameras in the Avonic range demonstrate an exceptional level of image quality that ensures client satisfaction every time, bringing high professionalism to the productions of research institutes. Secondly, the strong interoperability and compatibility offered by Avonic products mean that integrators (and end-users) can be sure they will work effectively with other components of fully bespoke solutions, and can be integrated without undue complication. Finally, the ease-of-use and reliability of Avonic PTZ cameras mean that the end user will not need significant levels of post-installation support, and are thus suitable for use by those with only modest AV experience. 

The NCHR installation project was not a straightforward one, due to the fact that the space is used for multidisciplinary applications, in a flexible manner. The NCHR engages in research, teaching, debates and speeches, and also hosts a number of international programmes and video conferences throughout the year. Users of the space include lawyers, political scientists, social anthropologists, and social geography and philosophy students – the majority of which will be relatively untrained in the management  or use of AV recording suites. There was therefore a high need for intuitive, easy-to-use components that could adapt depending on the type of speaking role or event being undertaken. Avonic products held clear benefit in this type of multidisciplinary application. 

Installation of Scandec’s solutions covered two meeting rooms and a lunch and meeting space, as well as the main auditorium. The main auditorium again added a further layer of complexity, because the room could function either as one large venue, or be subdivided into two smaller rooms. It was necessary that Scandec’s solution – including dual Avonic PTZ cameras – could accommodate this change, and a solution was developed in which a touchscreen switching system could determine whether the auditorium was to operate either as one or two spaces. When operating as two spaces, the two Avonic cameras could capture both lecturer and audience simultaneously. 

Within the meeting rooms and meeting space, individual CM series PTZ cameras were integrated along with Panasonic displays, ceiling microphones and a Biamp Devio collaboration tool, all of which was controlled using a simple touch panel user interface on the table. Internal meetings also made use of AV-over-IP – again demonstrating the flexibility of network type and data transfer offered when Avonic products are integrated into AV solutions. 

The NCHR installation demonstrates perfectly how valuable Avonic’s contributions are in the field of academic and research settings – facilitating discussion, debate and communication in key policy areas such as those of Human Rights, and crossing geographic barriers in an affordable and effective manner.

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