Jisc, a not-for-profit organisation working on behalf of UK higher, further education and skills sectors to champion the use of digital technology by providing digital services and solutions, recently moved from their Castlepark location in Bristol to a new office in Portwall Lane. As part of the move, they called upon the expertise of AV integrators and collaboration specialists Visavvi for the entire audio-visual kit out.
One aspect of the new office was an atrium. Jisc is a membership organisation, where members are able to come in and use the space for talks, presentations and events. Adam Williams, Senior IT engineer at Jisc said, “It will be a brilliant space for our staff. Also, with Jisc being a membership organisation, this will be a great benefit to our members who can use the space free-of-charge as and when they need it".
He added, “With the space being quite bright, we have a full glass surround and ceiling - a solution that could combat that was crucial".
Jisc looked into a number of options, Adam Williams explained, “We looked into projection, multiple screens, and multiple monitors sat next to one another; a projector wouldn’t provide us with the quality we required, and the bezels on multiple screens and monitors would give us a window effect.
“We felt that the LED wall would give us the most versatility, in that we can choose how bright or dim we want the brightness, and you aren’t left with the window effect that comes from bezels.”
Visavvi installed the Optoma Full HD LED display, the FHD20422 - a 4 metre wide 2mm pixel pitch LED display, to be the main centre piece for the space. With support from Optoma’s ProDesign team, it took Visavvi only three days in total to mount the LED display.
Ross Noonan, Optoma’s technical product specialist who heads up the ProDesign service said, “We normally allow three days for build, one for commissioning and configuration and one day for soaking – built into that time is to allow for any unplanned matters.
“All technical installations have challenges, so we account for that in the build process. In this case, we lost a day and half due to working around other trades on site. Which meant we had the screen up and built, ready for use in two days and a half effectively.”
Made up from 128 LED tiles, the LED display’s ingenious mounting solution means it does not need a frame and can mounted directly onto wood or plasterboard.
Designed to take up less space and to blend discreetly into any environment, the high calibre screen has a panel depth of only 56mm.
Ross explained, “This was an amazing space to work in, it plays perfectly into the strong points of LED technology, it’s very bright, it’s open, it’s clean, and the high brightness and contrast really really works in this space.
“At Optoma we’re really trying to set ourselves apart from the competition, the support side of things is key, it’s the same in all of our different areas; projection, interactive flat panels, and LED displays.”
Ross’s reflections on the install: “This is one of my favourite installations, Visavvi have been brilliant to work with – exceptionally efficient. There has been great care and attention to details. From a support point of view, it was very easy for us.
“The calibration has been especially quick and easy, and it looks amazing in the space Jisc has created”.
UUK (Universities UK) used the space for an event and left excellent feedback: “Just wanted to thank you for the great work in making yesterday’s event such a success. Everything ran smoothly and on time.”
Adam Williams was pleased with the final results, saying, “Looking at the space as a whole, it’s looking absolutely spot on, the screen fits the wall exactly how we wanted it to, leaving a small edge around it - it’s the centrepiece of that room.”