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Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston executive boardroom
November 28, 2012 | by Tom LeBlanc

In some ways, the executive boardroom at Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, an 80-year-old institution, is exactly what you’d picture. The design is classic - big chairs, broad table and a towering view of Boston’s Copley Square.

Any images of a stuffy financial institution, however, are quashed by iPad-wielding executives holding paperless meetings in an innovative unified communication hub. That’s the result of the consultative integrated solution that CCS New England provided to its client.

“The main thing for us was to go in there and create a solution,” says Craig Wiley, system designer and sales engineer for CCS Presentations. [Editor’s note: Wiley has since moved on from CCS.]

The solution CCS created includes video conferencing capabilities with microphones built into the conference table. That table, by the way, is deemed a precious commodity by the client, so it was more than a little bit intimidating proposing that holes be cut into it. It was understood, Wiley says, that “you’d better not hurt it.”

CCS ultimately contracted a carpenter to handle the delicate cuts, which were necessary to deliver on the client’s request that all technology be seamless with no visible wires.

Bank employees can connect their iPads to the A/V infrastructure, making the meetings more efficient and paperless. “The iPads replace [physical] binders,” says Chris Gamst, VP of CCS Presentation Systems. “They connect to the table and can access information on screen.”


Seamless integration, including a complete lack of visible wires, was a priority for CCS Presentations’ client.

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Tom LeBlanc - Editor-in-Chief, CI,
Tom has been covering electronics integration since 2003. Prior to being named editor-in-chief of CI, he was senior writer and managing editor of CE Pro. Before that, he wrote for the sports department of the Boston Herald. Migrating to magazines, he was a staff editor for a golf publication and an outdoor sports publication. Follow him on Twitter @leblanctom.
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