UFlex, a provider of sustainable flexible packaging and polymer sciences serving corporate clients such as Coca-Cola, L’Oreal and Mars Wrigley, sought to modernize its corporate boardroom at its headquarters in Noida, India. The boardroom makeover would feature enhanced functionality with no visible hardware for an aesthetically pleasing look. An Extron Nav Pro AV over IP System proved to be the ideal solution.
The Boardroom AV Challenge
The corporate boardroom is used daily, which made it difficult to find a time on the schedule to complete the installation. While the director was abroad, Bisht Price, the India-based integration firm responsible for the project, had just two weeks to complete the work. The client wanted a clean, stylish installation that was powerful, yet largely invisible to the end user. In addition, the new system had to incorporate user-friendly, intuitive control, reliable, seamless AV switching among multiple formats, and efficient, remote system monitoring.
The Extron NAV Pro AV over IP Solution
The boardroom features two professional displays along the side walls and a four-display videowall at the front of the room, Extron NAV Pro AV over IP encoders, scaling decoders, and system manager, as well as AV switching and control systems, room automation and sound reinforcement products.
In the boardroom table, four Extron Cable Cubbies, equipped with Show Me cables, connect to Extron SW HD 4K switchers to provide HDMI content switching for source signals up to 4K resolution. Room control is handled with an Extron IPCP Pro 250 IP Link Pro control processor and Extron NAVigator System Manager conveniently accessed wirelessly via an Apple iPad running the Extron Control app.
Installing the Extron NAV Pro AV over IP System
Given the need for a discreet installation and very tight deadline, the ability to minimize cabling was critical to the project. Using LAN cabling, the installation was done using existing raceways, which saved the time and expense associated with running new cables. The team used Extron’s NAV Pro AV over IP encoders for their ability to stream ultra-low latency, high-quality video, audio, and control signals to NAV Pro AV over IP scaling decoders located by the Panasonic videoconferencing system and behind each display.
The compact, one-inch (2.5 cm) high, half rack width form factor of the NAV enclosures were easy to conceal beneath the conference table and behind the displays for a discreet installation. NAV endpoints also accept PoE+, eliminating the need for bulky power supplies and making concealment even easier for an aesthetically appealing installation.
Remote Monitoring Made Easy
The end user reported they were delighted to find that the entire system could be monitored and managed via LAN without affecting the main network, allowing the IT professional (located in another building) to monitor systems without needing to travel to UFlex’s headquarters and enter the boardroom.
Another version of this article originally appeared on our sister-site My TechDecisions on May 1, 2023. It has since been updated for Commercial Integrator’s audience.
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