McGill University's Max Bell School of Public Policy

Applied Electronics Elevates the Classroom Experience at McGill University's Max Bell School of Public Policy

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McGill University’s Max Bell School of Public Policy is committed to the research, teaching, public outreach, and practical advocacy of sound public policy.

McGill University contracted to Applied Electronics to design, supply and integrate audio visual technology in new classrooms at the Max Bell School of Public Policy, located in Montreal, Quebec.

The project consisted of a large re-configurable classroom set-up leveraging eight front projection systems with Dalite motorized screens and Panasonic  ceiling-mounted projectors around the perimetre of the room to maximize the field of view from any location in the room.

The large classroom includes a custom-designed lectern equipped with a Crestron touchpanel to control the video matrix switcher (16 x 16), which can send any of the video sources to any of the projectors. This ability to display different content on different screens allows for more engaging learning experiences.

The audio system boasts three discreet yet powerful Shure MXA910 ceiling array microphones and QSC DSP audio processor.

Lectures are captured and recorded using the two ceiling-installed QSC PTZ cameras, which feed to a lecture recording system.

Two 20-student seminar classrooms Crestron DMPS3-300C high-definition presentation control and signal routing solution tying into a wireless Crestron AirMedia® Presentation System 200 designed for classrooms. Each seminar classroom is also equipped with Panasonic projectors, Dalite motorized screens, a QSC audio processor, Shure ceiling tile microph, and QSC PTZ cameras for lecture capture and recording.

In addition to these teaching spaces are ten smaller collaboration rooms  all identically equipped for web conferencing, each offering students a Panasonic 43’’ display monitor, a Yamaha web camera and sound bar, a wireless Crestron AirMedia® Presentation System 200, and a Crestron FlipTop™ Touch Screen Control System which provides a stylish, flush mount tabletop design.

A digital signage system running on two BrightSign players to drive content two displays mounted at the reception and main hall area, to keep students informed of important news and events happening at the Max Bell School of Public Policy.

The project was completed on time and within budget. In September 2019, the new classrooms filled up with students eager to develop the skills and understanding to solve the most important issues facing Canada and the world today.


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