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AV SYSTEMS DESIGN

THE JOURNAL OF AV SYSTEM DESIGN AND ENGINEERING

Training the Future Doctors


of British Columbia

Extron XTP Systems


Streamline AV
System Designs

Audio System
Gain Structure

Summer 2015 | AVSD.com

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The Extron XTP II CrossPoint modular matrix switchers are the first in the Pro AV industry to offer a 50 Gbps digital switching backplane.
Representing a monumental leap in engineering and product design, XTP II lets you design an AV system infrastructure with switching bandwidth that
exceeds the data rate required to distribute 4K/60 video with 4:4:4 chroma sampling at 16 bits per color. These matrix switchers can be configured
with a variety of boards including the new XTP II HDMI input and output boards that support HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2, a new family of XTP 4K fiber
optic boards and endpoints, or any of the existing XTP Systems family products.

50 Gbps Ultra Performance Backplane HDMI 2.0 Boards with HDCP 2.2
XTP II CrossPoint matrix switchers are engineered to exceed the The new XTP II HDMI input and output boards offer the highest level
bandwidth required by HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 signals. of HDMI 2.0 performance, with supported specification features
Three modular frames are available for 16x16, 32x32, and 64x64 including data rates up to 18 Gbps, 12-bit Deep Color, 3D, and HD
I/O configurations. lossless audio formats.

4K Switching and Transmission over Fiber


We are excited to announce a range of new XTP 4K fiber optic I/O
boards, transmitters and receivers. The fiber optic scaling receiver
features Extron Vector 4K signal processing technology.

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AV Infrastructure for an 8K Future

Integrators worldwide are excited about how easy it is to install and set up XTP Systems. What they are saying:
hat
d
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Our commissioning time was about half of what it Deploying the system was quick and easy.
normally is for similar installations. G.R. Malik, Director at AV Science and Technologies
Ryan Poe, CTS-D, CTS-I, Senior Engineer at Whitlock
XTP was foolproof. It didnt skip a beat.
Setup was easy and the system has worked flawlessly. Ian Wilks, Operations Director at Vega
vel Dirk Macalpine, Senior Systems Designer at Whitlock
The XTP switch is the way to go.
D Extron XTP Systems has given the industry a long- Bob Morin, Sales & Engineer at Integrated Multimedia Solutions
anticipated, future-proof solution.
Seon Chan, Managing Director at Resonance Engineering It just works!
Consultancy, Ltd. Wolfgang Pechmann, Sr. Project and Installation Manager at
Applied Electronics Ltd.
The system was so simple to install and configure.
Eric J. Marshall, Business Development Manager at It is simply awesome!
WPCS International, Inc. Stuart Allen, Principal at Allen Visual Systems, Inc.

Design, quote and integrate XTP Systems with ease Extron had the equipment we needed.
and confidence. Michael Stark, Project Manager at O&P Projektingenieure
John Voelkl, Director of Engineering at AV Solutions
We have been successfully integrating Extrons XTP
I cannot say enough about this excellent Extron product. technology for over a year.
Paris Orrison, CTS, Audio Video Design Engineer at AVI-SPL John McKenney, Director of Operations at Video Dynamics, Inc.

The XTP System provides the high performance thats The XTP System offers the best option for switching digital
needed. video signals.
Martin Waverley, President at AVDB Group Shawn Pun, FMP, CTS, Project Manager/Designer at
Galaxy Entertainment Group
The XTP System was an ideal choice.
Alessandro Vella, Project Manager at Sistemi di Comunicazione Extrons XTP Systems was the answer.
Multimediale - SCM Ritchie Boyd, Academic Technology Specialist at Montana State
University

www.extron.com/xtp2cpseries

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Contents VOLUME 3, NUMBER 1

20 38

Cover Story

20 Training the Future Doctors of British Columbia


Innovative AV and Fiber Optics Ensure Equal Learning
Experience for Future Doctors of British Columbia
By Andrew Evans

Feature Story

38 Extron XTP Systems Streamline AV System Designs


Simplify small or large system designs with complete AV
integration on a single cable infrastructure.
By Keith Scheffler

Technically Speaking

62 Audio System Gain Structure


Properly setting gain levels is essential to delivering optimal audio system performance.
By John Fish

Departments
52 Whats Inside 56 EXTRON NEW 68 Hidden Gems 70 Education Central
The XTP II CrossPoint PRODUCTS HAE 100 Learn about Emerging
Modular Digital Matrix Switcher The latest product By Dave Pincek AV Technologies
introductions from Extron

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52 70 74

NEWS COLUMNS

7 Company News 4 From the Editor


Introducing the New AVSD App for iPad Product, Training, and Support: A Powerful Combination
New York and Dallas Training Centers By Casey Hall
Regional Offices
EQIP Extron Qualified Independent Programmer 6 Corner Office
New Extron Control Certifications Engineering Excellence
XTP Certification Program By Andrew Edwards
Op Center Showcase, Upscale Meeting Rooms
Landmark University Uses Extron 15 Stories from the Road
Distance Learning with SME 100 Product Commissioning: Are You Ready?
By Keith Scheffler

16 System Design Trends


MasterFormat 2014 and the AV System Designer
By Andrew Evans

18 The Pro Perspective


Its More Important than Ever to Obtain the Knowledge You Need
By Dick Tolberg

71 Company Events 74 The Last Word


Extron Institute and Tradeshows Specsmanship: The Movie
By Steve Somers

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From the Editor

Product, Training, and


Support: A Powerful
Combination

F or an AV Integrator new technology has always been a


double-sided coin: the heads of opportunity juxtaposed by
the tails of challenge. Today is no different. Those of us lucky
unknown, the curve-ball that you didnt expect or count on. Do
you design with an EDID strategy in mind? Do you understand
compression standards and their impact on streaming video
enough to be in this industry are expected to be experts in cloud systems? Are you knowledgable about the reality of 4K today,
services, 4K video, IP networking, smart building control, and and its predicted evolutionary path? Effective, thorough, and
BYOD. The race to stay on top of the consumer market has driven honest manufacturer training can be a godsend to an integrator
display manufacturers into a product-release frenzy, searching for working to be successful in todays AV market. Invest heavily in
the next technology that will drive sales. Sources are no longer manufacturer training. Beware, however, the manufacturer class
found in just the equipment rack or the lectern, they are carried that is, in reality, just a sales pitch in disguise. If the trainer
in an end-users pocket. The need to future proof our systems spends time bashing the competition or just running through part
pushes even the most conservative among us farther and farther numbers, prices and features, they are doing you a disservice and
toward the bleeding edge. wasting everyones time.
Underlying all this is the reality that we now reap the benefits Finally, you should realize that, despite best efforts and best
and accept the consequences of a digital AV world. No matter practices, there could likely come a time when you need the
how incredible the images, AV systems are now susceptible to assistance of the manufacturer. Extron has led the way with our
the cliff effect. When it comes to digital AV, not right means its famous Technical Support Hotline. In addition, we realized years
not there. ago that the landscape was changing. Being onsite, alongside the
The bar for switching and interfacing products, what we have integrator is becoming increasingly common if the root cause of a
always thought of as the glue of AV systems, is high. Devices problem is going to be found. Thats why at Extron we have been
dont just send signals to displays. They connect, communicate hiring and continue to hire field engineers and field technical
and handshake. Its not about signals anymore, its about data staff. Also, we continue to hire support engineers at our offices
transmission and data rates. The company that has taken the time around the world. At this point, we have over 50 field engineers
to get it right is the one thats going to help you out by eliminating available and on call in the US alone.
problems even before they begin. Features are important, but Product, training, and support. Thats a powerful combination.
build quality, rigorous testing, and quality control are critical. You owe it to your customer and to your firm to select a
At the same time, the influence of the consumer market manufacturer that delivers on all three.
mixed with increasing price pressure has created a world where
sources and displays are released to market knowing they work Casey Hall, Vice President Sales and Marketing, North America
under optimal conditions. Since when did we in the AV industry
have the luxury of working under optimal conditions? These
incompatibilities can be hard to predict, even if a manufacturer
is claiming their product is certified or based on an accepted
standard or protocol. We are playing by a new set of rules, and
the ugly truth is not everyone plays well together.
Its when such an incompatibility occurs that the mettle of For more information about training and certification
opportunities, please contact your Extron S3 Customer
an AV integrator is shown. Extron has always been focused on
Support Representative or go to www.extron.com/training.
training and support. Training is your preparation against the

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The Most Complete System Integration Platform for
AV Signal Distribution, Processing, and Control
The Extron DTP Systems product family is the AV industrys most comprehensive integration platform for small to mid-sized AV systems.
This family includes 46 different extender models in a wide variety of form factors and video formats, plus 14 switchers and matrix
switchers with essential AV signal processing and control features. DTP Systems allow complete flexibility in designing systems precisely
to your application and budget requirements.

Powerful Integration Capabilities Flexible System Designs


The comprehensive product lineup delivers all the powerful DTP Systems provide a complete system integration solution that
integration capabilities required to create a flexible and reliable supports 4K, accommodates digital and analog video formats, and
AV switching and distribution system. They include scaling, provides all the components that are essential to any AV system.
signal processing, switching, matrix switching, audio These systems transmit AV and bidirectional control up to 230 feet
amplification, audio DSP, and AV system control. (70 meters) or 330 feet (100 meters), plus provide remote power over
a shielded CATx cable to streamline system design and installation.
Select DTP System models can also deliver an HDBaseT-compatible
output that works with any HDBaseT-enabled display.
Reliability, Performance, and Ease of Operation
DTP Systems include many features that maximize reliability,
performance, and ease of operation, such as the Extron- Integration with XTP Systems for Facility-Wide Applications
exclusive EDID Minder, Key Minder, and ProDSP For large-scale AV system applications, DTP CrossPoint matrix
technologies. IPCP Pro 350 control processors are built into switchers installed in rooms can be easily integrated into a central
select switcher models to provide complete AV system control, XTP CrossPoint matrix switcher to provide complete, end-to-end
and a highly reliable DTP cable infrastructure. signal distribution throughout a facility.

www.extron.com/dtpsystems

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Corner Office

Engineering
Excellence

E xtron is known for support. Worldwide, with over 40


offices and more than 200 applications engineers and field
engineers, Extrons famous technical support is just a phone call
and video signal timings. In these instances we have been able to
adjust the algorithms in our scaling products to match the signal
parameters required by the displays.
away. Having been a reseller myself, Ive called manufacturers When we had an issue with power supplies, I even went so
for support, only to be told, Wow, thats the first time weve far as to find and hire the finest power amplifier engineering
heard of that problem, when I knew good and well the problem team in North America, led by Eric Mendenhall. Im proud to say
had already been reported. Thats not my way and thats not the Extron products have the best, most reliable power supplies in
Extron way. At Extron, we go the extra mile to solve problems the industry. This has been proven through documented testing
and find solutions. As you may know, I have a 100% personal in our heat chamber which enables highly accelerated lifetime
satisfaction guarantee that backs up every Extron product you testing (HALT), and through years of reliable, stable performance
buy. What you may not realize, however, is the Extron support in the field. Most recently, our design team burned the midnight
philosophy starts with having the right products. When we oil to deliver what I consider to be the pinnacle of power
engineer and build the products right, everything else, including supply design for use in our new XTP II CrossPoint Series. On
our support gets a whole lot better. Let me explain what I mean. page 52 of this issue of AVSD youll find detailed coverage of
Underlying every Extron product is an engineering philosophy the technology our engineering teams created that makes XTP II
you may be unaware of. You see, I love having the best, and a game changer for digital switching.
when it comes to products, having the best means having the Dedication to product quality is something I wont
engineering talent to design from the ground up. Make no compromise on. I have a take no prisoners policy when it
mistake Extron is an engineering driven company. comes to quality assurance. The next time youre in town, ask for
At Extron we have over 500 engineers dedicated to the design and a tour and we will be happy to show you around our compliance
development of our products. Our design engineering and product engineering facility, which is an Underwriters Laboratory (UL)
development departments occupy over 250,000 sq. ft. of physical Authorized Testing Laboratories facility. With multiple
space. Our budget for engineering and test equipment is in the semi-anechoic chambers online, Extron is able to test products
millions of dollars. When it comes to designing products, we spare for FCC and European standards for CE mark compliance and
no expense to get it right. Having all this engineering horsepower UL certification in house. By taking time to rigorously test
gives Extron the ability to design products others cant, and in our products, Extron is supporting you, our customers, and
ways others cant. Most manufacturers design products based on a eliminating potential problems even before they begin.
chipset suppliers reference design and on intellectual property Extron has always been known for world class product and
(IP) developed by others. They piece together products using audio world class support. The two go hand-in-hand. Having the best
DSP purchased from one supplier, scaling technology from another. products built to standards that others cant or wont match
These manufacturers short-cut the engineering process, ship a gives you an edge. It lets you, our customers, deliver systems
product, and hope for the best. Thats where Extron is different and you can count on and makes it possible for us to deliver on our
as you know, I love being different than the competition. commitment to support you, whatever it takes.
Designing products using IP developed at Extron gives us an If you have comments, I would like to hear your thoughts.
ability to step up and make adjustments when unforeseen field Email me at president@extron.com.
issues occur. As an example, we have encountered applications
with medical displays that only accept very unusual resolutions Andrew Edwards, President

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COMPANY NEWS

Introducing the New AVSD App for iPad


We recently released the new AVSD app Getting started is easy. Simply please contact your Extron Customer
for the Apple iPad and iPad Mini. In download the app to your iPad from the Support Representative.
addition to the print and online versions, iTunes Store. All users will be able to For more information about the new
our readers now have a third way to access read a sample issue. For complete access AVSD app, visit www/avsd.com/app.
all the great content in every issue. The to all past and current AVSD issues, enter
new AVSD app makes it convenient to read your Extron Insider login credentials.
AVSD wherever you are; in the office, at When a new issue is available, you will
home, or on the road. be prompted to download it through the
Unlike many electronic publishing app. If you do not have Insider access,
platforms, the AVSD app is much more
than simply an electronic version of the
print publication. Each issue has been
carefully designed to provide a rich
and engaging experience, with features
that take full advantage of the iPads
capabilities and allow for a superior
reading experience.
Each issue delivers everything you get
in the print edition PLUS:

Stunning photo galleries with bonus


images not included in the print edition
Exclusive 360-degree product
animations of featured new products
Interactive graphics for a deeper look
into our stories and technologies

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Extron S3 Technical Institute training and
certification courses.
Theres also a large conference room
New York Office in each locationfeaturing the Teamwork
Digital Collaboration Systemthat can be
used for meetings and presentations.
Other North American training
New York and Dallas country. At the heart of each new facilities are located in Anaheim,

Training Centers facility is a large demonstration room,


showcasing the latest Extron products
California; Raleigh, North Carolina; and
Washington, DC. Weve scheduled a wide
We are committed to providing valuable and technologies. Hands-on work stations range of classes in the coming months,
training and support resources that easily let guests experience live demonstrations including XTP Systems Certification for
accessible for our customers. In North of video signal processing, AV signal Design Engineers, School of Emerging
America, our newest training and product distribution, AV system control, and Technologies, and Configurable Control
demonstration centers are in New York audio products. Systems. Seats are still available.
City and the Dallas metropolitan area. Fully equipped, state-of-the-art For information on attending a class,
The New York office is conveniently classrooms at each location are booked scheduling a meeting, or arranging
located in mid-town Manhattan, just a regularly for a familiar variety of Extron for a custom product demonstration,
few blocks from Times Square, Madison training choices, including hands-on contact your Extron Customer
Square Garden, and Penn Station. A fully training using real-world scenarios and Support Representative.
equipped, state-of-the-art training room
features a 42 video wall powered by a
Quantum video processor.
The Dallas office is located in Irving,
Texas, very close to the Dallas/Fort Worth
Airport, which is a major flight hub and
easily reached from anywhere in North
America. The facility is home to a regional
sales and technical support team and
includes a state-of-the-art training center
featuring two classrooms.
With our customers busy schedules,
it can be difficult to attend training if
its not offered locally, says Casey Hall,
Vice President of Sales and Marketing for
Extron. Our new offices in the Dallas
area and New York City have made
training and support more accessible Dallas Office
to customers in those regions of the

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Regional Offices
Extron has opened several regional offices
to make product demonstrations and
training more accessible to customers
in countries around the world. The new
offices are located in Johannesburg,
New Delhi, Seoul, Moscow, and Mexico
City. Offices in Tel Aviv, Stockholm, and
Toronto will open later this year.
Each new facility includes a
state-of-the-art training room that is fully
equipped to showcase and demonstrate
the latest in Extron technologies and
solutions. Staffed by Extron S3 Institute Clockwise from top left: Johannesburg, New Delhi, Seoul, and Moscow office
experts, these facilities feature a familiar
variety of Extron training choices,
including courses to pursue various training and making it easier to reach largest metropolitan centers, to
Extron Certifications. Each facility also out to our customers around the ensure that our customers are able
has meeting space and workspace to world, says Andrew Edwards, President to access valuable Extron resources.
house expanding support teams. of Extron. When all of our planned facilities are
These facilities are another example Our newest facilities are strategically open, Extron will have more than 30
of our commitment to expanding located in the some of the worlds offices worldwide.

EQIP Extron advanced control system configurations Extron resources including web-based

Qualified Independent using Global Configurator Professional. tools, continuing education, and control
As part of the EQIP qualification, system training.
Programmer programmers will become ECP Extron Response to EQIP has been very
Control Professional-certified. ECP enthusiastic, and we are pleased to offer
Extron recently introduced a new prepares individuals to successfully EQIP companies in many locations.
program designed to provide additional deploy and maintain customized AV To find an EQIP company near you or
configuration resources to customers control systems, configured with Global for more information about this exciting
using Extron control systems. Extron Configurator Professional, and built new program, please contact your
Qualified Independent Programming around Extrons recently-launched Extron representative.
companies are carefully screened and IP Link Pro Series and TouchLink Pro
selected by Extron to provide expert Series products.
configuration support for Extron Control Extron customers
System projects. Each EQIP company may employ EQIP
meets specific business standards, companies to augment
employs certified individuals, and has their staff, execute
the reputation of being an experienced projects, and provide
and reputable service provider. This options to configure more
qualification will enable Extron to advanced AV systems.
confidently provide customers with a EQIP companies have
referral to these companies supporting access to a variety of

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GlobalViewer Enterprise capabilities and
GUI Designer software.
The ECP program is ideal for advanced
users or those with a programming
background who understand the
complexities of more sophisticated
systems. A background of 2-5 years of AV
control system design, programming, and
installation experience is recommended.
Individuals will learn sophisticated
control system design concepts and
advanced configuration techniques
within the industrys most advanced
New Extron Control The ECS program is ideal for industry configurable control system software,

Certifications professionals who install, configure,


operate, manage, and troubleshoot AV
Global Configurator Professional.
This hands-on class will also expose
Two of Extrons newest certification control systems. This includes design individuals to GlobalViewer Enterprise
programs, ECS Extron Control Specialist engineers, system integrator installers, AV resource management software
and ECP Extron Control Professional are system integrator project managers, and provide an opportunity to create
now preparing individuals to successfully and control system programmers with custom control interfaces with Extron
deploy and maintain customized AV a background of AV control system GUI Designer.
control systems that are built around design and installation. Individuals To learn more about these new
Extron Pro Series control systems and will learn the new advanced features certification programs, including details
our new Global Configurator Plus and within Extrons Global Configurator on how to register, please contact your
Professional software. Plus software as well as gain insight on Extron Customer Support Representative.

XTP Certification but they also learn about

Program complete XTP system


design concepts, complex
The Extron XTP Systems Certification system configuration,
program has been going strong. Since and designing for
launching the program in the summer of real-world scenarios.
2012, courses have been held worldwide Students in the XTP
through Extron Institute with great System Certification
response from our customers. To date, program learn through
over 1,200 AV professionals have earned a combination of online,
XTP-E certification as Design Engineers instructor-led, and hands-
for XTP Systems. on training. The program
This certification program provides a offers two distinct certifications to develop Participants who attend XTP Systems
balanced approach to theory and hands- a thorough understanding of XTP Systems: Certification training are finding this
on application with an emphasis on the XTP Systems for Technicians, XTP-T and instruction valuable, and are giving us a
practical aspects of designing, configuring, XTP Systems for Design Engineers, XTP-E. lot of positive feedback.
and supporting enterprise-wide digital AV Extron XTP Systems Certification is an Dont delay; start on the path to
systems. Not only are students educated industry-recognized way to demonstrate XTP System Certification today. To enroll,
on the general principles of system acquired expertise related to digital please contact your Extron representative
management, maintenance, and support, AV system design and implementation. or go to www.extron.com/training.

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COMPANY NEWS

Op Center Showcase
Houston-based oil exploration giant Noble
Energy recently hired AV Consultants D.L.
Adams Associates, Inc. of Denver, to design
the AV systems for its new operations
center in Greeley, Colorado. The Greely
center will oversee operations that include
drilling horizontally nearly two miles into
the Niobrara shale. Noble wanted to equip
the offices with Supervisory Control and
Data Acquisition (SCADA) workstations,
an industry standard control system
used for industrial processes. DLAA
designed a modular system using Extrons
DMS 1600 DVI Matrix Switcher and ones. In addition, there is a 47-inch LCD IP Link Control Processor. Noble wanted
TLP 700TV TouchLink Touchpanel. positioned between each pair of control to have flexible control of the displays with
The 1,800 square foot operations center stations for viewing by both operators. a simple, easily configurable, touchscreen
contains six pairs of operator control DLAA configured the DMS 1600 frame interface able to accommodate future
stations. Each control station pair uses with three 44 I/O DVI boards to SCADA software and hardware changes,
an Extron DMS 1600 matrix switcher create a 1212 matrix, leaving space for says DLAA Vice President Ed Logsdon.
to route DVI signals from a tower PC future expansion. The TLP 700TVs modern, compact, thin
and three-output thin client server to For system control, DLAA chose bezel design also helps maintain the neat,
four 23-inch LCD displays and a 47-inch the Extron TLP 700TV 7-inch Tabletop showroom look Noble wanted for the
LCD display above the four smaller TouchLink Touchpanel with an IPL 250 highly visible SCADA room.

rustic-style farmhouse in an ideal choice for its ability to maintain


the Italian countryside. signal integrity over long distances and
Integrator Sistemi transmit video, audio, power, and also
di Comunicazione device control with just one twisted
Multimediale, selected a pair cable.
range of Extron products An Extron DMP 128 C audio digital
and technologies, signal processor for each room provides
including XTP Systems, essential audio functions, along with
TouchLink-based control acoustic echo cancellation for Web
systems, audio digital conferencing sessions. Extron TLP 710MV
signal processors, and 7" TouchLink Touchpanels enable
Upscale Meeting Rooms amplifiers for the auditorium and simplified operation of the entire AV
multi-purpose room. system. Chteauform also allows users
Chteauform, The Home of Seminars, The open areas and long hallways to control the system hands free with an
specializes in organizing business between the equipment room and the iPad running the Extron TouchLink for
meetings and seminars in its venues two main meeting rooms made wiring iPad app.
throughout Europe. Chteauform the AV equipment a challenge, especially The use of Extron products in La
recently set out to update the AV with the layout of the rooms already Cascina Erbatici fulfilled the need for
presentation systems at one of their defined, says Alessandro Vella, Project performance, reliability, flexibility, and
newest venues, La Cascina Erbatici, a Manager for SCM. The XTP System was ease of use.

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Landmark University shielding. According to Patschull, the of the organization. Thanks to Extrons

Uses Extron FOX Matrix includes the features


and high performance switching
GlobalViewer application, management
and control of the system throughout the
The Invasive Medicine Centre at the that are vital for this mission-critical building is very simple. This is a reliable
Medical University of Gdask in Poland environment. For remote locations, an tool for our day to day operations, says
is one of the most modern hospitals Extron PowerCage 1600 enclosure loaded Mikolaj Burka, System Administrator at
in Europe. As an integral part of the with modular fiber optic extenders and the Medical University of Gdask.
university, the Centres surgical theatres, FOXBOX DVI Plus SM transmitters To share data over the universitys
classrooms, seminar rooms, teaching and and receivers enable signal delivery Extranet and document special
computer labs, and 288-seat auditorium throughout the facility. events, Integra AV installed Extrons
offer interactive training for the countrys To simplify AV operation for the SME 100 HD streaming media encoder
future doctors. To link the various spaces, instructors, rooms include the Extron and a separate VN-Matrix streaming
Integra AV designed a fiber optic AV signal TLP 350MV 3.5" Wall Mount TouchLink and recording system. Visually lossless
switching and distribution system with Touchpanel or TLP 700TV 7" tabletop compression and system synchronization
live broadcast and recording capabilities. model. One of the many advantages of ensure that camera video and computer
The system includes a full complement the wall-mount touchpanel is the Power visualizations can produce an audio-
of fiber optic, control, and streaming over Ethernet PoE feature that allows visual experience that is identical to the
products from Extron that provide high it to receive power and control over the original event.
performance video presentation and single twisted pair cable. Built-in Ethernet University administrators are quite
recording, streaming, videoconferencing, capabilities of Extron IP Link control pleased with the AV systems, and
and wired/wireless control. We chose processors installed with the touchpanels instructors have commented that
Extron products because quality, enable remote control, monitoring, and presentation control is easy. For the
installation and configuration simplicity, troubleshooting from anywhere on the international student body, the Extranet
and ease of operation are important, says network. Relays and contact closures is proving to be just as valuable as
Jaroslaw Patschull, Owner of Integra AV. provide management of lighting level and anticipated. The new Invasive Medicine
The AV system is built around motorized screen operation. Centre, with its AV system consisting
the Extron FOX Matrix 7200 The universitys IT department uses of fiber optic, control, and streaming
modular 7272 matrix switcher that GlobalViewer Enterprise GVE, a products from Extron, is an excellent
is populated with singlemode fiber Web-based AV resource management example of why the Medical University at
optic boards. The technology helps and remote control application for Gdask is a recognized leader of higher
eliminate electromagnetic interference, institutional AV environments. AV learning in Europe and around the world.
which is especially effective for the devices are grouped by location in GVE For the complete story, go to
operating theatre with Faraday cage to provide specific details for each level www.extron.com/MUGdansk

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Distance Learning
with SME 100
With 18,000 students, nine lecture halls
for streaming, and two audio video
production studios, Dalarna University in
Sweden is a nationally recognized pioneer
in Web-based learning. More than 67% of
Dalarnas students participate in distance
learning online. In the Spring of 2012,
Dalarna University produced its latest
version of a Web-based recording and live
streaming system that supports distance
learning and on-demand access to
course lectures. Extrons SME 100 H.264
encoder for pro AV systems was selected
as the best streaming media encoder to
integrate into this system.
Each updated lecture hall features an
Extron SME 100 HD encoder that streams The SME 100 distinguished itself as by streaming and recording lectures,
an instructor-selected classroom source. the best product designed specifically supporting distance learning, and adding
The SME 100 provides high quality AV to support encoding requirements for an on-demand element, all with minimal
encoding to a media server, which an AV presentation environment. The support requirements.
delivers video streams that are easily SME 100 supports the wide variety of
decoded and viewed live or on demand video and computer signals required in
within the university and anywhere in pro AV applications, including DVI, RGB,
the world. HDTV, and standard definition sources,
and it features integrated switching
System Challenges with loop-through connections for easy
To meet the challenge of minimizing integration into AV systems. Additionally,
support and administrative costs for the SME 100 HD features integrated high
instructional technology, a solution performance Extron signal processing to
was required that made it simple for scale and optimize video input signals,
instructors to Webcast live lectures with eliminating the need for additional AV Online recorded lectures give students
student interaction and to produce edited, processing equipment. at Dalarna University access to teaching
on-demand recordings. The system Dalarna University produces over 1,800 materials whenever it is convenient for
needed to support submittal of questions recordings and 3,500 hours of video a year, their schedules. They can participate
from online viewers via Web chat and all of which are available both in realtime from home or while travelling or working
manage a variety of AV source signals. and archived online for Dalarna students. abroad, watch lectures repeatedly as
Most university instructors have little or The SME 100 provided an encoding desired, and work in a collaborative,
no knowledge of streaming, recording, or solution that integrated easily with online, real-time environment. As Andrew
network technology, so this multifaceted classroom source inputs and presentation Casson, Director of Education and
system needed to be intuitive and easy requirements. H.264 encoding and Research at Dalarna University, is quick
to use. standard streaming protocols made the to point out, Its not just about being
A variety of streaming encoders were SME 100 compatible with a media server somewhere else though, really. Its not
evaluated, and according to Ragnar that supported streaming to a variety of about distance at all, in fact. Its about
Olafsson from Dalarna University, Next viewing platforms. This modern media closeness; its about accessibility; its
Generation Learning Centre (NGL-Centre), technology extended the teaching process about flexibility.

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Choose Quantum. Choose Success.

Extron HDCP-Compliant Videowall Processors


At Extron, we know videowalls. From small conference room displays to the largest command and control systems, we know what
customers expect from a videowall processor. Thats why we designed Quantum to be easy to specify and provided features that
make it quick to integrate and simple to operate. With full HDCP support and a wide range of input options including HDMI and 3G-SDI,
Quantum processors are the superior choice for videowall displays.

Successful Designs Successful Integration Successful Operation


D Integration: Quantum videowall processor D Fast input detection: Detects and displays D Simple Control: Control Quantum using the
input and output options integrate seamlessly input sources in less than one second. included Control Software and an Extron
with your switching, distribution, and control D Simple source setup: Quantum videowall TouchLink touchpanel, or third-party
systems. processors allow you to quickly create controller.
D Input and Output Flexibility: Accepts capture profiles for non-standard sources D Quality imaging: High performance, patented
3G-SDI, HDMI, DVI, analog RGB, HD, and applying them to all input channels in a scaler technology maintains optimal image
standard-definition video signals, and works single step. quality.
with nearly any display device including
D Reliability: Designed for 24/7 operation in
projection cubes, 4K projectors, LCD Flat mission critical environments.
Panels, and MicroTiles. Quantum Elite 615
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Quantum Elite 408 Quantum Connect 408


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Stories from the Road

Product Commissioning:
Are You Ready?
By Keith Scheffler, Systems Design Engineering Manager

O ne of the most satisfying parts of my job is when I go on


site for product commissioning in the final stages of a
system installation. Our Product Commissioning Service is a
cost, and enormous frustration for all parties, not to mention that
they make everyone involved look unprofessional.
How can you be sure your system is ready for commissioning?
program that we launched a few years back to ensure that Extron Extron has developed a list of requirements that must be completed
products are ready for operation and fully optimized. The program prior to the engineers arrival on site. Here are a few requirements:
covers our Quantum Series videowall processors, WindoWall
multi-graphic processing system, VN-Matrix streaming products, Extron products installed
XTP systems, and fiber optic systems. Source equipment installed and ALIVE
Our Product Commissioning Service starts with a pre-installation Display equipment installed, aligned, and operational
design review. We engage your project manager in dialogue to verify AV equipment installed network (as necessary)
that the system design and products selected are optimized, and Equipment properly wired, terminated, and tested
that they will perform as intended with no on-site surprises. We Necessary IP addresses provided
also provide a document with site readiness requirements and Facility power provided and operational
expectations for meeting the commissioning criteria.
After the installation has been completed, an Extron engineer In addition, it is critical that the proper personnel be on site
visits your project, typically for one or two days, to configure and at the right time. A reseller representative must be present to
dial-in the Extron products for the highest system performance assist with commissioning and to manage any technical issues
possible. The engineer will also conduct on-site training for you created by equipment that wasnt provided by Extron. If the
and your customers to ensure proficiency, product maintenance, system includes a third-party control system, it is vital that the
and complete satisfaction with the system operation. programmer is available for the entire commissioning process.
Its easy to see why both integrators and end users value this If system training is expected, everyone who wants to be trained
service, which is part of what makes the work so rewarding. must be on site for the entire duration of the training. This
When everything goes right, everybody wins. On more than a few includes both reseller and end user representatives.
occasions, though, Ive arrived on site ready to work, only to find The benefits of expert manufacturer commissioning and
out that the system wasnt ready. training are considerable. Resellers and integrators can be certain
Heres an extreme, but true, situation. A few years ago, I arrived that the system will deliver its best possible performance. Also,
at a job site on a hot, sticky, summer day in Dallas, TX, and it provides peace of mind when you know the manufacturers
discovered that there was no electricity in the entire building. This engineer is on site for live instant support. For the end user, it is a
was new construction and apparently the general contractor had testament that the manufacturer backs its products and integrators.
not yet run power to the facility. So there were no lights anywhere The end user also gains key system operation skills and becomes
and the indoor temperature was over 100 degrees. To make better equipped to maintain the product going forward.
matters worse, the restrooms were unfinished and inoperable, so Our goal is to help you realize these benefits without costly
portable toilets had been placed outside the building. In many delays and frustration. My experience has shown that this can
ways, it was still a rough construction site. However, the end user only be successfully accomplished with sufficient planning,
expected the videowall to be installed and completed on time. thorough preparation, and effective communication between all
Ive encountered a wide range of AV system projects that parties. See you on the next project!
were scheduled for commissioning, but were anywhere from
almost ready to nowhere-near-ready. Unfortunately, any of these Keith Scheffler is Systems Design Engineering Manager at Extron Electronics. He leads a team
of System Design Engineers who provide system design support and technical troubleshooting
conditions makes a successful system commissioning impossible.
services to system integrators before and after the sale. Keith has over 20 years of experience,
Such situations lead to extra time, unnecessary effort, additional including senior level engineering positions with several major AV integration firms.

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System Design Trends

MasterFormat 2014 and


the AV System Designer
By Andrew Evans, Manager of Product Marketing

A s a commercial integrator, its likely that you have received


more than a few Request for Quotation or Request for
Proposal documents. Even though those documents originated
information, define the contractual requirements, provide
standardized product and installation specifications, drawing
notes, cost data, and more. These documents are intended to
from different consultants or end-users, they probably all shared classify work results, which are the permanent or temporary
common structural elements. That commonality is due in part aspects of a construction project that are applied through a
to the construction industrys MasterFormat standard for project particular skill or trade.
documentation. If you have been in the system integration When practical, the title is listed as the work result. As
business since before 2004, you may have noticed an evolution an example, 09 91 00 defines Painting, not Paint. Military,
in the structure of those documents. In this article, well take institutional, federal, state, and local government, and healthcare
a look at MasterFormat 2014 specifications. You will have a organizations, as well as commercial clients, rely on MasterFormat
better understanding of where these documents originated, how when undertaking projects.
theyre used today, and how they will be used in the future as An earlier version, MasterFormat 1995, had only 16 divisions
we move forward with technology and the integration of Building and couldnt adequately address the changes occurring in
Information Modeling (BIM). construction and building technology. The 16-division structure
dates back to 1964. To put that in perspective, these trade
WHO STARTED THIS PROCESS? divisions were in use approximately five years before Apollo 11
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) was founded in landed on the moon and up until about the time that NASAs
1948 to address the building boom that resulted from the post-war Mars Exploration Rovers landed on Mars. As you can imagine,
construction demand. CSI was originally made up of writers from construction and technology have progressed rapidly since
government agencies, but quickly expanded to include members that time. As a result, MasterFormat 2004 was created and
from the private sector. Since that time, it has grown into a administered by CSI as a system of numbers and titles for
national organization with more than 140 chapters that comprise organizing construction documents.
10 regions. With more than 13,000 volunteers, they continue to MasterFormat 2004 was developed to replace MasterFormat
promote improved facility performance. 1995 in an effort to support new construction materials and
CSI now collaborates with Construction Specifications Canada, technologies and the increased use of databases. This version also
CSC, to produce GreenFormat; MasterFormat; and Uniform provided flexibility for future updates. In April, MasterFormat 2014
Drawing System, which is a major portion of the National CAD was released. Currently, MasterFormat 2014 is composed of 50
Standard and a key part of coordinating drawings in BIM systems. divisions that include reserved division numbers for future use.
Other frameworks and formats include OmniClass, PDDFormat, A full list of the new numbers and titles is available on the CSI
SectionFormat, PageFormat, and UniFormat. Web site at http://www.csinet.org/numbersandtitles.
MasterFormat is a standardized system of contractual
documents for organizing the scope of work for a project. These
07 50 00
documents are issued with the design drawings to expand on
the definition and expectations of the Owner for the building
and/or systems that the Owner is contracting a builder to provide. Division 1 Level 2 Level 3
To better organize the large volume of information required to
define the project, the MasterFormat was introduced to provide Division numbers and titles are assigned for work results
a standardized system of trade division numbers and titles and are broken into three pairs of numbers. A fourth pair of
that are intended to define the scope of work, organize bidding numbers, Level 4, is available when a work result requires a

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greater degree of specificity. If even more granularity is required, solid foundation for organizing the core data that constitutes
an optional fifth set of characters can be added for user-assigned the components of a building information model. As the
numbers. Level 1 indicates the Division, Level 2 is the Broad industry moves forward, there will be more discussion and more
Scope, Level 3 is the Medium Scope, and Level 4 is the Narrow coordination required.
Scope. The Broad, Medium, and Narrow nomenclature applied to
MasterFormat 1995, but was eliminated with the introduction of Andrew Evans is Manager of Product Marketing, Fiber Optic Systems for Extron Electronics.
Before joining Extron, he spent ten years as a design engineer supporting AV systems for
MasterFormat 2004.
corporate and government end users, including flight line monitoring systems for the United
Intended as a living document, updates are administered States Air Force.

by the MasterFormat Maintenance Task Team so that the


specifications evolve continuously rather than require major
updates every five to seven years. Extron and MasterFormat

THE IMPACT ON INTEGRATORS AND CONSULTANTS


Our New A&E Specifications Streamline
The current version provides many benefits for our industry. The
the Proposal Development Process
majority of AV systems are listed in Division 27 - Communications,
although a few IT-related systems and technologies are listed in As an aid to consultants and system designers,
Division 28, e.g., 28 39 00 Mass Notification Systems. A few of the Extron offers Architectural and Engineering
vital infrastructure elements that support AV and IT technologies A&E Specifications in an industry-standard
format to streamline the drafting of your next proposal.
include Division 23 - Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning,
HVAC; Division 25 - Integrated Automation; Division 26 - A number of Extron products, including the XTP Systems,
Electrical; and Division 28 - Electronic Safety and Security. PoleVault, and FOX Series product lines, offer A&E Specifications
Here are a few of the Level 2 items you can expect to find in that are designed to allow copy-and-paste addition of key product
Division 27: information into your proposal documents. To simplify the process
of system design, product information is structured to a recognized
27 10 00 Structured Cabling system of numbers and titles that is common for construction
27 20 00 Data Communications document organization. Use of structured text allows project
proposals and bids with Extron products to be compiled faster and
27 30 00 Voice Communications
more economically.
27 40 00 Audio-Video Communications
27 50 00 Distributed Communications and Monitoring Systems To access a products specification, simply log in at extron.com,
select the product, and click on the A&E Specifications link to
It should be noted that the installation of cabling and view the information in a pop-up window. A click of the Copy Text
terminations for low voltage technologies is under Level 2, button ensures that all data is available for pasting directly into
separate from the equipment. your documents.

Extron A&E Specifications help with:


WHATS IN STORE FOR THE FUTURE?
Building Information Modeling has received a lot of attention Organizing bid information
Identifying contract requirements
lately. BIM is a system for creating and managing the
Refining system specifications
infrastructure and building in a holistic, cradle-to-grave manner,
Assembling drawing notes
with the goal of completing projects faster, more economically,
and with less environmental impact. As you can imagine, the New A&E Specifications are made available for products on a
prospect of achieving those goals is incredibly appealing to both regular basis. Look for the A&E Specifications link on select Extron
product Web pages. Note: On our European Web sites, look for
the construction trade as well as the building owners. BIM can be
Consultant Specifications.
used from the initial stages of a project to determine the design,
provide visualizations and error checking (clash detection) of the In addition to A&E Specifications, Extron provides a number of
project to ensure there are no physical conflicts, run simulations resources for architects, consultants, and design engineers to aid
in the development of AV presentation systems. These include CAD
to evaluate different scenarios that could impact energy use, and
drawings, cut-out templates, block diagrams, and AutoDesk Revit
offer insight when making future decisions about the completed
architectural files for three-dimensional modeling. For assistance with
project. There are still some kinks that need to be resolved a resource or to request A&E Specifications for a certain product,
within the industry before BIM is completely interoperable across please contact your Extron Customer Support Representative.
every vendors platform. However, CSI specifications provide a

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The Pro Perspective

Its More Important than Ever to


Obtain the Knowledge You Need
By Dick Tolberg, Senior Design Engineer for AVI-SPL

M ost AV integrators present themselves as solution


providers. The implication is that clients have a need that
requires a solution. Their need may be to create an environment
solve your problem. You need to know those tools. You need
to understand how they work. You need to understand their
limitations. Using the wrong tool for an application is a recipe
for communication, or entertainment, or education, or persuasion. for failure. AV manufacturers offer online courses and training
In any case, clients look to those in our industry to solve classes on all aspects of system design. They want knowledgeable
their problems. integrators. A knowledgeable integrator properly applying their
The first task in designing a solution is to understand the product provides a positive experience for both parties and results
problem. That requires working with clients until there is in repeat business for both the integrator and manufacturer. Take
agreement as to their goals. But what is the next step after that? advantage of the education that the manufacturer provides. Check
Based on hundreds of systems that I have seen over the years, what they are telling you with your room environment and AV
the next step has typically been to simply install someones concepts knowledge. Does it make sense? If it doesnt, ask them to
favorite equipment into a room and consider the problem solved. explain their solution based on your knowledge. If they cant, you
This usually results in an unhappy user who is frustrated with the may want to use someone elses product.
technology, or the integrator, or both. I recently went through a list of all the products that I used
The correct next step is to engineer a solution. There are three when I first began designing AV systems in the mid '80s. The
important aspects that must be considered. only products I still specify today are microphone and speaker
First, you need to case the place. Review the room cabling. Thats how much the technology has evolved. However,
environment with the clients goals in mind. The industry has the foundational concepts that I learned back then still remain. In
made great strides over the years to provide guidance on what both cases, the education process continues.
to look for and key benchmarks for attaining a satisfactory room Can you do the math? There is no substitute for a solid
environment. Affordable tools are available that engineers can knowledge of foundational AV concepts. Its easier than ever to
use to document parameters, such as ambient noise and lighting obtain the knowledge you need. Back when I started in the AV
levels. Ignoring these foundational aspects of design may mean industry, there were only a small handful of reference materials
the difference between a successful solution and one that will cost available to someone who wanted to learn how to analyze a room
a lot of money to fix, if it is fixable at all. environment or perform mathematical calculations required for
The second aspect of a solution is: Do the math. You have room design. Today, we stand on the shoulders of giants who have
determined the clients goals. You know the parameters of the spent years of testing and experimentation to develop the tools
room based on your measurements. Will you be able to create a we use on a daily basis. Trade associations and respected industry
successful solution? The math will tell you. Will you get enough experts continue to refine many of these tools and offer easily
gain before feedback? Will the audio system be loud enough? The accessible online courses that provide this knowledge to everyone.
math will tell you. Will the image be large enough? Is the ceiling Get that knowledge. Leverage it. Apply it to your designs and your
high enough? The math will tell you. Will the image be bright client will thank you for it.
enough? Will the contrast ratio be acceptable? The math will
tell you. I could go on and on, but you get the picture. Applied Dick Tollberg is a Senior Design Engineer for AVI-SPL and based in Chicago. Tollberg has
been actively involved in the design of AV solutions for Fortune 500 companies for the past
properly, the math will save you money and embarrassment.
28 years. He has also been a regular advisor to numerous AV equipment manufacturers
Ignore it and someone who knows the math will come in and regarding development of new products.

tell your client why your solution doesnt work. Their gain will be
your loss. EXTRON TRAINING
For information on Extron training opportunities, see our
Finally, Choose the right tools. There are hundreds of
Education Central column on page 70.
manufacturers that provide one or more products to help you

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Bigger and Better

DTP CrossPoint 108 4K


10x8 4K Matrix Switcher with Built-in Scaling, Audio DSP
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Built-in DTP and XTP Extenders The DTP CrossPoint 108 4K incorporates the Extron Vector 4K
scaling engine specifically designed with best-in-class image
Seamless switching and logo keying
upscaling and downscaling. The Extron Vector 4K scaling engine
Efficient Audio Amplifier with Pure, High Fidelity embodies a new set of image processing algorithms that deliver
Performance uncompromising scaling performance with 30-bit precision
Integrated IPCP Pro control processor supports processing and 4:4:4 color sampling that retains color fidelity and
TouchLink Pro control panels image detail.

The Extron DTP CrossPoint 108 4K is a highly versatile 4K


presentation matrix switcher that delivers all of the technologically
advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a large
AV system in one product. This includes a 10x8 matrix switcher
with 4K inputs and outputs, four built-in 4K scalers powered by
the latest Extron Vector 4K scaling technology, integrated DTP
and XTP transmitters and receivers, comprehensive audio DSP
capabilities including built-in AEC - acoustic echo cancellation,
and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable.
The DTP CrossPoint 108 4K sets the new industry standard for
fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and
installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. Choose from the AV industrys most Complete Selection
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Training the
Future Doctors of
British Columbia
Innovative AV and Fiber Optics Ensure Equal Learning
Experience for Future Doctors of British Columbia
By Andrew Evans, Manager of Product Marketing

E
arly in 2002, British Columbia professional and social attachments over
was faced with a critical this extended period and end up settling
shortage of doctors to serve in and around Vancouver rather than
its approximately 4.6 million citizens. return to their native regions or set up
Additionally, the northern, southern, practices in remote locations.
and island regions had a difficult time To address the need for more physicians
enticing new doctors to set up practices in all regions of the province, the Ministry
beyond Vancouvers metropolitan of Health issued a mandate to UBC. The
area. Two primary factors contributed annual number of new doctors graduating
to this situation. First, the Faculty of from the program had to double, and new
Medicine FoM at the University of medical practices were to be established in
British Columbia UBC in Vancouver can rural and underserved areas.
accept a maximum of 128 new students Dr. Joanna Bates, FoM Senior Utilizing Technology to
each year. Second, continuing medical Associate Dean at UBC, accepted this Enable Learning
education opportunities tend to occur daunting assignment. In cooperation The teams premise was to use technology
in the lower mainland, which attracts with government officials, the University to train medical students in their home
new doctors to that region where they of Northern British Columbia UNBC, regions while utilizing the expertise of
remain for the duration of the four-year the University of Victoria UVic, and UBC instructors. The plan avoided the
undergraduate program and primarily the provinces six health authority expense of developing full medical school
remain in the area for the two to seven organizations, Dr. Bates and her project facilities in multiple locations and the
years required to complete their residency team developed a plan to implement the difficulty of finding enough qualified
and specialization studies. They develop Ministrys mandate using technology. instructors living in the remote areas.

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Aerial view of the University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver courtesy of UBC Faculty of Medicine

The Ministry of Health agreed to fund the education, McSquared conceptualized an approximately 500 miles (805 kilometers)
project for a three-year trial period. enterprise system that would become the north of Vancouver, and UVic is 57 miles
Various AV system design firms told the core of the provinces new Distributed (92 kilometers) across the Georgia Straight
project team that the technology of the Medical Program DMP. on Vancouver Island. Post graduates at
time was incapable of meeting their needs; The prototype DMP-AV system the Gordon & Lesley Diamond Health
the leadership at McSquared System included two lecture theaters at each of Care Center located on the grounds of
Design Group Inc. of Vancouver saw it as a the three university campuses. It enabled Vancouver General Hospital were also able
challenge. Working closely with the project an instructor at UBC to teach students to participate through a room linked to
team and BCNet British Columbias at UNBC and UVic as well as the local the prototype system.
shared IT services consortium for higher students. UNBC in Prince George is My colleagues and I had done a lot of

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2

1
5

Distributed Medical Program Design Challenges and Solutions


1 Innovative design provides province-wide interaction in real time
DESIGN CHALLENGE
Traditional distance learning and videoconferencing technologies do not provide the level of interaction and collaboration
required for the UBC distributed learning environment.
SOLUTION
Work directly with leading AV Industry manufacturers to develop products with the needed features and capabilities.

2 Dual Visual Presence for distributed learning applications


DESIGN CHALLENGE
Share two camera images, the instructor and the audience, from a single site as part of the main videoconferencing channel.
SOLUTION
Use two videoconferencing CODECs working together to provide the ability to feed the instructor camera image and the
audience camera image into the main channel videoconferencing image split. High definition video from the cameras is
delivered to the CODECs through the fiber optic switching and distribution system.

3 Future-ready design
DESIGN CHALLENGE
Provide a high-performance signal routing and distribution system to support both digital TDMS video signals and legacy
analog video formats. Enable future upgrades without pulling new cables.
SOLUTION
Upgrade to a fiber optic infrastructure at each facility to ensure compatibility with multiple video formats, span long distances, and
enable future upgrades. Use fiber optic transmitters and receivers for HDMI, DVI, VGA, and standard definition video sources and
displays, and a high-performance scaler for conversion of standard definition video to high-resolution DVI video.

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7

3
4

4 Excellent image quality delivered throughout each facility


DESIGN CHALLENGE
Support high resolutions and exact color imaging.
SOLUTION
Fiber optic extenders enable all-digital signal transmission to deliver pixel-for-pixel image quality with precise color replication.

5 Advanced audio digital signal processing DSP, routing, and distribution


DESIGN CHALLENGE
The audio system needs to process and manage audio from students, instructors, and AV equipment to ensure students and
instructors at both local and remote locations can fully participate in lectures, discussions, and presentations.
SOLUTION
The audio system includes a variety of sources, including push-to-talk student microphones, wireless microphones, wired
microphones, multiple computer audio inputs, a DVD player, and audio from the videoconferencing system that are processed
and routed to program speakers, an array of ceiling speakers, the videoconferencing CODEC, and an archiving system. A bank of
DSP units and DSP-based matrix mixer/router units provide the necessary processing, switch logic, and routing hardware.

6 Real-time video and audio shared across extreme distances


DESIGN CHALLENGE
Distribute video and audio to facilities located in different buildings and to remote campuses across the province.
SOLUTION
Link a facilitys AV system to the dedicated videoconferencing network to achieve real time interaction across the province.

7 Reliability
DESIGN CHALLENGE
Distance education AV system uptime mandated availability of 99.9%.
SOLUTION
Specify quality brands and models to ensure continuous functionality and performance. Build Central Technology Offices at the
larger facilities to monitor and troubleshoot local systems. Monitor all systems and operations from a master control room in
Vancouver. Uninterruptable power supply UPS units provide power for critical system components.

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videoconferencing beforehand but nothing
of this nature or scope, says Marcel
Schoenenberger, Principal Consultant at
McSquared System Design Group Inc. We
really had to work within and develop very
stringent requirements so that the students
at remote participating sites would receive
an education thats equal to the students
participating locally.
Launched in 2004, the DMP-AV system
consists of a myriad of interlinking
technologies that enable simultaneous
and interactive training at and
between facilities.
At the end of the experimental phase,
the prototype had proven to be even more The TEL system enables local and remote participants an equal opportunity to learn and interact with the
effective than anticipated. Capitalizing instructor and other students.

on this success, the Ministry drafted the


Medical Provincial Academic & Affiliated from large scale FoM facilities at the Designing Innovation into
Campus Technology MPAACT initiative universities and teaching hospitals to one a Technology
in 2005. The initiative lists general goals or more technology-driven training rooms To understand the scope of the distance
for expansion of the program, including at regional hospitals and remote medical education AV system, it is necessary to go
enhanced system performance and a practices. Under the tenure of Dr. Kristin back to the beginning. In 2002, McSquared
future-proof design. Sivertz, FoM Senior Associate Dean at determined that the best method to
The plan mandates additional training UBC, these specialized training sites began ensure an equal learning experience was
sites for both the undergraduate and to come online as part of the distance to support simultaneous voice-activated
graduate programs. New spaces range education AV system. videoconferencing. It was imperative to

University Academic Campuses Clinical Academic Campuses

UNBC
Prince George

PHOTO BY CLIVE CAMM (REGIONAL CENTRE); PHOTO BY STEVE HILTS (COMMUNITY FACILITY)
UBCO
Kelowna
UBC
Vancouver
0 100 200 300 mi UVic 0 100 200 300 mi
Victoria
PHOTOS COURTESY OF UBC FACULTY OF MEDICINE

0 100 200 300 km 0 100 200 300 km

The four University Academic Campuses As part of a large health care facility,
offer medical training by region: Vancouver- a Clinical Academic Campus provides
Fraser, Island, Northern, and Southern. A instruction ranging from standard
university includes lectures halls, seminar practice to highly specialized care. Each
rooms, labs, and other spaces designed for is designed to help increase the number
undergraduate program instruction, which and variety of health care professionals
encompasses the first two-years of training. in British Columbia.

Vancouver Fraser Medical Program Island Medical Program Southern Medical Program Northern Medical Program

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create a large scale system that enables could interfere with a students learning
all students to view course materials and experience. To achieve required system
Benefits of Specifying
communicate directly with the instructor performance, the consultant coordinated Brands and Products
and participants at remote sites. project assignments, worked with the From an operational perspective,
After approaching a number of various teams, and oversaw all related specifying brands and products
conferencing equipment manufacturers, or involved disciplines, ranging from ensures system reliability and assists
with management of project funding
McSquared elected to work with Tandberg, HVAC, electrical, and lighting systems
and annual budgets. Varied and
Inc. Together, the two companies to room layout and color pallets. Release
unregulated products can create
developed the technology that became of the MPAACT initiative compounded an unacceptable burden on the
the Dual Visual Presence DVP dual these responsibilities. Operations Departments, incurring
codec videoconferencing system. The DVP costs and additional effort to
component of the distance education AV Creating a Future-Proof Design successfully maintain a wider variety
of technology and vendors. Also,
system enables participants in multiple with Fiber Optic Technology
spare and replacement equipment
locations to interact with each other in During Phase 1 of the upgrade to a
purchases are minimized when only
real time. A selection of industry-leading digital system, coax and CAT 5 cables specific models may be integrated
AV and control products completed were run at each facility. Because the into the system.
the system. distance education AV system shares
Facility planning came next. As most conduit, closets, and cable trays with
AV professionals have experienced first- active systems, those overseeing network
hand, the general contractor is finishing activities and service were insistent that in direct response to these concerns. As
room layout before the client considers future AV upgrades have little to no impact a future-proof solution, fiber allows the
AV needs. From the beginning, this on existing operations. Stakeholders also continual renewal of active hardware while
project was different. McSquared worked voiced concerns about possible service enabling each facilitys cable infrastructure
directly with the architect and general disruptions and costs associated with an to stay in place. It also supports MPAACT
contractors on building and space designs. infrastructure upgrade. requirements for high performance
Blueprints and room plans were modified The recommendation of a fiber optic switching of pixel-perfect images and
to address any and all factors that AV routing system at each facility was immunity to electrical interference.

Affiliated Regional Centres Community Education Facility & Rural Sites


PHOTO BY CLIVE CAMM (REGIONAL CENTRE); PHOTO BY STEVE HILTS (COMMUNITY FACILITY)

0 100 200 300 mi 0 100 200 300 mi


PHOTOS COURTESY OF UBC FACULTY OF MEDICINE

0 100 200 300 km 0 100 200 300 km

An Affiliated Regional Centre is associated In addition to providing health care, these


with a regional hospital, and each can urban and rural sites enable medical
accommodate a set number of students. students and residents to receive an equal
Instruction centers on 3rd and 4th learning experience while serving in an
year medical studies, family practice, underserved area. This also encourages
and may offer specialty programs for students to establish connections within
postgraduate residents. the community.

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To validate the long term value of a
fiber optic design to the stakeholders,
the consultant prepared a cost risk
assessment. Factors used to calculate
the risk assessment include capital
procurement cost, operational cost over
system lifespan, and the potential savings
of leaving the infrastructure in place at
the time of capital renewal. This was with
the understanding that any CAT 5 cabling
installed in 2009/2010 would need to be
replaced during the next and subsequent
renewal cycles. The supposition was that a
cable manufacturer would not guarantee Seminar and Problem Based Learning room layouts vary to accommodate different teaching styles.
performance unless the infrastructure
was upgraded to the standard of the
time. In other words, if eight years from confirmed that the expense, time optimal signal integrity, and high
the renewal date the standard for twisted requirement, and difficulties associated reliability. Specified brands include
pair systems is CAT 7, then the CAT 5 with replacing the infrastructure at the Extron for AV switching and distribution,
infrastructure would need to be replaced time of capital renewal far outweighed the Tandberg which is now Cisco - for
at the same time as the active hardware. cost of a fiber optic system that remains the videoconferencing network, Biamp
The assessment includes the widest in place. This became readily apparent to for audio, and Crestron for control. The
range of details conceivable. One all stakeholders, particularly to those in recommended solutions were tested
risk analysis calculation, for example, charge of hospital facilities where shutting individually and in combination with other
compares the cost of running cabling down critical medical systems or powering system components to validate the design.
from a lectern to a rack located at the down a floor is not an option. The digital AV system is designed to
back of a lecture theater. In addition to deliver high resolution video images to
typical renewal expenses, the formula Signal Integrity and System lecture theaters, laboratories, and seminar
takes into account the cost per linear foot Reliability with Digital Technology and Problem Based Learning PBL
of cable, termination, labor, and potential In 2005, McSquared offered an upgraded rooms. It enables close examination of
operational or service issues. When design utilizing digital technology to shared microscopic samples and color-
comparing the calculation for running meet MPAACT requirements. The design accurate views in training sessions,
ten CAT 5 cables versus one 12-strand lists select brands and products by including multipurpose or dry lab and
fiber optic cable, the risk assessment function to ensure device interoperability, gross anatomy or wet lab exercises. Digital
sound systems and enhanced control
operations round out the design. By the
end of that same year, the upgrade to a
Best Practices to Ensure Digital Signal Integrity: digital system was underway.
Start at the Source
A digital signal can be easily processed, stored, and reproduced while maintaining its
Optimum AV Drives the
original integrity. However, source and display devices have a direct impact on the final Learning Experience
image and there can be a wide variance in endpoint device quality within any signal Factors to consider when designing any
path. Under the same conditions, one brand of Blu-ray player may perform fine while distance education AV system include
another may not. The same applies to displays. original image size and distances for
Testing source components and displays during initial system conceptual design can readability, vertical viewing angles,
save time and money when determining why the image quality is poor or a screen color accuracy, and zoomed viewing
is blank. Check the source and display first by connecting the devices with a short capabilities. Because pixel size relative to
length of pre-tested cable to verify operation under ideal conditions.
viewing distance and angle determines
perceived image quality, these elements

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influence how each room is shaped, where manufacturing, services provided, and Speech Reinforcement
individuals may sit or stand, and mounting turnaround time is very important factors; An equally important concern in
locations of cameras and displays. so was the ability for us to have input into a distributed training model is
An additional requirement of a the engineering process, Schoenenberger speech intelligibility. Fundamentally,
medical application is the necessity to says. I think thats another area where videoconferencing is a methodology
achieve and maintain precise display Extron stands out. They listen first and intended for small groups and works
calibration to support Digital Imaging and then they go to work. best when parameters such as acoustics,
Communications in Medicine, or DICOM. To offer proof of design and product lighting, and room size are carefully
This technology ensures interoperability specification, McSquared arranged for specified. In larger spaces, poor room
between high definition medical imaging the representatives from FoM, university layout can lead to sound distortion
equipment and video system components administration and IT departments, and dead zones. To ensure clear sound
without loss of image quality or color tone. and other stakeholders to witness a in DVP-enabled spaces, facilities are
For example, new imaging devices with comprehensive series of live testing designed with a centralized digital signal
DICOM support contributed to the need for demonstrations at Extrons headquarters in processing system by Biamp. Microphones
digital displays in the large seminar rooms. Anaheim, CA. Testing provided validation are mixed for in-room delivery using an
Analog projectors were replaced with three of system interoperability between source auto mixer to manage feedback and allow
65" flat panel displays that are mounted and destination components and, from simultaneous audio signal processing
side by side to achieve the proper size- a technical perspective, confirmed that with automatic gain control and digital
to-distance ratio. The system parameters the matrix switchers performance, image echo-canceling. The speech reinforcement
define the proper calibration of the display quality, and reliability easily achieved system also enables management
devices Content Channel settings to suit curriculum sharing requirements. of audio signal equalization, signal
the requirements for medical imagery. The decision to implement the delay, compression, limiting, and level
Content is arranged so that the center new digital design at each facility was adjustment requirements.
screen displays the instructor while a unanimous. In 2008, existing sites as The digital signal processor is integrated
side screen shows course materials and well as facilities under construction were into the distance education AV system to
the other provides windowed views of scheduled to migrate to a fiber optic share audio with multiple sites. When a
the other active locations. A later renewal AV routing system based on Extrons facilitys AV playback system is selected as
cycle included installation of 103-inch FOX Matrix and extension products. the source, loudspeakers associated with
displays in the larger spaces, further
augmenting readability from back rows
and more sharply angled seats.

High Speed Switching and Distribution


Phase 2 of the digital system upgrade
required that the system provide high
speed routing of the highest resolution
signals in a future-proof design. McSquared
and MedicineIT - MedIT at UBC agreed
that the system had to be based on fiber
optic technology. They began evaluating
different fiber optic switching and
distribution solutions in 2007.
After testing a wide selection of
fiber optic solutions, the project team In lecture theaters such as this
selected the Extron FOXMatrix system. one in Okanagan, a student
According to project team members the simply presses a button on the
microphone base to ask the
FOX Matrix provides the performance, lecturer a question.
functional requirements, and reliability
they needed. The track record for product

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exercise. The instructor may be presenting
from a remote facility while groups work
on their digital slide exhibits in local labs.
During the lecture, each screen displays
images of the instructor, participants,
and course materials, such as slides from
the instructors laptop and images from
medical equipment or a facility server.
When the lab exercise begins, screens are
switched to display pertinent lesson data.
In a typical dry lab, each pair of seats
includes two monitors and a gooseneck
Each two-seat dry lab station includes two displays and a gooseneck microphone, allowing students to microphone. One monitor displays the
ask questions in real time. lesson data and the other is used as the
main channel. To ask for recognition, a
a rooms main displays combine with the gap and holding successful lectures and student simply pushes a button on the
speech reinforcement system to provide lab exercises. The distance education microphone base. Once the instructor
audio to the other active locations. AV system enables selective windowing activates the students mic, the appropriate
of the instructor, audiences, individual PTZ camera automatically focuses on that
Bridging the Gaps Between Structures participants, and video sources on each station. If the instructor is occupied with
Part of the upgrade involves signal monitor and display - see the signal flow another group, local teaching assistants can
transmission between different buildings diagram on page 30. A screen can and also provide clarification of an assignment.
or facilities on the same campus. The often does include images from a computer, Wet labs are set up differently. Displays
latest design incorporates additional medical imaging equipment, and a local are ceiling mounted and angled for ease
video, audio, and streaming functionality document camera or DVD player, as well of viewing and to protect the panels from
tie-ins, such as the tie-in for the jump- as content sourced from remote sites. accidental damage. Lab technicians are
alone video format system that transports For example, a typical histology lesson on hand to address minor issues and
native video signals. Each buildings requires students to attend a lecture and alert the instructor of questions. If a
VLAN provides the link for high resolution then pair up to apply the theory in a lab group experiences a unique situation, the
videoconferencing, simplifying installation
and controlling costs by reducing the
overall number of home runs between
campus locations.
The design works particularly well at
UBC where the Life Sciences Centre is
one building within a cluster of buildings
that house distributed education facilities.
Built to support the distributed medical
training program, its networks have
significant overhead to allow installation
of either a B Level or C Level VLAN, which
is dependent on need. Other facilities
required extensive retrofitting to support
this level of communication.

The Equal Learning Experience


According to FoM instructors, face-to- Ceiling-mounted displays in wet labs allow students to reference high resolution content without
face exchanges and high quality images risk of damage to the panels.

are essential to closing the geographic

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The central control room at an active site operates
the TEL system for a facility that lacks the space for
a local control room.

The TEL system enables an FoM instructor to provide training to students participating from DVP-enabled
spaces located throughout the province. INSET: Large screen displays allow the instructor to monitor remote
sites and check video presentation from the front of the room.

anatomical specimen is positioned under a The Videoconferencing Support Desk fiber optic cable for system monitoring by
lab camera so that the instructor may zoom located in the Diamond Health Care Centre support personnel, as well as AV control.
in for all participants to see and discuss. is the primary point of system monitoring Control room staffing is determined by
Whether the presentation is local and master control. This support desk in location size and session needs.
or being taught from a remote site is Vancouver is responsible for establishing The standard control room layout
unimportant. The distance education and maintaining active links among any includes two or more AV equipment racks
AV system allows control of views and selection of facilities and can remotely to support one or more DVP-enabled spaces,
communication, regardless of the number operate individual spaces. Default sound depending on room adjacencies. The benefit
and location of active sites. levels and camera angles are set from either of positioning the AV racks in the control
this support desk or a facilitys Central room is twofold. Removing the equipment
Multiple Points of Control Technology Office. The support desk from the instructional space helps to
Simplify Operation can fix a vast majority of user problems minimize noise, which could be disruptive
Instruction can be shared from any facility remotely, without the intervention of a site to both local and distributed instruction. It
in the system. The distance education AV technician. It has optimized our resourcing also allows better temperature regulation of
system reaches approximately 130 rooms in without impacting our just-in-time service expensive rack-mounted equipment.
the wider system to share instruction across levels, says AnthonyKnezevic, Senior Facility renovations did not always
four universities and over 25 hospitals. Manager of Collaboration Technologies, allow the Central Technology Office to
Rooms are reserved using Resource MedIT Faculty of Medicine at UBC. be positioned adjacent to DVP-enabled
Scheduler, a space-booking program made spaces. In this situation, the control room
by PeopleCube of Assure Software. Facility-based Control Rooms is located elsewhere in the building and a
Each room includes ceiling Each university and clinical campus has a separate rack room allows AV devices to
loudspeakers and PTZ cameras as standard Central Technology Office to monitor and remain close by. Some facilities without
equipment. The size and intended usage help manage in-session AV signal switching space for a control room are supported
of a space determines the selection and and distribution - see the signal flow remotely by the closest active facility with
quantity of other in-room devices, with diagram on page 33. The majority of large control capabilities.
similar types of spaces having like AV seminar rooms have direct connection to When it is necessary to install the
products and control capabilities. the facilitys control room over multimode Central Technology Office in a different

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DVP-Enabled Lecture Theater
Instructors Lectern
Audience Cameras #1 and #2 Instructor Cameras #1 and #2

Document DVI
Camera
AUDIO IN
COMPUTER IN
VGA HDMI HDMI

Composite
VIDEO AUDIO

L R

POWER FOXBOX Tx HDMI Tx Rx POWER FOXBOX Tx HDMI Tx Rx


12V RS-232 12V RS-232

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK
100-240V 50/60 Hz Y R-Y
B-Y RS-232 1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM 1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM
SDI RGB/R-Y,Y,B-Y/YC/VID R G B
/VID /C /R-Y /Y /B-Y O
100-240V/ 5AMAX

UNSWITCHED
UNSWITCHED
100-240V/ 5AMAX

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HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL
P 4 T LAN
U P
RESET
U

FOXBOX Tx HDMI FOXBOX Tx HDMI


T POWER FOXBOX Tx HDMI Tx Rx POWER FOXBOX Tx HDMI Tx Rx
H/ T 12V RS-232 12V RS-232

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK
VID B-Y
R-Y YC V 1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM 1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM
0.3A MAX 1 2 3 DVI-I HV ACT LINK

DVS 304 DVI


HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL

DVI

PowerCage 1600
PowerCage 1600 PowerCage PowerCage PowerCage
Power Supply FOX Tx DVI FOX Tx VGA FOX Tx DVI
Plus Plus

Rx

Rx

Rx
Tx

Tx

Tx
RS-232 ALARM

RS-232 ALARM

RS-232 ALARM
1 2

1 2

1 2
OVER FIBER

OVER FIBER

OVER FIBER
REMOTE

REMOTE

REMOTE
RS-232

RS-232

RS-232
Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx
Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx
R

R
AUDIO

AUDIO

AUDIO
L

L
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N15778
LISTED
1T23
INPUT

INPUT

INPUT
L.T.E.
DVI-D

DVI-D
100-240V 50/60Hz

RGB
5A MAX.

HDMI POWER
12V
FOXBOX Tx HDMI
RS-232
Tx Rx
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM

HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL

FOXBOX Tx HDMI POWER


12V
FOXBOX Tx HDMI
RS-232
Tx Rx
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM

HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL

POWER FOXBOX Tx HDMI Tx Rx


12V RS-232

PC
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM

HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL

FOXBOX Tx HDMI
DVD POWER
12V
FOXBOX Tx HDMI
RS-232
Tx Rx
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM

HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL

HDMI

AV Booth Central Technology Office

FOXBOX Tx HDMI Fiber Fiber FOX MATRIX 3200


POWER FOXBOX Tx HDMI Tx Rx
12V RS-232
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM

HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL

INPUTS INPUTS

HDMI 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Fiber 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 CONTROL
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 CONTROL

CONFIG ENTER PRESET VIEW ESC CONFIG ENTER PRESET VIEW ESC

FOXBOX Tx VGA Rx
17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
REDUNDANT
PRIMARY Fiber 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 PRIMARY

REDUNDANT
Tx
OUTPUTS OUTPUTS
AUDIO

POWER SUPPLY POWER SUPPLY


LINK

LINK
TEMP
OVER

RGB

CONFIG

FOXBOX Tx VGA OPTICAL FOX MATRIX 3200 FOX MATRIX 3200


FIBER OPTIC DIGITAL MATRIX SWITCHER FIBER OPTIC DIGITAL MATRIX SWITCHER
POWER RGB INPUT
12V AUDIO RS-232
1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM

FOXBOX Tx VGA Tx Rx 1 2

VGA FOX MATRIX 3200 Central Monitoring and Control. Also Provides Connections to other
Fiber Fiber Lecture Halls, Auditoriums, Labs, etc.
COMPUTER IN
AUDIO IN

FOXBOX Rx HDMI FOXBOX Tx HDMI


POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS POWER FOXBOX Tx HDMI Tx Rx
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE 12V RS-232
LINK

LINK
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232 1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL

HDMI
HDMI
Y/Comp 3
Videoconferencing CODEC
C3 Microphone/Line in Ethernet COM
Line in Line out T Link
1 2 2 3 3 3
1 2 3 4
POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS 1st 2nd
(SPDIF)
1 POWER FOXBOX Tx HDMI Tx Rx
PUSH PUSH PUSH PUSH
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE 12V RS-232
LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232 1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM

FOXBOX Rx HDMI
HDMI 1 DVI-1 2 HDMI 2 DVI-1 3
1 2 3 1 (L) 1 (L)
+12V

GND

1st 4 3 2 1 I
Input Output
OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx
O
HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL
CODEC C60 Composite 3 2 (R) 2 (R)
HDMI 1 DVI-1 2 GPIO USB 2 Camera control

POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE

HDMI
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

HDMI
POWER
12V
Tx Rx
HDMI AUDIO
OUTPUTS
AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
POWER
12V
FOXBOX Tx HDMI
RS-232
Tx Rx
720p Projectors
LINK

LINK
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232 1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL

HDMI
HDMI
Videoconferencing CODEC
FOXBOX Rx HDMI
Y/Comp 3 C3 Microphone/Line in Line in Line out T Link Ethernet COM
1 2 2 3 3 3 1 2 3 4
POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS 1st 2nd
(SPDIF)
1 POWER FOXBOX Tx HDMI Tx Rx
PUSH PUSH PUSH PUSH
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE 12V RS-232
LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232 1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM
HDMI 1 DVI-1 2 HDMI 2 DVI-1 3
1 2 3 1 (L) 1 (L)
+12V

GND

1st 4 3 2 1 I
Input Output
OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx
O
Tx Rx 1 2 POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS
HDMI AUDIO INPUT OPTICAL
DVI-1 2 CODEC C60 Composite 3 2 (R) 2 (R) 12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
LINK

LINK

HDMI 1 GPIO USB 2 Camera control


1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

HDMI
FOXBOX Rx HDMI OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

FOXBOX Tx HDMI
HDMI
720p Projectors
FOXBOX Rx FOXBOX Rx HDMI
DVI Plus
POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

Tx Rx
AUDIO

LINK

LINK
TEMP
OVER

FOXBOX Rx HDMI FOXBOX Rx HDMI


DVI

HDMI
CONFIG

POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS


FOXBOX Rx DVI Plus OPTICAL 12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE 12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232 1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

POWER POWER Tx Rx POWER Tx Rx


12V MODE OUTPUTS OUTPUTS
DVI-D OUTPUT AUDIO RS-232 12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE 12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON OVER FIBER ALARM 1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232 1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232 OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

1 2

FOXBOX Rx HDMI FOXBOX Rx HDMI


FOXBOX Rx DVI Plus Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

HDMI HDMI
POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS
12V HDMI AUDIO

DVI HDMI HDMI


AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

FOXBOX Rx HDMI HDMI


MPEG IMX Digital BETACAM HDCAM HDCAM High Definition
Video System

POWER REMOTE EJECT


1(9P) 2(50P) RS-232C

PHONES

ASSEMBLE INSERT MULTI RECORDER SHUTTLE/VAR


CONTROL
VIDEO TC CH1 CH2 CH3 CH3 CUE JOG
HD SDI HD SDI HD SDI HD SDI JOG
E VAR
PUSH/ PLAYER SHUTTL

00:00:00:00
db db db db db SHIFT
0 0 0 0 0
10 10 10 10 10 ALARM E FO
RS RW
20 20 20 20 20 CHANNEL KEY INHI VE AR
30 30 30 30 30 CONDITION RE D
DISPLAY
40 40 40 40 40
FULL/FINE RESET
50 50 50 50 50

HOME F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6

1-4 L
LIST GOOD SHOT MARK TRIM REC REC INHI
EXT
REC/ PREROLL EDIT
INPUT CH1 5 CH2 6 CH3 7 CH4 8 IMX CUE MONITOR ERASE IN AUDIO OUT
REC 5-8 R STANDBY

Annotator Screen
MIXING DMC EDIT DELETE
ENTRY
MEMORY
REC REC
REW PLAY F FWD STOP
CH1 5 CH2 6 CH3 7 CH4 8 CUE PREVIEW AUTO EDIT REVIEW

PB PB IN OUT

UNITY VARIABLE

Recorder 42" Instructor Confidence Monitors (Lectern)


20" AV Booth Monitors

FOX Series matrix switchers and extenders distribute video signals to videoconferencing CODECs, allowing participants in multiple locations to
interact in real time.

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a lecture theater at another facility.
The AV operations group and educational
technology group place emphasis on
instructor training and orientation, as
well as ongoing support, to promote the
necessary changes in instruction needed
in a distributed environment. This has
been a key success factor in the positive
experiences students have expressed
through annual surveys.
The practical, forward-thinking features
of the system allow each space to be utilized
LEFT: Placing racks in a facilitys central control room helps reduce noise in DVP-enabled to its fullest. All instruction is in real time,
spaces and provides a cool environment for the equipment. RIGHT: Cabling is neatly bundled regardless of the ever increasing number of
and properly labeled according to best practices.
distance education AV system facilities.

campus building, usually the distance lecture theater supports operation of Environmental Adaptations to
education AV system enables lectern-based AV equipment and control of Existing Spaces
communication between structures. the environment, including lighting levels, Upgrading an AV system to a digital design
However, the fiber optic infrastructure camera angles, and speaker volume. The requires environmental changes as well
extends between buildings in certain interface also enables control of devices as a new infrastructure and hardware.
unique installations such as the at active remote sites, such as pulling data McSquared set the original building
application at UVic. The university from a universitys file server or activating specifications particularly high for the
includes a backup operations system that a remote participants mic. Confidence FoM facility at UBC, but most sites utilize
seizes control of all campus networks and monitors are mounted on or within sight existing rooms for training purposes.
systems during an emergency. In addition of the lectern to provide a view of the Space redesigns cover a wide range
to multimode cabling within the medical displayed images. Once accustomed to of specified environmental parameters,
facility, singlemode cabling provides system capabilities and device operation, from architectural elements that could
connectivity between the facilitys Central the instructor is comfortable teaching from inhibit line-of-sight between instructor
Technology Office in the IMP building
and the UVic emergency operations center.
Other university locations are already at
work on this type of solution as well.

Front of Room Control


To operate local and remote AV sources
and displays from the front of the
room, a touchscreen is mounted to the
instructors lectern. This control interface
enables precise control of image selection
and window arrangement, on-screen
annotation, activation of participant
microphones, and operation of other
equipment, such as a document camera or
Blu-ray Disc player.
To create familiarity for periodic and
traveling instructors, room control needs to
be alike from space to space. For example, Some DVP-enabled spaces offer mobile lecterns to simplify room reconfiguration.
the interface in a teaching hospitals

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and student to wall color and exact 70-seat lecture theater, two seminar rooms, control rooms may prove to be insufficient.
spacing between seats. For example, one and a Central Technology Office. These New cooling modules or changes to the
environmental parameter addresses the spaces are directly below the surgical HVAC infrastructure allow for improved
number and degree of reflective surfaces suites. Throughout the installation, every temperature regulation. Although this
in a given space. High definition digital effort was made to meet the construction increases the cost of an individual project,
cameras with high resolution signal output schedule without inconveniencing the the process extends product life for long
are more susceptible to low ambient light surgeons or jeopardizing patient care. term savings and, more importantly,
levels than the original analog composite The toughest undertaking with ensures system reliability for up to 10 years.
video cameras used to capture lectures existing facilities and operational hospital According to Schoenenberger of
and labs. Higher ambient light levels environments is securing the appropriate McSquared, power is typically less of an
require a stronger contrast ratio on the space and then working with an architect issue. Designed to support a wide range
screens, which requires an upgraded or design team to make that space fit of medical devices with unknown power
lighting system to support the HD cameras the need, Schoenenberger says. Once needs, facilities have sufficient overhead
without washing out displayed images. that part is done, then you still have to to accommodate the power requirements
Reflective surfaces affect lighting, having a implement the technology without taking of a digital system. However, power issues
direct impact on screen visibility. down the whole floor. at specific locations can negatively impact
system reliability. For example, the power
Upgrading AV at a Medical Facility Construction Zone Issues & Concerns grid at UNBC is very susceptible to brown-
Construction in a medical environment A complication arose at a number of outs. The universitys system includes
is different from construction in any facilities when it was time to replace extensive surge protection, online UPS
other type of building. McSquared and existing runs with fiber optic cabling. modules, UPS battery extenders, etc. to
system integrators work closely with During Phase 1, a variety of lubricants provide backup power for a defined period
program stakeholders to minimize had been applied to the cabling to ease of time.
disruptions at operational sites, while pulling through conduit. Unfortunately,
ensuring that students receive an equal certain gels had degraded over time into Achievement of MPAACT Mandates
learning experience throughout building an adhesive. Integrators had to use force As each DVP-enabled space is brought
construction, retrofitting of existing to remove the previous infrastructure, online, all systems and connections are
facilities, and distance education AV occasionally damaging conduit, walls, and tested at that site and between linked
system upgrade phases. horizontal surfaces. Removing the old facilities. Commissioning of individual
While a new building such as the one cabling was costly and caused periodic systems and the enterprise application
completed at Kelowna General Hospital schedule overruns, but this best practice combined with continuous system
in 2010 is designed with sufficient cooling was necessary to meet Canadas building monitoring from the support desk
and power to support DVP-enabled spaces, codes and standards. contribute to the achievement of 99%
system upgrades within hospital settings During the initial upgrade to digital, system uptime.
require careful planning and execution to another factor that caused installation The upgrade to a future-proof fiber
prevent disruption of service. Dust control delays at multiple locations was optic design offers other advantages, such
is also a big component, with specific temperature control. From a building as a much smaller electrical infrastructure
spaces requiring a hermetic seal because perspective, rack-mounted digital devices that is isolated. Fiber provides emission-
of room adjacencies. Some retrofitted produce more heat than analog products. free transmission of AV and control
spaces are very close to emergency rooms On average, the power consumption and signals and avoids causing electrical
or surgical wings so an unscheduled cut of generated heat load of a digital switcher noise to delicate medical instrumentation,
power or water is not an option. or signal processor is higher by as much which is also a requirement of the
This was the situation at St. Pauls as 30%. Although fiber optics use light to MPAACT initiative.
Hospital, one of the oldest acute care transmit signals, the components generate Electromagnetic interference EMI
facilities in downtown Vancouver. In 2011, as much heat as other digital devices and is a concern in any medical training
a full size clinical academic campus was more heat than analog products. facility, and DVP-enabled spaces within
installed in the hospitals basement. The If a facilitys air conditioning system regional hospitals and remote practices
facility includes a retrofitted 170-seat does not have the necessary overhead, are especially susceptible to ground noise
lecture theater and new construction of a the cooling capacity in rack rooms and and electrical emissions. DMP facilities

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Central Technology Office
Operator Station Operator Monitors
Wall-mount Flat Panel Displays
MODEL 80 MODEL 80 MODEL 80

FOXBOX POWER
12V
FOXBOX Tx HDMI
RS-232
Tx Rx

LINK

LINK
1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM

HDMI Input Tx HDMI HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL

FOXBOX Tx Rx
AUDIO

LINK

LINK
TEMP
OVER

RGB

CONFIG

Tx VGA POWER
12V
FOXBOX Tx VGA

RGB INPUT
AUDIO
OPTICAL

RS-232
1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM

FOXBOX Tx VGA Tx Rx 1 2

VGA Input FLAT PANEL FLAT PANEL FLAT PANEL

COMPUTER AUDIO

Equipment Rack

DVD Player
MGP 464 Pro
MGP/WINDOWALL PRO SERIES
REMOTE LAN

INPUTS VIRTUAL INPUTS RESET

1 2 3 4 5 8 11 14 17
RS-232/422
R R R R VID VID VID VID VID
R-Y R-Y R-Y R-Y Y Y Y Y Y
BACKGROUND OUTPUTS
6 9 12 15 18

G/Y H/HV G/Y H/HV G/Y H/HV G/Y H/HV VID VID VID VID VID R/ G/Y B/
VID VID VID VID B-Y B-Y B-Y B-Y B-Y R-Y B-Y
C C C C C
100- 240V -A MAX
7 10 13 16 19

B/C V B/C V B/C V B/C V VID VID VID VID VID H/ V


B-Y B-Y B-Y B-Y R-Y R-Y R-Y R-Y R-Y HV

HDMI HDMI

FOXBOX POWER
12V
FOXBOX Tx HDMI
RS-232
Tx Rx
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX OVER FIBER ALARM

Tx HDMI
50/60 Hz HDMI HDMI HDMI HDMI

HDMI AUDIO INPUT Tx Rx 1 2 OPTICAL

FOXBOX
FOX Matrix 3200 Rx HDMI
POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE

LINK

LINK
1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

INPUTS
OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 POWER
12V
Tx Rx
HDMI AUDIO
OUTPUTS
AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE FOXBOX

LINK

LINK
1.0A MAX ON L R

Rx HDMI
OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32
OFF

POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE

LINK

LINK
1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 CONTROL OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

CONFIG ENTER PRESET VIEW ESC

17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 PRIMARY

REDUNDANT
OUTPUTS

MGP 464 Pro


POWER SUPPLY

FOX MATRIX 3200


FIBER OPTIC DIGITAL MATRIX SWITCHER
MGP/WINDOWALL PRO SERIES
REMOTE LAN

INPUTS VIRTUAL INPUTS RESET

1 2 3 4 5 8 11 14 17
RS-232/422
R R R R VID VID VID VID VID
R-Y R-Y R-Y R-Y Y Y Y Y Y
BACKGROUND OUTPUTS
6 9 12 15 18

G/Y H/HV G/Y H/HV G/Y H/HV G/Y H/HV VID VID VID VID VID R/ G/Y B/
VID VID VID VID B-Y B-Y B-Y B-Y B-Y R-Y B-Y
C C C C C
100- 240V -A MAX
7 10 13 16 19

B/C V B/C V B/C V B/C V VID VID VID VID VID H/ V


B-Y B-Y B-Y B-Y R-Y R-Y R-Y R-Y R-Y HV

HDMI HDMI

50/60 Hz HDMI HDMI HDMI HDMI

FOXBOX
To/From Rx HDMI
125 Seat
POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

Lecture Theatre
OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

POWER
12V
Tx Rx
HDMI AUDIO
OUTPUTS
AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE FOXBOX
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R

Rx HDMI
OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

MGP 464 Pro


To/From MGP/WINDOWALL PRO SERIES

75 Seat
REMOTE LAN

INPUTS VIRTUAL INPUTS RESET

1 2 3 4 5 8 11 14 17

Lecture Theatre
RS-232/422
R R R R VID VID VID VID VID
R-Y R-Y R-Y R-Y Y Y Y Y Y
BACKGROUND OUTPUTS
6 9 12 15 18

G/Y H/HV G/Y H/HV G/Y H/HV G/Y H/HV VID VID VID VID VID R/ G/Y B/
VID VID VID VID B-Y B-Y B-Y B-Y B-Y R-Y B-Y
C C C C C
100- 240V -A MAX
7 10 13 16 19

B/C V B/C V B/C V B/C V VID VID VID VID VID H/ V


B-Y B-Y B-Y B-Y R-Y R-Y R-Y R-Y R-Y HV

HDMI HDMI

50/60 Hz HDMI HDMI HDMI HDMI

FOXBOX
Rx HDMI
POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

To/From
OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
LINK

LINK

Multipurpose
1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

Lab POWER
12V
Tx Rx
HDMI AUDIO
OUTPUTS
AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE FOXBOX
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R

Rx HDMI
OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

POWER Tx Rx OUTPUTS
12V HDMI AUDIO AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

FOXBOX
Rx HDMI
POWER
12V
Tx Rx
HDMI AUDIO
OUTPUTS MPEG IMX Digital BETACAM HDCAM HDCAM High Definition
Video System
AUDIO RS-232 REMOTE
LINK

LINK

1.0A MAX ON L R OVER FIBER ALARM RS-232


POWER REMOTE EJECT
1(9P) 2(50P) RS-232C

OPTICAL FOXBOX Rx HDMI OFF HDMI Tx Rx 1 2 Tx Rx

PHONES

To/From
Gross Anatomy
ASSEMBLE INSERT MULTI RECORDER SHUTTLE/VAR
CONTROL
VIDEO TC CH1 CH2 CH3 CH3 CUE JOG
HD SDI HD SDI HD SDI HD SDI JOG
TTLE VAR
PUSH/ PLAYER SHU

00:00:00:00
db db db db db SHIFT
0 0 0 0 0

Lab
10 10 10 10 10 ALARM SE FO
R R WA
20 20 20 20 20 CHANNEL KEY INHI VE
30 30 30 30 30 CONDITION RE RD
DISPLAY
40 40 40 40 40
FULL/FINE RESET
50 50 50 50 50

HOME F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6

1-4 L
LIST GOOD SHOT MARK TRIM REC REC INHI
EXT
REC/ PREROLL EDIT
INPUT CH1 5 CH2 6 CH3 7 CH4 8 IMX CUE MONITOR ERASE IN AUDIO OUT
REC 5-8 R STANDBY
MIXING DMC EDIT DELETE
ENTRY
MEMORY
REC REC
REW PLAY F FWD STOP
CH1 5 CH2 6 CH3 7 CH4 8 CUE PREVIEW AUTO EDIT REVIEW

PB PB IN OUT

UNITY VARIABLE

Recorder

Fiber optic cabling connects DVP-enabled spaces to a facilitys Central Technology Office, where support personnel can monitor up to 12 video feeds
on three wall-mounted displays.

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typically share space with research
centers, blood and gross anatomy labs,
surgical suites, simulation rooms, and
acute and ambulatory care units, which
have equipment that emits various levels
of electrical interference. FoM facilities
are also exposed to other sources of EMI,
including intranet and control networks for
data streams, door locks, environmental
settings, and a variety of other systems.
In a setting that is subject to a constant
bombardment of EMI noise, fiber optic
technology provides the requisite
transmission isolation and performance The new Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences facility at UBC includes chemistry labs designed specifically for
without impacting other systems or distributed training purposes.

networking operations.
of rural practices recently attended an locations, they cover two related
ROI of the Distributed Medical academic grand round held at Vancouver topics each session to foster a better
Training Program General. It was a hosted round as part of understanding of the subject matter. The
The programs return on investment has the postgraduate training program and AV system is the platform that permits
been and continues to be substantial. continuing professional development. The this depth of instruction and level
Currently, the MD program can accept distance education AV system ensured of communication.
288 new students each year, more that each had an equal opportunity The benefits associated with the
than doubling the number of annual to participate. Dual Visual Presence videoconferencing
enrollments since 2003/2004. Up to An unanticipated benefit of the solution combined with the capabilities
192 applicants enroll in the Vancouver distributed training model is the added and future-proofing inherent with a fiber
Fraser Medical Program at UBC annually, freedom it provides to faculty members. optic AV switching and distribution system
and the regional programs accept an The distance education AV system allows are twofold. The distance education AV
additional 32 students per campus. instructors to relocate to communities system enables students throughout the
Students attend the first two years of beyond Vancouver. One of the first to province to enroll in the prestigious
instruction at one of the four universities: take advantage of this new flexibility FoM training program, which in turn
UBC in Vancouver, UNBC in the north, was the head of gross anatomy. After 30 encourages the new doctors to set up
UVic in Victoria, or the University of years of teaching at UBC, he longed to practices in the remote and underserved
British Columbia Okanagan UBCO in live in Victoria but there were no FoM areas by offering medical instruction in
the southeast. lab facilities on the island. With the the students home region. Just as vital,
Clinical training in the third and completion of the DVP-enabled gross the sharing of information between fields
fourth years includes rotations and anatomy lab at UVic, he continues to run of specialty and disciplines increases
rounds at hospitals and clinics followed the gross anatomy department and teach medical understanding and generates
by graduation and a residency period of from his new location in Victoria. new treatments for the citizenry of
two to seven years. Unlike traditional Information sharing goes beyond British Columbia.
programs that involve facilities in a single instructor-to-students; instructors with The system has proven its value beyond
geographical location, the distributed common specialties but at different that of undergraduate medical education.
learning model enables students and facilities are now able to teach together Were seeing demand from a variety of
residents participating from remote using the distance education AV system. health professionals wanting to extend
locations to gain experience in a wider In one course, a specialist in Vancouver their reach to all their colleagues in the
variety of diseases and the latest treatment and another in Kelowna collaborate province, says Knezevic of UBC. Were
options. For example, residents, physicians, during sessions. They share the same proud because weve removed one of
and other health professionals at 17 field of specialization but with a different many barriers to retaining talented health
different facilities that included a number emphasis. Teaching from their respective professionals in our underserved areas.

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Global Acceptance and Adoption of of public and private institutions. Many decision-making process for us and our
the Distributed Training Model countries are experiencing the same issue clients like UBC. It makes it very attractive
The success of the distance education AV of medical practices concentrated in and to work with them.
system has triggered other programs to around the larger metropolitan areas,
adopt the distributed training model. The leaving the population in rural areas Impressions
schools of Physical Therapy, Dentistry, underserved. Delegations from universities Dr. Joanna Bates and Dr. David Snadden
and Pharmaceutical Sciences are around the world, including other shared the vision of what a distributed
making use of the DVP-enabled spaces Canadian provinces, the United States, medical training program could mean to
or have developed their own distributed Australia, and various European countries, the province. Dr. Bates spearheaded the
training programs. have visited UBC to review the distance project from its inception in 2002, and
Related programs are tied into the education AV system model. Dr. Snadden, Senior Executive Dean of
distance education AV system, with Germany, as an example, has the Education for the UBC Faculty of Medicine
the FoM acting as the host from a same concerns about its underserved and who is located at UNBC in Prince
videoconferencing perspective. Physical rural communities. Most doctors trained George, now champions the program. Both
Therapy, which is a department of FoM, in Dusseldorf establish practices in the doctors worked closely with AV consulting
resides in a separate building at UBC linked general vicinity. Beyond city limits there firm McSquared to actualize their
through the distance education AV system. is a severe shortage of doctors. British vision. McSquared evaluated available
Because of the increasing number of Columbias distance education AV system technologies, conducted extensive research,
applicants at UBC and UNBC, the Physical proved to the German delegation that and performed a detailed cost/benefit
Therapy Departments own distributed the best way to solve this problem is to analysis prior to selecting a fiber optic
training program launched in late 2013. educate the doctors where you want them infrastructure. Through multi-year phases
As another health program, Dentistry to practice. that include equipment upgrades and
partners with the FoM to share courses system expansion, the doctors, MedIT,
similar to both degrees for delivery from System in Review and the consultant have achieved an
the Life Sciences Centre. DVP-enabled According to Schoenenberger, three factors award-winning program that serves as an
spaces allow this instruction sharing must be considered when converting an example for education programs worldwide.
between the dental and MD programs. analog system to a digital solution. With The continued success of the program is
The Faculty of Pharmaceutical 30% increase in heat load, the top concern attributable to the on-going commitment
Sciences is a separate faculty from the is cooling and the HVAC system. The next by all parties to the original vision.
FoM. Program stakeholders adopted the concern is lighting. Digital cameras and Utilizing AV products from
distributed training model to increase other high resolution image-capturing industryleading manufacturers, UBC
the number of pharmacists in rural devices require a substantial increase and its partnering universities, regional
communities. The new DVP-enabled in lighting levels to produce a good teaching hospitals, remote practices, and
pharmaceutical sciences building at UBC quality signal. The third factor is the the provincial health authorities have
went online in the autumn of 2012. The infrastructure, including networks and succeeded in creating a system that has
programs distance education AV system hardware for switching and distributing a direct impact on society. The ratio of
enables the instructors to reach pharmacy signals. Essentially, it is designing a system physicians to patients continues to improve
students at the other universities and that is suitable for the current and next and more practices are being established
at the teaching hospitals. Similar to the generations of technology. He modestly in the provinces rural areas every year.
distance education program designed for attributes much of the systems success to The unique distance education AV system
pharmaceutical sciences, the Business the AV manufacturers he worked with on has taken AV from an afterthought to
School at UBC is in the process of the UBC project. the driving force that ensures an equal
installing its own distance education Extron and some other AV learning experience for the future doctors
AV system to be taken online in the manufacturers are very much open to of British Columbia.
near future. the input we provide, and its reflected
Just as various faculties at UBC in the features and functionalities
Andrew Evans is Manager of Product Marketing, Fiber Optic
recognize the value of the distributed that they design into their products, Systems for Extron Electronics. Before joining Extron, he
spent ten years as a design engineer supporting AV systems
training model, the success in British Schoenenberger says. This responsiveness
for corporate and government end users, including flight line
Columbia continually draws the attention plays a significant role in the monitoring systems for the United States Air Force.

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Extron XTP Systems
Streamline AV
System Designs
Simplify small or large system designs with complete
AV integration on a single cable infrastructure.
By Keith Scheffler, Systems Design Engineering Manager

A
ny successful system design requires careful applications, without additional complexity. They are completely
consideration for managing and distributing video, integrated switching and distribution systems for digital video and
audio, and control signals. It is also essential to audio, supporting local AV connectivity as well as remote devices
plan for provisioning data and power, to ensure over shielded CATx and fiber optic cable. In addition to video and
that AV devices can be integrated onto a LAN for system control audio, these cables carry bidirectional RS-232, IR, and Ethernet,
or Internet access, and that the electrical infrastructure can enabling a single cable infrastructure that can help minimize
accommodate the AV system. Integrators and AV system designers network requirements at AV endpoints. Twisted pair endpoints can
traditionally strategize their approaches to meeting video, audio, be remotely powered over the same CATx cable. XTP Systems also
control, Ethernet, and power requirements over their respective include an extensive feature set for managing, converting, and
signal paths, coordinating with IT, electrical contractors, and routing a variety of video and audio formats, as well as simplified
other trades as necessary. integration with control systems.
As an end users AV requirements increase in scope and
scale, so does the potential complexity in designing the system High degree of system design versatility Supports a wide
to adequately distribute and manage all signals. There may variety of AV, control, network access, and remote powering
also be additional, hidden challenges and costs associated with needs in a system design.
implementing the design. For example, a large environment, with Supports high resolution digital video plus legacy analog
a central equipment location plus many remote AV endpoints formats Analog signals are converted to digital for
and control interfaces may require significant IT support for distribution and transmission alongside HDMI and DVI.
network drops, managed switching, and IP address allotments. Extron Intelligent Technologies Fast, reliable source
An electrical contractor may be asked to modify AC circuit switching and distribution with Extron SpeedSwitch plus
load capacity or add outlets in areas not originally planned. Key Minder and EDID Minder for advanced HDCP and
AV system designs may also be more complex when there are EDID management.
several different video and audio formats to be accommodated, Digital video signal integrity Fully preserves the integrity
possibly requiring dedicated signal processors as well as of digital video signals throughout the system, from a
separate switching and distribution paths. source at a remote location to a display at another endpoint.
Audio signal management A wide range of options for
Extron XTP Systems handling and distributing embedded HDMI and stereo
Extron XTP Systems enable streamlined AV system design and audio throughout the system, without the need for audio
implementation, on a platform easily scalable from small to large signal processors.

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Flexible options for integrating device and system explore a sample design for an AV environment that represents
control Control signals can be inserted into an XTP a real-world scenario. The environment is an executive briefing
System, allowing you to easily enhance the scale and center in a new headquarters building, with AV presentation
reach of your control system. needs for a lobby, two auditoriums, three meeting rooms, a dining
Ethernet extension Extend 100 Mbps Ethernet over the area, and open spaces. AV systems will operate independently
same fiber optic or CATx cable to deliver LAN connectivity within the meeting rooms and auditoriums, each with their
or control signals out to remote locations. own sources, guest device connectivity, displays, speakers, and
Powering endpoints Remote XTP transmitters and touchpanels. There will also be a need to display digital signage
receivers can be powered over CATx cable. and play background music throughout the facility. The end user
User-friendly software application The Extron XTP has also requested support for videoconferencing, TV broadcasts,
System Configuration Software is used for intuitive and streaming live or recorded presentations to mobile devices
configuration and expedited setup of XTP Systems. and PCs.
A total of 24 locations for flat panels and projectors have
XTP System Design Executive Briefing Center been identified, as well as 13 audio zones and six locations for
To best illustrate how an XTP System can be applied in a touchpanel control. Specific details about the installation and
streamlined AV system design with many remote endpoints, lets functional AV requirements are available in the illustration on

System Design Considerations

Integrators and AV system designers aim to devise effective approaches and strategies in their designs for managing
all of the essential signals. A well-planned system design helps to ensure efficient, timely system installation and project
completion within budget, with end user expectations fully satisfied for functionality and performance. In order to deliver an
optimal AV system architecture, designers must address the following signal requirements:

Video Consideration for anticipated signal transmission distances, the type of cable infrastructure, preferred source
resolutions, native resolutions of the displays, and sources or destinations that are not HDCP-compliant. A very important
part of video signal management is an effective strategy for managing EDID communication for the displays and sources.
Audio Identification of source audio formats, including microphone, analog stereo, and HDMI embedded audio, as
well as multi-channel surround sound, if requested by the end user. Will audio be reproduced through a dedicated
sound system, or using speakers built into the displays? Would the sound system design need to include distributed
audio, program audio, or both? It is also important to identify potential audio presentation scenarios in which mixing
or conversion between formats may be necessary.
Control Determining the number and locations of devices to be controlled, locations and number of touchpanels
and other user interfaces, and AV control functions and capabilities desired by the end user. It is also essential to
determine the appropriate control signal types for the devices Ethernet, RS-232, or IR and how to get these
signals to locations remote from the control processor.
Network Which AV devices need connection to a network? Are they for the control system, or are other network
applications intended, such as streaming? Will a dedicated LAN for AV be suitable, or will AV devices need to be
integrated onto the IT infrastructure? If the latter is the case, then you will need to work with IT to determine the best
network support strategy for AV devices and systems.
Power Will the entire system be powered in a single rack location, or will there be several areas where AV devices
will be installed? What are the AC outlet and circuit load requirements for the central rack and other locations? For
new construction projects, you should review electrical blueprints to determine whether additional capacity may be
necessary to support AV systems.

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pages 42 and 43. The scale and scope of this AV application The same type of CATx cable selected for the IT infrastructure
call for a large system design supporting both local and could also be used for the XTP System. However, Extron
centralized AV functions. XTP DTP 24 cable will be used instead. This cable has been
specifically engineered for reliable, long distance signal
An Extron XTP System Design Example transmission in AV systems. It features a high quality cable
There are various system design approaches that could satisfy construction, with an outer braid and foil shield design for optimal
the AV requirements for this application. This particular design protection against external interference when cables are bundled
is just one example. It features an XTP System with an Extron or run near electrical sources. Using XTP DTP 24 cable also avoids
XTP II CrossPoint 3200 to provide centralized video and audio potential reliability issues associated with lesser-quality CATx
distribution for the facility. This 3232 modular matrix switcher cables that may be used in an IT infrastructure.
is to be located in the central equipment rack in the control Switching and distribution. The XTP II CrossPoint 3200
room. It will be configured with a combination of I/O boards for matrix switcher will serve several important AV functions for
connections to AV devices in the rack, plus CATx connections the facility. It will transmit digital signage content from a PC
going out to XTP transmitters and receivers at the endpoints. and a digital signage player out to displays in the lobby, open
The XTP System, and its features and capabilities are used to areas, and the auditoriums. The matrix switcher will also be
develop effective system design strategies for video, audio, control, used to share two videoconferencing codecs among the meeting
network, and power. Each of these areas will be explored in rooms and auditoriums on an as needed basis, with high
further detail. definition PTZ camera feeds in these rooms transmitted to the
XTP II CrossPoint 3200. There will also be the flexibility to route
VIDEO any of these camera feeds to a streaming media encoder, interfaced
Cable infrastructure. Cable runs up to 300 feet (90 meters) with a media server for viewing live or recorded presentations on
will be necessary, from the central AV equipment racks to the PCs and mobile devices. Camera feeds can also be sent to rooms
most distant sources and displays. XTP Systems are capable of designated to provide overflow from the auditoriums.
transmitting AV up to 330 feet (100 meters) over shielded CATx Additional sources in the central equipment rack, including
cable, so a twisted pair cable infrastructure is ideal for this facility. Blu-ray Disc players and DirecTV receivers, are to be distributed

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XTP System Design Executive Briefing Center
An advanced technology company has identified the need for multiple AV presentation systems to support its new executive
briefing center. The center includes a lobby, two auditoriums, three meeting rooms, a dining area, and open spaces. The
company aims to use AV to deliver carefully orchestrated presentations with eye-catching imagery to reinforce its corporate
image to visitors, business clients, and investors.

Lobby
General Meeting Room Three large displays for digital
General AV Requirements A small meeting room with a signage, including welcome
single display messages and daily events
Individual AV system operation
for each of the rooms HDMI and VGA connectivity AV content provided by
at conference table sources in the control room
Flexibility to share resources to multiple locations
Resident PC Distributed audio
Support for connecting guest devices,
including laptops and iPads PTZ camera for videoconferencing XTP R HDMI receivers

Videoconferencing and streaming media support XTP T HDMI and Touchpanel at reception desk
XTP T USW 103 transmitters
Large, bright LCD flat panels and projectors
XTP R HDMI receiver
High quality, high resolution display
of HD video and graphics Distributed and program audio

Distributed audio throughout, plus stereo Touchpanel on conference table


playback and surround sound in select locations
User-friendly touchpanel interfaces

Multipurpose Meeting Room


A configurable room for videoconferencing,
recording, training, or meetings
HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA
connectivity at conference table
Resident PC
Blu-ray Disc player
PTZ cameras for videoconferencing
and streaming
XTP T HDMI and XTP T USW 103
transmitters
Dining Area
Digital signage or local
XTP R HDMI receivers
broadcast content
Distributed and program audio
AV content provided by
Wall-mounted touchpanel
sources in the control room
XTP R HDMI receiver
Distributed audio

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Executive Briefing Auditorium Lecture Auditorium
A large auditorium with multiple displays and a A classroom setting with two large displays and a
confidence monitor confidence monitor
HDMI and VGA connectivity at lectern HDMI and VGA connectivity at lectern
Resident PC Resident PC
PTZ cameras for videoconferencing and streaming Blu-ray Disc player
XTP T HDMI and XTP T USW 103 transmitters PTZ cameras for videoconferencing and streaming
XTP R HDMI and XTP SR HDMI receivers XTP T HDMI and XTP T USW 103 transmitters
Distributed and program audio XTP R HDMI and XTP SR HDMI receivers
Touchpanel at lectern Distributed and program audio
Touchpanel at lectern

Open Areas
Digital signage for daily events
AV content provided by
sources in the control room
XTP R HDMI receivers
Distributed audio

Executive Meeting Room


An elegant meeting room with three
displays, including two side-by-side
HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA
connectivity at conference table
Resident PC
Blu-ray Disc player

Control Room PTZ camera for videoconferencing

Presentation monitoring and control for the executive XTP T HDMI and
briefing auditorium. Centralized switching and XTP T USW 103 transmitters
distribution of AV source content for the entire facility. XTP R HDMI receivers
Resident PCs Distributed audio, program
Blu-ray Disc players audio, and surround sound

DirecTV HD receivers Touchpanel on conference table

HD videoconferencing codecs
XTP II CrossPoint 3200 matrix switcher
Streaming media encoder
Local displays for system monitoring
Control system for the entire facility

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out to the dining area and other spaces as appropriate. Two LCD Transmission to and from endpoints. An Extron XTP R HDMI
displays in the control room, connected directly to the matrix receiver is to be mounted behind each LCD flat-panel display.
switcher outputs, will be used to monitor system operations. Throughout the facility, there will be LCD panels of various
Extron DSC 301 HD scalers will be used to optimize camera and sizes, but all will have 1080p native resolution to match the
computer source signals for the videoconferencing codecs. 1080p output of the sources. However, the projectors in the

AV Infrastructure for an 8K Future

AV system designers generally design AV switching and distribution systems


to provide at least five to seven years of service. A major challenge today is
ensuring that new systems wont be outdated in just a few years, given the rapid
technological evolutions in video resolutions and other capabilities. AV devices
and systems are already at their limits in handling the substantial bandwidth
requirements for 4K video, and forthcoming enhancements will push the envelope
even further.
Extron XTP II is an all-new switching and distribution platform, engineered with an unprecedented 50 Gbps digital switching
backplane. XTP II goes further than any other AV manufacturer in handling the maximum capabilities of 4K/60 video and todays
digital video standards, with ample headroom for future video resolutions, formats, and capabilities in the years to come.

Modular and Highly Flexible


XTP II CrossPoint matrix switchers are modular and can be configured with any combination of XTP I/O boards, including
the latest XTP II HDMI input and output boards and XTP 4K fiber optic I/O boards for long-haul signal extension to remote
endpoints. Theyre also fully compatible with all existing XTP Systems family products. The new HDMI and fiber boards are
just the beginning of a forthcoming series of XTP II input and output options. XTP II is an evergreen AV infrastructure platform
that will evolve along with industry standards, and as new video transport formats are introduced and accepted in the market,
Extron will introduce new switching boards to keep pace with the latest signal interface standards.

HDMI 2.0 Boards with HDCP 2.2


The XTP II HDMI input and output boards offer the highest level of HDMI 2.0 performance, with a full 18 Gbps throughput
at each port, and are also HDCP 2.2 compliant. No other competing HDMI 2.0 distribution solution offers this capability to
distribute uncompromised 4K/60 at 4:4:4 RGB color for computer graphics.

4K Switching and Transmission over Fiber


The XTP 4K fiber optic I/O boards, transmitters, and receivers are available in multimode and singlemode versions for signal
extension within facilities and over extreme distances. The fiber optic scaling receiver features Extron Vector 4K signal
processing technology, engineered in-house to deliver optimal 4K scaling quality.

Complete AV Distribution Platform with Powerful Engineering and Integration Features


XTP II CrossPoint serves as the heart of a fully integrated AV distribution system, designed for mission-critical performance
and reliability, as well as integrator-friendly configuration and operation.

For an in-depth look at the features and design of the XTP II CrossPoint, see the Whats Inside feature on page 52.

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auditoriums are OFE owner-furnished equipment and have a resident PC, plus HDMI and VGA for new or legacy guest devices.
native resolution of 19201200. An Extron XTP SR HDMI scaling Another example is illustrated below for one of the meeting rooms,
receiver will be installed above these projectors for optimizing with an XTP T USW 103 mounted below the conference table and
incoming 1080p source signals to 19201200. The XTP R HDMI interfaced with an Extron TLP Pro 720C providing user access
and XTP SR HDMI receivers are UL 2043 plenum-rated, so they ports for HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, and audio.
can be concealed above a suspended ceiling. EDID management. XTP Systems include Extron EDID Minder,
The XTP SR HDMI includes a particular feature, known as which provides direct EDID communication to sources at
Aspect Ratio Control that can be set to FOLLOW or FILL mode, every HDMI and analog VGA input within the system, whether
depending on whether the end user wants the image displayed at connected directly at the XTP CrossPoint matrix switcher or
its original aspect ratio, or to fill up the screen so no black bars an XTP transmitter. With EDID Minder, a source devices EDID
are visible. Once the mode has been set, Aspect Ratio Control negotiation with the XTP System remains constant and is never
works automatically. For additional flexibility, a control system can interrupted when signals are switched.
be configured so a presenter can engage FILL or FOLLOW modes To set up EDID Minder, you specify the EDID to be
from a touchpanel interface. communicated to a source. EDID Minder includes several
Local sources in the meeting rooms and auditoriums, including pre-stored EDID settings at various timings. You can also use
PCs and Blu-ray Disc players, are to be connected to Extron EDID Minder to capture and store the EDID right from a display,
XTP T HDMI and XTP T USW 103 transmitters. The XTP T HDMI and set that to the source. In an XTP System, EDID Minder
is a transmitter for an HDMI source, while the XTP T USW 103 automatically captures and stores EDID from any display newly
includes a three input switcher for two HDMI sources and an analog connected into the system, whether at the matrix switcher, or
VGA source. Depending on the room, these transmitters would be out at an XTP receiver.
situated in a lectern, under a conference table, or in a credenza. The The XTP System Configuration Software lets you set up
PTZ cameras will connect into XTP T HDMI units nearby, whether EDID Minder for an entire XTP System including the endpoints
on a shelf with the camera, or tucked behind a flat-panel display. within a single GUI. The GUI provides a view of all of the EDID
The XTP T USW 103 allows convenient local source switching captured from local or endpoint displays, available pre-stored
within a room, but also will be used to provide connections EDID selections, and a listing of all inputs to the matrix switcher
for guest laptops or tablets. In the auditoriums, for example, a and the XTP transmitters. To assign an EDID, all you need to do
lectern-mounted XTP T USW 103 will accept signals from a is click on the icon for your desired EDID, and drag it onto an

Laptop Laptop Laptop

HDMI VGA Audio DisplayPort

Extron
TLP Pro 720C
7" Cable Cubby
Extron

TouchLink Pro
Touchpanel
Aux

DVD
Volume
Laptop

PC
3
12
Tuner
Tuner Mute
Blu-ray Channel
Security channel Number
Pad
Camera
Presets Preview
Video
Display Audio
Control
On

Off Bravo System


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103
PM
T USW
Mute - 2:48 3
XTP
STATUS
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2011
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May
SIGNAL
Screen
Extron
CHED

HDCP
Control Help
UNSWIT

Lighting
Control
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5A

AUTO
100-240V/
UNSWIT

1
NORMAL
MAX
5A
100-240V/

MODE
AUTO
SWITCH CONFIG

VGA HDMI HDMI Audio Ethernet

POWER INPUTS SIG LINK XTP T USW 103


12V OVER XTP
--A MAX AUDIO RS-232 IR CONTACT RS-232
RESET

1 2 3 XTP OUT ACT LAN LINK Tx Rx Tx Rx 1 2 3 Tx Rx

Extron
XTP T USW 103 To XTP CrossPoint Switcher
XTP Transmitter

An Extron XTP T USW 103 three input transmitter installed below a conference table, with an Extron Cable Cubby provides user device connections for HDMI,
VGA with audio, and DisplayPort.

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EDID management is intuitive and straightforward with the XTP System Configuration Software. Display-shaped
icons clearly identify EDID captured from the displays or available within the pre-stored library.

input see the software screen shot above. You can also easily Minder technology. Key Minder provides automatic, continuous
assign an EDID to multiple inputs, or all of them. HDCP negotiation between all connected sources and displays.
EDID management is intuitive and straightforward with No configuration is necessary at all with Key Minder. Within
the XTP System Configuration Software. Display-shaped icons the software GUI, you can quickly confirm real-time HDCP
clearly identify EDID selections captured from the displays authentication status.
or within the pre-stored library. It should be noted that most Key Minder maintains constant HDCP key negotiation with all
Extron AV products with EDID Minder, including XTP System sources, regardless of any signal switch in an XTP System. With
components, are shipped from the factory with a default constant HDCP negotiation, together with Extron SpeedSwitch
pre-stored EDID setting at 720p. This is intended to help ensure technology, XTP Systems provide virtually instantaneous
the best compatibility with displays when they are connected to switching speeds for digital video.
the product out of the box. In most cases, some EDID Minder Selective HDCP authorization. For this system design, the end
configuration will be necessary to ensure optimal compatibility user has noted that guests will frequently be using their iPads as
with the sources. presentation sources. iPads and other iOS devices, as well as Mac
Before using the software to set up EDID Minder, you should computers, will encrypt their digital video outputs if connected
have a strategy in mind for managing EDID in your system. In to an HDCP-compliant device, regardless of whether or not the
this sample system design, all of the flat-panel displays have a content is protected. This presents compatibility problems if
native resolution of 19201080, and there are 19201200 projectors the content needs to be sent to a videoconference codec or the
in the auditorium. All of the source devices are presenting content streaming media encoder, neither of which are HDCP-compliant.
at HDTV 1080p. Therefore, you could assign an EDID at 1080p to XTP Systems include a feature known as HDCP Authorized,
all of the inputs. However, if the end user specifically wants the which provides the ability to selectively disengage HDCP
output of the auditorium resident PC to match the projectors in authorization for any input. This will allow the source to output
the same room, then you would modify your EDID strategy by unencrypted digital video into the system. It is important to
assigning a 19201200 EDID to the PC. note that without HDCP authorization, protected content cannot
The EDID Minder GUI includes a useful feature when dealing be displayed.
with a mix of displays in various native resolutions. You can select
the icons for their EDID as a group, and then a list appears with AUDIO
compatible timings common between the displays. Clicking on For this AV application example, several audio presentation
any of these timings highlights a matching icon in the pre-stored functions must be supported, including background music, voice
EDID library, which you can then assign to any input. reinforcement, and multimedia such as TV broadcasts. The end
HDCP management. XTP Systems provide HDCP key user also has requested 5.1 surround sound for the executive
management from the inputs to the outputs using Extron Key meeting room.

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Distributed audio is to be provided in all areas throughout the AV environment, a system designer is more likely to design
facility, with a separate zone for each of the meeting rooms and sound systems with digital signal processors to provide a
auditoriums to support a live presentation or videoconferencing range of gain controls and audio optimization features.
session in the room. These rooms will also need program audio Breakaway switching for routing audio independent of
playback, which in some cases will be delivered via speakers the video This allows an integrator to define specific
integrated into flat-panel displays. Audio routing flexibility is audio routing paths for distribution to sound systems
necessary for providing overflow from the auditoriums during live as well as flat-panel displays with their speakers. Within
presentations, and for sharing videoconferencing, streaming, and the XTP II CrossPoint 3200, distinct routing paths can be
other resources between the rooms. created for HDMI embedded and separate stereo signals.
Audio signal management and routing. Most of the sources
in the system, including PCs, Blu-ray Disc players, and DirecTV The sidebar on the next page provides more information about
receivers deliver audio embedded within their HDMI outputs. the audio format interfacing and routing flexibility in XTP Systems.
However, commercial audio devices usually do not accept digital Surround sound. The executive meeting room will include a
audio from HDMI sources. Additionally, the streaming media 5.1 sound system with a surround sound processor. A Blu-ray Disc
encoder and videoconferencing codecs accept DVI but require a player and a PC are available for playing movies, music, streaming
separate analog stereo input. video, and other multimedia. In addition to these sources, the end
An XTP System provides considerable flexibility for managing user wants the ability to watch TV broadcasts in the room and
HDMI embedded audio and analog audio at its inputs and
outputs. Many audio format conversion and routing capabilities
are available that allow an XTP System to be used for centralized
or supplemental audio signal distribution in complementing a XTP System Configuration Software
sound reinforcement system design.

HDMI audio can be de-embedded within an XTP System


The XTP II CrossPoint 3200 can de-embed HDMI audio to
provide analog two-channel audio output, while leaving the
original embedded audio intact. HDMI multi-channel audio
can be de-embedded and then downmixed to two channels.
De-embedded audio enables interfacing of HDMI sources
into the sound reinforcement system, as well as the codecs
and streaming encoder. At the endpoints, XTP receivers
also provide de-embedded HDMI audio. If part of the sound
reinforcement system design, this audio can be used to feed
local systems for the meeting rooms and auditoriums. The XTP System Configuration Software provides an intuitive, user-
Analog stereo audio signals can be embedded onto friendly graphical interface for configuring, operating, and monitoring

HDMI This allows for integration of analog audio sources the entire XTP System, including the XTP II CrossPoint matrix switcher
and all of the XTP transmitters and receivers. A single window
alongside HDMI, such as an iPod or MP3 player for
provides a complete view of the system, allowing a user to quickly
background music. These sources can be embedded onto
obtain overall system status. The user can click on individual inputs,
an HDMI output in place of the original audio, which can outputs, and endpoints for further status details, or access controls
be convenient when there are flat-panel displays serving such as HDMI audio de-embedding, or input source switching at the
as audio destinations. XTP Systems can deliver audio-only XTP transmitters. The software also makes it easy to assign remote

content to the displays by generating a black video screen power to XTP endpoint devices, configure EDID management, create
I/O presets, back up or restore system settings, and much more.
to allow HDMI audio embedding.
For XTP Systems small and large, the application software makes
Gain controls for stereo analog inputs and outputs The
it easy and intuitive to set up the XTP II CrossPoint matrix switcher
XTP System can serve as a preamplifier for the sound systems, and all of the XTP transmitters and receivers as if the system was
so that it can connect directly into amplifiers at a central a single product. Even with full 3232 matrix switching, plus all of the
location or throughout the facility. Gain controls can be used endpoints, system designers and AV technicians will always have the

to normalize source signal levels and set volume levels for same user-friendly graphical interface for configuring XTP Systems.

speakers in various rooms or zones. However, in this type of

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Audio Signal Management and Routing with XTP Systems

AV system designers frequently have to handle a mix of audio sources, some which output analog stereo, and others that
deliver stereo or multi-channel audio embedded within their HDMI outputs. These signals often need to be converted and
distributed to audio digital signal processors, amplifiers, surround sound systems, and wall-mounted displays for playback
through their internal speakers. XTP Systems feature powerful audio capabilities with the flexibility to convert between
audio formats, and independently route embedded and stereo audio to HDMI and analog audio outputs. Below are two
examples of audio signal management and routing for an XTP II CrossPoint matrix switcher.

XTP CP 4i DMA Board XTP Backplane XTP HDMI 4o Board

XTP HDMI HDMI HDMI Digital Audio HDMI HDMI HDMI


XTP Receiver HDMI Receiver Video Mux
Signal Signal Signal Signal Switch Signal Transmitter Signal

De-embedded
Audio

Re-embedded
DMA Audio

Digital to
Downmixed Digital Digital Audio Digital Digital Analog
Analog
Audio Audio Mux Audio Audio Audio
Converter

Remote XTP Inputs to Local HDMI and Analog Audio Outputs


In this example, multi-channel audio is embedded within an incoming signal from a remote XTP transmitter. This audio is extracted,
downmixed, and then made available to the breakaway audio switching plane. At the same time, the XTP input is passed to the video switching
plane with its embedded audio intact. This allows stereo audio distribution independent of the XTP input. The breakaway audio can be
routed to a local HDMI output and re-embedded in place of the original audio, or to any of the analog audio outputs available on the board, or
elsewhere in the system.

XTP HDMI 4i DMA Board XTP Backplane XTP CP 4o Board

HDMI HDMI HDMI Digital Audio HDMI HDMI HDMI XTP XTP
HDMI Receiver Video Mux
Signal Signal Signal Switch Signal Transmitter Signal Transmitter Signal

De-embedded
Audio

DMA
Re-embedded
Audio

Downmixed
Audio

Analog to
Analog Digital Digital Audio Digital Digital Audio Digital
Digital
Audio Audio Switch Audio Mux Audio
Converter

Local HDMI and Analog Audio Inputs to Remote XTP Outputs


Local HDMI input boards accept analog stereo audio input alongside HDMI and its embedded audio. After de-embedding, multi-channel
audio is downmixed to two channels, while the HDMI input is passed with its embedded audio intact. Either the analog input signal or
de-embedded stereo audio can then be routed independently of the HDMI input. The breakaway audio can be re-embedded onto any XTP
output in place of the original audio, and then transmitted to a remote XTP receiver.

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elsewhere in the facility. DirecTV receivers in the control room
serve as the central sources for TV content.
Many TV broadcasts include Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, which is
ideal for the surround sound system. However, a problem arises
when simultaneously delivering this content to the executive
meeting room and other areas in the facility. Commercial sound
reinforcement systems and flat-panel displays typically are not
compatible with Dolby Digital 5.1.
XTP Systems can decode and downmix Dolby Digital 5.1
and other surround sound formats to two-channel audio. The
XTP II CrossPoint matrix switcher can then route the downmixed
audio to sound systems and flat-panel displays via analog audio
and HDMI, while sending the original HDMI source signal with
Dolby Digital 5.1 to the executive meeting room. Multi-channel
EDID icon selections in the XTP System Configuration Software clearly identify
audio downmixing is available with select input boards for the audio format compatibility, including PCM two-channel and multi-channel audio.
XTP II CrossPoint. In the executive meeting room, the XTP
receiver can de-embed the Dolby Digital bitstream audio and send
it out over S/PDIF to the surround sound processor. the surround sound processor. The source should be delivering
Audio EDID management. For HDMI sources and destinations, Dolby Digital 5.1, but is only sending out two-channel PCM
proper EDID communication can be just as important for audio as because it is using the displays EDID which does not include this
for video. Displays and surround sound processors specify audio format. This issue can be resolved by assigning an EDID to the
formats in their EDID. Similar to video, the EDID is read by a DirecTV receiver that matches the native resolution of the display,
source which then outputs an audio format compatible with the and includes support for multi-channel audio.
destination device. For example, a Blu-ray Disc player, connected
to a flat-panel display will send out two-channel PCM audio, since CONTROL
that is the format listed in the displays EDID. Control signal infrastructure. Throughout this facility, the
Some displays, including projectors and desktop monitors displays, Blu-ray Disc players, PTZ cameras, and other devices
do not have built-in speakers, and also do not include audio in will be integrated into a control system. In addition, there will
their EDID. A source connected to these displays usually will not be tabletop or wall-mounted touchpanels in each room, for
output audio over HDMI. This can be a problem when a source is controlling the Blu-ray Disc player, displays, cameras, and audio
connected to one of these displays but audio output is still needed system volume, as well as videoconferencing functions and TV
for a sound system. channel selection. Satisfying these needs will require a means of
As an example, consider the AV setup in the auditoriums. The distributing RS-232 and IR control signals throughout the facility,
projectors in these rooms do not include built-in speakers, so and providing access to a local area network.
their internal EDID does not specify audio. If this EDID was For devices at the endpoints, the XTP System allows easy
communicated to a PC, then it is likely that it would not send integration and distribution of control signals by carrying them
audio with its HDMI output. Therefore, no embedded audio would over the same CATx cable used for audio and video. Bidirectional
be available for the XTP System to de-embed and feed the sound RS-232 and IR control signals can be inserted from a control
system for the auditorium. processor into ports on the XTP input and output boards of the
You can easily address or prevent these problems by setting up XTP II CrossPoint matrix switcher, and extended out to the XTP
EDID management with the XTP System Configuration Software. transmitters and receivers. The XTP endpoint devices would
Within the GUI for EDID Minder, you can select an icon for the then interface via IR with Blu-ray Disc players, RS-232 with
EDID at the resolution you need for the display, plus support for PTZ cameras, and either RS-232 or IR with the displays. XTP
two-channel PCM audio see the diagram above. Then its just a receivers also include two relay ports which could be used in the
matter of assigning this EDID to the input source. auditoriums to operate projector lifts, for example.
The EDID Minder GUI can also be used to solve a potential To further streamline control system design and installation,
EDID-related issue in the executive meeting room. A DirecTV the XTP II CrossPoint matrix switcher can receive RS-232 signals
receiver from the control room is feeding the flat-panel display via from the control processor over a LAN. The matrix switcher then
the XTP receiver, which is also sending S/PDIF digital audio into distributes the RS-232 signals out to their designated XTP endpoints.

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House Network Switch AV Control Network Switch

House Ethernet Ethernet AV


LAN Ethernet Ethernet LAN

Extron
XTP T UWP 202
XTP Transmitter

XTP CP 4o HDMI

XTP CP 4o HDMI
XTP CP 4o

XTP CP 4o

XTP CP 4o

XTP CP 4o

XTP CP 4o

XTP CP 4o
XTP CP 4i HDMI

XTP CP 4i HDMI

XTP CP 4i HDMI DMA


XTP CP 4i

XTP CP 4i

XTP CP 4i

XTP CP 4i
IN IN IN IN IN IN IN OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT OUT Projector

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IR

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PWR HDCP HDMI PC

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RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232
Tx Rx

Tx Rx

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IR

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IR
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IR/RS-232 OVER XTP

IR/RS-232 OVER XTP

IR/RS-232 OVER XTP

IR/RS-232 OVER XTP

IR/RS-232 OVER XTP

IR/RS-232 OVER XTP

IR/RS-232 OVER XTP

IR/RS-232 OVER XTP

IR/RS-232 OVER XTP

IR/RS-232 OVER XTP


RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232
RS 232/RS422

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx
COMPUTER IN

L
AUDIO

AUDIO

AUDIO

AUDIO

AUDIO
LAN

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx
IR

IR

IR

IR

IR

IR

IR

IR

IR

IR
R

R
RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232
Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx
L

L
ACT LINK

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx
IR

IR

IR

IR

IR

IR

IR

IR

IR

IR
R

R
ACT

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232

RS-232
Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx

Tx Rx
LAN

L
LINK

Ethernet

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK
POWER
SIG LINK OUTPUTS XTP R HDMI
OVER XTP HDMI AUDIO AUDIO S/PDIF

LAN

LAN

LAN

LAN

LAN

LAN

LAN

LAN

LAN

LAN
12V RELAYS
--A MAX RS-232 IR ON L R 1 2 RESET

ACT

ACT

ACT

ACT

ACT

ACT

ACT

ACT

ACT

ACT
RESET

XTP

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK
LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK
OFF + - + -
I O XTP IN ACT
LAN
LINK Tx Rx Tx Rx HDMI

XTP

XTP

XTP

XTP

XTP

XTP

XTP

XTP

XTP

XTP
N U
T

SIG

SIG

SIG

SIG

SIG

SIG
Extron

SIG

SIG

SIG

SIG
P
P

PWR

PWR

PWR

PWR

PWR

PWR

PWR

PWR

PWR

PWR
Extron
U
T U
T

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK

LINK
S

XTP R HDMI
S

LAN

LAN

LAN

LAN

LAN

LAN

LAN

LAN

LAN