When the historic Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) wanted to improve its audio visual infrastructure, using video conferencing and large screen projection to network with other medical venues, not only in the UK but spread across the world, they contacted Scotland-based Audio Light Systems to provide the solution.
Set up by an experienced team of audio visual professionals three and a half years ago, the integration company was already aware of the sensitive approach that would be required to replace the older system, in the 300-seated Queen Mother Conference Centre within the Grade-A listed building, before the company moved across to the multi-purpose Great Hall.
One of Audio Light Systems founders, Eddy O’Hare, already had a relationship with the Royal College of Physicians from his previous company and was fully sympathetic to their needs.
“The facility hosts everything from receptions, dinners, weddings and conferences to their own medical conferences and examinations,” he said. “The College is a major user of video conferencing and is part of the JANET community (the British Government funded Education and Research Network, incorporating the JANET video conferencing service).”
The objective was to improve the overall quality of live incoming video conference images from anywhere in the world and to ensure they would be of a teaching quality.
Eddy has been a long-time supporter of Christie projection for its reliability and pound to performance ratio. He has turned to the workhorse LX range time after time and again opted for the Christie LX55 XGA LCD 5500 ANSI lumens projector to fulfill this remit.
The College was particularly impressed with the image quality and brightness of projector — despite the device needing to operate in high ambient light conditions due to the 16 large skylight ceiling windows in the Great Hall.
In the Queen Mother Conference Centre it excelled itself with a 16-metre throw distance from the projection room to the screen using a long-throw lens and projecting a zoom image from 2.5m wide – 6m wide.
“I’m so familiar with the Christie range that it was an easy decision to make,” said O’Hare. "The LX55 is hugely cost-effective for its light output, and since we are always looking at cost, the projector sold itself the day it was demonstrated.” In fact the College liked the LX55 so much that they immediately ordered a second projector.
But the icing on the cake, said the installer, was the support and back-up he knows he can rely on from Christie. “That was key to the whole deal.”
While up to 300 guests and delegates assemble in the Lecture Theatre where the LX55 operates under Crestron control, over in the Great Hall, which is licensed to conduct civil weddings, up to 150 guests can be seated for a wedding banquet; and here Audio Light Systems have provided an LX55 on a portable rig, projecting onto a fast-fold screen.
“The beauty about the second LX55 is that we are maintaining consistency. The College could use the other projector if one was to go down as all the codes are correct,” he said. “This has provided the RCPE with a highly-practical and cost-effective solution.”