AV technology injection for Institute of Translational Medicine

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Lecture Theatre

The Client 

Recently opened at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, the new Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM) is a world-class clinical research facility taking teaching and communications to a new level. 

Developed by Birmingham University and three local NHS Trusts, the centre is helping progress the very latest scientific research findings from the University into enhanced treatments for patients across a range of major health issues, including cancer and liver disease.

The Brief

Internal and external communication is key to the success of the new Institute of Translational Medicine in Birmingham. To take the Institute forward with the very latest technology, Saville was commissioned to design and install videoconferencing presentation systems, IPTV and collaborative multimedia facilities. 

The expectations of today’s academics, practitioners and students include the need for the highest quality in AV facilities, high definition videoconferencing and easy BYOD provision. 

Institute of Translational Medicine
Conference Room

To meet these expectations, the solutions proposed and delivered by Saville comprise customised systems for each of the building’s various teaching and meeting spaces.

The Outcome

The IPTV system specified by the Institute as a valuable extra teaching tool provides an effective overflow capability, enabling lectures and presentations in the lecture theatre to be relayed to the boardroom, reception area, meeting rooms and conference rooms.

The new technology backs the Institute’s aim to build on Birmingham’s excellent track record in clinical trials, by increasing capacity and enabling more patients to be co-located alongside clinicians and researchers. 

It also makes it easier for both SME and large pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms to work more closely with clinicians and academics, bringing additional investment into the city.

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The Solution

Reception Area & Café

Visitors and staff are greeted by information displays provided by two 32” and two 55” NEC LED screens with integral Microsoft Windows embedded PCs. The Café area features a stand-alone 55” LED display with Exterity IPTV reception.


New facilities include a Crestron all-in-one controller, switcher/scaler and processor with 65” Saville HDPro screen and digital media receiver. As in the smaller rooms, Exterity IPTV provision and wireless AirMedia collaboration is installed.

HD videoconferencing is provided by a Polycom RealPresence system including an EagleEye automatic four-camera system and ceiling mounted mic array.

Lecture Theatre

This purpose-designed teaching facility is equipped with HD videoconferencing, streaming and lecture capture. Two Christie 8,900 lumen projectors with twin fixed-frame 2.5m-wide screens provide the main display.

In normal teaching mode, both projectors will show the same image.

During videoconferencing, both screens can show different content from the VC codec.

An optional videoconferencing mode enables the lecturer to see the far end image, where a lecture is being relayed via VC to another location using the camera at the rear of the room.

The room features a bespoke Academy double width lectern with twin equipment racks, housing Crestron scaler/matrix switcher, AirMedia wireless collaboration system, HD visualiser and Polycom videoconferencing system. This room is also equipped with a Polycom EagleEye camera unit, with automatic pan, tilt, zoom and focus capabilities.

Other features include state-of-the-art Polycom ceiling microphone arrays, 4-channel power amplifier and sophisticated streaming and lecture capture facilities, with presenter tracking camera software and touch screen control.

Institute of Translational Medicine
Lecture Theatre

Meeting Rooms

A total of seven individual meeting rooms have been equipped with integrated AV systems, comprising 55” LED display screens, Crestron AirMedia wireless collaboration facilities and Exterity IPTV capabilities. 

The systems are typically operated via a Saville OneTouch control panel offering simple push-button control with rotary volume control. These facilities are also installed in the Rare Disease Resource Room.

Conference Rooms

Enhanced systems have been supplied in four conference rooms, similar to those in the meeting rooms, but with 65” LED screens, IPTV and Polycom RealPresence videoconferencing facilities.  

These rooms are each operated via a Saville 8-button control panel, allowing easy selection and switching of inputs – including VC and simple volume control.

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Mobile Equipment

Saville also supplied an important additional resource in the form of four mobile trolley-mounted systems. Mounted on Unicol Avecta trolleys, the self-contained units include 55” Saville HDPro displays, Polycom RealPresence videoconferencing systems and auto-tracking EagleEye camera assemblies.

Working with Saville Audio Visual we have installed state-of-the-art presentation and communication technology. Visitors can present directly from their own devices using Crestron Air Media, rooms can be linked by video and audio and all forms of videoconferencing are supported.

Deputy Director at ITM, Tom Clutton-Brock

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