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Lloyd’s Register (LR) is a global engineering, technical and business services organisation wholly owned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a UK charity dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. Founded in 1760 as a marine classification society, LR now operates across many industry sectors, with over 8,000 employees based in 78 countries.

Building on the success of AV installation projects at Lloyd’s Register’s Global Technology Centres in Southampton and Singapore, Saville Audio Visual were chosen to design and install an extensive range of the latest AV/IT systems at the company’s new flagship office in Aberdeen.

Located on a prestigious development alongside key organisations working in the Oil and Gas industry, the new building brings together 400 personnel from three previous Aberdeen locations. In addition to digital signage, room booking and wayfinding systems, Saville installed new presentation technology in more than thirty different meeting spaces – all within a challenging four-week deadline.

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Saville technical manager, Karl Long commented: “The installation required expert project management and close interaction with the client teams to manage the changeover from their existing offices. It was also necessary to keep rooms operational for as long as possible, especially as we had to incorporate existing technologies and equipment from the other centres, such as ClickShare collaboration and AMX room booking systems.”

Complete AV solution

The new rooms provide the Lloyd’s Register’s teams of specialists with complete facilities for audio visual presentations plus high definition video and audio conferencing, supplemented by a series of bespoke audio conferencing booths. The incorporation of two Microsoft Surface Hubs is a new direction for the company, as they embrace the operational and financial benefits of a collaborative working ethic.

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Microsoft Surface Hub

The Hub screens harness the power of Skype for Business, enabling seamless video and content meetings across the organisation. Specialist suites include a large presentation and dining room space, a versatile, divisible meeting room and an Emergency Response Control Room, used for critical crisis management operations and features an LED videowall.

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Room control

To maximise the efficiency of room usage, the bespoke AMX-driven room booking system now features a floor plan of the rooms. This shows room occupancy and availability, which can then be booked directly from a dedicated 32” touchscreen.

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Audio conferencing

Six lower ground floor booths are equipped with Polycom VVX 600 or Trio 8800 conference phones, including AMX Hydraport connection interface and sound bar, with Saville One Touch control panels connected to a 55” LED display. Further booths are similarly equipped on the first floor.

Small collaborative meetings are catered for by eight meeting rooms fitted with Polycom Trio 8800 or Group 500 conference phones, AMX Hydraport interfaces and One Touch control panels with connections to a 55” LED display.

Two large rooms are equipped with Logitech Group HD video conference cameras with IR camera remote, Barco ClickShare and AMX Hydraport modules in the table, all connected to a Microsoft 55” Surface Hub.

Video conferencing

A larger, dedicated VC room accommodates up to twenty people, with Polycom EagleEye cameras and conference phones, twin AMX Hydraport panels and connections to a Philips ultra-thin bezel 2x2 videowall comprising four 55” monitors.

This room is provided with FreeSat news receivers, Apple iPad Air control of room AV and Polycom RP touch panel for VC. Audio is via JBL ceiling speakers and a Polycom HDX ceiling mic array. Control and amplifier equipment is rack-mounted in a bespoke Quadra Classic lectern.

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Tailored technology

In the divisible, multi-function suite, one section uses a 6000 lumens Christie D series projector with a ceiling recessed, drop-down 3 metre screen. In the other, one of seven Polycom Group 500-720 video conferencing systems provides the main facility, with dual 75” Saville HD-PRO75 screens, a SoundStructure matrix mixer and Polycom Skype for Business conference phones.

In addition to the many meeting room systems, an extensive range of technology has been tailored for supplementary facilities, such as AMX digital signage players behind LED information displays in the Reception area and Resource Hubs, plus two 32" Totem freestanding podiums providing wayfinding information on each floor.

AMX touch panels are also mounted outside each meeting room, linked to the overall room booking system and to the existing MS Outlook system. These display the room status and enable a room to be booked locally via the touch panel.

SavilleCare peace of mind

With a turnkey installation of this nature, totally reliable service back-up is paramount. The mission critical nature of most LR business demands a guaranteed, round-the-clock regime of technical support and contract service provision, evidenced in the commitment provided by the experienced Saville service operation.

The Polycom video conferencing facilities are covered by a comprehensive SavilleCARE contract which includes a 24hr VC test line with unlimited working hours, telephone support and a dedicated video helpdesk. The important Microsoft Surface Hub systems include full 3-year Skype for Business software and hardware support via telephone and by an onsite engineer.

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