University of Hertfordshire - Institute of Sport


Crestron Control

AV over IP

NEC 86” Touch Screens

Digital Signage

Scotia Medical Observation System

The University of Hertfordshire’s Institute of Sport is a key development on the University's de Havilland Campus. With industry-leading labs for sports performance, human physio, biomechanics, sports injury, sports therapy assessments and treatment, a specialist environment room to control air pressure, temperature, and humidity, alongside facilities to allow members of the public to attend for assessments, treatment, and performance coaching.  This impressive new infrastructure has enabled students to benefit from enhanced collaboration and has subsequently improved the staff and student experience.

The audio-visual requirements for this project were to provide integrated solutions into all the teaching labs to enable effective communication and content sharing across specialist sports laboratory environments.

To do

Crestron Classroom Control

The project consisted of the installation of multiple versatile classroom-based AV solutions across the new building, installing centrally in the comms room a Crestron C3PN control processor which all control panels are run off and also a Sennheiser Mobile Connect assisted hearing solution to allow those that require assisted hearing to use an app and their own headphones.

The primary method of AV switching was achieved using Crestron’s NVX AV over IP system. NVX was deployed across seven classrooms, on two floors. Each room had a comprehensive teaching lectern, incorporating Mersive Solstice, Epson visualisers, ceiling and programme speakers, microphones (roving and fixed), multi-point NEC touch screen and laser projectors.

To do

Showcase Sports Therapy Lab

The showcase of the project was the Sports Therapy lab, a divisible space that allows the room to be used in two modes by use of a folding wall and then treatment bay curtains.  The lab space has six NEC 86” touch screens with local inputs and 14 Crestron NVX units to allow sources from all screens and all input plates to be displayed anywhere in the room at any times. A Crestron partition sensor on the divisible wall was installed so that when the partition wall/curtains are removed or placed the room will initiate one of the different operational zones programmed to facilitate the different teaching and occupancy setups. The Sports Therapy lab is also equipped with the Scotia Medical Observation System (SMOTS) to provide video assessment of student practice, this also allows instant review of recorded activities.  For assessment purposes the room can be used to record six separate treatment bays.

Smart and easy control

Each of the spaces were fitted with Crestron room booking panels installed outside the room to create an effective booking system and to allow future one touch join for MS Teams enabled teaching sessions. Adding the LED indicator bars around the panels has created a professional look and feel to the technology.

GVAV designed and installed bespoke rear connection plates for all lecterns within the space and custom powder coated faceplates showing the university of Hertfordshire logo on all input and output plates.

A standout facility with AV to match

Signature digital signage layouts were used for this building which provides three 55" landscape displays at the building entrance. The signage installs are managed by DataPath FX4 video wall controllers to allow a range of flexibility of how the displays are used.

The application of the solutions to each area has been well thought out to deliver the client vision and create a standout facility that the University is rightly proud of.  From concept through to completion the needs of the client have been paramount in all the decision-making processes and have been fully involved in the AV journey.  It has enhanced the teaching accommodation for this dynamic department to allow them to grow.  The solutions are built around the new standards of AV over IP delivery to allow maximum flexibility and scalability to grow the AV with the universities future requirements as all infrastructure was considered and provided as part of the initial build.

This is an example of a great project and successful delivery where the integrator, client and consultant came together and worked together as one in a strategic partnership that benefits all.