Edinburgh / New York
15 August 2018
The New England Institute of Technology, a private, non-profit technical university, has deployed an Exterity transformative IPTV and digital signage solution across its campus and residential block.
The institution has three campuses: the main one in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, with two other locations in nearby Warwick, Rhode Island. New England Tech’s newest campus in East Greenwich covers over 200 acres and features a completely renovated 265,000 sq. ft educational facility, including the recently completed 42,000 square foot student center.
New England Tech instigated a multimillion-dollar capital project to transform the campus into a traditional university setting. The modern 400-bed residence hall offers single and double occupancy rooms, as well as semi-suites with student living areas divided into 13 “pods”. The project also extended the new IPTV solution beyond the halls to the wider campus, to distribute content to TVs and digital signage in communal areas.
“The difference was evident from our first demonstration.”, he says, “Exterity was a truly integrated system that offered a great deal of flexibility and an intuitive interface that we find incredibly easy to use.”
With a comprehensive set of features for both video and signage, the Institute chose an Exterity IP video solution, which was installed with the assistance of ATR Treehouse, a well-regarded local AV and video production solutions provider. The Institute also worked with DirectTV to create a flexible licensing package that would enable it to build a channel line-up from a pool of over 300 entertainment, news, movie and sports channels. The 22-channel line-up also integrated 6 local free-to-air digital terrestrial channels to provide students with access to local news.
The solution uses a mix of Exterity Media Players, AvediaStream Encoders, Transcoders and Origin Servers, and ArtioSign digital signage software, all controlled by the AvediaServer central IPTV management platform. The whole process took about two weeks to implement and delivers TV and digital signage to 70 fixed displays, ranging from 85” UHD TVs in recreation rooms to 32” LEDs used to display menu items in the cafeterias.
According to Laflamme, the Exterity system is instrumental in adapting schedules for the American Football and Baseball season, as well as the Olympics. Even with short notice, the IT department can quickly rearrange channel line-ups to include games featuring popular local teams and distribute content to common areas – even for channels that are not included in the standard channel line-up.
With the new IPTV system up and running and delivering faultless operation, Laflamme is now examining ways to extend its value further. “We already run a campus radio station and courses on digital media and video production, so we are now considering the possibility of creating our own campus-wide TV station. We know the Exterity technology has the flexibility to deliver this capability and potentially other areas like televised lectures and more streaming content.”