University of Aberdeen Case Study
Exterity’s IP video system delivers educational and entertaining content across campus public areas, lecture halls and the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health at one of Scotland’s premier universities
Boasting 500 years of excellence, the University of Aberdeen has consistently been highly regarded in Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world as an educational force to be reckoned with. As the UK’s fifth oldest university, the University of Aberdeen is home to around 14,000 students and consistently ranked among the top one percent of the world’s universities. The campus hosts a range of historic and state-of-the-art facilities for learning, research and recreation – from its £57 million ultra-modern library to an 11-acre 19th century botanical garden, a zoology museum with 75,000 specimens collected over the last 200 years and the region’s first aquatic centre to host national and international swimming competitions.
The University of Aberdeen wanted a system that could deliver live TV and video content across campus public areas, lecture halls, the sports and campus villages and to its Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health. The solution: a robust, scalable and flexible IP video system that could deliver large volumes of broadcast quality video to an unlimited number of end points with central management control.
“What makes IP video an incredible technology lies in how dynamic and multi-purpose it is. Using an IP video delivery system to disseminate content that assists volunteers who are contributing their time to important dietary trials and studies is a unique use case and one that Exterity is thrilled to be part of.”
Health and healthcare have long been a research priority for the University of Aberdeen, with the region boasting the highest concentration of health and life scientists in Europe. The Rowett Institute plays a major role in the UK research capability in nutrition and human health. At its Human Nutrition Unit (HNU), a variety of nutrition studies are conducted to study the relationship between diet and health in humans – including investigations into whether naturally zinc-enriched potatoes can improve health, if whey protein can lower blood sugar levels and if plant-derived foods may help prevent cancer.
As many study volunteers have to spend time on campus providing a variety of samples for the trials and studies, the Exterity system delivers TV channels to each of the 13 bedrooms and provides volunteers with video entertainment. Health information channels can also be accessed on-demand.
The University offers a robust educational programme that supports guest lecturers, seminars and workshops to aid its students in understanding real-world challenges, issues and current trends directly from the industry of their interest. Overspill rooms are commonly needed when there isn’t sufficient space in the main lecture halls or classrooms, and Exterity AvediaStream® Encoders stream guest lecture feeds around campus, enabling more students to engage with and learn from the attending lecturers.
Exterity Encoders are also used to take camera feeds from graduation ceremonies and stream them live around campus, so friends and extended family who are not able to be seated in the main ceremony can still join in the celebrations.
A single Exterity TVgateway delivers all UK Freeview channels, enabling the University to provide tailored content across campus, including BBC news and Sky News in reception areas, cafeterias and the sports village, music and radio channels in student unions, and Al Jazeera in the International Centre. These channel streams also integrate with the University’s existing third-party digital signage solution to provide important information to students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.
The University of Aberdeen has plans to extend the use of its Exterity IP video system to deliver personalised Video on Demand content to each of the rooms at the Rowett Centre, based on the specific trial or study a volunteer is taking part in. The University also plans on integrating the Exterity system further within its AV infrastructure to deliver TV and video to projectors in lecture theatres and provide Sky Sports channels to its campus village.
The University of Aberdeen deployed a largescale Exterity IP video system consisting of:
- An AvediaStream TVgateway that streams all Freeview channels directly across the IP network
- 13 AvediaPlayer Receiver set-top boxes that connect displays to the IP network, enabling playback of live TV channels and recorded content to volunteers in the Rowett Institute and the campus village buildings
- AvediaStream SD and HD Encoders for live-streaming guest lectures and graduation ceremonies around campusIntegration with third-party digital signage players which connect to every display and capture TVgateway streams from the network
“We are dedicated to continually improving the student facilities across Aberdeen’s growing campuses, and the deployment of Exterity’s IP video suite has been a critical component to this most recent round of enhancements. The delivery of high-quality video content that can be seamlessly integrated into our existing infrastructure with centralised management is just the kind of offering we were looking for, and turning to Exterity was certainly the right decision.”
The Exterity system enables the University of Aberdeen to share relevant and helpful educational and entertaining content across its substantial, multi-purpose campuses.
“We are dedicated to continually improving the student facilities across Aberdeen’s growing campuses, and the deployment of Exterity’s IP video suite has been a critical component to this most recent round of enhancements. The delivery of high-quality video content that can be seamlessly integrated into our existing infrastructure with centralised management is just the kind of offering we were looking for, and turning to Exterity was certainly the right decision.” Ian Harold, Head of Media Services at University of Aberdeen
Colin Farquhar, Exterity CEO commented: “What makes IP video an incredible technology lies in how dynamic and multi-purpose it is. Using an IP video delivery system to disseminate content that assists volunteers who are contributing their time to important dietary trials and studies is a unique use case and one that Exterity is thrilled to be part of.”