See how Arrive FacePoint EMT collaboration solution is helping the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning (at University of Calgary) achieve their guiding principles of collaboration, flexibility and transparency by using mobile collaboration stations, so that instructors can set up the learning space in different ways.
The Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning made its new home in a cutting-edge building at the heart of the University of Calgary’s main campus. The 40,000 square-foot building is at once a building for innovation, a community of colleagues, and a collection of activities dedicated to better understanding and improving student learning.
The building was designed with three guiding principles: flexibility, transparency and collaboration. All of the building’s learning spaces are fully flexible, with furniture that can be arranged in different configurations. The spaces are infused with technology : a huge grid of floor boxes and free standing mobile collaboration stations – so the instructor can set up the space in different ways. With this vision, Taylor Institute has pioneered its technology mission into creating a shining example of the Internet of AV Things.
The Institute gathers people from across campus to inspire and be inspired by new pedagogical thought, conversation, and practice. The new building was designed with great attention to transparency, inquiry, collaboration, and flexibility.
To achieve these goals, Taylor Institute needed the technological ability to have mobile collaboration stations that would:
To meet these challenges, The Sextant Group described the requirements to Arrive Systems, and jointly collaborated to envision the “Internet-of-AV” mobile collaboration stations powered centrally by the Arrive FacePoint EdgelessMedia collaboration processors.
Thirty-seven “mobile collaboration stations”, each equipped with an Interactive Flat Panel Display and USB camera with integrated microphone, provide passive mobile collaboration on the Institute’s floor grid. These mobile collaboration stations come live when they connect seamlessly to any one of the centrally installed Arrive FacePoint® EdgelessMedia Collaboration Processors (AFP-2452-EMP) via a digital media matrix. Users instantaneously enjoy the touch interactive user interface with custom graphics for Taylor Institute without wasting any set-up time. The complete functionality is executed by a single press when choosing one of the two buttons on the UI: one for video collaboration and the other for a local session. The sessions launch immediately.
Each FacePoint® processor is a single, all-in-one, fan-less, industrial strength processing machine running Arrive’s leading edge FacePoint® EdgelessMedia application and UI software. The single, ultra-compact system is capable of providing users access to Taylor Institute’s very own integrated application widget store to flexibly publish custom widgets that are available as: executable applications, media on networked drives, internet browsers, and any application located on the intranet or internet with just the url. Arrive’s HDMI to USB Media Capture Bridge provides the ability for the wireless media sharing capability of Mersive Pods to be seamlessly presented on the processor desktop which becomes visible on the connected station’s display located anywhere on the floor grid. Arrive’s OnePoint EdgelessMedia Server, which is hosted on the University’s Intranet, provides the central configuration, management and customization for the Taylor Institute.
Arrive FacePoint has helped University of Calgary’s Taylor Institute of Teaching and Learning achieve all their functional goals. The installation experience was painless:
Arrive’s FacePoint EdgelessMedia Collaboration demonstrates the power and convenience of the Internet of AV Things. “IoT”, a relatively new technological concept, has proven to deliver the always-on, always connected, walk-up-and-use platform that provides flexibility and collaboration to successfully meet the futuristic teaching and learning technology needs for Taylor Institute.