With a new start in a new building at Kettering Buccleuch Academy, it was vital the IT infrastructure and services were fully modernised and matched the environment.
To provide this IT overhaul United Learning, the Academy’s sponsor, partnered with ICT supplier European Electronique.
European Electronique implemented a full IT infrastructure and AV equipment system across the Northamptonshire site. European Electronique recommended the use of a digital signage, IPTV and Video on Demand portal system from Tripleplay.
In addition, with 10 screens installed over three wings and three floors it was vital to have a system which could be centrally managed, and also have the ability to remotely turn on all TV screens through the TripleSign system via a web browser.
“Our previous signage solution was very basic; we operated six screens each with its own PC and PowerPoint presentation that needed to be updated manually. Every morning a member of the Learning Resource Centre team would have to physically visit every screen, turn the equipment on, log in to the PC and load up the Presentation. It was a simple job, but owing to the size of the site it was very time consuming and inefficient. The Tripleplay system has turned this into a 30 second process,2 said Craig Wardle, Network Manager.
As well as implementing a digital signage and IPTV system on the Academy’s network of screens, they have implemented a Video on Demand system (TripleChoice) which enables the Academy to manage and monitor its entire catalogue of digital video resources, making them more readily accessible to its 250 staff, both from home and in the classroom.
TripleChoice also enables staff to record content from Live TV, bookmark relevant sections of content and add to their personal resource library, ensuring that appropriate video content is available to them when and where they need it.
Craig Wardle added; “With our old set up, recordings had to be requested by employees to the Library staff who would then manually record the content and then rip it to DVD. With the TripleChoice system we can record content and give access to staff via a thin client device.
“This is perfect for our staff as we supply thin client PCs connected to interactive whiteboards in almost every teaching room. All content can now be accessed via web browser, meaning there is no requirement for costly and cumbersome TVs and DVD players in the classroom.”
Since its implementation, the Academy has used the digital signage equipment to promote internal messaging, including the promotion and announcement of Academy competition winners and is intended for use by the Academy’s Head Teacher to reinforce their core learning principals and ethos.
With the Academy split into three core divisions, Primary, Middle and Upper, it was important the chosen system was accessible by all but also easy to scale. This would enable the Academy to add further screens to it as and when it needed them. This will also prove useful should Kettering Buccleuch Academy ever choose to expand the building, with permission already gained for another wing to be added if student demand exceeds current capacity.
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