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Next-gen Flying Eye Hospital lands Crestron control

The next-generation Flying Eye Hospital will incorporate Crestron control and automation technology to help run the aircraft's facilities, including an operating theatre, treatment rooms and 46-seat classroom.

Crestron, a world leader of advanced control and automation systems, and ORBIS International, a nonprofit humanitarian organisation that works in developing countries to save sight worldwide, have teamed up to outfit the next-generation Flying Eye Hospital (FEH), a MD-10 aircraft donated to ORBIS by FedEx, with Crestron’s state-of-the-art technology. As an ORBIS partner, Crestron will play an instrumental role in delivering eye care training to thousands of eye care professionals across the world. The next-generation FEH will include an operating theater, laser treatment room, communications center, recovery room, audiovisual/IT room and a 46-seat classroom, all of which will rely on the Crestron’s technology to achieve ORBIS’s mission. The FEH will utilise Crestron audio/video technology to teach, collaborate and disseminate information. Doctors, nurses and other eye care professionals will gather for lectures, discussions and live broadcasts of surgical procedures performed onboard the FEH. Crestron control solutions include audio and video distribution systems, multimedia processors, and camera control. The teaching facility with wings features 15 cameras and 17 monitors. The IT/AV technician can broadcast from any camera to any monitor using Crestron. Several Crestron 24in HD touch screen displays will provide control and 2-way communication between the operating theater and the classroom. Crestron speakers will provide the audio for the training sessions, and will handle the toggling between cameras to allow eye healthcare professionals to view the procedures in HD onboard. Tablet-style Crestron TSW touch screens will also allow for full control of the audio/video systems. “Crestron’s audio/video solutions will serve as an invaluable advantage in ORBIS’s mission to continue to save sight worldwide. ORBIS is fortunate to receive their full support as we build our new training facility,” said Jack McHale, Director, MD-10 Project at ORBIS International. “Crestron’s generous donation and state-of-the-art control and automation systems will help us continue to provide the gift of sight to people around the globe.” Crestron CEO and aviation enthusiast, George Feldstein took a special interest in this project. His deep involvement in philanthropy and love of flying was a natural fit for becoming involved with the work of ORBIS International and other global organizations. Feldstein founded the Crestron Eagles Program, a program that donates state-of-the-art home theater systems to military hospitals to provide comfort and entertainment to wounded service men and women returning from active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. “ORBIS is providing quality eye care to an underserved population. Our complete solution will facilitate communication and collaboration between doctors, nurses, and technicians to administer care in ways that were previously unimaginable,” said Feldstein. “We look forward to helping ORBIS extend the value of its training programs and transform the lives of thousands around the world.”