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German high school installs 96 Philips displays

PPDS installation set to "revolutionise" teaching and communications

The historic and internationally recognised Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium (GSG) school in Velbert, western Germany, has installed 96 Philips interactive digital displays and monitors to “revolutionise” the way it teaches and communicates with its students.

GSG partnered with PPDS to install the displays – ranging from 24in to 86in – and also utilised a suite of products from other leading brands, including TV bracket and wall mounting manufacturers, Vogel’s and SmartMetals. New PPDS partner, Logitech, and German-based digital signage CMS software specialist, mdt Medientechnik (MDT), all came together to upgrade and transform areas – including classrooms, hallways, dining spaces and others – throughout its buildings.

Chalkboards were replaced with (or placed beside) thirteen Philips T-Line 86in and 75in multi touch interactive and anti-glare, anti-reflective, 4K education displays, whilst ten Philips 10in T-Line displays were placed outside each classroom for easy-to-read dynamic content.

The school was also strategically fitted with a suite of seventeen Philips D-Line and Q-Line displays (49in – 86in), allowing the school to ensure all students and teachers had access to live information at all times. This ranges from health and safety information – such as social distancing and areas where masks are required – wayfinding, school events and activities, as well as timetables. Content and information is created and shared using the PPDS CMND platform, while all displays are controlled via a custom CMS, which allows for automatic and manual updates from a central location. This reduces risks of disruption, helping tutors to start lessons on time and maximise the learning experience.

With 720 students and 55 teachers, GSG carries the name of iconic anti-war activists Sophie and Hans Scholl – brother and sister, and founders of the now revered ‘White Rose’ movement – a resistance group set up in 1942 and run by students at the University of Munich to decry Nazi crimes and the political system. Both Hans (24) and Sophie (21) were executed in 1943 for their views.

“A digital quantum leap. The new equipment with an XXL package of interactive Philips displays for lessons, info displays, digital door signs and additional IT monitors for our IT rooms fills us with a lot of curiosity and confidence for the new school year,” said Janine Hager, head of the school parents committee, Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium.

Frank Trossen, international key account director at PPDS, added: “Education is a key focus for PPDS and we’re working incredibly hard to bring truly innovative and transformative hardware and software solutions to market that address both current and future needs for the modern classroom.

“We were delighted to have been selected as the standout choice by Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium – a name synonymous with high standards and quality – to play an integral role in what a truly significant and impressive technology overhaul in the education marketplace. At PPDS, our focus is always on the customer, building high quality technology and working with the world’s leading providers in their respected fields, to overcome challenges and obstacles of today and in the future. Whether that’s camera technology or game-changing software designed for education, as a provider of ‘total solutions’, our aim is to make installations such as this a smooth, fast and effective one. We’re delighted with the result, which will positively impact a generation.”