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Helsinki’s University of the Arts improves student experience with Christie

Laser projection illuminates flagship arts education university’s classrooms and music performance halls

The University of the Arts in Helsinki recently upgraded some of its audiovisual facilities to improve the student experience. Electro Waves, a local integrator, carried out the work which includes new Christie APS and the GS series laser projectors in a number of lecture theatres and music performance halls.

With its combination of disciplines including fine art, music and theatre studies, the new university offers a unique education opportunity to students in Finland and overseas. And, with increasing numbers of students attracted to the university through its growing reputation, the in-house AV team were keen to add first-class projection to enhance the teaching and presentation facilities. Kai Tuovinen of Electro Waves organised a trial period to test which projectors would be suited to the university’s requirements.

“In partnership with the in-house AV team we decided to put various projectors through their paces before we made our final choice. Christie came out on top overall and we were happy to settle on the one brand for the two separate requirements – classrooms and music performance areas,” said Tuovinen. “The APS Series are perfect for the teaching environment and the versatility and performance of the GS Series made it a natural fit for the performance areas.”

The GS series have been installed in four of the main music theatres which are for acoustic and electric music, opera and organ music. “The projectors stood out for the almost silent operation, the uniformity of the image, flexible lens choices and the general cost-effectiveness for such a high-performing unit,” commented Tuovinen.

The GS Series is designed to deliver performance and reliability for the busy, high-use environments found in higher education. The Series takes 1DLP to higher levels of brightness, image quality and colour reproduction and with the onboard laser illumination eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements, which is of particular importance on a university campus as it keeps maintenance and TCO low. The low-weight of the GS series made installing and mounting the units an easy task and the full suite of lenses (seven in total) have been extremely useful when staging student performances.

The APS Series are installed in eight of the classrooms across the university campus. A value for money solution, the Series proves that low-cost doesn’t mean sacrificing quality. “We chose the APS Series as it combines affordable 3LCD technology with the reliability, performance and operational life of laser illumination,” added Kai Tuovinen. “It’s also lightweight and has a low-profile design and whisper-quiet operation which all adds up to the perfect affordable classroom projector.”