The University of Wolverhampton in the UK has officially launched its Visualisation Communication Centre project. It is based on the University’s Telford Campus and is a unique blend of technology specifically aimed at engaging small businesses and start ups who need to use technology to either develop or promote their business ideas. The Telford campus was apparently the ideal location for this initial project, as in addition to the Visualisation Communications Centre, rapid prototyping and IT development facilities are available on campus to fast-track an idea through the start-up phase.
The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The technology within the centre was designed and built by Impact, and includes a range of AV and IT related equipment encompassing video conferencing, video streaming, immersive projection, interactivity and a 2x2 interactive video wall display, all seamlessly linked together to provide an engaging environment in which to bring investors and prospective clients. In particular, it is for businesses which may not have premises or the capital to invest in the necessary equipment.
“The impact that the Visualisation Centre has when businesses first enter the room, is the wow factor we are all looking for,” said Steve Smith, Lead Technology Advisor. “When we explain what it can provide for their company’s growth and development it really sets their minds racing. This innovation room is what many SMEs need to provide the springboard in these changeable times. The full benefit is realised due to the attention to detail and quality of installation and finish provided by Impact which motivates the
company to see how it would work for them.”
The local authority and chambers have shown great interest in the Innovation First and VCC project. These facilities provide a legacy for the teaching and learning spaces to the University’s students and staff. The University is already in the early stages of designing a second centre at the Science Park in Wolverhampton.