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Neat technology deployed for 4-storey Halkin workspace

London-based AV and IT specialists, Tateside, led the integration of a complete AV system across eight meeting rooms

Neat technology, including Neat Bars, Neat Boards and Neat Centres, has been installed at recently opened new premises on King William Street, in the heart of the City of London’s financial district. The new workspace belongs to Halkin, a specialist in co-working spaces and office rentals.

Distributed across four floors, the workspace required an extensive AV system that would enable collaboration with clients. London-based AV and IT specialists, Tateside, led the integration of a complete AV system across eight meeting rooms.

Neat Boards were integrated into almost all of the meeting rooms. Each Neat board comprises a 65-inch multi-touch screen, a built-in audio system and a wide-angle camera, taking care of the audio-visual needs of a modern meeting space within a single solution.

The addition of a Neat Pad in each room allows for control of the Neat Board display. In several rooms, an additional Neat Bar is also installed, providing further options for users.

“We have worked with Halkin on several workspaces over the past couple of years,” said Jack Cornish, technical director, Tateside. “We started out collaborating on smaller jobs such as upgrades of existing meeting rooms. The complete integration of the new office spaces at King William Street is our largest project with Halkin.”

He continued: “Halkin is a Zoom-room user, utilising Neat technology across all their sites. In collaboration with the team at Halkin, the project focused on using high-quality products and ‘doing meeting room technology properly’, without cutting corners and to the same standard across all their spaces.”

Tateside was involved in the project from the early stagers, working with the initial room designs and client requirement. Empowering BYOD capability, Tateside deployed four USB-C powered Taurus UCX universal switchers from Lightware.

“Taurus UCX offers something unique, with good built-in control and automation available, as well as the physical UI of the two USB-C inputs allowing for plug-and-play functionality, the latter being the key point we needed to achieve,” explained Cornish. “Through harnessing USB-C connectivity, Halkin’s clients can effortlessly connect their devices and enjoy a streamlined and efficient meeting experience with easy host-switching.”

An exception to the Neat standard can be seen in the 24-delegate boardroom space. In this larger space, immersive visuals are provided through the integration of two 75-inch 4k Samsung displays and an 85-inch Samsung Flip 3 collaboration screen, allowing participants to interact with content via the touchscreen. For discreet audio coverage, eight Bose DM5C loudspeakers are deployed, whilst two Shure ceiling array microphones ensure delegates throughout the room can be heard clearly.

Three Yealink PTZ cameras, including one tracking model, are used for hybrid meetings. User control comes through the integration of a Yealink MCore kit mini-PC and touchscreen, whilst device switching and network connectivity in the boardroom are handled by Blustream transmitters and receivers.

In addition to meeting room solutions, Tateside also integrated digital signage and a background audio system on all four floors at King William Street. Bose DesignMax DM5C in-ceiling loudspeakers were chosen and custom-sprayed to fit in with the décor. For digital signage in the reception area and throughout, Samsung Frame 4K HDR Smart TVs provide functionality in a design-led format. Some bespoke elements were also incorporated, such as custom brass finishes on Kramer Cable Cubby units.

“As we’ve come to expect, working with Tateside has been an absolute delight,” says Benjamin Freedman, director of IT, Halkin. “Despite the tight schedule, they always managed to fit us in and make things work. The quality of their work is second to none and we’ve subsequently sold both their services and the kit we’ve installed in our meeting rooms to several of our own clients.”

“Halkin workspaces represent an excellent example of a brand that is standardising its technology,” concluded Cornish. “The result is a coherent user experience and meeting rooms that function to a very high standard, every time. Users want to be able to come in, plug in their laptop and start a meeting without jumping through hoops or navigating complex control systems. At King William Street and across other Halkin offices, this is what we have achieved.”