One Manchester has been fitted with a Sony AV solution to enable the housing association to embrace new ways of working and more efficiently manage its portfolio of more than 12,000 homes in central, south and east Manchester.
The challenges Sony faced on this install was modernising the space and ensuring it offered the flexibility required in a cost-efficient way. Therefore Sony proposed two solutions, facilitated by AV specialist reseller, IDNS AV: A meeting room set-up and additional digital signage throughout the building to create a personalised introduction for visitors and an effective way of keeping employees up to date.
With the need to deliver key corporate information throughout its Lovell House office building where employees are based, One Manchester required the installation of an AV solution which would enable effective and simple communication. The team found that the existing facility (sharing information via posters on noticeboards) did not allow for any flexibility such as regularly changing content. Furthermore, this process was not capable of supporting targeted content for different internal teams and also customers and visitors to the office, hindering the opportunity to communicate important information at certain times.
Sony appealed to the organisation as the only vendor to offer an all-in-one solution which met its needs for flexible customer communication, employee administration and organisation.
Gareth Keith at One Manchester, commented: “A core theme in the new One Manchester office was to utilise modern technology and embrace new ways of working, so our requirement was to enable digital channels of communication across our office building. The digital signage solution allows us to keep employees informed about what is happening within the business very quickly and efficiently, and also to communicate new initiatives and services that they could talk to their customers about, in a relevant and timely manner.”
At the heart of the new solution was the deployment of TEOS Manage in conjunction with a range of BRAVIA professional displays. By grouping devices across One Manchester’s office, this package of software and hardware has given the AV team full control and monitoring of its IP display devices so that content being communicated via displays can be viewed by building, floor or area.
Displayed across a range of Sony 43in and 55in BRAVIA 4K XE8 series professional displays, corporate messages and important customer information can now be communicated in a flexible way. With TEOS Manage powering this solution, the housing association can create content, schedule the playout, and push images, pictures, videos, signage and other content to individual devices, zones or across the whole network throughout the office. It allows the communications team to ensure the right content is always displayed on the right screen at the right time.
Furthermore, the room booking tool, powered by TEOS Manage, offers an integrated room booking solution. The solution allows meetings to be easily organised and scheduled, leading to improved space optimisation for employees and visitors.
Since installing Sony’s solution in October, the organisation’s visitors now enter the office’s communal area on the ground floor and are greeted by and directed through informative information delivered via TEOS Manage-enabled digital signage.
Previously it was a challenge to communicate corporate information throughout the office, however now the association is able to instantly switch this content on the displays through TEOS Manage – enabling employees to communicate in a more productive and targeted way.
Mick Brittain, IT infrastructure engineer at One Manchester explained: “Since the installation of Sony’s solution, it has been tried and tested from an IT perspective, and employees within the new office are benefiting from a simple to use meeting room booking system and a consistent IT set-up in meeting rooms; allowing them to conduct meetings and connect to the IT systems in the building easily to share information with colleagues and visitors.”