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Optoma’s LED display illuminates atrium at Jisc HQ

The atrium of a not-for-profit organisation promoting the use of technology in higher education and research proved to be an ideal environment for an Optoma LED centrepiece.

Jisc is a not-for-profit organisation, working on behalf of the UK higher, further education and skills sectors, championing the use of digital technology by providing digital services and solutions. One of the main products Jisc offers is the Janet Network, and 18 million users in education and research organisations, science parks and public sector bodies rely on Janet to stay connected.

Jisc recently moved from its Castlepark location in Bristol to a new office in Portwall Lane and, as part of the move, called upon AV integration and collaboration specialist Visavvi for the entire audio-visual kit out.

One aspect of the new office installation was an atrium. Adam Williams, senior IT engineer at Jisc said: “It will be a brilliant space for our staff. Also, with Jisc being a membership organisation, this will be a great benefit to our members who can use the space free-of-charge as and when they need it”.

But he added: “With the space being quite bright – we have a full glass surround and ceiling – a solution that could combat that was crucial”.

Visavvi installed an Optoma Full HD LED display, the FHD20422 – a 4 metre wide 2mm pixel pitch LED display – to be the centrepiece for the space. With support from Optoma’s ProDesign team, it took Visavvi only three days in total to mount the LED display.

Ross Noonan, Optoma’s technical product specialist who heads up the ProDesign service said: “We normally allow three days for build, one for commissioning and configuration and one day for soaking – built into that is time to allow for any unplanned matters. All technical installations have challenges, so we account for that in the build process. In this case, we lost a day and half due to working around other trades on site. Which meant we had the screen up and built, ready for use in two days and a half effectively.”

Made up from 128 LED tiles, the LED display’s ingenious mounting solution means it does not need a frame and can mounted directly onto wood or plasterboard. Designed to take up less space and to blend discreetly into any environment, the screen has a panel depth of only 56mm.

Ross added: “This was an amazing space to work in. It plays perfectly into the strong points of LED technology: it’s very bright, it’s open, it’s clean, and the high brightness and contrast really, really works in this space.

“At Optoma we’re really trying to set ourselves apart from the competition. The support side of things is key. It’s the same in all of our different areas: projection, interactive flat panels, and LED displays.”