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News in pictures 1 September 2010

Archipod – the future of home working; Firefly and Artcoustic serve up tasty solution at kitchen showroom; ETC in award winning lighting scheme for Ripon Cathedral; Highbury College chooses Onelan for high impact communication.

Saville Audio Visual is to distribute a startling new ‘garden office’ concept equipped with the latest videoconferencing technology.

Archipod is a revolutionary, self-contained facility, specifically conceived to be efficient, ergonomic and unusual and to complement a garden landscape. Designed as an insulated sphere 3m in diameter, the ‘Pod’ is constructed predominantly from timber and is insulated to a standard exceeding that of current Building Regulations. A larger 4m version is also available.

The unit is delivered, installed and equipped as an integrated package, including a state-of-the-art high definition videoconferencing system. Only an electricity supply and a broadband connection from the house are required and planning permission is not normally necessary.

Firefly Automation has carried out a high quality installation in Schiffini’s Italian kitchen showroom.

The high-end Italian company Schiffini design and build some of the most beautiful kitchens in the world, and for their flagship London showroom they insisted the quality remained in every area. Firefly Automation was brought in to design and install a simple to use, high quality system for everyday use as well as open evenings and events. The Artcoustic Superstar was the perfect choice, installed with Control 4 for ease of use.

Eighty ETC Source Four PARs have been used in the award-winning refurbishment of Ripon Cathedral in north Yorkshire.

Lighting consultant Light & Design Associates (L&DA) won the Lighting Design Award 2010 in the Heritage Projects category for the installation, which consisted of a complete rewiring and new electrical installation.

Jim Morse, then a director at L&DA and now a consultant with them, was the lighting designer on the project. He says: “The cathedral knew it needed new lighting both internally and externally, so took the opportunity to upgrade to the latest and best technology. We used two types of Source Four PARs: 575W with wide beam lenses for days when the cathedral is open for services and concerts; and Source Four PAR HID 150W for days when it is open for the general public. That way, they would have the quality they needed while keeping energy costs down.”

The 575W lamps used in the tungsten Source Four PARs are the 2,000 hour long-life versions, while the HID version has a standard life of some 12,000 hours, helping the cathedral save money by reducing the frequency of lamp changes.

As part of Highbury College’s multi-million pound and multi-campus redevelopment programme, the College sought a better way to communicate with its stakeholders in a modern and more efficient manner. Onelan’s digital signage solution was selected.

Highbury College, based in Portsmouth, wanted to display dynamic content such as live student timetables to provide up-to-date information for students that changed automatically. As a multi-site organisation, Highbury wanted to ensure that consistent messages were published centrally to all sites. The digital signage system also needed to show RSS feeds with live content incorporating college news and events.

Highbury has installed five Onelan Net Top Boxes (NTB) 615, four NTB 610s (one running as a publisher) and one NTB 510.

All the NTBs are located in Data Server rooms around the college with signals distributed via Smart-E Cat 5 solutions. While the NTB’s are spread across three campuses in Portsmouth, they are all working off the central publisher located at the main site.