Hastings Academy, close to England's south-east coast, has installed ONELAN digital signage for three applications: a videowall, an immersive 5m x 5m 270º projection space and a 24-screen multi-site signage network. ONELAN was reportedly selected as its Net-top-box (NTB) media players are highly stable and very easy to use for non-technical staff.
The Academy's videowall is driven by an NTB 6000 media player. It was created for the Academy by integrator CDEC, which was given the following brief: it was to be positioned under a set of stairs, be of a non-standard shape and have one portion that is interactive. It should be simple to use, with a number of easy-to-select preset configurations, including the ability to create a "window" into the sister academy in nearby St Leonards. The school specifically chose thicker-bezel displays.
A timed videoconferencing system switches automatically on at the end of lessons at 3:15pm; although the full use of this part of the system is still being developed, teachers and pupils in after-school clubs know that they can share lessons and best teaching practice in an interactive meeting space with their sister academy via the videowall.
The use of templates, created by CDEC, allows different immersive backdrops to be 0, updated or created. The teacher arrives with an iPad and selects options from a dropdown menu, transforming the room into into a desert landscape or the surface of Mars.
Elsewhere, the immersive 270º projection space is driven by an NTB 6000 media player. The images are split and and shared by Datapath multiscreen controllers, then recombined on the projection surface using hard edge-blending techniques.
School news and information are displayed on 12 screens around the Academy, and a further 12 at the St Leonards site, which are driven by a third ONELAN NTB 6000 media player.