alexa_tracker
Case Study: Lord’s Cricket Ground IPTV
0207 735 2020

Tag: AV Maintenance and Support

Lord’s Ground, located in north west London, is recognised worldwide as the “Home of Cricket”. Owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), Lord’s is also home to Middlesex County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the European Cricket Council, as well as one of the world’s oldest sporting museums.

The Challenge

In 2013, MCC unveiled a masterplan to redevelop Lord’s to maintain its position as the most prestigious ground in the world at which to watch and play cricket. As part of the phased development, the existing Warner Stand was demolished at the end of the 2015 season and a new £25 million state-of-the-art stand was opened by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in May 2017.

With a capacity of 2,656, the striking new stand has been designed to deliver an enhanced spectator experience for MCC Members and their guests, and includes a significant upgrade to catering and entertainment facilities which will be in use throughout the year.

The Solution

As part of the upgrade, Lord’s selected a complete, end-to-end Exterity IP video and digital signage solution to deliver high-quality live TV and digital signage throughout the Warner Stand, including bar and catering areas and match control facility. The solution was deployed by leading systems integrator RTS, working closely with the Technology Department at Lord’s.

Stuart Moore, Managing Director at RTS, said: “The customer wanted to ensure they were HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) compliant and Exterity represented the obvious choice with its integrated, end-to-end HDCP solutions. Flexible and scalable, the Exterity IPTV system can also easily be expanded to the other stands as the ground redevelopment progresses. The team at Lord’s pre-configured the network for IPTV in advance of installation so everything was very straightforward.”

“One of the main reasons we chose Exterity was that we could get the entire solution from a single vendor. Exterity products are plug-and-play, easy to install, incredibly robust and centrally managed through a single panel of glass. I have also been very impressed by the level of service and support I have received from both RTS and Exterity and look forward to a ground-wide IPTV expansion in the future.”

Mike MacDonald, Technical Operations Manager at MCC

The Result

Exterity AvediaStream HDCP Encoders securely deliver content-protected live Sky and BT Sports channels – which, of course, include live cricket matches – to screens around the Warner Stand, J.P. Morgan Media Centre and new scorers’ box, ensuring viewers never miss a second of the action.

Lord’s also records non-televised county cricket matches: live camera feeds are fed into an existing RF system which are in turn captured by an Exterity AvediaStream TVgateway and streamed as channels over the IP network. The single TVgateway blade also delivers all UK Freeview channels.

Exterity ArtioSign digital signage solution – which is integrated into every Exterity AvediaServer and AvediaPlayer Media Player – is used in the bar, catering areas and the lobby to display drink menus and pricing, sponsor adverts and to promote Lord’s Shop and cricket store merchandise on match days. ArtioSign is also used to create personalised, branded signage screens for meetings and conferences held on non-match days.

“We are delighted that our IP video and digital signage solution is helping to create an immersive fan experience at a world-class sporting institution such as Lord’s. Being equipped with the latest content protection solutions also ensures that they can meet the content industry’s stringent security requirements, something that will only increase in importance as the quality of video continues to improve.”

Colin Farquhar, Exterity CEO

Get The Expert Advice You Need

RTS is an Exterity IPTV Streamforce Platinum Partner and has installed IPTV systems in many prestigious venues including new builds, Grade 1 and Grade 2 listed properties and HM Government departments across the UK. RTS hold demonstration stock of the Exterity IPTV product range. Our installation and support engineers have completed Exterity advanced training at the Exterity headquarters at Dalgety Bay, Fife.

RTS always available with advice to help determine if IPTV is right for you.

Exterity IPTV StreamForce Platinum Partner Logo

Contact RTS today for more information on Exterity IPTV solutions.

Contact RTS or call us on 0207 735 2020.

Talk to RTS about your IPTV requirements or arrange a demo

Sound Masking Logo

 

Sound Masking is the addition of an unobtrusive background sound, similar to airflow, to reduce the intelligibility of human speech and to reduce distractions. The resulting environment leads to greater productivity and increased privacy and comfort.

Corporate offices feature a variety of workspaces that require their own unique solutions for improving worker comfort, productivity, and speech privacy. Modern open offices contain far more reflective materials, such as glass and wood, than ever before. Then, combine those factors with more benching and less private offices. While these changes have made workplaces more aesthetically pleasing and collaborative, it has also affected the acoustics.Sound Masking in corporate settings, such as the ones described above, help improve the acoustic environment. This enables employees to feel more comfortable and less distracted at work.

RTS was approached to design and install a multi zone sound masking solution as part of an office refurbishment in central London. The space was a combination of open planned office spaces, communal hallways and private meeting rooms.

RTS installed a Cambridge Sound Management QT300 control module, capable of multi zone installations up to 36,000 square feet. The QT300 was connected to 122 individual sound masking emitters across 3 independent zones. This system is capable of covering up to 3 diverse areas in buildings needing improved speech privacy. Configuration of the system was through the QT300 web browser interface or the front panel which can be locked out to avoid unauthorised tampering.

QT300 Controller Module

Qt emitters are wide dispersion direct field speakers with 1.25” (3.17 cm) drivers and are smaller than a coffee mug. All Qt emitters come in the adjustable format. These emitters deliver four uncorrelated audio channels, which provide uniform, unobtrusive sound masking. This feature, along with plug and play installation and easy configuration capability, make Qt® systems the most intelligently engineered and most effective sound masking systems on the market today.

RTS installation engineers worked alongside various tradespeople to ensure that the sound masking installation was delivered on schedule and to budget.

 

RTS has recently installed a digital signage solution into a UK Premiership football club. The signage solution from BrightSign has been rolled out into key areas displaying customised content designed for the football club by RTS.

The BrightSign digital signage can be scheduled and controlled via a web browser allowing the content to be updated and refreshed quickly and easily through prepared templates without having any knowledge of content creation or programming.

Customers have the ability to push content out to the players themselves through easy to use software or have content pushed from a centralised portal.

XD232-1032-back

XD232 Networked Interactive Player

Overview:

BrightSign XD232 is updated with state-of-the-art technology including PoE+ and an advanced video decoding engine with superior scaling technology capable of decoding two 1080p60 videos simultaneously, while delivering accelerated JPEG decompression with instant image display. Users will enjoy lightning fast HTML5 performance, as well as UDP network control for video wall synchronization, mobile device interactivity and messaging between BrightSign and third-party devices.

Features:

  • Powerful video engine capable of decoding two 1080@60p videos simultaneously
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE+) to power your XD player
  • Sharp 4K upscaling of 1080p content
  • Simultaneous playback from local, networked and streaming content sources
  • Accelerated JPEG decompression for instant image display
  • Abundant content support – Full HD videos, images, audio, HTML5, streaming content, 3D content, Live Text and media feeds
  • Interactivity including GPIO and IR ports for buttons, motion sensors and more.
  • UDP controls supported via the Ethernet port for video wall synchronization, mobile device interactivity and messaging between BrightSign and third-party devices.
  • BrightWall support for video walls including mixed screen orientations and unusual display shapes
  • Supports IP streaming of Full HD video, MJPEG and audio streams and even serves video streams from local storage
  • BrightSign App compatible for user variable updates and UDP command interactivity
  • Built-in networking to update and manage your signage remotely
  • Remote snapshot to view an image of your signage playback via BrightSign App or BrightSign Network
  • Effortless presentation creation with included BrightAuthor software
  • Internal micro SD card slot for secure content storage and playback
  • Locking power connector ensures accidents don’t happen
  • Low power consumption keeps operating costs down
  • Highly reliable solid-state platform and a slim OS – no PC down time

Find out more information about digital signage solutions from RTS.

Contact RTS or call us on 0844 800 6440.

Talk to RTS about a tailored digital signage solution 

EYEVIS LOGO
RTS have recently installed a videowall for a public sector client in central London using the EYEVIS product range of videowall controllers and processors over HDBaseT

RTS were engaged by an existing public sector client to assist with the design and installation of a new videowall as part of an existing building upgrade to modernise a control room within the customer building.

 

Video Wall Example

 

RTS distributed multiple HD CCTV images, IPTV and local video using a dedicated EYEVIS Netpix videowall Processor. The EYEVIS Netpix allows for exceptional customisation of video display arrangements when using the custom API in conjunction with an AMX Control processor. Video from the EYEVIS Netpix was distributed to a 3×2, ultra-narrow bezel display array, using Extron HDBaseT extenders.

The audio from IPTV and local sources was processed via an Extron audio DSP outputting program sound using K-ARRAY integration speakers, either side of the video wall.

RTS worked alongside other trades to complete the project within the allocated timescales and to budget. The finished result was ” a real show stopper” and the client training was minimised as the system was intuitive enough with the system integrating with a user friendly AMX touch-panel design.

Contact RTS or call us on 0844 800 6440.

Talk to RTS about your video wall requirements 

 

 

AV Maintenance and Support
Tailored AV maintenance and support contracts offered by RTS ensure customer peace of mind through long-term protection of investment. RTS have the experience and knowledge to provide the right level of support, on budget and on time.

AV Maintenance and Support

RTS understand that maintaining audio visual equipment is vitally important to achieving long term effective reliability and performance to minimise disruption and inconvenience of faults and technical issues of mission critical AV installations.

Our engineers can respond rapidly across the UK to assist with the support and maintenance of audiovisual systems and equipment. We offer a range of services and support to protect client investment of audiovisual systems and hardware including;

  • Online Technical Support
  • Telephone Technical Helpdesk
  • Onsite callouts
  • Preventative AV maintenance visits
  • Ad-hoc AV health checks
  • Loan AV equipment
  • Bespoke AV maintenance agreements
  • Out of hours and weekend support
  • Client Training

RTS hold a comprehensive inventory of equipment to back up AV maintenance and support agreements, and to ensure minimal disruption to clients should there be any hardware issues.

All our service level agreements (SLAs) represent flexible, tailored preventative maintenance and technical support that’s designed to keep your audio visual equipment running for longer and within budget.

As a certified member of Infocomm International, the association representing the commercial audiovisual industry worldwide. RTS audiovisual engineers benefit from the latest E-learning, classroom and manufacturer led education and training programmes promoting best practice in the delivery of technical support.

Our continued competency is enhanced through ongoing renewal requirements and adherence to the Infocomm Standards of Excellence in the delivery of audiovisual installation and AV maintenance and support.

In good hands for AV maintenance and support

When choosing an AV systems integrator to support your audiovisual equipment, you want to know that you can rely on the whole team. All the staff at RTS, including our non-technical staff, have Government approved security clearances. While you may not require this level of security commitment, it is helpful to know that when you call on RTS, we will safeguard your details with the utmost precaution.

Contact RTS for tailored AV maintenance and support options.

Ask RTS about AV maintenance and support options

Digital Signage

Digital signage brings the opportunity to deliver information and advertising in a dynamic multimedia format. It’s eye-catching, engaging and offers superior return on investment when compared to traditional printed signs.

Retail

The retail sector is by far the biggest single vertical market for digital signage. Retailers use digital signage for sales, marketing and branding purposes. Dynamic images for advertising are far more attractive than paper posters and offer greater flexibility for a given space. With digital signage, it is possible to show a broad range of different adverts on the same display while managing and monitoring content remotely. Many retailers already employ digital signage solutions on a global basis because it is quick, efficient and affordable.

Public Display

Post offices, doctor’s surgeries and hospitals are just a few public places that are often visited by a large number of people. Digital signage is an infotainment technology and customers can be informed about important facts or they can entertained whilst they wait to be served.

Corporate Communication

Digital signage is an excellent tool for communication. In the workplace, it is used to inform and educate staff on health and safety, upcoming events and messages from management. For visitors it enforces an organisation’s brand identity, entertains visitors in reception and shows the way to meeting rooms.

Public Transport

Railway and bus stations are visited by large numbers of people every day and digital signage can keep passengers updated before, during and after their journey. Instead of a single inconspicuous paper poster with just one message, digital signage can be used to show numerous messages on multiple displays. Pictures, text and videos – anything is possible to help make information clear and visible. And using a combination of indoor and outdoor displays, will help the message reach its intended audience regardless of the location.

Banking

A bank is an institution that offers a broad range of products and services. As a result, it can be a challenge to keep customers informed about the various banking products and services. Digital media is the ideal solution to show the latest information as quickly as possible.

Airports

Airports are crowded and hectic places where people constantly arrive and depart. Airport solutions are the perfect medium to provide passengers with real time travel information and guidance. Signage in airports is one of the oldest and best known applications for digital media. It shows passengers a mixture of sales promotions, video clips, movies, luggage information and flight details.

Leisure and Hospitality

Pubs, clubs, gyms and restaurants are all environments that benefit from digital signage. Through advertising campaigns and displaying the latest offers – digital signage can offer a good return on investment through increased sales and customer retention. Hotels and convention centres have also recognised the need to incorporate digital signage into their facilities. Effective digital signage can inform people on the spot and serve as a virtual concierge to keep tourists informed about their holiday resort, give directions, display schedules for activities and even advertise hotel amenities such as restaurants and spas.

Education

Digital signage enables educational facilities to communicate with students, staff and visitors with Conference, Lecture Theatre and Exam times. In primary and secondary education, digital signage can be used to demonstrate class work or school outings. For further and higher education it becomes a tool to sell the benefits of the establishment to prospective students as well as entertaining and informing existing students with campus activities, union messages and campaigns.

Check out our case studies here

Get the expert advice you need

RTS is committed to the needs of customers through supplying a wide selection of products ranging from indoor wall mounted displays to outdoor freestanding units; from standalone display screens to fully maintained multi-site digital networks that are all controllable from one central point.

Whether you want to create a custom unit to advertise your business at exhibitions, aide in retail sales, inform or enhance your working environment. RTS can help find a solution!

If you or your organisation feels that you could benefit from using digital signage technology feel free to contact RTS with any relevant questions about your project.

Contact us or call us on 0844 800 6440.

Find out more about digital signage from RTS

Member of Avixa
Cisco Select Partner Logo
Crown Commercial Service Supplier
ISO 9001 : 2008
ISO 14001: 2004