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RTS achieve Prince2 certification
0207 735 2020

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Congratulations to Tom Ketley, RTS AV engineer on successfully completing his Prince2, Foundation and Practitioner certification.

Prince2 Background

Prince2 was established in 1989 by CCTA (the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency), since renamed the OGC (the Office of Government Commerce). In June 2010, the Office of Government Commerce Best Practice Management functions moved into the Cabinet Office.

Prince2 is used extensively by the UK Government, it’s also widely recognised and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. The Prince2 method is in the public domain and offers non-proprietorial best practice guidance on project management.

Prince2 is extensively used in more than 150 countries around the world, and its take-up grows daily. It is widely considered as the leading method in project management, with in excess of 20,000 organizations already benefiting from its pioneering and trusted approach.

Prince2’s formal recognition of responsibilities within a project, together with its focus on what a project is to deliver.

Key Features

  • Focus on business justification
  • Defined organisation structure for the project management team
  • Product-based planning approach
  • Emphasis on dividing the project into manageable and controllable stages
  • Flexibility that can be applied at a level appropriate to the project.
Today, Complex projects often involve several organisations working together in partnership or through contractual arrangements to achieve the objectives. Prince2 provides a common language between organisations and with external suppliers. It also allows a focus on the business case, providing a mechanism to define what the project is trying to achieve and business justification for it.
Today “green” is the buzz word across industries and an important factor to consider for any decision maker. Is it sustainable? Is it efficient? Whether it is a financial, human, time or environmental resource saving you are after, Exterity IPTV delivers a benefit in each area.

Power & Materials

An Exterity IPTV head-end can offer lower power consumption figures than a PC-based solution. Exterity’s module and chassis based IPTV products use only a fraction of the 300-400 watts required by a less reliable PC-based head-end solution, while still delivering the same functionality.

When it comes to the user end, the fact that AV content can be played on existing client PC’s by using the Exterity client software saves resources. There is no need to invest in additional viewing screens or TVs for the AV content, nor the need to power up these separate units.

Exterity set-top boxes support Power over Ethernet (PoE), so there is no need for additional power points, which allows a further saving on both cabling and power consumption.

When it comes to cabling materials there is a significant saving to be made by using an IPTV solution instead of installing a separate co-ax cable network, which in extreme cases can mean almost double the cable required, consuming increasingly rare and expensive materials such as copper and polycarbonate plastics, and by extension oil.

As Exterity IPTV set-top boxes can be controlled over the IP infrastructure they can be configured to automatically turn on/off, as well as any connected TV sets by various methods including serial control. This further reduces power consumption dramatically as they need only be on during business working hours if required.

Cost

An IPTV installation can be financially more efficient than a co-axial cable based solution, as it uses the existing IP network infrastructure.

This means you can avoid the cost and interruption of installing new or additional co-axial cabling, whilst labour costs are also kept to a minimum by utilising the existing IP network.

An IPTV system is also scalable, so it can grow in line with a business without a major financial commitment up front.

Bandwidth

A building IPTV installation capitalises on the organisation’s existing bandwidth. Bandwidth – potentially a very costly resource – is necessary to receive data to and from the rest of the world.

However, because building IPTV is operating within your LAN, Campus or IP network it utilises the almost limitless capacity here via multicast technology to distribute TV and Video in both SD and HD to a limitless number of users.

For example – if 1000 employees logged on to watch BBC News using the BBC iPlayer simultaneously this would put a strain on the costly external bandwidth, whereas 1000 employees viewing BBC News on a building IPTV solution would not make any difference as they would be viewing via the LAN network.

Reliability & Maintenance

An IPTV installation is very robust with minimal maintenance costs versus PC-based solutions where the PC can potentially fail and need time and skilled labour to repair.A module based solution such as Exterity’s only requires a chassis – which often come with redundant power supply for back up. The modules are also configured to be hot- swapped should the system need upgrading or modifying.

Cooling

An IPTV installation offers cooler operation due to the lower power consumption. This means less need for air-conditioning in the server racks – something which is becoming increasingly important within server rooms and data centres alike. Less equipment also means less rack space usage.

For example, distributing the same number of TV channels by using TV gateways requires less IPTV devices and less power than if using other traditional distribution methods

Environment

An IPTV installation has less impact on the environment as the module and chassis- based IPTV products use fewer hard-to-recycle materials than PC-based solutions.

Exterity is WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) compliant and customers may return obsolete and retired Exterity products for recycling. Desk/rack mountable for discreet, convenient deployment.

Exterity units are manufactured in Europe, reducing the environmental impact of shipping, whilst maintaining the highest possible reliability standards

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RTS is an Exterity Streamforce Platinum Partner and has installed IPTV systems in many prestigious venues including new builds, Grade 1 and Grade 2 listed properties across the UK.

RTS hold demonstration stock of the Exterity IPTV product range.

Thinking of purchasing an IPTV system? Call RTS first. We are always available with advice to help you determine if IPTV is right for you.

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RTS were contacted by event organisers in London with an important keynote speaker stranded in the United States, unable to attend the conference due to the travel disruption caused by “SuperStorm Sandy”.

The storm brought gusts of more than 85mph and a record-breaking 13ft surge of seawater in Manhattan, submerging seven subway tunnels and many roads. All transatlantic flights have been cancelled causing travel chaos to thousands of passengers unable enter or leave the US.

RTS are a certified Polycom Solutions Advisor and hold extensive stock of Polycom video conferencing equipment which is readily available for clients and customers.

RTS engineers were immediately deployed with Polycom HDX 8000 video conferencing codecs to the central London venue. The systems were installed and tested and ready for the start of the conference.

The keynote speaker was able to deliver the planned address from the US – thanks to the quick thinking of event organisers who knew that video conferencing was the only option.

Expertise in video conferencing

RTS have been supplying and installing video conference solutions for corporate and public sector clients for many years and have an extensive range of hire and demo stock available.

Contact us or call us on 0844 800 6440.

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TeleEye

TeleEye has been at the cutting-edge of signal processing and video surveillance for over 15 years, researching, designing and developing a host of video surveillance solutions for the security market.

With a product range encompassing diverse security technologies including HD Video Recording Servers, HD IP network cameras, video recording servers, analog cameras and video management solutions, TeleEye fully integrates its products to be managed and monitored remotely over network connections.

About TeleEye

Based in Hong Kong, and with a number of worldwide offices, TeleEye’s high quality remote monitoring systems have been used for a multitude of different applications in a range of industries including retail management, banking security, property management, logistics management, construction site security and more.

TeleEye makes use of telecommunication media to allow users to visually monitor and manage their remote business anywhere, anytime. Its award-winning video recording servers and software are available for broadband Internet, LAN & mobile network applications.

Expertise in video surveillance solutions

RTS are experienced in supplying video feeds to many high profile cases and have been responsible for designing, building and installing audio visual equipment for courtrooms and court annexes. These temporary arrangements require an expertise in secure networking and data transfer, and in some cases, the annexes do not even have to be located close to the courtroom. RTS utilise a range of video surveillance solutions to show court proceedings to press overspill rooms.

Talk to RTS about TeleEye video surveillance solutions.
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Peli have launched a new range of Urban Elite Laptop Backpacks to protect laptops and tablets in extreme conditions and ideally suited business travels and commuters alike.

Combining the watertight, crushproof features of the Peli case with a practical but stylish backpack, the Peli ProGear™ “Urban Elite” Backpacks feature a built-in Peli case for extreme laptop or tablet protection.
Manufactured from ballistic nylon for ultimate durability.
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Peli Urban Elite Laptop Backpack Features

  • Rigid front plate to securely transport e-readers, tablets and notebooks
  • Additional pockets for accessories such as smartphones, headphones, water bottles, etc.
  • Load Compression straps
  • Built-in watertight & crushproof case fits tablets
  • Internal casedim: 267 x 190 x 43mm
  • Case features fast, top loader laptop access
  • Case is IP67 Tested
  • Pressure equalisation valve prevents vacuum lock
  • Weight 3.1kg
  • Backpack capacity: 18litres
Designed to be lightweight and comfortable for travelling outdoors or for long distances, the Urban Backpack line also features over-moulded handles, padded lumbar storage areas and ventilated back panels.

Buy your Peli Urban Elite Laptop Backpack from RTS

For more than 30 years Peli has built a reputation for manufacturing the toughest Protector Cases in the world. These high quality, protective cases offer safe transportation for fragile or expensive equipment and are the choice of professionals.

RTS protect their laptops and tablets with Peli and offer the entire Peli range to their customers and clients.

Talk to RTS about protecting your equipment with a Peli Urban Elite Laptop Backpack
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The Polycom® RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite is a first-of-its-kind, video collaboration software solution that brings contacts from all your presence-based applications into a global directory. It is an innovative extension of the Polycom RealPresence Platform designed for private and public cloud deployments. Available in enterprise and service provider editions, it helps enable universal access to enterprise-grade video collaboration to any business (B2B) or consumer (B2C) at the highest quality, reliability and security.

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Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite lets you easily add anyone on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk and other business video applications to your videoconferences from their browser. RealPresence CloudAXIS suite of software securely extends enterprise-grade video and content communications outside your firewall to truly create universal video collaboration.

  • Intuitive browser-based user interface
  • Global Directory supports Skype, Facebook, Google Talk and other UC application contacts
  • Drag and drop participants into a meeting
  • Automatically send meeting invites using IM or email
  • Share content with all participants

RealPresence CloudAXIS Suite delivers an intuitive web user interface that makes it easier for you to safely and securely connect with anyone outside your organization and firewall. As the host, you easily drag and drop all actively online participants into your videoconference from the collected presence information in your global directory.

Once you start the call, your invited participants receive a hyperlink in their chat window of their social or video application and, in one click, are immediately placed into your Polycom enterprise-grade video collaboration session through their browser.

RTS have the knowledge and experience in delivering and installing video conference solutions to corporate and public sector clients. RTS also have an extensive range of Polycom hire and demo stock.

Check out the video conferencing section on this website.

Contact us or call us on 0844 800 6440. Talk to RTS about Polycom video conferencing solutions
Microphone system for hearings

RTS have supplied a client with a tribunal recording system utilising encrypted wireless technology for the recording of internal tribunals and hearings. The system has been designed to be both portable and easy to use by non-technical staff who can travel nationwide to record HR meetings, hearings and tribunals.

The tribunal recording system allows up to 4 rechargeable tabletop wireless microphones to connect to the receiver, a laptop can be connected to securely record the meetings via USB. The system can be setup in minutes and is stored and operated from a large padded laptop bag.

The receiver can also be connected to a video conference system allowing cable free microphones to be positioned on a boardroom table.

Tribunal Recording System features

  • Receiver for a maximum of four wireless boundary microphones
  • Wireless transmission in the world-wide approved frequency range of 2.4 GHz
  • High noise immunity and safe against unauthorised listening due to Spread-Spectrum and 128-bit encryption key
  • Rechargeable NiMH batteries
  • Low energy consuming receiver
  • Compliant with RoHS and WEEE

Experienced in Digital Audio Recording

RTS have been responsible for supplying digital audio recording systems to public sector clients for many years and currently record over 100GB of audio weekly, as part of a contract for legal recording services.

Contact us or call us on 0844 800 6440. Need a tribunal recording system?
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RTS have chosen Peli cases to protect their range of audiovisual equipment for hire and installations.

For more than 30 years Peli has built a reputation for manufacturing the toughest Protector Cases in the world. These high quality, protective cases offer safe transportation for fragile or expensive equipment and are the choice of professionals.

All cases are water-tight, dust-proof, crush-proof, corrosion-proof and buoyant.

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Peli Case Features

  • Rugged, reliable construction
    Peli Protector Cases are made from Copolymer Polypropolene using open cell core and solid wall construction, which is stronger and lighter than a solid core wall.
  • Watertight seal
    A neoprene O-ring fits snuggly between the case body and the lid, ensuring a watertight seal when the case is closed.
  • Easy-open latches
    Double step latches facilitate easier opening and closing of the cases.
  • Automatic pressure release valve
    For quick equalisation after changes in atmospheric pressure, allows the case to be opened easily especially after flights
  • Padlock protector
    Reinforced metal padlock protectors offer security against cutting and theft.
  • Ergonomic handles
    Ergonomically designed, rubberised handles for improved comfort and grip.
  • Lifetime Guarantee
  • IP Rated

Buy your Peli case from RTS

In addition to choosing Peli to protect their AV equipment, RTS now offer the entire Peli range to their customers and clients.

Need to protect your equipment with a Peli Case?
Contact us or call us on 0844 800 6440.

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In a recent survey conducted by Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workspaces, two out of five professionals have now turned to remote working.

With winter fast approaching, the daily commute turns into a battle of longer journey times, bad weather conditions, cancelled train services and traffic jams. Although for 39% of professionals who work remotely for at least half of the week, stressful commuting is now a thing of the past.

But it’s not just the remote worker who has gained, businesses have found remote working an increasingly valuable incentive.

Benefits of remote working

  • Cost saving to business; lower overheads and reduced operating costs due to more efficient use of business premises. decrease in recruitment expenses
  • Improved level of service; with both extended business hours and higher staff moral due to flexible work schedules
  • Increase in productivity; higher staff motivation
  • Reduction in absences; lowered stress levels, reduced absences due to sickness and staff claiming time off for personal commitments
  • Greater staff retention; staff are less likely to leave a business, companies retain highly skilled employees who are happier to work with flexible working practices

Regus also found that more than 20% of the remote workers surveyed worked longer hours from home benefitting those businesses offering flexible working practices to staff.

During the 2012 London Olympics, UK businesses were encouraged to offer flexible working including remote working.

Another survey conducted by the Institute of Leadership and Management found that one fifth of UK businesses had introduced flexible working schemes as part of their business continuity plan and 43% would continue the arrangements post Olympics.

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RTS have been responsible for the audiovisual equipment supply, installation, operation and technical support for many events over the years. Here’s a small selection of photos from the RTS photo archive. Click to view the archive.

Experience matters

RTS is experienced in supplying technical support for installations, conferences, events, court trials and public inquiries since 1996 with a dedicated team of highly trained audiovisual engineers who can make it happen.

Find out why RTS is the “Rock Solid” audiovisual company for you.

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