PFM 21 5 Jul 2018 - Page 20

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De Montfort University Standardises on Mersive
Technology to Enable Wireless Content Sharing
Throughout the Campus
ver 50 Solstice Pods at the
University provide students,
staff and disabled users with
technology that enables more engaging, productive group collaboration.
Mersive Technologies, a leader in wireless content sharing and collaboration
solutions, announced that De Montfort
University (DMU) in Leicester, United
Kingdom, has deployed Solstice Pods
in over 50 rooms and workspaces as
part of its continued investment in providing a modern and inspiring environment for its staff and students.
Installing this technology throughout
the University allows users to wirelessly share content on collaborative displays enabling both teachers and
students in a single room to easily
share information from any device enabling a more creative and inclusive
learning environment.
An initial installation of 5 Solstice Pods
was undertaken in the Leicester Castle
Business School building, which is a
historic, Grade 1 listed building that
was formerly a criminal law court. Out
of respect for the fabric of the building,
any solution needs to be wireless. The
lecture theatres also have a unique
format due to the building’s previous
use, with students seated in a semicircle around the lecturer – which facilitates a ‘Harvard Style’ for teaching.
DMU installed Solstice to deliver an
improved AV experience where users
can switch between laptops, phones or
tablets to easily share and display information wirelessly, improving workflows and promoting more creative
De Montfort University has one of the
largest populations of disabled students in the country, and Solstice Pods
have helped to support these students
in achieving their full potential. Working
within Disability Advice and Support in
Student Welfare, Leanne Herbert,
DMU’s Disability Officer, supports autistic students including those with Asperger's, and works closely with
different teams and agencies to ensure
the appropriate support is available.
Since the installation of Solstice Pods,
Leanne said, "It has been fantastic for
meetings and I’m looking forward to
using this with the students to easily
demonstrate the set up for the “Brain in
Hand” app, an assistive personalised
technology that we offer our 200 autistic students. The app requires the demonstration of a website alongside the
mobile app, and with Mersive technology in place, I can switch between both
really easily and well."
Dr. Nathan Jeffery, Multi Media Services Manager at De Montfort University,
said, “I have been interested in wireless display technologies for five years,
and after researching, using and experiencing many different technologies,
have decided to standardise on using
Solstice Pods for future projects at the
University. There are many wireless
solutions on the market, but not all of
them offer a collaborative approach
with such an intuitive and easy to use
interface. We have already installed
over 50 throughout the campus in a
wide array of scenarios as they have
proved they provide an innovative and
creative way for everyone in the room
to easily display and share content for
everyone to see. The easy management of any technology across the
whole estate is also crucial and the intuitive dashboard allows access to control any or all of the pods within the
wireless umbrella via a single point of
access and a single mouse click.”
“At DMU, we are focussed on providing
an inclusive and stimulating learning
environment that recognises the value


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