unified communications project wins big with Catlin
March 13, 2012
proAV, one of the world’s foremost audio
visual systems integrator was awarded the ‘Most InAVative Unified
Communications Project’ award at the 2012 InAVation Awards ceremony
in Amsterdam during the ISE exhibition. The award recognised the
success of a wide-scale telepresence video conferencing solution
installed at insurance underwriter, Catlin’s offices in London.
Egham, Surrey - In a fitting finale to a
remarkable awards season for proAV, the systems integrator’s
pioneering AV project at global insurance underwriter, Catlin’s new
London offices in the City’s Gracechurch Street, scooped the title
of Most InAVative Unified Communications Project at last week’s
InAVation Awards ceremony in Amsterdam.
The category was
contested by some of the industry’s most exciting audio visual
installations, but the Catlin project, which features a fully
immersive ATX telepresence solution, large format displays and
digital signage, building-wide IPTV distribution and a bespoke
streaming and content system, was a clear favourite for the judging
panel. Indeed, the project had already attracted industry attention
as a finalist in the Videoconferencing Project of the Year category
at the recent AV Awards.
proAV worked closely with the project’s
technical consultant to create an inspired, homogenous communication
solution based around the AV industry’s most groundbreaking
conferencing products and platforms. Together, proAV and Cordless
incorporated inspirational technologies throughout the project,
relying on Omnivex’s Moxie digital signage platform, VBrick’s world
leading streaming and Exterity’s IPTV distribution systems and, key
to conferencing coordination, a global room booking system to
connect international sites.
‘The move to 20 Gracechurch Street came about as we outgrew our
previous office space, explained James Stratford, Catlin’s Group
Operations Manager. ‘As part of an exciting design that drew on our
five core values; transparency, accountability and teamwork,
integrity and dignity, we needed to provide a first class AV and
comms facility. AV consultants, Cordless and proAV worked
hand-in-hand with us from the outset to provide facilities that we
can replicate globally and enhance as technology advances.’
As Paul Andrew, AV Consultant at Cordless, confirmed, a
professional, collaborative communication infrastructure was
integral to the success of the Catlin project.
‘Our brief was to harmonise Catlin’s communications network with the
world’s leading video conferencing technologies and create the
ultimate meeting experience for the organisation’s workforce,
partners and clients who are based across its international sites.
Our specification delivered a fully immersive, collaborative meeting
experience with on-demand global conferencing, media distribution,
display and presentation facilities in an innovative and entirely
future-proof AV solution.’
In a change to InAVate magazine’s traditional mid-ISE prize-giving
ceremony, the 2012 event was held at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen
restaurant, where 200 finalists enjoyed a sumptuous four-course meal
before the winners were announced. The event was a great success and
InAVate looks set to follow a similar format in 2013.
proAV was also nominated in the Most InAVative
Corporate Facility for its revolutionary and, to date, the world’s
most substantial Crestron DigitalMedia solution at Nomura Bank in
London. There was also a nod in the Most InAVative Public Sector
category for the innovative 3D imaging project at MATTU, the Minimal
Access Therapy Training Unit.
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