Florida International University‘s new restaurant management lab orders up more than just 5-star quality food.
With its Panasonic cameras, TV monitors, Crestron touch panels and Polycom videoconferencing system, the restaurant management lab is one of a kind in the world, and sets the bar for the future of hospitality training.
FIU wanted to construct a high-tech space that enabled instructors to monitor student performance in both the kitchen and restaurant sections of the lab, while engaging in distance learning with culinary schools in China and Ireland and in each of its own live classrooms.
Dale Gomez, IT Director at the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at FIU says that the school wanted to take the restaurant and kitchen concept and put it in a classroom with a 5-star look.
“We wanted to focus on teaching and management and give instructors the flexibility to manage both sides of the field,” he says.
Gomez says once AVI-SPL started integrating the project, it felt like “1,000 pounds of technology put into a 10 pound bag.”
The technology installed into the restaurant lab includes:
• 18 Panasonic point-tilt-zoom cameras, which are controlled by
• Crestron touch panels, which feed into the screens of the lab’s
• 10 Sharp Electronics TV monitors, which range from 32 to 90 inches
• Wireless mics at each of the dining tables
• Digital displays showing food orders, point of sales information and kitchen-action video feeds
• A 24 inch touch screen lectern to watch and annotate lectures
• HD displays to support the Polycom conferencing system and cameras, which also function as surveillance cameras after closing