The team at Goldwater Bank in Phoenix, Arizona was excited to make major upgrades to their central conference room. Ford helped them design and install a series of communicating AV systems that would allow them greater teleconferencing flexibility and personal comfort inside their stunning central conference room, which includes a 180-degree view of Phoenix’s downtown area and rocky mountains.
The Tech Decision
Ford was brought into this project already constricted by a tight time frame. The customer was looking for a solution that would give them an elegant way to have board meetings without breaking the bank. They wanted to be able to share presentations from their phones, tablets and laptops as well as conduct software-based video conferencing from a room PC with dual outputs. Finally, they were looking for a bit of a “wow factor” that would give them control of the lighting and motorized shades in the space.
The Ford team was able to integrate into their existing 0-10v lighting system with Crestron Lighting products and ensure that their shade controllers could receive RS-232 signals by working with their shades supplier. The overall product gave Goldwater a one-touch solution that could turn on specific lights for the meeting, lower the shades based on the time of day and location of the sun, turn on the system and switch to the specified source. Ford also worked with the end user to integrate a medium sized conference room and several of their executive suites. While the conference room can be controlled from the two in table Crestron Flip top TPs, the customer can also control every room’s AV functionality from any of their executives’ Surface Pros.
Goldwater Bank’s main conference room experienced a major upgrade starting with two 65-inch commercial grade LED displays mounted at one end of the room. The displays are controlled by digital transmitters (available on the conference table) that provide an HDMI connection into the dual display presentation system. Mounted under the displays, a PTZ HD camera is available for high-quality teleconferencing. Four OFE speakers sit inconspicuously in the ceiling aided by an OFE multi-zone amplifier. Finally, the presentation control system includes two automated lighting switches with an RF gateway and one OFE shade controller. This system manages all displays, shades, input source, volume and lighting in the room.
Goldwater’s team has said that they love the system and its ease of use. In particular, considering they have to deal with the deadly sun of Arizona’s summers, Goldwater really enjoys being able to lower the shades from the conference table or Surface Pro. They were excited to see that the system has built in Macros to lower the shades automatically when direct sunlight is introduced into the space. The system has many functionalities that require coordination with several trade types and, despite the short time frame available to complete the project, Ford was successfully able to integrate all the disciplines together into a final product that satisfies Goldwater’s specific needs while staying within their budget.