|It’s a reporter’s job to stay abreast of all the late-breaking news. With events splashed over social media the second they unfold, having easy and quick access to reports is essential. To help reporters stationed at the new Boston Globe headquarters keep constant tabs of late-breaking events, Maverick Integration, Nashua, N.H., outfitted the news organization with a distributed video system that would feed HD video to nearly 80 displays and 20 collaboration suites in the new facility.|
|The modular AV over IP system from Just Add Power was able to be scaled my Maverick Integration to meet the specific needs of The Boston Globe. “All J+P’s transmitters and receivers are compatible, so a designer can mix-and-match models based upon system requirements. This is a real advantage for The Globe as screens need to be upgraded to meet forthcoming format demands,” says John Bray, consultant for Maverick Integration.
The focal point of the distributed video system was The Boston Globe’s News Hub, where systems integration firm Maverick Integration executed a design by AV pro Marc Happes, which included four displays in a vertical orientation used for internal analytics, nine 49″ displays around a perimeter soffit, and a three-sided ceiling-mounted video wall dubbed “the jumbotron.” Each of the three sides of the jumbotron consists of a 2×2 video array of 55″ LCDs. With J+P’s Ultra over HD 4K receivers, the sources can be oriented vertically or horizontally to fit the requirements of the installed displays. In the case of the 2×2 video array, the system provides a variety of presentation options, including individual source feeds to each of the four displays, displaying four video sources at once, or when in a video wall configuration, one large image scaled seamlessly across the display. Also, within the jumbotron outfit are three speakers for personnel to hear breaking news stories. Because J+P’s platform also supports lossless audio, signals can be switched to the speakers when required, ensuring breaking news stories can be heard.
Upon completion, the system featured more than 100 end points of IP distributed video and 20 conference rooms and executive offices equipped with in-room, wireless collaboration. News personnel can easily select the source they need and quickly put it up on the desired display, switch sources, tile up to four channels or video sources on the video wall, or scale it to provide a larger video screen for everyone to watch. This enables them to have a critical eye on the breaking news they need most, with virtually no lag between source selection and display.