WSSU AV upgrade: Extron NAV Pro harnesses AV over IP to simplify cabling

WSSU AV upgrade: Extron NAV Pro harnesses AV over IP to simplify cabling
When Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) in the US upgraded a banqueting hall, it turned to Extron’s NAV Pro AV-over-IP system to handle signal distribution for a revamped AV system.

The McNeil Banquet Hall resides in the university’s Anderson Center that houses several academic departments as well as functioning as a conference venue, serving the campus community, government agencies, corporations, non-profit organisations, and business associations. As well as the banquet hall, it contains meeting rooms and a 400-seat auditorium.

NAV Pro AV over IP forms the backbone of the AV signal path for the banquet hall upgrade that was handled by Winston-Salem based pro AV integrator Recursav. Working with WSSU’s technology support analyst Chris Screen, Recursav simplified cable pulls through existing construction with AV-over-IP signal distribution over CATx Ethernet cable. Recursav selected a range of Extron switching, distribution, control, and audio products to meet system design requirements.

Adam Gordon, sales engineer at Recursav, said: “Recursav based its design decision to use NAV Pro at the Anderson Center on NAV’s track record of solid performance and reliability at several other installations that we've performed over the last two years at other universities in the area.”

Screen added: "To get the kind of AV distribution capability that NAV Pro provides with just one cable pull? I'm so impressed with that."

Five projectors show images on the banquet hall walls, providing flexibility to make any wall the focal point of the room. Flat panel displays in the lobby show informational messages and views from inside the banquet hall. NAV decoders provide the projectors and lobby displays with HDMI signals. An SMP 352 streaming media processor records and streams events from both the banquet hall and the auditorium. NetPA amplifiers, fed from the Dante audio network, drive SoundField ceiling speakers to provide clear sound for attendees in the banquet hall and the lobbies. Wall mounted TouchLink Pro touchpanels next to each projection screen work with an IPCP pro control processor to provide intuitive control of all AV system functions.

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