The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College Central together with Extron and Epson held a talk and showcase of solutions for the Education Institutes in Singapore.

Themed “Creating Digital Experience” the objective was to share about audio-visual technology advancements and how the solutions showcased can help the education sector in terms of efficiency and productivity.

The half-day event was held on the 21st of February at the ITE College Central Tay Eng Soon Hall. The event attracted about 80 delegates that included school lecturers as well as facilities personnel from the different ITEs, universities and polytechnics.

The showcase was divided into specific solution stations that enabled guests to understand close-up the solutions that were integrated and how it worked to achieve objectives.

The stations were:
* Huddle Room / Collaborative Space
* Smart Classroom
* Active Learning Classroom
* Atrium / Gallery Video Wall System
* Network Audio Solution
* Spotlight Projection and Video Mapping
* 25000 Lumen Projection System
* Unified Communication

The technologies showcased touched on:
* 4K AV Infrastructure
* Projection Technologies
* Wired and Wireless Collaboration System
* AV System Automation
* Lecture Capture Solution
* Cloud Content Management
* Live Streaming Solution
* USB Routing
* Interactive Projection
* Pro AV System Integration with Software Codec Conferencing Applications
* Centralized AV Asset Management and Remote Helpdesk

The presentation kicked off with a brief from the Director of School of Electronics & Info-Comm Technology, ITE College Central, Aw Kim Geok (pictured). Mr Aw highlighted to the audience that the school is actively involved with the AV industry in Singapore as it has courses related to the industry and urged the industry supports to provide internship opportunity to the students.

He also commented that the event helps ITE, as well as the AV industry, work together to engage the education institutes as AV is very much part of the technologies integrated within the education space.

More importantly, Mr Aw commented that such events also helps ITE to update their curriculum so that their students remain relevant to the industry which will help them secure jobs. “Technology is transforming the industry, and by being engaged with the industry, we can ensure that our curriculum is updated.”

Tan May Lin, Director – Sales, Marketing & Customer Service, Epson Singapore took to the stage next to give the audience a brief overview about Epson’s history and its part in the evolvement of projector technology. A run-down about the various projectors from Epson was also shared. Ms Tan also engaged the audience on how technology has changed the education landscape such as the dynamics between the lecturer and students. She also highlighted how it had been proofed that immersive experiences enhance learning.

Daniel Poh, Asia Sales Director for Extron Electronics Asia also shared with the audience about Extron’s pedigree. He emphasised that one of Extron’s primary goal is to ensure the transportation of signals with minimal loss to the displays.

Daniel also informed the audience that Extron is well known for conducting many training programmes not only for the industry but for the vertical markets as well. He highlighted that training for trouble-shooting directed at the education segment will be launched soon and told the audience to take advantage of it.

The final talk was delivered by Ng Kok Sing, CTS-D, Regional Account Specialist, Education, Extron Electronics Asia. The presentation touched on some technology challenges in the education sector such as the need to work with different platforms and wireless design consideration amongst others and what the educational facilities will need to look into to ensure a seamless experience.

After the talk, guests visited each station for a closer look and understanding of the technologies on display.

Yeo Ren Kang, a Lecturer (Electronics) from the School of Electronics & Info-Comm Technology, ITE Central, was one of the personnel responsible for organising the event and getting the AV partners to be involved. “This event came about with the idea of talking about video projection technology and evolved into a solutions showcase.”

“We hope that guests will appreciate how the education segment can be further enhanced with AV technologies. ITE hopes to be the ambassador for the digital experience in AV.”

Terry Chan (pictured), Senior Executive, Communications & Information Technology at the Singapore Institute of Technology who attended the event shared his thoughts.

“This is the first time I am attending an event with AV facilities colleagues from the other Institutes. In general, as an end-user, this event was useful. It is important for us to know about technical details as it helps us with our planning and budgeting. I also feel it is important to understand about AV over IP and how to make the solutions work seamlessly.”

“The biggest challenge in AV over IP is security. It was good that this was touched on today. However, I would like to know and understand more to ensure that informed decisions are made as Singapore strives towards becoming a Smart City.”

Another attendee, Kenneth (pictured) who is responsible for IT-Facilities-Project implementation at Temasek Polytechnic felt that the event was beneficial.

“Knowledge of products and what they can deliver always helps. The mock-up stations were useful as we could understand the scenario better. I was particularly interested in Extron’s wireless presentation which was a non-conventional way of projecting as it depended on IT. The other Extron solution relating to recording in the cloud and the ability to integrate with learning management system was certainly intriguing.”

Epson Solutions at the Showcase
EB-L25000UNL laser WUXGA 3LCD projector
EB-LI505U rear projection laser projector
EB-L610U Wireless WUXGA 3LCD laser projector
EB LL1100U 6,000 lumens WUXGA projector

Key Extron Solutions at the Showcase
* ShareLink Pro 1000 – Wireless and Wired Collaboration Gateway
* Pro Series Control Systems – A New Era in AV System Control
* DTP CrossPoint 108 4K – 10×8 Seamless 4K Scaling Presentation Matrix Switcher
* SMP 351 – H.264 Streaming Media Processor Featuring Dual Recording and Streaming
* DMP 128 Plus Series – The Complete Audio DSP Platform with AEC, VoIP, Dante, and USB Audio
* Quantum Ultra – Ultra-High Bandwidth 4K Videowall Processor with HyperLane Bus