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Case Study: Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, Pennsylvania

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, located in downtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, has fully embraced the rise of collegiate eSports with their world-class one-and-only varsity team – the Harrisburg University Storm. To further bolster their program and team, a future-proofed practice facility was proposed to ensure continued success. This center would allow players to practice competitive gaming in an environment that is tailor-made for the fast-paced on-line gaming world.

The 2,300 square-foot training facility requires a user-friendly system to transport AV signals from multiple gaming stations to a large video wall for team members and faculty to successfully practice and collaborate. With a relatively close viewing distance, the installation needed to be clean and seamless without any display issues or distractions that may potentially impact gameplay during training.

In order to eliminate the need for any extra hardware, simplify ordering and troubleshooting, a distribution solution with integrated signal processing, scaling and routing was needed to control and support the installation. To ensure the system would handle the high-resolution frame rates of simultaneous gameplay and offer zero-frame latency, a SDVoE 10G system was used.

Working with both Harrisburg University’s faculty and selected manufacturers, New Era Technology designed and developed the unique space centered around a video wall system. To fulfill the facilities’ video wall requirement, designers used a 17-panel Barco UniSee wall. The bezel-less panels created a near-seamless display of the fast-paced action. The flexible configuration allowed the players and faculty to display on the wall and automated calibration ensured consistent image quality throughout all training sessions.

Aurora Multimedia’s IPX series SDVoE 10G AV over IP solution fulfilled the distribution requirements for this unique application. Thirty-nine IPX-TC2 transceiver boxes and 4 IPX-TC3-WP transceiver wall plates were integrated in the facilities installation. The Transceiver design allowed devices to be configured as encoders or decoders simplifying setup and troubleshooting. Other features such as integrated video wall processing/scaling/routing, the Dante digital audio option to support the gaming stations, PoE for powered network devices, and the exclusive IPX series IPBaseT management software for device control.

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