AV technology integrator, BIS Digital has equipped both Camden County Superior Courts with WolfVision Cynap, an all-in-one wireless presentation and collaboration system from WolfVision USA. The new technology acts as the centerpiece of each courtroom and helps to address some of the physical challenges of re-opening the courts which were temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Additional Cynap units are also installed in the Jury Assembly Room and in the magistrate Court.
“We’re proud to offer virtual courtroom technology to help Camden County ensure access to justice while protecting the health of its citizens,” said BIS Digital President Steve Coldren. “We look forward to our continued partnership throughout the pandemic and beyond.”
“When I learned BIS Digital offered virtual court technology, I was hopeful it could help us comply with the Superior Court of The Brunswick Judicial Circuit COVID-19 Operating Plan,” says Superior Court Clerk Joy Lynn Turner. “Thankfully, it not only addresses some of the challenges posed with social distancing, but it integrates with our existing public address, and digital court recording (DCR) systems.”
The Operating Plan incorporates guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, and Georgia Department of Public Health stipulates that all visitors not from the same household must maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet (1.83 meters). It also mandates new maximum room capacity figures, limiting the number of persons permitted in the courtroom gallery.
Cynap assists with adherence to these guidelines because its webcasting feature means that family members and court observers not directly involved in the case can view the proceedings via a live stream to the jury assembly room. This video streaming feature also enables the Court to stream non-closed sessions live to YouTube if required.
The Cynap system, which includes a built-in media player, provides a touchless presentation environment for court attendees by allowing participating attorneys to share with individuals both inside and outside of the courtroom documents, videos and audio files by wirelessly connecting their own devices. This BYOD (bring your own device) capability ensures good hygiene practice by reducing the number of ‘high-touch’ surfaces in use, further reducing the risk of Coronavirus transmission.
Cynap’s comprehensive wireless screen mirroring capability provides wireless screen sharing for all iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS devices. Connection is quick and easy, and support for AirPlay, Chromecast, and Miracast mirroring protocols means that no software, apps or dongles are needed when sharing content on-screen from smartphones, tablets or laptops. This is a key benefit with the in-courtroom presentation technology designed to be used by large numbers of judges, attorneys and other court participants with minimum support required from courtroom administrative staff.