Cabletime, developer of the powerful MediaStar range of IPTV and digital media distribution solutions is helping medical practitioners at the Quadram Institute, the unique Norwich-based facility that focuses on the interfaces between food science, gut biology, human health and disease, to access live streams of vital investigative procedures on patients.
Part of the world-class bioscience cluster at Norwich Research Park, the Quadram Institute combines research teams, the University of East Anglia’s Faculty of Science, Norwich Medical School and Norwich University Hospitals’ regional gastrointestinal endoscopy unit in a specialist organisation which has the capacity to conduct at least 40,000 endoscopy procedures every year.
The unique environment, which brings together scientific research and NHS practices, has undergone a major AV infrastructure project under the management of Snelling Business Systems to ensure two-way interaction that allows medical practitioners, researchers and students to benefit from live streaming between endoscopy suites and seminar rooms.
Cabletime is facilitating the distribution of live signals, TV and digital signage over a fibre optic network via MediaStar Digital Media Encoders and IPTV Decoders. These are being used in the seminar rooms, the lecture space, which allows for up to 100 participants, in meeting rooms and also in the public areas. In addition, a MediaStar LAN-caster Gateway has been deployed to provide digital terrestrial TV broadcast over IP.
The MediaStar solutions were specified by Snelling to support a brief for AV systems at the Quadram Institute that could support a new ‘Work and Learn’ approach to collaboration. Snelling is a global supplier of integrated audio-visual systems, environments and communications technology and a valued partner to Cabletime.
Steve Royans, Sales Director at Snelling, said: “Our mandate required us to specify the most robust, reliable and dependable hardware. The brief highlights the importance that we can guarantee 100% uptime given the status and purpose of the building as a research facility and NHS unit. Cabletime naturally stood out as a choice because Mediastar is a tried-and-tested platform. The ability to expand/re-configure the system and introduce new functionality in the future to scale with changes in building layout/occupancy made it an easy choice. Our verdict of the Mediastar platform has always been the most positive and Quadram Institute is yet another testament to a great solution that performs extremely well in any given AV environment”.
Andy Walker, Digital Communications Manager at the Quadram Institute, said: “The Cabletime system is highly effective at effortlessly distributing a wide range of content – from playlist of videos and images to news feeds – around our building. Perhaps the most impactful element has been the ability to schedule content through the building, allowing each box to output its own individual content at a chosen time. The flexibility of the system is very impressive.”
Shaun Oxenham, CEO at Cabletime, said: “We are always delighted when our system is used to support new innovation, and the Quadram Institute is no exception. This is a fantastic example of the power of live streaming to bring multiple groups in multiple locations together and it will also have a significant benefit in terms of time and costs.”
The MediaStar range provides TV/AV and multimedia distribution and digital signage products primarily for medium to large enterprises, which require future-proof, stable and proven solutions for live TV, corporate communications, multicasts, audio, training and digital signage.