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Leading systems integrator IVC Media are to design, supply and install a state-of-the-art AV IT system for the National Assembly for Wales’ senedd building in Cardiff. With the aim of dramatically increasing its interaction and availability of information for the general public, its assembly members and staff, hundreds of new, bespoke, interactive touch screen panels and information kiosks will be installed around the assembly building, over the summer recess, all linked to an IPTV system.
“The project will see the installation of perhaps the most innovative and interactive AV IT system in use in government today,” confirms Ray Harding, director of IVC Media. “The system will maximise the use of traditional audio visual applications and takes, IPTV, signage and IT hardware and software to create one seamless interactive solution all run over one network.”
230 new, bespoke, nine inch touch-screens to be located in the public viewing gallery will allow visitors to interact and receive information from the IPTV system, which transmits material on the channels from the National Assembly for Wales’ pre-existing broadcast facility. These touch screens provide the opportunity for the public to access further relevant information of their choice, which may include details on the assembly member who is speaking or background about the debating topic, for example.
A further 25 signage and information kiosks positioned around the building, will link to the core system, and allow tailored information to be delivered to each unit, along with general public interaction. In addition, IVC Media has created web page templates which can also be accessed via the kiosks. These are fully customisable so the National Assembly for Wales can add in bespoke content on topics, therefore incorporating the elements of internet, IPTV and web pages all in one solution. For the public, this makes access to information timely, relevant and allows them to choose what they want to see and hear.
“IVC Media has worked with the National Assembly for Wales for six years on its original AV system and since then the company has provided two full time members of staff working on site to support technology needs,” explains Harding. “As a result, our extensive knowledge has meant we understand the precise needs of the National Assembly for Wales and will be able to deliver on this visionary project by supplying and supporting a best-of-breed AV system delivered over an IP network for the benefit of all the stakeholders involved.”