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AV System Brings Multimedia to Stanford University

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AV System Brings Multimedia to Stanford University

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General Projection Systems, Inc. has announced the completion of the advanced Audio Visual/Video System at the new William Gates Computer Science Laboratory located at Stanford University. Bill Gates, a namesake of the new facility, spearheaded this project by donating $6 million for its construction.

Highlighting this state-of-the-art facility are a 200-seat auditorium and a 100-seat classroom. Both rooms feature teleconferencing capabilities via an interactive AV network, banks of monitors, and centralized control rooms. Stanford intends to make these "electronic classrooms" available to University staff as well as visiting academics. This "Around the Globe" interaction will help establish a critical mass for the generation of new ideas.

The classrooms themselves consist of high-output Ampro-7@00 LCD projectors capable of displaying high-resolution graphics as well as crisp video. Additionally, the soffet above the audience has six 27-inch monitors facing the lecturer, enabling him or her to interact with remote classrooms and students. Those classrooms located on the Stanford campus are networked to this facility via a complex fiber-optic network. The instructor can control this network through a user-friendly touch panel. This simplified AMX-MSP-32 push-button panel accesses basic source selection while more complex levels of signal switching are performed by trained systems operators via an AMX-EL touch-screen located in the control room. …

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