AMX Technology Drives Improvements in Training Tomorrow's Vets at the University of Florida

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AMX Technology Drives Improvements in Training Tomorrow's Vets at the University of Florida


The uses for AV technologies in higher ed aren't limited to traditional classrooms. At the University of Florida's new three-story, 100,000 square-foot veterinary teaching hospital, an integrated AV network is woven into the fabric of the building. David John, safety and security supervisor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, discussed how the hospital is using its AV network to improve patient care as well as the learning experience for students.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA WAS OUR 2011 Innovation Award winner for new learning space for its College of Veterinary Medicine. This facility was also certified as a LEED Gold building for its energy efficient innovation. This state-of-the-art research facility is quite an accomplishment.

We are proud to have provided much of the new technology to make the teaching innovations at the University of Florida possible.

The new DVX3150 HD is designed from the ground up as an all-in-one presentation switcher to address the specific needs of education institutions like the University of Florida. With the switchers in the classrooms and touch panels throughout the building, information can reach from classrooms to "rounds rooms" to operating rooms. Students and teachers can collaborate throughout procedures and documents can be shared throughout the procedure.

The Modero X Series Touch Panels allow the user to select a particular camera or computer and send images to that location. They are a great addition.

Our newest tool to help campuses is the AMX Rapid Project Maker, a cloud-based configuration tool to enable campuses to design and deploy systems in less than an hour with a really easy online wizard. RPM is a comprehensive tool and no program is required to use it. This is a great tool when you are trying to find a way to cut costs and identify solutions. We are trying to help universities find a way to get what they need within the financial capabilities they have.

OUR NEW SMALL ANIMAL HOSPITAL WAS OPENED LAST year. This was a giant leap forward in technology for teaching our veterinary students within this state-of-the-art functional hospital, which is also an energy efficient and environmentally friendly facility. That is tough to do in a hospital environment, which has many high-energy demand requirements, such as our Linear Accelerator for cancer treatment and an interventional catheterization lab.

This illustrates the importance of planning from the start. These are very high-energy items. So knowing we had to have these types of items in the building, we had to make a lot of plans to address energy efficiency in other areas. If you want to get LEED certified, you need to know up front what you can't compromise on, so you can make more energy efficient choices in the areas where you can.

We are a 24-hour facility with 22 exam rooms, 12 operating suites, seminar and conference rooms and a dedicated "rounds" room for each service. In these rooms, we had a lot of integration in AV technology.

With this building, we were trying to set a standard for both technology and teaching. The AV system had to meet the standards we were setting. When we started planning, we asked ourselves, "What is it that we are trying to do?" We did this by creating user groups to help us gather feedback and set direction. …

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