The FBN project was a commercial one that consisted of a Boardroom Presentation System, Video Conferencing System, Meeting Room Presentation System, Paging System, Meeting Room Scheduling, Digital Signage Systems and Local & Wireless Network Infrastructure. The project started off with a site visit by a design engineer with follow up site meetings, discussion and negotiation with client, before a specific design was agreed upon.
This project was partitioned into three phases : First Fix, Second Fix and Final Installation.
The running of conduit pipes and back boxes was carried out by our technical team when the space was still under construction to avoid any later structural damage and disfiguration to the site. Due to the nature of this project which involved many solutions and work spaces namely; a boardroom, three meeting rooms, reception and passages, the project manager had to deploy more human resources to site. It was also deemed appropriate to subcontract some aspect of the project like lighting fixture, speaker installation, wall fabrication, TV installation and projector mounting. With WSE in a monitoring role, the subcontractors were responsible for installing the lightings in the boardroom, cutting the POP ceiling for speaker holes, re-adjusting the installed TV to a more aligned and balance position, running and labelling the required cables appropriately, proper cable management and testing the speakers installed for audio output. We were also able to terminate the digital signage points by mounting each signage device on the table of the needed spaces, testing the cable connection point and the components for the Evoko room manager and installing the network gadgets by properly configuring the router and access points on site. All these were supervised by the project manager with proper quality control by the design engineer in charge of the project.
The pre-installation setup had to be done in the office as the site was not ready even though we had a deadline we could not afford to miss. The field engineers carried out all necessary configurations and firmware upgrades on the equipment to be used on site and some gadgets were coupled on the rack at the office workshop. By the time the site was ready, we started our initial installation by carrying out cable testing again to ensure that we were indeed set for the installation. Our engineers started by fixing and mounting the equipment into the cabinets and then connecting the corresponding labelled cables. During this phase, the need arose for us to work with the client’s I. T. staff concerning the configuration and administrative settings of private network routers, videoconferencing codec and Apple TV, which we could not be setup without access codes and passwords in the hosting network.
The final stage required us to tackle the aspect of the Audio Visual Control System, Audio Conferencing Integration, Room Manager’s setups, Digital Streaming and Project sign off. The boardroom was designed to be controlled and managed with a Crestron control system which gives users the ability of using GUI design application on an iPad to control the systems in the boardroom. The setting up of “App store” account for the initial connection of Apple TV in the meeting rooms was also carried out which enabled the user to wirelessly start a presentation without connecting a physical cable to a source input like a laptop.
Client was delighted with the increased efficiency of the space and the ease of use of the solutions provided