Holiday Inn Express – Breezewood, PA
Spire AVL worked with the operations team at the Holiday Inn Express to design an Audio, Video, and Control System in their conference center. The system was designed with the goal of making technology accessible for any level of user that may use the two multi-purpose spaces. The need to have the two spaces capable of being one large space was also a need that was presented. To do this, two touchscreens were installed, one in each space. These touchscreens then work together when the room is being used in “Combined” mode allowing users to operate the system from either touch panel. This added a level of complexity to the programming.
To keep costs down, Spire designed a system that utilized one matrix switcher capable of many inputs and outputs. This matrix switcher sends out video signal to a projector and a TV in Room 1, as well as two TVs and a projector in Room 2. The inputs and outputs within the system are easily selectable via the touchscreens to provide maximum flexibility for video routing. An audio DSP (Digital Signal Processor) was required to split the rooms and to control the various audio inputs. Spire again approached this as a unified system that was used across both rooms.
The simplicity of the system shines on the Presets page. The average user is able to select “Presentation”, “TV”, or “Audio Only” and the respective video routing and audio will become preset and ready for them to interact with.
“The team at Spire brought our auditorium into the 21st They assessed our needs and presented a solution that is user friendly and cutting at the same time. They have a knack for understanding the end user, in our case, senior citizens as well as our staff members.”
“(Members of Spire) were able to interpret what a non-technical person is saying, know how to fix it and articulate back the solution to me. That’s key. It’s nice, because not all technical people can do that translation.”