De Montfort University standardises on Mersive technology

Sponsored: The move enables wireless content sharing throughout the campus

Over 50 Solstice pods at the University provide students, staff and disabled users with technology that enables more engaging, productive group collaboration

De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester has deployed Solstice Pods from Mersive Technologies in over 50 rooms and workspaces as part of its continued investment in providing a modern and inspiring environment for its staff and students. Installing this technology throughout the University allows users to wirelessly share content on collaborative displays enabling both teachers and students in a single room to easily share information from any device enabling a more creative and inclusive learning environment.

An initial installation of five solstice pods was undertaken in the Leicester Castle Business School building, which is a historic, Grade I-listed building that was formerly a criminal law court. Out of respect for the fabric of the building, any solution needs to be wireless. The lecture theatres also have a unique format due to the building’s previous use, with students seated in a semicircle around the lecturer – which facilitates a ‘Harvard style’ for teaching. DMU installed Solstice to deliver an improved AV experience where users can switch between laptops, phones or tablets to easily share and display information wirelessly, improving workflows and promoting more creative discussions.

De Montfort University has one of the largest populations of disabled students in the country, and Solstice pods have helped to support these students in achieving their full potential. Working within Disability Advice and Support in Student Welfare, Leanne Herbert, DMU’s Disability Officer, supports autistic students including those with Asperger’s, and works closely with different teams and agencies to ensure the appropriate support is available. Since the installation of Solstice pods, Leanne said, “It has been fantastic for meetings and I’m looking forward to using this with the students to easily demonstrate the set up for the ‘Brain in Hand’ app, an assistive personalised technology that we offer our 200 autistic students. The app requires the demonstration of a website alongside the mobile app, and with Mersive technology in place, I can switch between both really easily.”

Dr. Nathan Jeffery, Multi Media Services Manager at De Montfort University, said: “I have been interested in wireless display technologies for five years, and after researching, using and experiencing many different technologies, have decided to standardise on using Solstice pods for future projects at the University. There are many wireless solutions on the market, but not all of them offer a collaborative approach with such an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. We have already installed over 50 throughout the campus in a wide array of scenarios as they have proved they provide an innovative and creative way for everyone in the room to easily display and share content for everyone to see. The easy management of any technology across the whole estate is also crucial and the intuitive dashboard allows access to control any or all of the pods within the wireless umbrella via a single point of access and a single mouse click.

“At DMU, we are focused on providing an inclusive and stimulating learning environment that recognises the value of co-creation, and Mersive Solstice pods helps us realise this,” continued Dr. Jeffery. “A member of staff from The Faculty of Business and Law uses a wheelchair and this technology has also provided them with the ability to move freely around the classroom and present from anywhere within the space, rather than having to be tethered to the technology at the front of the room with wires.”

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