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A sound solution for universities

The demand for group collaboration in universities, and the capture of the resulting discussions, has never been higher.  But for higher education, the need is not without its technological challenges. Away from lecture halls, students need a more intimate environment, and the tools to foster group working. Digitally-driven young adults will use technology to enhance communication and connect to their peers inside and outside of the meeting room. How can universities do more to maximise the potential of their multiple meeting rooms? Technology can offer solutions to creating flexible spaces that inspire students and offer support for group interaction.

The solution should:

  • Allow students to collaborate easily and effectively in break out rooms
  • Enable remote participants to feel like they’re right there in the room
  • Ensure every attendee is heard clearly and can contribute equally
  • Help all university meeting rooms be used to their full potential

Ensure every student finds their voice

The university infrastructure has to pave the way for digital transformation and the progression of more student-led and project-based learning methods. Alongside traditional lecture theatres are many multi-use rooms that could be ideal for smaller group working sessions if equipped with the right tools.  The pressure is growing on IT departments to support collaborative environments and incorporate scalable technology to fit the different layouts of these meeting rooms.

One critical aspect is getting the audio right - both for people present in the meeting and remote participants joining the conference call. Inaudible calls are a frustrating, time-wasting problem that hampers group discussion. University meeting rooms demand a vastly improved audio experience to allow all students to communicate and collaborate effectively.

A sound solution for universities

The Nureva HDL300 solution

The Nureva HDL300 system has the power to simultaneously process every audio source in a room and deliver a more natural sense of communication. Optimised for small to mid-sized meeting and collaboration spaces, at the core of the HDL300 is Nureva’s new Microphone Mist technology, which fills a room with 8,192 virtual microphones.

Calibration for the HDL300 system is automatic - change the room layout or seating arrangements and it adjusts accordingly.   And installation couldn’t be easier. Hang the HDL300 on the wall with two screws in less than 30 minutes.  Then simply use with your preferred conferencing platform, with no need for any driver installation.

8,192 virtual microphones

Powered by Nureva™ Microphone Mist™ technology, the HDL300 system fills a room with 8,192 virtual microphones processing sound in the same way people’s brains do. In conversation, the brain filters noises and distractions to focus on what is being said. Through advanced signal processing algorithms, this effect is replicated by intelligently focusing on what the person wants to hear and reducing all other noise. Every one of the thousands of microphones is always on, even with multiple people in the room talking and moving. No matter where the speaker is standing or how they move, a microphone will pick up their voice.

Group discussion with the clearest sound

The system’s custom audio processing unit is capable of handling 15,000 MIPS, which is much more powerful than conventional systems. This power is used to create a quality listening experience for remote participants by way of the virtual microphones. The solution has continuous self-calibration to adjust to the optimum setting for any room layout. Incorporates simultaneous echo cancellation, position-based automatic gain control and sound masking to deliver the clearest sound.

THE FUTURE OF COLLABORATION NEVER SOUNDED SO CLEAR

Supporting student collaboration and remote participation is easy with a carefully considered high-quality audio delivered by a next-generation audio conferencing system. This plug and play solution provides a seamless, frictionless experience for all participants and can easily be linked to other common Communications platforms, such as Skype. Below par audio will only disengage students and hamper collaboration. With the HDL300, every element of the group discussion will be captured and students will be switched on, tuned in and heard clearly, whichever room they’re in.

  • Suits any room layout - auto calibration adjusts to optimum setting automatically
  • Integrates seamlessly with universities’ existing Unified Comms platforms
  • Discussions can be captured from anywhere - the back of the room, in front of a display or from a different location
  • Creates flexible spaces – Wall mounted so no cables or table devices

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