The Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO is an innovative international institution of the future, it is a joint project of members of Russian and international business elites who preferred starting from scratch instead of building on an already existing Russian educational institution. The school, VIP facility is under the auspices of Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation. Besides it was founded by 18 Russian and foreign major companies and individuals, leaders in their sectors: oil and gas, metals, power generation, investment, banking, insurance and retail trade.
The Objective is to create of a top-flight management school that will become a renowned leader in international business education.
Polymedia began working on material from the end of 2006 (at the design stage of the project), in May 2009 began its implementation.
Our installation was part of a larger project, implemented by HP (Hewlett-Packard). One of the requirements was to work on the methodology of “Global Method». This methodology used by HP worldwide, is an integral part of quality assurance system based on both the best internal practices of HP and international standards of project management. GM methodology fully complies with internationally recognized standards of the International Project Management Institute (Project Management Institute-PMI).
Thanks to the organization of work of all departments in accordance with this methodology, we have consistently demonstrated ability to provide services and solutions within the agreed time, within budget and with the highest level of quality.
Business schools today are not just lecture halls equipped with multimedia systems. A modern business school constitutes primarily a space both real and virtual where all participants of educational process can exchange their knowledge. After studying contemporary systems for collaborative information handling the customer jointly with Polymedia professionals decided to develop unique software allowing to take information handling to a breakthrough level (VIRD, Visualization of Information on Remote Displays).
VIRD software was developed specifically for business school “Skolkovo” by programmers of Polymedia. This software allows to integrate all information sources at a conference hall with display facilities. Its users won't be bothered with document formats. The software supports majority of common data formats and allows teachers to concentrate their attention on a subject matter instead of searching convenient and accessible ways to display information.
VIRD software not only offers handy tools for information processing but also allows to cut down considerably expenses on a switching system. School's local network is used as a data communication media and format transformation is accomplished by software means.
School studies are not limited by classroom walls and any student can gain access to tutorials through Internet.
Polymedia engineers took part in classroom designing, consulted teacher's and student's workplace allocations, acoustical layout and room lightning.
An assembly hall is one of the most significant premises of any school. It accommodates various public events from graduation ceremonies to lectures of distinguished experts from all over the world.
The customer has allotted a task to create a multipurpose hall equipped with a large screen, sound amplifier system, onstage lighting system and embedded in chairs conference system. While designing the AV-complex it was necessary to consider architectural peculiarities of the room such as large window on its ceiling, limited space behind the screen and non-standard shape of the hall.
Polymedia engineers honorably met the challenge and created a congress hall fully corresponding with the needs of the business school of future.
The task of providing high quality images in the congress hall was complicated by architectural peculiarities of the room including a tremendous window of irregular shape on its ceiling widely opened for daylight. The blinding system installed in the hall couldn't provide adequate blocking of light flux and preliminary estimations show that front projection at a large screen is invalid here. That's why a rear projection solution has been chosen. Behind the screen there was enough space for a single mirror projection system. A scene width in the hall allowed to install a 14 x 4 meters screen. To provide such an aspect ratio it was necessary to employ at least two projectors using method of soft edge blending of two images to form a seamless whole picture. The system contains two Digital Projection Lightning Pro projectors with light flux of 20,000 ANSI lumens and 0,67:1 lenses. A number of challenges has been solved during installing and adjusting the system. First of all it was necessary to align images of two projectors with ultra wide angle lenses. In spite of all efforts of their manufacturers the ultra wide angle lenses used in the system produced noticeable geometric distortions. In single projector systems such distortions are almost invisible being located at an image periphery, and viewers easily ignore them, but when pictures of two projectors are aligned the most critical zone appears in the center of a screen. To minimize visibility of such distortions a precision positioning of projector fastenings was used following preliminary accurate lens adjustment in the mid-position where brightness decline on the periphery and geometric distortions are minimal and symmetric about the center of an image projected. Another problem was related to insufficient rigidity of a large and heavy reflecting mirror because its tiniest deformations also led to noticeable image distortions. To successfully solve it special accessories have been developed for the mirror surface adjustment at a number of scattered points. Invisible "edge blending" of two images at a screen is achieved by using BARCO Encore processor. The screen uses a special rear projection fabric reducing hot spot effect.
Professionals of Polymedia company managed to create a complex that meets all current needs of the business school and to lay the foundation for subsequent development of the system.
Client brief & requirements
Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO is an innovative international institution of the future. It is focused on developing unique leadership and communicative skills required for the new type of manager who will be in demand in the 21st century - the age of human resources.
According to the conception of the SKOLKOVO's founders, the architectural design of the building created in the spirit of Malevich's paintings, aims on the one hand to stress the idea of the interpenetration of Russian and World culture and, on the other, to show the innovative and even futuristic character of the school, which is also characteristic of the great Russian artist's works.
Therefore, the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO turned to Polymedia JSC, the leader at Russian market for AV solutions for a comprehensive installation.
- Congress hall and 12 classrooms of the Skolkovo complex audiovisual equipment
- Congress Hall is designed for a variety of activities including conferences, meetings, seminars, lectures and international meetings at the highest level.
- Classrooms should be equipped with modern facilities for working with materials and information exchange between participants.
- New software should be designed and produced specifically to suit the teaching environment at Skolkovo.
The solution should not only provide multimedia capabilities to classrooms and congress hall but also support the whole education process. Solution should be integrated with other school’s information facilities seamlessly: educational web-portal, file storage cloud, authentication system. The most critical requirements were:
1. Any coach should feel comfortable operating the system, no matter how complicated his multimedia presentation is.
2. Coaches and students should have the ability to present information from their own devices (laptops with any OS (Win/Mac/Linux), mobile devices including Apple iPad/iPhone and BlackBerry) to any screen wirelessly. No special software should be installed to devices to make the presentation.
3. The coaches should have the ability to display document in various file formats including Microsoft Office and Apple iWork without any additional hardware/software. Moreover the possibility to put MSOffice and IWork’s documents together on one screen should be implemented.
Fulfilling all listed requirements the system should also use latest innovative user experience technologies such as multitouch along with being based on industry IT standards.