Shure Microflex enhances university learning
Tuesday, 7 July 2020
b1The university has created a £40m teaching and laboratory space
UK - With over 14,000 students, including 4,500 international students, the University of Bedfordshire is recognised as ‘internationally excellent’ in the areas of computer science and informatics and business and management studies.
Now, with the addition of a new £40m teaching and laboratory space for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses, the University aims to build on its already strong STEM offering, thanks to an ambitious AV project incorporating Shure’s Microflex  Advance MXA910 IntelliMix DSP Celling Array Microphone platform. This has provided students with a superior learning environment, as well as raising the profile of the university.
Set out over four storeys and incorporating 6000m2 of floorspace, the university’s STEM building will also support and encourage the value of science and engineering to local schools and the wider Bedfordshire community.
Discussing the initial project, Malcolm Butler, senior AV programmer and planner, Bedfordshire University, said: “When the STEM building came across our desk, I said that if this was going to be the ‘jewel in the crown,’ then it needed to be the shiniest jewel we can possibly make it.
“We wanted quality, we wanted durability. From a delivery standpoint on output, we wanted fidelity and clarity. We wanted something that was quite easy to use, and then simple to service from a support standpoint as well.”
Consultancy, design and integration of the project was awarded to Lancashire-based AV specialists, PureAV. Working with the project architect, Shure’s MXA910 were positioned to ensure coverage across the entire space and enabled the use of Voice Lift systems across the building.
With the systems in place, Dan Saville, project manager and system designer at PureAV, described the ongoing support and maintenance required to ensure an efficient and effective audio solution as “fantastic”.
“As with most Shure products that we put in, we generally don’t get any call backs,” said Saville. “Once it’s in, it just sits there and works. It’s a robust, solid product that just keeps doing what it needs to do.”
Expansive, multi-functional computer laboratories across the first and third floor all benefit from Microflex Advance MXA910 IntelliMix DSP systems, with QLX-D Digital Wireless systems in place for presentations from the lectures.
Saville added: “Dante is enabled on the microphones. The lecterns have six or seven different positions where you could possibly plug the lectern in, which meant that we could do it over the university network, and wherever we plugged it in, it would just work.”
(Jim Evans)

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