RTI Case Study: Big Ten Conference
The Big Ten Conference, an association of 14 world-class universities, was looking to create a one-of-a-kind command center and implement twelve automated conference rooms for its newly built Rosemont, Illinois, headquarters. The integrated command center was designed for officiating coordinators to observe, evaluate, and train officials in various sports and needed to combine one-touch simplicity, mission-critical dependability, and the ability to select and share content. To bring these innovations to life, integrator Frequency Audio turned to RTI. The tailor-made installation allows staff to select feeds directly on individual touchscreens before sending content to a 35-foot video wall for review.
“The simplicity, control power, and sheer size of the Big Ten command center is a first for the AV industry,” said Alec Gorecki, president, Frequency Audio. “By integrating Android tablets with RTI’s powerful XP-8s processor, we were able to give Big Ten staff the ability to individually control game feeds and send replays to an enormous video wall — no small challenge since sixteen simultaneous users would be controlling the system at any given time. For the venue’s twelve conference rooms, staff needed the ability to control a full range of A/V peripherals without receiving any training since there would be no administrative staff onsite. RTI’s control systems allow for seamless integration with a wide range of A/V equipment while making things extremely easy for staff. The company’s customization capabilities, two-way drivers, and intuitive app technology let us to carry out an incredibly unique vision while ensuring that the deployment remained virtually foolproof for the user.”
The Big Ten command center is built around RTI’s powerful XP-8s control processor and the award-winning RTiPanel app. Designed to be the cornerstone of any professionally installed control system, the XP-8s automates the operation of electronic systems, including A/V, security, lighting, and HVAC, while providing two-way feedback from third-party devices. Using the RTiPanel app for Android, Big Ten staff are able to monitor up to nine games in progress by recreating the room’s large 6-foot by 35-foot video wall in the palm of their hand. Staff can simply tap their tablet screens to highlight game feeds, adjust volume levels on their headphones, or request that specific sequences are sent to the video wall for the entire group to review. A moderator equipped with an iPad running the RTiPanel app centrally controls the video wall — curating content, starting and stopping game recording, as well as pausing and rewinding action to specific points in order for staff to discuss plays.