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Collaborative workspaces are areas used to promote communication between co-workers or students. Smaller and in larger numbers than conventional conference rooms, collaboration workspaces increase communication between small teams of individuals.

Educational institutions, often located in libraries, utilize collaborative learning areas for student interaction during group projects, advanced team study environments, and/or "hacker-learning" groups.

In the corporate market, peers number from 2 to 8 and utilize a single display in which to share content. In most cases, attendees share content from one or more of the individuals to discuss within the group. Video conferencing is a common tool introduced when sharing information with remote team members.

The Challenge

Designers and integrators face tough obstacles when designing collaborative workspaces including small isolated workspaces that are subject to periodic relocation, various high resolution signal types, and frequent upgrades in equipment.

In addition to the geographical and signal constraints of the system, integrators must supply an easy-to-use interface that allows each person control of their presentation. Control must be seamless, integrated, and intuitive to be effective. Many designers and integrators have turned to costly 3rd party control systems - adding to the installation complexity and price.

Meeting the Challenge

To meet this challenge, Presentation Switchers developed a series of fixed configuration and modular systems to address these market demands. All of these systems auto-sense when someone has connected their laptop or mobile device and automatically switches the newly connected device to the display. Some PS switchers turn the display on and off and others provide audio mixing and audio injection into the HDMI stream. All PS switchers offer audio extraction for local amplified speakers, if required.

Let's now take a quick look at each of the Presentation Switchers' solutions. For more details on each product, use the PRODUCTS pull down menu to select the product specific web page.


PS100

The PS100 is a fixed configuration unit with 4 HDMI inputs being routed to 1 HDMI output. Audio from the selected HDMI source is extracted, regardless of HDCP encryption, and sent to the RCA outputs while simultaneously being sent to the display. In addition to the auto-sensing, auto-switching feature desribed above, a front panel button selector and IR remote gives the user direct control to override the auto-switching feature.


PS111

The PS111 is also a fixed configuration model that includes 3 HDMI and 1 VGA input. Any one of these 4 source devices can be selected and converted, if needed, and sent to the single HDMI display. Similar to the PS100, the PS111 includes a front panel selector and IR remote to direct user control, if needed.

A common scenario for the PS111 is a conference room table with an HDMI and VGA connection at the host end of the table with adjacent HDMI inputs on the left and right seat locations. Often the PS111 is used in classrooms where the teacher connects with her Apple laptop and a document camera. The extra HDMI and VGA ports are used for guest lecturers and/or ancilliary devices such as a BluRay player.


PS190

Designed for larger collaboration / conference room systems, the PS190 provides a more automated feature set. The 5 HDMI locations are design specifically for the image scenario shown above. 2 HDMI connection points on each side of the table plus one at the head-end of the table. Any person connecting to the system will automatically turn on the flat panel display and show their laptop image. Any subsequent person connecting their laptop will take control of the presentation with their mobile device appearing on the display. When the presentation is over and everyone has disconnected from the system the PS190 will automatically turn the display off (standby mode). Additional features include audio insertion from mobile device (e.g. amplified conference call discussion), audio conference system, or even Pandora easy listening music prior to the presentation.

The PS190 can be controlled using high speed RS232 for use with 3rd party control systems like Crestron, AMX, Control-4, or Extron controllers.

In Conclusion

Presentation Switchers offers a variety of solutions designed specifically to address the needs of today's audio-visual integrators and educators with these challenging collaborative spaces. Feature sets which focus on increasing usability by automation, reducing overall complexity while supporting today's multimedia and mobile devices are key elements in a successful small classroom or collaoration design.

Solutions like those mentioned above are why Presentation Switchers continues to be highlighted as the worldwide "go-to" source for digital presentation systems.