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Case Study:
Knoxville News-Sentinel Conference Rooms and Digital Signage System


"On my initial call I was able to speak with Steve White and was pleased with his prompt support. MMS was instrumental in determining not only what audio visual equipment was needed, but what would be the most beneficial for our entire facility. Their knowledge of available products and their use was instrumental in making us a success from the development of ideas, installation and training on the use of our new state-of-the-art equipment. Even after the completion of our community room equipment, installation of TV's throughout the facility and eye-catching plasma display in the lobby, MMS continues to be a phone call away when we develop technical problems or decide to add new equipment. MMS is not just about making a sale, they are about developing a long-term relationship. "

--Debby Welch
Human Resource Manager, The Knoxville News-Sentinal

The Knoxville News-Sentinel outgrew its old building....amazing, since they had only been there since 1928! Their new 165,000 square-foot office and production facility is state-of-the-art all the way, to provide East Tennessee readers and advertisers with news, information and marketing services. You will find the most modern production equipment, new printing presses, and the latest technology on all fronts at the News-Sentinel, including cutting edge A/V technology for collaborative meetings, presentations, and information "narrowcasting".

The Challenge:
Since the News-Sentinel brought MMS in for design consultation in the building's planning stages, the challenges we may run into in retrofitting an existing space were avoided! Phase 1 designing for 2 fully equipped conference rooms, plus wiring for the digital signage systems (including plans for outdoor signage), which will be installed in Phase 2, needed to cover extreme user-friendliness, continuing support for the facility. One of the boardrooms holds up to 100 participants, the other would seat up to 50.

The Solution:
Each boardroom includes a projection system, visualizer/video presenter, full audio, and vcr/dvd playback capabilities. A mobile interactive electronic whiteboard can be placed in either room. The digital signage system is in its preliminary stage, and 5 monitors are mounted in break-rooms and other assembly areas, plus a 50" Plasma Display Panel in the Lobby for visitor information and guidance.

The System includes:

Proxima 6860 projectors
Pioneer PDP-503CMX 50" Plasma Display Panel
Elmo HV-5000XG Visualizers
Electric projection screens Da-Lite Boardroom Electrol
Audio systems
Zenith DVD/VCR Combo
Mobile SMART Board 580 w/ floor stand
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