Posted on Tuesday 11 June 2013 by Ulster Business

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Belfast audio-visual specialists Niavac have secured a £250,000 video conferencing contract with the Western Education and Library Board.

The company has also been selected to provide tech support to the project on an ongoing basis over the next three years.

It is the latest in a run of substantial contracts won by Niavac, which also carried out a £160,000 contract to install the interactive visitor displays on the recently refurbished SS Nomadic - the ship known as Titanic's little sister – as part of a £7m investment to turn it into a tourist attraction.

WELB is the largest of province's five Education Boards, responsible for education, library and youth services across Fermanagh, Omagh, Strabane, Derry city and Limavady.

Its ICT Management Services are responsible for the management and delivery of all ICT services for administration for all these services – representing a network of 18 out-centres stretching from Gortatole to Magilligan Field Centre.

The new contract with NIAVAC will see the roll out of seven new Video Conference suites in centres and upgrading communication systems and infrastructure across all out-centres so that their existing VC hardware can communicate with each other.

Noel Burke from Niavac said: "WELB are very actively embracing new technologies to increase efficiencies and their decision to upgrade their existing video conferencing network has allowed more users participate in the video conferencing experience.

"The system we are installing will allow the user to integrate multipoint calls from a desktop without any additional hardware requirements and they can also participate in video conference through a tablet or android device wherever they may be.

"The outcome for WELB is a huge saving on travel time and increased communication efficiencies between departments will be achieved. We look forward to working with such a progressive Education Board to support them in achieving their goals."

On the Nomadic project, which was completed last month, Niavac worked with contractors Tracey Bros to install eight projectors; 10 touch screens; eight LED screens; 13 media players; 13 bespoke PCs and a host of wall and ceiling speakers to bring to life the story of the boat that ferried passengers to the ill-fated Titanic in Cherbourg.

James Conlon MD of Niavac (pictured above) said of that contract: "It was a significant fit out and all the interactive displays detail the history of the White Star Line and Nomadic's journey. If you ring for service at the bar, Pierre the virtual first-class bar steward appears via IP projection. The interactivity really adds to the experience of walking in the footsteps of the passengers on route to the Titanic. For us it's been brilliant to work on something as historically significant to the city and to help bring that story to life through modern AV technology."

NIAVAC has also recently worked on the AV installation of the MAC Theatre and the Giant's Causeway visitor centre in contracts valued over £250,000.



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