The ADECIA solution marks a new era for hybrid learning at Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH)
What requirements did BTH approach Midcon with? Were there any particular challenges?
Knutsson: Before the Pandemic BTH saw that this is the way that probably it’s going to happen; We are going to have more distance education, there will probably be more hybrid teaching and so on. We talked about that, and we thought about that – but then the Pandemic came, and everything just went faster. We had to adapt to the situation we had. And then we saw that we must have rooms that makes distance education easier to manage, we must manage distance education in big rooms where you must have good sound, good camera – a good technical environment, and it must be easy for every teacher to use. And then we started thinking about ceiling microphones, what cameras we could use, what platform we could use and so on.
Jönsson: We have collaborated with BTH (Blekinge Institute of Technology) for many years on AV technology, they come to us for help. And that’s why they came to us when they had a need for hybrid classrooms. They wanted to know how to go about it, they wanted to have suggestions. At that time, they (BTH) had been to other universities, and they had some ideas of their own about microphones. However, we put together a proposition of our own for them - according to their wishes – and then we discussed our way to a solution that was satisfactory.
What were the reasons for choosing Yamaha ADECIA in the case of BTH?
Jönsson: Well actually to start with they (BTH) were pretty set on going with (competing brand, editor) – many universities use them. But we had a collaboration with the Yamaha team and Peter Gustavsson (Swedish Yamaha Manager) since earlier and we asked them what they had to offer – and they suggested the Adecia system. After this, we had a demo where we and the client sat on-site at BTH, and the team on the other end used Adecia showing the different features live in the online meeting. This convinced them (BTH) that it was a good thing and we got the green light.
Is BTH satisfied with the solution? Would you recommend this solution again?
Knutsson: We are very pleased! We started buying one, then we bought four more, and now I don’t know we have 6 or 7 of them – so Yes, we are pleased. We are very pleased, and we would advise other organizations to try them out. Just think about what you want them for, what room and what you want to achieve in that room, what is the purpose.
Jonas Knutsson, Pedagogic Developer BTH
It (Adecia) does what we expected. We have teachers now that demand this kind of ceiling microphones in every room – because we don’t have them everywhere. And when they (the teachers) have seen this and used this they don’t want to have a headset, they don’t want to have a handheld mic. They just don’t want to mess around with that – they want to teach.
Daniel Jönsson, AV-Technician Midcon AB
Regarding the case with BTH we received an Inquiry from them to present a professional audio solution for video conferencing and hybrid technology in their classrooms.
Since we have an ongoing collaboration with Yamaha (Sweden branch, editor’s note) they gave us the suggestion with the Adecia system. We demonstrated it to the customer, had a live demo, and they were convinced this was what they wanted! Then we installed and deployed the system and they have been satisfied and happy with how it works…