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University of Exeter advances hybrid learning experience with Sony

The University of Exeter, a Russell Group university has revealed the success of its implementation of Sony’s products for education into its campus, strengthening its blended student learning experience.

The adoption of Sony’s innovative PTZ cameras reflects the university’s commitment to delivering the best possible learning experience for both on-premise and remote students and its dedication to staying at the forefront of educational technology to achieve this.

Aaron Delgado, Lead AV Developer at University of Exeter said, “the student learning experience is our priority, and any potential new product goes through rigorous testing before we consider deployment into a live learning environment. We have used Sony products for several years which has established confidence in the brand and products, so we were able to roll out the cameras across campus rapidly. Previously, we experienced usability issues with the use of static camera presets, whereby, if a lecturer moved to the left or right of the frame without changing a preset, they would be missing from the shot for up to 10 or 20 minutes which would impact engagement levels. The PTZ AI auto-framing technology helps to eliminate this issue and significantly enhances the quality of both hybrid teaching sessions and lecture capture recordings.

“In the past, we spent hours manually configuring presets and programming bespoke camera tracking systems across our estate - the new cameras have massively reduced the setup time required. The technology is exceptional, and the ease of configuration and tracking performance is a cut above similar products that we evaluated.”

Hybrid learning has become an integral part of the higher education landscape, combining the best of in-person and online learning. Recognising the need for innovative technology that does just this, the University of Exeter, with local AV solutions provider GVAV, has integrated over 20 of Sony’s intuitive PTZ cameras across multiple buildings on its campus so far. It currently uses the SRG-A12 for its seminar rooms and the SRG-A40 for its lecture theatres as well as its flagship auditorium that seats up to 450 people. To keep up with the demand from students for enhanced hybrid learning, the university plans to fit a further 41 rooms with the technology this year.

Features of the PTZ cameras include intelligent tracking capabilities and an intuitive interface. The SRG-A12 and SRG-A40 with revolutionary PTZ Auto Framing technology are powered by built-in AI analytics to deliver high-quality composed shots without an operator.

Alexandra Parlour, European Marcoms & Education Segment Marketing Manager Sony Professional Displays and Solutions added, “We’re honoured to provide the tools the team at the University of Exeter needs to continue to enhance the student learning experience. Sony is committed to empowering leaders in education like the University of Exeter to meet today’s demand from students and academia for a streamlined hybrid experience, no matter what location they are working from.”

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