UK: CIBC World Markets, the global investment arm of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, has created a new boardroom for client presentations and internal meetings at their prestigious new offices near London Bridge.
The functional requirements for the audiovisual systems included a presentation screen to show images from video, DVD, PC or multiple laptops and an audio conferencing system to include everyone around the boardroom table. The solution also had to include a user-friendly touch screen control that would allow even intermittent users to operate the system unaided.
The prestigious project was commissioned to AV specialists Focus 21 who faced several design challenges:
CIBC wanted to make the most of the room's views across the Thames and did not want any window blinds. And, as client meetings concerning mergers and acquisitions can often go on for a whole day, the presentation screen needed to be perfectly clear to avoid causing eyestrain to the users - even with sunlight pouring in the room. Moreover, the display should have sufficient contrast to support presentations on black background as defined by CIBC’s design guide.
The solution was to create a rear projection system using an anti-reflective optical lens screen from dnp with a high brightness LCD projector to deliver ultra high contrast pictures. An interactive tablet allows users to annotate images on the screen or bring up an electronic blackboard. This whole system, along with all the source devices and writing boards, was then to be housed in a media-wall, custom designed to match the furniture and leave the room with the quality look and feel that CIBC's clients expect.
- The room, now in regular use, looks great and has had a really positive reception. The teleconferencing is very clear and everyone has been impressed with the quality of the screen image, says Stephen Wass of CIBC.