Posted by: Date: May 12, 2017
by John Struzenberg
A close-up of tower before update; it is a neat, closed-up front.

After

A close-up of tower before update; it is a mess of tangled wires.

Before

Spring is a time for renewal, cleaning, and most importantly: technology upgrades. PLU has been humming away this spring and the same is true for the folks in classroom and event technologies. As the systems around campus get older, the ability to rely on and service those systems diminishes. This is where our upgrades come in.

Two spaces in particular were identified as “on their last legs” and have been successfully upgraded: the Regency room (UCTR 203) and the Scandinavian Cultural Center (UCTR 100). These two venues are heavily used year-round by various PLU and external groups. This makes it very important for these spaces to have bullet-proof media systems that will get the job done day in and day out. For users, the only difference that will be apparent is the addition of an HDMI input for laptops and other media input devices. On the inside of the podiums and audio cabinets, almost every component has been replaced. The new system is completely digital. This means that we have much more flexibility and reliability in both these spaces. In the old analog systems, troubleshooting and our ability to expand the system was a nightmare. The new systems also manage the resolution of input devices much more uniformly. This makes what is seen on the screen look as good as possible for each venue.

Stay tuned for more upgrades as the whole University Center is upgraded to digital over the next couple of years. You won’t be able to keep your hands off what we have in store for the future!

A podium without the back panel before the update; many tangled wires dangling

Before

A podium without the back panel before the update; wires are tied off neatly.

After