The AETM recommends that as best practice institutions adopt standard room types and where possible use a standardised model for each type of hardware. This will improve supportability as hardware commonality decreases both troubleshooting and the time taken to effect a repair. An additional benefit is that standardising room fit-outs allows institutions to standardise on other aspects of AV design, such as implementing universal AV control code and network transport protocols.
The advantages to standardising AV hardware and vendors include:
- Easier spares management
- Better supportability
- Brand and Vendor Management
- Easier procurement and quoting (as vendors get used to standards)
- Increased deployment velocity
- Standardised user experience
- Standardised Lifecycle of room replacements
However, as we move into an IOT environment, it may be useful when approaching standard room design, to design systems that are flexible and allow for the use of different brands of product so that if changes need to be made in future, alterations can be made.
Standard Room Types allow a standard design to be applied to a type of room. Many universities assign codes to their standard room types (li.e AV1, AV2 etc) and they may refer to different types of rooms ranging from meeting room spaces to lecture theatres. Each standard room type may have a variety of variants that apply to that standard which cater for the different options available for a room (e.g single vs dual display).
Note: When developing standard room designs, its important to specify not only products and AV schematics, but also think about Cable Layouts, Network Switch configurations, I/O and Control so that standardised code can be written to control the space.
Bespoke Room Systems
Whilst many rooms will be generic enough that it is possible to develop a standard, the nature of universities and their requirements will lead to the need for Bespoke Room Systems. These types of spaces are unique in there nature, will often have equipment and layouts that do not apply elsewhere in the university and require unique AV code to control/manage the room. It’s important when designing these types of spaces to consider the support and maintenance implications in managing the room over its lifecycle.