Sony designs cutting-edge audiovisual solution for Dundee dental
Basingstoke, UK. 13 July 2006. The Postgraduate Education Centre at
Dundee Dental Hospital and School will have a specially designed
audiovisual system supplied by Sony Professional Services.
The Centre is a tripartite venture by NHS Tayside, NHS Education for
Scotland and the University of Dundee and will provide world-class dental
"We wanted to establish a flagship centre for dentistry training in
Scotland and, as such, it was important that we provide state-of-the-art
facilities. However, we needed to combine the latest in multi- media
technology with ease of use", said Penny Crowe, Postgraduate Education
Consultants from Sony Professional Services assessed key requirements
before designing a solution tailored to the needs of the Centre. Sony
Professional Services also oversaw the installation of state-of-the-art
AV-IT systems into a lecture theatre and two seminar rooms. Equipment
included projectors, built-in ceiling speakers, induction loops for the hard
of hearing, a visualiser (showing a magnified image of items placed on it),
and videoconferencing facilities.
A unique feature of the installation is a link to the Centre's Clinical
Skills Laboratory, transmitting live demonstrations on model dummy heads
direct to the lecture theatre.
"The link to the Clinical Skills Laboratory means that demonstrations can
be viewed by a wider audience", said Crowe. "Ultimately we will be able to
offer an improved training experience to more people."
All equipment is controlled centrally using a console that is discreetly
built in to the lectern in each room. Although training has been provided to
Centre staff, the touchscreen monitor is easy to use and intuitive so
non-technical users will feel comfortable operating the controls without
"The technology supports the teaching experience rather than distracting
from it," confirmed Crowe. "The equipment can be operated simply and without
fuss, meaning there is minimal disruption to lectures."
Videoconferencing technology enables students and delegates to view and
take part in lectures remotely, meaning that courses can be made available
to people across the UK and overseas.
In the same way, a lecturer no longer needs to be present in the theatre.
"This will give the Centre access to international expertise and opens up a
range of exciting possibilities for global collaboration on research
projects," explained Crowe.
Centre of excellence
As well as providing training for postgraduates and vocational courses
for dental professionals, the Centre will host specialist events such as a
series of planned master classes that will focus on hot topics in the
dentistry world. It will also offer a prestigious conference venue for the
wider business community of Dundee.
"We hope that the new Centre will further enhance the excellent
reputation of Dundee Dental Hospital as one of the leading dental schools in
the country," said Crowe. "Supported by cutting-edge facilities, we're
looking to expand our portfolio of courses, providing world-class education
to the whole dental team."
"Dundee Dental Hospital is typical of future-looking organisations in the
health sector that are keen to harness technology to improve their
operations and services", said John Bailey, Strategic Account Manager, Sony