3. November 2021 Mark

Media technology equipment for the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s new building

For a versatile use of the office and event rooms in the new building of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in Berlin, the different rooms were equipped with media technology by MCI as required.

The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation emerged from the association “Gesellschaftsanalyse und politische Bildung e. V.” (Social Analysis and Political Education), founded in 1990, and is today a nationwide institution of political education, a discussion forum for critical thinking and political alternatives, and a research center for progressive social development.

The new building in Berlin, the foundation’s first own building, will serve as a central contact point and meeting place in the future and, in addition to providing space for more than 150 employees, will offer sufficient opportunities for events and workshops of all types and sizes.

MCI won the public tender for the media technology contract and equipped the consulting and event rooms on the nine floors with state-of-the-art media technology. The central requirement for the entire system and at the same time a special feature in its scope was the abandonment of conventional A/V cabling in favor of an Ethernet network. The entire technical infrastructure was planned and implemented according to AVB standards. The Audio-Video Bridging Standard, or AVB standard for short, is based on different transport protocols, whereby additional information about e.g. the number of audio channels, video format or resolution is provided via the metadata during transmission of A/V signals. In addition, the AVB standard guarantees delivery of signals within 2ms, which makes it particularly suitable for applications where high-quality A/V content is to be distributed lip-synchronously. For the AVB standard to work properly, every device on the network must be AVB-enabled.

To ensure this, MCI planned the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation’s AVB network based on the Biamp Tesira LUX series, whose Tesira servers and A/V de- and encoders natively support the AVB standard and offer versatile application possibilities through resolutions up to 4K60 with 4:4:4 subsampling.

The various rooms have been equipped with the latest media technology for specific applications. Two 65″ displays from LG are installed in the entrance area and are used for event information or as a guidance system for visitors.

In many rooms, a Barco Click Share serves as a possible source through which various content and information can be delivered. A Crestron media control system installed on the first floor allows A/V signals to be routed using 7″ touchscreen displays.

The smaller team areas on the upper floors serve as internal meeting or consultation corners and were partly equipped with touch screens. Five mobile display carts, equipped with Newline touch displays, Crestron soundbars and controllable huddle cameras for video conferencing, allow for flexible use.

In addition to being connected to a separate Tesira Forte AVB VT4 interface, the boardroom is equipped with its own control system including a 98″ display and additional BiAmp tabletop microphones for high-quality video conferencing.

The main hall of the building, which is to provide a space for larger events in the future, can be variably adapted to the size and requirements of the event by means of mobile partition walls and allows it to be split into 3 independent rooms. Large Pan Acoustics speakers and Community ceiling speakers provide high-resolution sound.

Networking the entire infrastructure based on the AVB standard simplifies the management of the A/V network enables efficient distribution of content and requires less maintenance due to the network structure, which reduces follow-up costs.

A future-proof solution for the requirements of a future-oriented foundation.