AkzoNobel announced on March 10th, 2021 the grand opening of its new national meeting and instructional center complete with ultra-high-tech audio-visual equipment to help those virtually attending meetings or training feel like they’re right in the room.
The idea for this new, high-tech hybrid training center came from AkzoNobel’s Michael Kuntz, who is responsible for employee, distributor and end-user customer development within its Automotive & Specialty Coatings group, and is always looking for ways to meet the needs of more customers in increasingly effective ways.
“In any type of meeting or learning environment, we want to create an experience that’s meaningful, impactful and engaging – something that’s both memorable and allows for practical application for our attendees,” Kuntz explains. “We set out in very early 2020 to create a space where we could conduct an in-person course or meeting that is also an immersive, digital experience; and there’s nothing like the onset of a global pandemic to accelerate your timeline.”
The production station where everything comes together.
Scouring the digital space for tools to make this virtual training dream a reality, Kuntz selected three ultra-high definition cameras with pan tilt zoom capability, giving a 360-degree view of the room to virtual attendees. The cameras are controlled remotely from a production board, providing a seamless and engaging visual experience to those attending virtually.
Further enveloping the virtual audience into the space, there is an in-ceiling audio ecosystem – an array of high-tech microphones – that are so crisp and clear that an instructor...