Denver, Colorado (September 19, 2023) — Stevens Institute of Technology, a leading student-centric research university in Hoboken, New Jersey, uses Mersive Solstice Collaboration Platform and Pods to create a campus-wide networked AV infrastructure that not only fosters collaborative student-faculty interaction, but informs future system design and space planning using Solstice’s deep operational analytics.
The campus-wide technology transformation began more than five years ago with the goal of enabling students and faculty to connect wirelessly to audio and video, replacing outdated VGA and HDMI connections, and saving up to $20,000 per semester on misplaced physical connectors and cabling.
Associate Director of Academic Multimedia Services at Stevens Institute, Harry Ortiz, and his team put several different wireless presentation solutions through their paces and found Mersive Technologies’ Solstice Collaboration Platform to be the most reliable, easiest to deploy, and easiest to use.
“Designed from the ground up for collaboration and not just presentation, Mersive is leading the category. Many of the solutions we looked at are only now coming up to speed and catching up to where Mersive was five years ago,” says Ortiz.
Now, there are around 160 Pods across the Stevens campus, and growing. That growth is informed using insightful operational analytics via Solstice Cloud. Data via cloud shows the team how each Solstice Pod—and therefore each room—is being used. Stevens can see how many meetings are happening, how often collaboration tools are used, what devices users bring into the room and software platforms they use to connect, and even available connected room peripherals, such as video bars and hybrid conferencing accessories.
“These analytics help us to make informed decisions on how to deploy technology and minimize the cost risks associated with unused spaces and systems,” says Jesus Candiotti, Academic Multimedia Engineer. “For example, we used these analytics to launch a pilot system in select study rooms to see if the students will actually use the tech.”
When a new Solstice Pod is specified for a new learning space, Solstice Cloud also makes it easy and fast for the team to deploy. “We create a template, click to add the new Pod to the cloud, assign the template, and plug in the Pod. Everything then downloads to the Pod automatically for a very hands-off deployment,” says Candiotti. “This speaks to the natural evolution of the Solstice platform. We had no idea how it would continue to grow to provide useful new features. We also love that it’s all done via software updates, which gives us peace of mind that we won’t have to do a huge hardware overhaul anytime in the near future.”
Aesthetics are also a key factor when it comes to specifying technology for Stevens Institute. JBL Pro low-profile in-ceiling speakers, for example, are designed to look like ceiling tiles and blend in almost invisibly. To capture lecture audio, Shure 2×2 MXA series microphones are seamlessly stowed away in the ceiling and similarly look like ceiling tiles. Stevens uses Crestron cameras to capture video, while Samsung’s WAC interactive displays provide dynamic, engaging classroom experiences.
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology is a premier, private research university in Hoboken, New Jersey. Overlooking the Manhattan skyline, Stevens is home to more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation and around the world who enjoy a unique, rigorous academic experience. The university consistently ranks among the nation’s elite for return on tuition investment, career services, and the mid-career salaries of alumni. For more information, please visit www.stevens.edu.
About Mersive Technologies
Mersive Technologies provides solutions that allow people to connect and collaborate more effectively. The company’s flagship product, Solstice, is a software-based platform that enables users to share content from any device to any display in a meeting room, huddle space, or classroom. For more information, visit www.mersive.com.
Krissy Rushing Tomlin
RISE Media Strategy