Barrick Gold

Increased productivity with cutting-edge interactive collaboration system

Barrick was looking to utilize top-of-the-line technology to increase productivity during its weekly meetings with remote mining sites. They wanted to be sure to incorporate the latest, most innovative, interactive collaboration system and video conferencing technology on the market.

To accomodate, the Diversified team installed an interactive 34-feet wide by 5-feet high (76 tiles) Prysm display at the front of the room with a custom “skin” to match the room’s décor and a modified panel to meet the room’s unique floating floor. Additionally, the technology solutions provider installed an 84” 4K Prysm LCD display at the side of the room for break-out sessions. The display’s custom skins serve an aesthetic purpose, while the customized frame beneath the display mask the entire system’s AV rack. Diversified provided a custom-built wraparound frame around the main display to make it appear as if the screen belongs in the wall. It also houses all of the system’s equipment.

Diversified also replaced Barrick’s existing video conferencing system with an all new Cisco SX80, complete with dual cameras and speaker tracking functionality. A Crestron control processing and digital media system was installed with a Cisco Touch 10 control interface to program and automate certain events that simplify use for Barrick’s associates.

The newly installed interactive video collaboration system also utilizes cutting-edge microphone technology with a Shure Microflex Advance ceiling microphone array, which includes two ceiling microphones that harness the ability to pick up any voice in the room and transmit it with sharp accuracy. Additionally, the innovative microphone system includes wireless mute buttons, programmed through the Crestron control system, that enable Barrick’s senior executives to “mute” themselves so that they can discuss sensitive topics without having to broadcast their thoughts live to all of the meeting’s participants. LED lights installed in the corners of the ceiling tiles indicate whether or not a mute button is deployed; if the lights turn red, the microphone is muted, and if the lights turn green, they are live.