Little Caesar’s Arena

Little Caesar’s Arena

New Technology Aids in the Comeback of Hallmark American City Through Enhanced Fan Experiences

The in-stadium fan experience is not what it used to be. Sports Stadiums are continually looking to upgrade their cameras, broadcast control room, switchers, scoreboards, graphics systems, and overall workflow.

After nearly four decades at Joe Louis Arena, the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings began playing home games at the state-of-the-art Little Caesars Arena, also home to the NBA’s Detroit Pistons. The arena is considered the cornerstone of The District Detroit, a 50-block sports and entertainment district that is contributing to the city’s comeback with new retail, office and residential developments.

As its canvas, the arena features one of the world’s largest, seamless center-hung videoboard systems boasting more than 5,100 square feet of video display content. Still, to take advantage of the seamlessness that the videoboard provides, the production team needed a state-of-the-art broadcast control room as well.

The 1080p broadcast control room, located on the arena’s club level and integrated by Diversified, features a Grass Valley Karrera production switcher, Evertz Magnum router and two DreamCatcher replay servers, and three ChyronHego graphics servers. The Diversified team built a secondary control-room space in the arena’s “gondola” area, which is suspended over the rink/floor, for the game-day entertainment director, the Daktronics operators, the lighting director, and the DJ.

The control room not only services the in-game show, pre-game and post-game shows but will be able to support the whole District Detroit. In addition to the centerhung videoboard, the entertainment-services team creates content for 45 large LED displays throughout the venue, including two 360-degree ribbon displays, 15 additional ribbon displays, seven exterior displays (including a 900-sq.-ft. Chevrolet Plaza display), and much more.

A step up from the Red Wings’ previous facility, Little Caesars Arena creates an unforgettable fan experience that is sure to wow visitors for years to come.


University of Washington, Husky Stadium

University of Washington, Husky Stadium

Stadium Renovation Calls For Modern Technology To Support 21st Century Sports Broadcasting

When the University of Washington’s Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) renovated their iconic Husky Stadium football stadium, they sought bringing the stadium into the 21st century in terms of its technology systems. The backbone of the technology renovation was the implementation of a broadcast infrastructure systems using stand-alone IT network, including Cisco routing and PoE switch technology for the IPTV, security and other network systems.

Working with the Harris Corporation, Diversified designed, installed, project managed and commissioned the system, providing more than 60 switches, a redundant core, hundreds of wireless access points, wireless controllers, and VPN firewall and access control. Diversified also built out all necessary infrastructure needs for all point-ofsale (POS) kiosks, ticketing, building control, access control, CCTV, audio and video—both wired and wireless. The back-end systems also power the multi-cast IPTV feed to more than 1,800 displays. The large overhanging displays and ribbon boards
circling the field are courtesy of the transport stream integrated by Diversified.

While Diversified can’t take credit for any of the football team’s victories, the network also powers the ultimate wireless coaching system by XOS Digital. This system includes scouting information, playbook and video exchange, enabling coaches to create and manage thousands of play diagrams over real-time video on their iPads.

Also of note is the fiber interconnect from Husky Stadium to the existing control room in the nearby Alaska Airlines basketball arena. And, in an earlier, separate but connected project, Diversified provided the design, installation and commissioning of the broadcast infrastructure systems and IPTV, network and communications extension to the new Husky Ballpark baseball stadium. Again, connecting the ballpark to ICA’s core network and pre-existing control room in the basketball arena.

Both projects were fast-tracked with limited timeframes for implementation.




Radford University

Radford University

Lecture Capture and Playback bring Behavioral Sciences to the Next Level

When Radford University needed a modern clinical observation and recording system for its new College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) building, they turned to the team at Diversified. Intended to enhance the education process, the system needed to provide controlled access video as an instructional and research tool, allowing live observation or review of recordings as well as the ability to mark and add descriptions to specific points in videos as feedback to students. This would require integrated IP cameras, storage and control servers, talkback/bug-in-ear features and control software through a secure IP network, all while complying with HIPAA requirements.

Diversified designed and built a solution to include video capture cameras, video server recorders, control interface equipment and microphones across more than 20 rooms. The microphones are connected to the cameras in each room and synchronized for live view and recorded playback. Additionally, the team provided a toggle switch with an LED indicator wall plate in each space with dual purpose: a switch to start/stop recording and a “Kill Switch” to keep audio/video feeds from being seen by anyone connected to the server. System management software, equipped with user-based permissions and functionalities, is also included on the workstations within each observation room. Each user is granted access to only the features, functions and portions of the system to which they should have access, including live and recorded video viewing and editing.

Radford University’s CHBS is now home to an innovative application of secured video, collaborative interaction and data capture for the advancement of academic, clinical and research applications of its students.




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Consilio

Consilio

Centralizing Access Control for Efficient, Global Management and Reporting

Consilio is a global leader in eDiscovery software and services. With locations all over the globe, the organization was looking for an electronic security platform that would allow access control for any location from centralized workstations and ease of entry for all authorized personnel, no matter which office they are visiting. This required national and international coordination as well as a complete replacement of legacy electronic security systems.

Diversified designed and deployed a cloud-based, centralized electronic security solution (ESS), encompassing all offices across the globe, to include standardization of security platforms for access control, video assessment and surveillance systems. The design was originally built for the office on Vermont Ave in Washington, DC while keeping the larger goal of global deployment in mind.

Following the deployment of Vermont Ave, Diversified installed, programmed, tested and commissioned the cloud-based ESS for primary administrative workstations: Los Angeles, Chicago, Raleigh and Frankfurt, Germany. Local end users were trained on each system and system managers then took control. In addition to the largely access control-based portion of the project, Diversified also installed a multitude of surveillance cameras throughout each facility to provide around-the-clock video monitoring and management.

Consilio now has standardized access control allowing any authorized person to enter any building via biometric readers. Administrators can manage the entire enterprise from one central location with badging, monitoring and reporting, allowing Consilio to better control who comes and goes with greater accuracy and response capabilities. Diversified continues to support Consilio with alarm monitoring and maintenance.




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American Society for Radiation Oncology

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Open, Flowing Spaces that Foster Collaboration and Encourage a Culture of Forward-Thinking

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is the largest and most influential society of radiation oncologists in the world with more than 10,000 health professional members. The goal of the their new 22,594-square-foot headquarters was to create spaces that flow with one another to foster collaboration and new ideas. Diversified was tasked with applying modern technology to the space that would aid in building the culture they were seeking. Additionally, the ceiling systems were designed with modern light fixtures that, although beautiful, made the installation of our solutions a challenge.

The scope of the project included design-build of AV and electronic security solutions (ESS) for a divisible meeting room, five conference rooms, the lunch room, eight meeting rooms, two huddle areas, and the reception area. In the divisible room, Diversified installed ceiling-mounted projectors and projection screens, a 90” LED HDTV and centralized video switching system to facilitate video distribution. All control interfaces have the capability of sending any video source and audio to the lunch room for overflow. The ESS for the building includes access control with card readers, door contacts and request to exit motion sensors as well as electric strikes and electromagnetic locks. Diversified programmed and commissioned the system, testing for full functionality before turning it over to the client.

In the past, ASTRO held board meetings outside of their office space. After visiting the new space, they decided to move their board meetings into the office to take advantage of the new collaborative areas. With such a rave review, it’s no wonder that this project was awarded the 2016 Best Interior Design Project by CREW DC.




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Anthology DC

Anthology DC

Building Redevelopment Restores District Neighborhood to its Former Glory

Anthology DC, located on H Street in Washington, DC, was purchased to be redeveloped by Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners as part of a mixed-use development plan of the entire H Street corridor. Over the last few decades, the once-promising H Street corridor—home of the Apollo Theater and Atlas Performing Arts Center—had fallen into disrepair. Jair Lynch and Diversified were determined to bring it back to life.

Diversified was engaged to design and deliver a turnkey technology solution for the 307-unit complex including security, audio visual (AV) applications and network systems for the pool/outdoor theater, reception, fitness center, resident lounge and kitchen. On the security side, we delivered a tenant access control solution for the garage, main entrances and each apartment across nine floors. All apartments were equipped with glass break sensors on each window and a temperature detector in case of emergency. Overhead PTZ cameras, 360-degree HD cameras, as well as an intrusion alarm system and motion detectors protect the entire complex from break-ins and unwanted visitors.

For AV, Diversified design-built a five-zone audio system, enabling independent source selection and volume adjustment for each area. In reception, a projector displays digital signage from the reception desk. With the building’s modern concrete walls, the option of video projection rather than a mounted display provided a unique way to display Anthology’s signage and opened new doors for creatively sharing community messages.

Anthology opened to the public in October 2016. Standing tall as a true victory in revitalization, Anthology was awarded CREW DC’s annual Placemaking Award in 2017—a recognition Diversified was proud to be part of.




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Morgan State University

Morgan State University

Protecting State-of-the-Art Education Facilities for the Advancement of Student Learning

Morgan State University recently opened a $72M Business Center and a $79M Behavioral and Social Sciences Center (BSSC), both state-of-the-art academic and research facilities made possible through partnership with the State of Maryland. The new buildings add almost 300,000 square feet of additional classroom, laboratory, and office space accommodating seven academic departments.

The new Business Complex features a Center for Innovation, a real-time Capital Markets stock trading center, seminar rooms, and a 299-person-capacity auditorium that includes an 80-person lecture hall. As such, Diversified was engaged to provide top-of-the-line electronic security and access control solutions to protect these new, leading edge University assets.

Diversified provided the University with access control systems, ensuring ADA compliance and seamless system integration. This multiple-phase electronic security and surveillance design integrates new classrooms and study spaces with the master security monitoring platform of the campus, using varying interoperable products such as CBORD, Honeywell Integrated Technical Security and Axis Communications. Diversified was involved in all aspects of both the business Complex and the BSSC from consultation, logistical planning and staging to the installation, programming and commissioning of cabling, conductors and overall peripheral system equipment.

As part of Diversified’s higher education portfolio, the Morgan State University campus expansion lends itself as a true testament to the multiple components that modern technology upgrades entail. Not only are students more equipped for advanced learning, but they can also rest assured the campus they call home is safely secured.




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Carpathia, a QTS Company

Carpathia, a QTS Company

Electronic Security Solution Provides Mission-Critical Protection of Confidential Data

Carpathia, a QTS Company, which provides web hosting services for government agencies and private enterprises, relocated its headquarters to Dulles Town Center. This new building quickly became its flagship data center known as “The Vault” and the organization needed to add 10,000 additional square-feet only one year after moving in. This secure, federally compliant building required state-of-the-art security to protect the valuable data that it houses from government clients such as DOD, FEMA and HHS.

Diversified was brought in to provide the data center expansion project a new security management system (SMS) to include access control via biometric readers and card readers as well as CCTV and intrusion alarm coverage. We installed biometric hand readers, new IP cameras and a laser curtain topper to expand the existing cages, all connected to and integrated with the SMS for maximum ease of use. The laser curtain topper acts as a virtual lid to the data cages, increasing the level of security with a grid pattern of sensors. Upon a security breach of the cage, the SMS signals an alert at the workstations logged on to the system. In addition, a small local sounder is activated within the cage area.

System expansion at The Vault is constantly underway to ensure that Carpathia security personnel are able to log and respond to any type of security breach. Diversified continues to support the data center, maintaining and upgrading their modern security systems as needed.




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Pentagon Federal Credit Union

Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed)

HQ Relocation Sparks Global Collaboration Solution Roll-out and Lasting Partnership

When Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) began the process of relocating their headquarters, Diversified was brought in early to consult on technology costs that would impact the decision of location and initial investment. PenFed was not only looking for a new home, but somewhere they could scale and continue to grow.

After deciding on Tysons Overlook in McLean, Virginia, it was obvious that Diversified would be the perfect technology partner for the project, having already worked with LMI in their relocation to the same building months prior. Still, with plans for modern glass walls and solid stone conference tables, this design-build would prove to be more of a challenge than most.

Understanding PenFed’s existing pain points, current investments and future plans was critical. Diversified engaged in the design of the new space at the engineering level, including not only AV and collaboration but also Skype for Business migration. Having also been contracted to build technology solutions for PenFed’s smaller Chantilly office, we were able to test and perfect the systems that were to be deployed in the new Headquarters facility. In total, the Tysons Overlook design-build incorporated 57 rooms including a state of the art boardroom, a multi-purpose room, large, medium and small conference rooms, huddle and team rooms, and 11 executive offices.

PenFed has opened their new, world-class headquarters and Diversified continues to support them by augmenting their IT staff with an on-premise, certified technician. This technician works with PenFed help desk as an extension of our internal support team. Furthermore, PenFed has awarded Diversified additional technology contracts for locations in Alabama, Nebraska and Oregon.




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Association of the United States Army

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA)

Flexible Meeting Space Technology Installation Gives “Wow Factor” Needed to Raise Funds for Troops

The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Conference and Event Center is home to an inviting meeting facility with advanced technologies and amenities that will satisfy and exceed any event requirement. The flexible, state-of-the-art meeting space easily accommodates from five to 200 attendees in one adjoined space.

Before this project began, Diversified met with two retired Four Star Generals to discuss the technology needs and goals for AUSA’s new Conference and Event Center—to increase revenue, promote the U.S. Army and the 3 million members that have perished in the past 250 years, create a WOW factor that would bring visitors back, and provide a system for others to join remotely, efficiently and with high quality sound and video.

The technology design included integrated AV, security and networking across multiple areas—the reception, pre-function and main areas—with emphasis on digital signage and video conferencing capabilities. In reception, a landscape display features the schedule for the day and a portrait display is a touchscreen directory of the floors above. In the pre-function and main areas, Diversified built two interactive media walls—one 4’ x 16’ and the other 8’ x 16’. Each of these was custom designed in a wood enclosure with its own sustaining HVAC system. Additionally, Diversified deployed the entire IT system including servers, wireless access points (WAP), network connections and a centralized distribution system that allows all digital signage and content to be displayed, streamed, recorded or collaborated on in real time. Lastly, Diversified engineered and deployed a system for video surveillance and controlled access to secure the facility. The system includes cameras that can zoom far enough for facial and car tag analytics in real time. This information is captured and the system learns based upon the analytics it records.

AUSA now owns a beautiful space to host events and generate revenue for the organization. All components were designed to work together cohesively and support workflow, giving the generals exactly what they needed to reach their goals.



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