In one of the more unassuming sections of Manhattan lies the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the busiest facility of its kind in the United States. With its sprawling 760,000 square feet of flexible exhibition space complemented by 102 meeting rooms across four levels, it’s easy to understand why the Javits Center is a premier global destination for tradeshows and conferences.
The Javits Center, which opened in 1986, has one under extensive renovations over the last five years. These renovations include upgrades replacement of the glass and the River Pavilion, and upgrades to the IT infrastructure. The latter has played a role in the ease the transition of key AV operations to the IP network. (Upon completion in 2021, renovations will also include new meeting, event and outdoor spaces.)
To simplify the AV over IP transition, the Javits Center added approximately six bases, spaced fifteen feet apart, along each wall of the event space. These bases include jacks that provide direct hooks to the central IP network. For commercial AV applications – a significant need at every trade show – the presence of these hooks, along with a robust network infrastructure, provided a foundation for a transition at the Javits Center from heavily wired legacy systems to a leaner AV over IP architecture.
“The Javits Center offers this network infrastructure as a part of its services for businesses that rent space for meetings and events,” said Brian Hayes, senior sales engineer, IVCi, which supplied the AV systems to support the transition. “AV is a substantial need for these businesses, so there was a desire to acquire technology that could operate over this network to support presentations, lectures and other corporate AV needs.”
The Javits Center’s requirements specified an AV over IP solution. Low-latency content delivery topped the list from a technical perspective, while quick setup and deployment was an operational priority. From a roadmap point of view, Hayes sought a 4K-capable system that would support higher video resolutions as these needs came to fruition.
While video was the highest priority, Hayes also wanted a switching and distribution system that could co-exist with their current audio over IP network, thus unifying all audio and video transport needs over a common infrastructure.
“After reviewing their requirements and aligning them with solutions available on the market, all signs pointed IVCi to select Atlona’s OmniStream AV over IP platform,” said Hayes.