The audiovisual project at the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo not only provides current tools to achieve goals today, but changes and improves the educational dynamic.


Creating educational spaces with state-of-the-art technology that at the same time can overcome the obstacle of generational gaps between students and teachers, was one of the most important challenges when building the medical simulation center of the Faculty of Medicine at the Autonomous University of Estad Hidalgo.

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This project, in charge of the Mexican company and member of AVIXA, Grupo Niza, between late 2017 and 2018 principles, consisted in the installation of AV systems in different spaces, such as a surgery room, divisible auditoriums, meeting rooms, classrooms, simulation rooms with Gesell cameras, and a classroom of practices, with interaction between them and centralized coordination and administration.

For Maru Gaitán, CEO of Nice, in addition to the need to give all users of this technology the tools to enhance their knowledge and graduate more and better prepared for their future work in medicine, it was essential to design an intuitive project, which could be easily used by all the generations that converge in the University, from the Baby Boomers to the Millenials.

"This is the evolution that educational teaching needs, which the latest generations can assimilate in their digital news," explained Antonio Gaitán, CTO of the company, meanwhile he was responsible for ensuring that the project, in addition to comply with said strategy, had a design that offered a useful life of at least ten years, before reaching technological obsolescence, to obtain the highest possible yield with the investment of the University.

Thus, the Faculty of Medicine now has a flexibility not available before. For example, an operating theater that allows, through audiovisual technology, observation from an adjoining room, recording sessions and sharing to other campus spaces; simulation rooms equipped with specialized interactive mannequins, with adjacent Gesell cameras, which have recording and transmission systems to the classrooms and meeting rooms; a classroom of general practices where you can observe the practices carried out in the simulation rooms in real time, as well as share multimedia content.

The School of Medicine also has an auditorium that can be separated into two different environments, where all the necessary systems were installed to present all types of multimedia content or to see live streaming of the practices carried out in the practice or simulation rooms.

Maru recalled that another significant challenge was the location of the project, because "the operation, coordination and installation were outside of Mexico City (where the headquarters of Nice is), which made it necessary for the teams" had to go live a season to Hidalgo state ". In addition, it was necessary "to work at extraordinary times, but as we say in Mexico, our people" took out the caste "and everyone gave their best". She emphasizes that the project received support from all areas of the company "including logistics, warehouse, purchases, because all the equipment had to arrive at a precise time".

AV technology, a tool for training
For the CEO of Nice, this project is more special than most, since from a very young age it has been geared towards promoting learning. Her father, the founder of Grupo Niza, asked her and her brothers "to go out into the world to learn and when we had something to contribute, we came to the company", and that was precisely what started his career.

She remembers that, after returning to the company and being a while working, she decided that she "wanted more", so she went to work in the world of film production. Later he returned to the AV industry, contributing the knowledge he had acquired, and discovering that one of his great passions is "to be able to open his eyes to people who do not know about the AV world, one of the things that gives me the greatest satisfaction". Currently, Maru also supports the industry and AVIXA in the AVIXA Foundation, actively promoting the educational programs and benefits provided by the foundation.

This is precisely why the project of the University of Hidalgo is a pride for her and her team, which was planned, designed and executed "to be a role model" for the entire university and research community. The project not only provides current tools to achieve goals today, but changes and improves the educational dynamic. Teamwork, transparency and ease to share and store information, usability, are increasingly common needs in the tools of work, and is very pleased to find educational entities that promote these new environments.

Likewise, Maru comments that "when we deeply understand the customer's needs and see beyond the obvious, we can exceed their expectations and do something that really surprises them", which was achieved in this project, added to the experience gained in designing it. , "Because any educational technology project must be supported in a curriculum that integrates and complements the digital tools that will be implemented".

Richard Santa, RAVT
Author: Richard Santa, RAVT
Journalist from the University of Antioquia (2010), with experience in technology and economics. Editor of the magazines TVyVideo + Radio and AVI Latin America. Academic Coordinator of TecnoTelevisión & Radio.


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