Dante helps students at TsingHua University, China

Established in 1911, TsingHua University in northwest Beijing has a combined student population of over 50,000, with 21 schools and 59 departments which includes The School of Economics & Management (SEM). Tsinghua SEM when constructing a new academic building, turned to Dante to fulfil its audio needs.

The teaching areas in the new building include 23 multimedia classrooms, 14 standard classrooms, and more than 40 seminar rooms. Approximately 700 Dante-supported devices are installed to support the school’s audio needs, making it the most extensive network-based audio system in mainland China.

HongGang Zhao, head of multimedia at TsingHua University’s School of Economics and Management, said: “It was a prospective decision to choose to use the Dante Networking system in our new building. It gives us lots of flexibility. As quick as a new idea comes, it will help us to make it happen.”

The project team selected the Dante-enabled BSS BLU-806DA for audio processing throughout the building.

The team also selected Dante-enabled Shure ULX-D wireless microphones for larger classrooms to provide better audio coverage and consistent sound during lectures. Dante AVIO USB adapters were also included in the classrooms to allow students and instructors to connect any computer to a Dante network with zero software installation, which was ideal for remote instruction and conferences.

Device management and monitoring requirements were paramount, with approximately 700 Dante products on the network. Thus, the project team implemented Dante Domain Manager, a server-based software solution that provides a centralised view of the entire deployment.

HongGang Zhao said: “Dante Domain Manager with its API has been straightforward for us to use. With the ability to see all the devices at once on the network, it’s easy to monitor and manage our systems. Sitting in the control room, we can identify the system issue remotely in advance, this allows us to work more efficiently and keep our classrooms operating smoothly.”

The school recognises the importance of network multimedia technology in the future of smart classrooms in higher education. With the growing adoption of related technologies, such as the cloud, big data, and AI, the school hopes to seamlessly connect new technologies in the future to the Dante platform to expand teaching capabilities for staff and students alike.

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