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Meeting & conference rooms

A renowned Italian university has established itself as a prominent institute for higher education since it’s founding almost 70 years ago. Resulting in the enrollment of over 19.000 students, divided over seven departments.

To accommodate the growing number of students with the best education possible, several rooms were updated with new audio and video equipment. Two lecture halls now feature ATEN solutions that are both easy to use and still provide full control over AV applications. An additional conference room was refurbished with a centralized system to ensure efficient collaboration.

Small to large meeting areas supported by presentation and matrix switches.

The first project is located within the central building of the university. This room is called the 'Council room' and was in need of a management system that could handle video sources and monitors up to 4K. The sources included a 4K desktop PC, a VGA source, a CCTV video source and an external video source that can be used for example for Skype meetings. These video signals must be controlled from a separate technical room. In this room, controllers require the ability to add other video sources like: DVD, CCTV with local control, etc. All those requirements/video sources are controlled by ATEN's matrix switch.

The second set-up is located in a meeting and conference room. All control is centralized at both the presentation table and the technical room. For usability reasons, the system has to be activated with a single switch-button. The HDMI and VGA extender, built into the conference table, ensure automatic video detection. They allow for full control over the audio signals from the microphones, standard and wireless, and the video sources. A large monitor is the focal point of the room. All content displayed on this screen will however also be visible on two smaller screens. The video settings will be handled from the control room, where an operator works at a dual monitor setup.

Last up were the teaching facilities in the lecture hall of the engineering department. Given the large dimensions of the hall, particular attention was paid to the sound system by implementing long array lines. The desk in the front of the hall was tooled with table towers for the HDMI and VGA connections via one video presentation switch, power distribution, USB support and Ethernet connection. In the technical room one matrix was used for source selection such as the table, DVD, TV cameras in the hall or other signals from the building.

What were the requirements?

Multiple resolutions

Support 4K resolutions to ensure compatibility with the newest sources.

Remote control

Easy control managment

Control from different rooms, just by pressing one button.

Support multiple interfaces

Ability to distribute multiple inputs to multiple outputs.




Partners for this project

"An intuitive system which is easy to use, even for teachers with a limited technical background."

Roberto Rubini, Ekklesia s.r.l.

Usability optimization

A straight-forward interface to operate easily during lectures.


Support a wide range of displays and sources from diverse manufacturers.

Reach long distances

HDBaseT technology allows you to reach 100m via Cat 5e/6A cables.

Products used for this project


ATEN Control System - 12-button Control Pad (EU, 2 Gang)


7 x 3 Seamless Presentation Matrix Switch with Scaler, Streaming, Audio Mixer, and HDBaseT


4-Port USB 4K HDMI Multi-View KVMP™ Switch


4 x 4 True 4K HDMI Matrix Switch


8 x 8 True 4K HDMI Matrix Switch


HDMI HDBaseT Extender with PoH (4K@100m) (HDBaseT Class A)


HDMI HDBaseT Receiver with PoH (4K@100m) (HDBaseT Class A) (PoH PD)


HDMI HDBaseT-Lite Receiver with PoH (4K@40m) (HDBaseT Class B) (PoH PD)


HDMI HDBaseT-Lite Receiver (4K@40m) (HDBaseT Class B)