Summer 2010

System Design and Integration

In the midst of the excitement at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, there was one Canadian gold-medal accomplishment that may have been less visible. Undertaking its very own medal-worthy performance, AVW-TELAV supplied and installed the majority of the necessary audio visual equipment and software for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)- led Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit (V2010 ISU), which provided security for the Winter Games.

The V2010 ISU required an AV integration solution that offered high definition video feeds and transferable systems control among the many venues, without compromising the V2010 ISU’s strict security measures. Crestron’s cutting-edge Digital Media (DM) technology, combined with its market-leading control solutions, was just the answer to appropriately facilitating the V2010 ISU’s audio visual challenges.

In order to properly utilize Crestron DM, however, our integration team needed to be fully proficient in the new technology. Without hesitation, AVW-TELAV rose to the challenge by becoming Canada’s first (and only, at the time) integrator to be Crestron DM certified. With our multiple existing Crestron master-certified programmers and unconditional manufacturer support from Crestron, the V2010 ISU maintained every confidence in our abilities to execute this mission critical project.

Located in five command venues, the audio visual systems we provided allowed V2010 ISU AV controller personnel command over the signal routing equipment, recording devices and various displays. Security personnel were even able to monitor and view multiple real-time media sources simultaneously by dividing the displays into single, dual or quad HD images with Crestron’s DVP series video image processors.

With the project spanning an extremely aggressive timeline from November 2009 to March 2010, robust equipment and a specialized team working 24/7 were required for the system to be fully functional in time. “It was a massive a challenging task from the moment the project started,” said Paul Weisbeck, Audio Visual Planner & Coordinator, Vancouver 2010 ISU. “The tireless efforts from installers, programmers, engineers, project managers and system designers ensured the project would be a guaranteed success and worthy of a gold medal in itself.”

Canada’s incredibly talented athletes earned the nation a record number of gold medals during the global exhibitions. With the same drive, AVW-TELAV completed Canada’s first Digital Media-based security command centre integration prior to the historic event. Moreover, through its longstanding relationship with Crestron, AVW-TELAV was also able to provide superior support levels by having local technicians and Crestron Engineering staff on-call and immediately accessible at any time throughout the games.

“Corporate support from AVW-TELAV and Crestron ensured the stability of our project would be delivered as promised,” added Weisbeck. “All audio visual support systems for the Integrated Command Centres were a major factor in the security detail that the V2010 ISU had to deliver to the public and athletes alike for a safe and secure Vancouver 2010 Winter Games.”