Exterity, the award-winning provider of IP video, digital signage and guest experience technologies, has announced a new installation powering the cutting-edge student experience at Scotway House near the University of Glasgow. With the aesthetic of a chic boutique hotel, Scotway House offers stunning, contemporary and tech-enabled student accommodation in Glasgow’s West End.
Scotway House deployed Exterity’s ArtioGuest infotainment software system to create a student portal that is accessible in every room, providing information to students about local, social and accommodation-related information. This project was completed with Interactiv Solutions, a highly regarded specialist in Digital Workspace Transformation and AV solutions.
ArtioGuest supports over 260 screens, including LG Hospitality SmartTVs, in student rooms and common lounges – removing the need for set-top boxes and thereby reducing the number of moving parts to manage and maintain. The site-wide IPTV system displays over 50 TV and radio channels, including a selection of free-to-air local stations, as well as international satellite TV channels in several languages.
“Alongside making it look great, one of our goals for the IPTV was to create a system that was both reliable and easy to use,” comments David Nicol, Managing Director at Interactiv Solutions. “The Exterity ArtioGuest infotainment software was also a major factor for us in choosing the technology, as we were building something that would be updated regularly, so the tools needed to be easy to use. We have worked with Exterity on previous successful projects, so it was clear that they would offer a perfect fit.”
The system also has an emergency notification capability that can remotely turn on each TV in every room and common area to display urgent messages or video. During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the ability of ArtioGuest to remotely share information across the screens became even more critical. To further streamline the setup and management of the system, Exterity AvediaPlayer r9305 Media Players are used to stream TV and video in both the onsite gym and cinema.
The spacious site has its own study and social building where the gym and cinema, a roof terrace and private study areas are located. With accommodation for nearly 400 students, each ensuite room is equipped with superfast Wi-Fi and modern, in-room media capabilities that are designed to both entertain and inform its growing cohort of international students. Scotway House, which opened in October 2019, recently picked up an award in the “Amazing Space Category” at the Northern Design Awards.