One Manchester housing association installs Manage for TEOS

October 1, 2021

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The Challenge

One Manchester is a provider of housing and community services for Manchester’s residents. It wanted to modernise its office space whilst ensuring the new technology offered the required flexibility in a cost-efficient way.

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The Outcome

The AV team have a solution that enables them to not only centrally create content but also gives them full control and monitoring of their IP display devices so that content being communicated via displays can be viewed by building, floor or area.

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The Solution

Manage for TEOS was installed throughout the offices and common areas in conjunction with over 30 43” and 55” BRAVIA professional displays and a VPL-FHZ65 laser projector.

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Since the installation of Sony’s solution, it has been tried and tested from an IT perspective, and employees within the new office are benefiting from a simple to use meeting room booking system and a consistent IT set up in meeting rooms.

Mick Brittain
IT Infrastructure Engineer at One Manchester

Meeting room with a Sony BRAVIA Professional Display mounted to the wall, as well as a Sony laser projector mounted on the ceiling.

The challenge to modernise

One Manchester is a UK housing association which currently owns and manages more than 12,000 homes in central, south and east Manchester. As a housing association communicating with a range of customers on a daily basis, it is crucial its offices deliver information seamlessly.

Faced with the challenge of modernising the space and ensuring it offered the flexibility required in a cost-efficient way, Sony proposed two solutions, facilitated by audio visual specialist reseller, IDNS AV: A meeting room setup and additional digital signage throughout the building to create a personalised introduction for visitors and an effective way of keeping employees up to date.

Future proofing the offices whilst saving costs

One Manchester’s aim is to deliver high quality services whilst ensuring the company delivers value for money for its residents.

With the need to deliver corporate information throughout its Lovell House office building where employees are based, they required the installation of an AV solution to enable effective, simple communication. The team found that the existing facility did not allow for any flexibility such as regularly changing content. Furthermore, this process was not capable of supporting targeted content for different internal teams and also customers and visitors to the office.

In order to future-proof its office, the organisation needed to invest in a cost-effective, streamlined solution. This resulted in investment in next generation technology that would address the increasing demand for flexible digital signage across the office.

Image showing some of the desks in the office, as well as some ceiling-mounted professional displays showing digital signage content.
Image showing a wall-mounted Sony BRAVIA Professional Display in a corridor.

The TEOS solution

Sony appealed to the organisation as the only vendor to offer an all-in-one solution which met its needs for flexible customer communication, employee administration and organisation.

Manage for TEOS was installed in conjunction with a range of BRAVIA professional displays. By grouping devices across One Manchester’s office, this package of software and hardware has given the AV team full control and monitoring of its IP display devices so that content being communicated via displays can be viewed by building, floor or area.

A customer-friendly space

The housing association can now create content, schedule the playout, and push images, pictures, videos, signage and other assets to individual devices, zones or across the whole network throughout the office. It allows the communications team to ensure the right content is always displayed on the right screen at the right time.

The room booking tool, powered by Manage for TEOS, offers an integrated room booking solution so that meetings can be easily organised and scheduled, leading to improved space optimisation for employees and visitors.

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Image showing a workspace within the office, with lots of displays and technology around the room.

Improving its green credentials

The organisation has also improved its impact on the environment as a result of using Manage for TEOS’s green management setting. The association has utilised the tool’s capability of scheduling on and off times for each BRAVIA professional display to save energy when devices are no longer required, for example at evenings or weekends.

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