Our long-standing and trusting relationship with Sony made us very confident that they would be able to deliver a solution tailored to our requirements and for our 15,000+ students in these unprecedented times.
Olivier Grosjean, University of Lausanne
Occupying an expansive campus on the shore of Lake Geneva, the University of Lausanne is a leading higher education and research institution that offers teaching to more than 15,000 students. The university boasts an international atmosphere, with a fifth of students and a third of its teaching staff of non-Swiss origin. Restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic saw the University of Lausanne close its doors to students on campus. This demanded a fundamental re-evaluation of the way it communicates and delivers teaching to its students.
COVID-19 forced a rethink of the way we and other educators interact with our students” comments Olivier Grosjean from the University of Lausanne. “So we went looking for a solution that not only supported every area of our University, but crucially could also be delivered before the start of the new term. Our long-standing and trusting relationship with Sony made us very confident that they would be able to deliver a solution tailored to our requirements and for our 15,000+ students in these unprecedented times.
Sony has delivered a unique solution that helps the University capture, record and broadcast lessons, conferences and events to students in a remote learning environment. This end-to-end offering allows staff to deliver high-quality teaching live or on demand, and from any location.
As part of the tailor-made solution, the University of Lausanne selected Sony’s award-winning REA-C1000 Edge Analytics Appliance. Featuring tracking and handwriting extraction, it enables presenters to deliver engaging and compelling video content to students. Footage of presenters is shot by Sony SRG Series PTZ remote cameras that feature Full HD image quality with powerful optical zoom to ensure crisp, detail-packed images. Lessons are captured and uploaded into UbiCast Media Server that orchestrates every phase of producing and delivering profesional-quality video content to students.
Together with the University of Lausanne, we were able to deliver a solution that perfectly meets their requirements, is simple to use and could be implemented very quickly” comments Philippe Remion, Education Specialist at Sony Professional Europe. “We are pleased that even during the most difficult time that’s ever faced the education industry, we could support the University in making sure its students didn’t miss out on essential learning.
Since implementing the innovative solution, the University of Lausanne has seen some impressive statistics, including over 12,000 videos added, 9 million video views, and 5 million unique visits from its students. It has also benefited from broadcasting and recording capabilities which were not present before, and the level of interactivity between students and teachers has seen a significant increase.