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Laurentian University: Meeting complex computer-lab challenges for 9000+ students

CASE STUDY BRIEF
Client: Laurentian University
Location: Ontario, Canada
CHALLENGE Need to maximise space, ergonomics and security in student computer labs throughout the Sudbury campus.
SOLUTION Installation of over 700 high-end computer monitor mounts; steel post specifically designed to mount LCD monitors ranging in size from 12” to 24”; ideal for use in space-constricted locations; high level of ergonomic functionality for our students; ability to rotate monitors 90°, 180°, 270° or 355° and features +/-40° angular adjustment for multiple-student viewing; steel structure with screw concealment for theft deterrence; advanced internal cable management.
PRODUCT Spacedec range SD-POS-VBM single display desk LCD/LED monitor/small TV mount

Project Overview

Laurentian University’s Sudbury campus, is a mid-sized school with over 9,000 students and one of only two bilingual universities in Canada.

Challenge

They faced an increasingly complex challenge when trying to maximize the working desk space in its multiple-student computer labs throughout its campus. One major obstacle was how to reduce the amount of computer equipment on each desk in the computer labs so that students would have more room to work. In addition, the university was searching for ergonomically-friendly, highly secure space saving products that would also prevent the possibility of theft in the labs.

Gerry Gareau, Manager, Micro Computer Centre for Laurentian University explained the issues they faced.

“The desks in our computer labs are getting smaller and we are trying to fit as many computers as possible into each space. We found that utilising LCD monitors with their original stand was taking up too much space on each desk, leaving students with less room to work. In addition, the original monitor stands are not very ergonomically-friendly for users.”
Spacedec SD-POS-HA

Solution

As part of the process to find the best solution to its monitor mounting challenge, Laurentian University researched and investigated many different visual display mounting companies and determined that Atdec was the best company to meet its needs.

Atdec provided over 700 of its high-end POS Multi LCD computer monitor mounts from the Spacedec range. The POS Multi is a steel post specifically designed to mount LCD monitors ranging in size from 12” to 24”. It is ideal for use in any space-constricted location where multiple monitors must positioned in an ergonomically-friendly and secure manner.

Spacedec SD-POS-HA

Gareau commented:

“The Atdec POS Multi provided the ultimate space saving solution to maximise the working space in each desk area, giving students more room for their books and other supplies. It is an attractive mounting device that also provides a high level of ergonomic functionality for our students. It allows each monitor to be rotated 90°, 180°, 270° or 355° and features +/-40° angular adjustment, making it perfect for several students to clearly and comfortably view the monitor at the same time.”

Laurentian University also selected the Atdec POS Multi based on its high level of security. Universities, like any public space, can be a major target of theft and they needed a secure mounting product that would prevent the possible theft of the LCD computer monitors.

The Atdec POS Multi is constructed with a strong steel structure incorporating a clever screw concealment cover on top of the mounting screws that are drilled into a desk. In addition, the POS Multi design includes the option to use the pre-drilled security holes for “under work surface” attachment, greatly increasing the security of the unit. There is also a convenient location to attach a monitor security system such as wire cable locking device. These features all work together to prevent the possible theft of the monitor.

Spacedec SD-POS-HA

In addition to space saving, ergonomic functionality and a high level of security, Gareau said Laurentian University needed an LCD monitor mount that was also attractive and provided a way to limit the amount of cables in each student work station. The POS Multi offers a clean, modern look with an advanced internal cable management system where unsightly cables are routed through the post via a cable port located directly behind the monitor screen.

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