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  • Rutledge AV Sponsor Team Summ Dog in 2016 Mystery Box Rally

    Held from September 24th to the 28th, the Mystery Box is a five day rally consisting of 150 teams of fundraisers who have embarked on an unforgettable adventure.

    Unknown cars driving a mysterious route – what could be more ridiculous you ask? Well sure, but when it comes to raising funds for a great cause, this rally has all the essential ingredients for teams to do their part in raising much needed funds for the Cancer Council. Held from September 24th to the 28th, the Mystery Box is a five day rally consisting of 150 teams of fundraisers who have embarked on an unforgettable adventure. Taking a light hearted approach to a serious cause, Mystery Box takes the teams along a mysterious route through quintessential outback towns, remote dirt tracks and surprise river crossings.

    Rutledge AV has sponsored team Summ Dog in this year’s rally. Help us raise money for cancer research - you can make a donation by clicking on the following link: https://mysterybox2016.everydayhero.com/au/team-summ-dog



    Daniel Sommerville (Campbellfield Automotive) and Daniel Woodward (Rutledge AV) stand beside the car they hope will get them over the finish line.



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    Rutledge AV Sponsor Team Summ Dog in 2016 Mystery Box Rally
  • Michael Rutledge on Judges Panel for Systems Integration India Awards 2016

    Our very own Michael Rutledge will be a judge on the panel for the first ever Systems Integration India Awards 2016, with the ceremony taking place on 12 September at the Bombay Exhibition Centre

    Our very own Michael Rutledge will be a judge on the panel for the first ever Systems Integration India Awards 2016, with the ceremony taking place on 12 September at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in conjunction with InfoComm India (12 to 14 September 2016). For more information on the awards, click on the following link: http://www.siindiaawards.com/

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  • Rutledge AV wins AVIA for AGL – 699 Bourke Street, Melbourne

    We are delighted to announce that we have won this year’s AVIA for the AGL – 699 Bourke Street Melbourne Project (in the Best Application of AV in a Commercial or Government Installation, budget $500K + category).

    We are delighted to announce that we have won this year’s AVIA for the AGL – 699 Bourke Street Melbourne Project (in the Best Application of AV in a Commercial or Government Installation, budget $500K + category).

    Let’s do a deep dive into this project and see why it is such a fantastic example of what we deliver as a company.






    Scope of our work:

    AGL is one of the nation’s most recognised energy providers. The company wanted its new Melbourne workplace to reflect its ‘energy in action’ brand and its values; sustainability, employee unity and an honest, straight forward approach to doing business.

    AGL’s new workplace (new facility built on top of Southern Cross Train Station) had to adapt readily to the changing needs of the organisation and its 1,500 Melbourne-based employees. The project required a solution which provided a consistent look and feel across various systems and could be monitored/ supported remotely.

    As part of the move, AGL has also adopted a new style of working, Smarter Working, which aims to enhance collaboration, allow for better use of space and resources and re-energise the workplace.

    Rutledge AV worked closely with AGL to tweak the initial brief in order to deliver a consistent experience across all audio visual enabled spaces. AGL had identified early in the process that emerging technologies such as MS Lync room integration and wireless presentation facilities were key in supporting their ABW model. Rutledge AV worked closely with vendors and AGL to build room prototypes to evaluate the new technologies and determine the best approach to integration.

    Technologies/techniques used:

    AGL saw the move as a chance to create an environment that would bring its brand, vision and values to life. A space that would reflect its business style: easy, open and approachable. It had to be welcoming and functional, with every feature having a clear purpose.

    As the largest ASX-listed owner, operator and developer of renewable energy generation in the country, sustainability was high on AGL’s agenda – achieving a 5-star Green Star rating for its new workplace was a priority.

    Rutledge AV was engaged by AGL to provide an integrated audio visual solution to facilitate the objectives of the company. Audio visual systems and services include:

    - 59 x Collaboration Spaces

    - 8 x Enclosed Meeting Rooms

    - 2 x Training Centres

    - 29 x MS Lync based VC Rooms

    - 9 x Open Collaboration Tables

    - 1 x Large Function Room

    - 6 x Open display areas

    - 35 x Digital Signage Displays

    - 13 x Interactive Displays

    - 20 x Huddle Rooms

    - Integrated IPTV and Digital Signage System

    - System Monitoring and Performance Application

    At the completion of the project, Rutledge AV was engaged to provide a full time resource on a permanent basis to provide ongoing AV support, training and assist with every day operational performance.

    How our work has benefited AGL:

    AGL placed a large emphasis on utilising technology to underpin their ABW environment as they had researched existing ABW environments in detail and identified areas where technology could meet some of the known shortfalls of ABW. The range of systems, user interfaces and consistency delivered by Rutledge AV ensures that this ABW environment is a first class experience for all 1500 employees.

    Rutledge AV was able to go beyond the standard integration service and provided services such as:

    - Conducting workshops with AGL to understand the user’s workflow, meeting habits and expectations, resulting in design tweaks to simplify system operation

    - Customised content creation for interactive displays to assist in delivering OHS and Wellness information to the staff,

    - A customised control GUI utilising the floor plans for IPTV and digital signage control allowing for easy local and universal control of all displays across the facility

    - The provision of regular technology familiarisation and user training sessions with staff during the occupation of the facility  

    Ultimately, the key benefit to AGL has been the utilisation of the technology by the staff. Most audio visual spaces are booked between 90% – 100% of capacity with overwhelmingly positive feedback on the systems.

    Why this project won the AVIA:

    AGL has created a new head office designed with an innovative interior and Activity Based Working arrangement. To support a more fluid and cooperative way of working, there are a number of central public zones that support noisier group activities and break-out meetings. In contrast to this, there is also a range of quiet shared spaces for focused work or research.

    Each work floor encourages group interaction and collaboration with plenty of breakout areas. There are no fixed desks. Smart audio visual technology has been designed to facilitate this new state of the art work space.

    The technology delivered for AGL met the unique demands of the space. AGL had hoped that their 29 video conferencing rooms would integrate with their MC Lync environment and that’s exactly what it does. We were also able to get ‘buy in’ from all project stakeholders on the implementation of the Polycom CX8000/Crestron RL2 device as the preferred codec. Although untested at the time, the integration was executed to an exemplary standard.

    AGL now has a workplace where employees and visitors feel at home, bringing its brand, vision and values to life. A space that reflects its business style is welcoming and functional.

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  • Rutledge AV shortlisted as finalists twice for 2016 AVIAs

    We are delighted to announce that we have been short-listed as finalists for this year’s AVIAs for two projects; Novartis Sydney and AGL Melbourne.

    We are delighted to announce that we have been short-listed as finalists for this year’s AVIAs for two projects; Novartis Sydney and AGL Melbourne (both in the Best Application of AV in a Commercial or Government Installation, budget $500K + category.

    Project Details

    NOVARTIS WATERLOO ROAD CAMPUS









    Scope of our work:

    Novartis embarked on a new office design & construct at their existing site in Macquarie Park, with view to bring the Novartis Group companies in Australia (Alcon, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Sandoz) together for the first time down under. The scope of the project required end to end integration that could be monitored and supported remotely and support an activity-based working environment. To achieve this, it needed to be simple to use, flexible and provide the expected result every time.

    The Novartis aspiration of driving collaboration within and across divisions called for employees to be mobile yet able to connect and work easily from anywhere in the new space. We worked closely with the project stakeholders (Novartis, builders and architects) to work through the considerations and recommendations needed to achieve this, with the company concluding the activity-based working environment to be the most appropriate solution.

    We also knew Crestron’s intelligent technology could play a key role in ensuring the successful implementation of activity-based working when considering the group collaboration and communication requirements.

    Technologies/techniques used:

    Audio visual services were deployed to the following room types:

    - 5 x Enclosed Chat Rooms
    - 8 x Enclosed Collaboration Tables
    - 9 x Enclosed Meeting Rooms
    - 1 x Semi Enclosed Collaboration Area
    - 1 x Brainstorming Room
    - 9 x Open Collaboration Tables
    - 5 x Enclosed Meeting Rooms
    - 9 x Flexible Rooms
    - 3 x Combinable Meeting Rooms
    - 2 x VC Meeting Rooms
    - 1 x Wetlab
    - 1 x Open Plan Area

    The technologies implemented needed to provide a solution which:

    - was integrated from end to end
    - could be monitored and supported remotely
    - was simple to use
    - provided the expected result, every time
    - was flexible
    - supported an activity-based working environment

    Novartis previously had poor experiences with their audio visual systems, so getting it right for the organisation was critical.

    How our work has benefited the client:

    In a word: Harmony. Novartis globally has a standard room booking system which is by another manufacturer. This product was unable to offer the level of integration that a Crestron Room booking system could, in particular with the AV systems themselves and with the Office 365 environment. Further complexity was added by the server for the room booking system being located in Dublin, which presented unacceptable latency at the panels.

    In partnership with Crestron Australia, Rutledge AV was able to demonstrate the Crestron solution and overcome the latency issues, which resulted in the Crestron solution being selected in place of the Novartis global standard. The booking system was integrated with the other in room systems to boot up simultaneously upon meeting commencement and in fact, if the meeting is not extended, shut down again if there is no meeting scheduled immediately after.

    The audio visual technology is as much a part of the room as the desk and chairs, and unless you have a booking, you cannot use these facilities. This approach fits perfectly with their ABW model and keeps rooms available when they should be, with no server latency issues, all control being literally at the employee’s fingertips.

    Why this project should win:

    This project is what a great audio visual solution is all about, delivering an activity based working environment with matching smart AV technology to get the most out of the space. But more than this, we had to gain the trust of the client to confidently go with our recommendation of a solution that wasn’t part of their global standard, integrating the Crestron solution with the existing system. This is exactly what we did, with our solution solving the latency issues between Sydney and the Novartis server based in Dublin for seamless booking information to be delivered.

    A desire for collaboration saw the Novartis collective become capable of streaming presentations, a significant new communication enhancement where dialogue with doctors from around the world can be shared through their new video conferencing capability.

    This is a project that showcases a multi-faceted end to end audio visual solution, to facilitate a state of the art working environment for Novartis. Moving towards an activity based working model is a growing trend, and the success of this model relies upon state of the art audio visual technology.

    AGL – 699 BOURKE STREET PROJECT






    Scope of our work:

    AGL is one of the nation’s most recognised energy providers. The company wanted its new Melbourne workplace to reflect its ‘energy in action’ brand and its values; sustainability, employee unity and an honest, straight forward approach to doing business.

    AGL’s new workplace (new facility built on top of Southern Cross Train Station) had to adapt readily to the changing needs of the organisation and its 1,500 Melbourne-based employees. The project required a solution which provided a consistent look and feel across various systems and could be monitored/ supported remotely.

    As part of the move, AGL has also adopted a new style of working, Smarter Working, which aims to enhance collaboration, allow for better use of space and resources and re-energise the workplace.

    Rutledge AV worked closely with AGL to tweak the initial brief in order to deliver a consistent experience across all audio visual enabled spaces. AGL had identified early in the process that emerging technologies such as MS Lync room integration and wireless presentation facilities were key in supporting their ABW model. Rutledge AV worked closely with vendors and AGL to build room prototypes to evaluate the new technologies and determine the best approach to integration.

    Technologies/techniques used:

    AGL saw the move as a chance to create an environment that would bring its brand, vision and values to life. A space that would reflect its business style: easy, open and approachable. It had to be welcoming and functional, with every feature having a clear purpose.

    As the largest ASX-listed owner, operator and developer of renewable energy generation in the country, sustainability was high on AGL’s agenda – achieving a 5-star Green Star rating for its new workplace was a priority.

    Rutledge AV was engaged by AGL to provide an integrated audio visual solution to facilitate the objectives of the company. Audio visual systems and services include:

    - 59 x Collaboration Spaces
    - 8 x Enclosed Meeting Rooms
    - 2 x Training Centres
    - 29 x MS Lync based VC Rooms
    - 9 x Open Collaboration Tables
    - 1 x Large Function Room
    - 6 x Open display areas
    - 35 x Digital Signage Displays
    - 13 x Interactive Displays
    - 20 x Huddle Rooms
    - Integrated IPTV and Digital Signage System
    - System Monitoring and Performance Application

    At the completion of the project, Rutledge AV was engaged to provide a full time resource on a permanent basis to provide ongoing AV support, training and assist with every day operational performance.

    How our work has benefited the client:

    AGL placed a large emphasis on utilising technology to underpin their ABW environment as they had researched existing ABW environments in detail and identified areas where technology could meet some of the known shortfalls of ABW. The range of systems, user interfaces and consistency delivered by Rutledge AV ensures that this ABW environment is a first class experience for all 1500 employees.

    Rutledge AV was able to go beyond the standard integration service and provided services such as:

    - Conducting workshops with AGL to understand the user’s workflow, meeting habits and expectations, resulting in design tweaks to simplify system operation

    - Customised content creation for interactive displays to assist in delivering OHS and Wellness information to the staff,

    - A customised control GUI utilising the floor plans for IPTV and digital signage control allowing for easy local and universal control of all displays across the facility

    - The provision of regular technology familiarisation and user training sessions with staff during the occupation of the facility   

    Ultimately, the key benefit to AGL has been the utilisation of the technology by the staff. Most audio visual spaces are booked between 90% – 100% of capacity with overwhelmingly positive feedback on the systems.

    Why this project should win:

    AGL has created a new head office designed with an innovative interior and Activity Based Working arrangement. To support a more fluid and cooperative way of working, there are a number of central public zones that support noisier group activities and break-out meetings. In contrast to this, there is also a range of quiet shared spaces for focused work or research.

    Each work floor encourages group interaction and collaboration with plenty of breakout areas. There are no fixed desks. Smart audio visual technology has been designed to facilitate this new state of the art work space.

    The technology delivered for AGL met the unique demands of the space. AGL had hoped that their 29 video conferencing rooms would integrate with their MC Lync environment and that’s exactly what it does. We were also able to get ‘buy in’ from all project stakeholders on the implementation of the Polycom CX8000/Crestron RL2 device as the preferred codec. Although untested at the time, the integration was executed to an exemplary standard.

    AGL now has a workplace where employees and visitors feel at home, bringing its brand, vision and values to life. A space that reflects its business style is welcoming and functional.

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  • Announcing Key QLD Leadership Appointment: Ricky Cook

    We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ricky Cook to the role of QLD State Manager, effective Monday 18th July, 2016.

    We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ricky Cook to the role of QLD State Manager, effective Monday 18th July, 2016.

    Ricky brings a wealth of experience to Rutledge AV, having previously operated as a Senior Project Manager for another integrator, key sales roles for leading technology manufacturers, and most recently as QLD State Manager of Corporate Initiatives.

    Ricky is an industry professional with excellent interpersonal skills and a proven track record in sales, risk assessment and new business development. Ricky is a valuable addition to our team and will be a key figure in further building Rutledge AV’s reputation in audio visual services across all markets.



    We look forward to you welcoming Ricky as part of the expanding Rutledge AV team.

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    Announcing Key QLD Leadership Appointment: Ricky Cook
  • Goodbye Barry Wiseman

    The Rutledge AV team lost a long time employee, colleague and friend earlier this week. We are very sad to announce that Barry passed away on the weekend, aged 44.

    The Rutledge AV team lost a long time employee, colleague and friend earlier this week. We are very sad to announce that Barry passed away on the weekend, aged 44. Barry was a well-respected and admired Rutledge employee. He was dedicated and passionate about his work and was well known for his good humour and Scottish patriotism. Barry was always positive, clever and willing to help his colleagues. We stand together in support of Barry’s family. R.I.P Barry, you will be deeply missed!!!



    Barry Wiseman (1971 – 2016)

    Who was Barry Wiseman?

    Barry was a guy who really left his mark on the Rutledge team. I don't think anyone truly appreciated how much they had been touched by Barry until his passing, or how widespread within the company his relationships were. There are many stories coming out about conversations people had with Barry even recently about football, his family or one of his favourite topics - his motorcycle. Barry loved talking about his bike. I still keep expecting him to come in and see me with another story. He had given me regular updates on the process of buying the bike and every week had a new story for me about his trip in to work.

    Some of you may not know, but Barry used to drive a Porsche. He was very proud of it and often used to steal my parking space. I always used to joke with him that just because he drove a Porsche, that he thought he could park anywhere. I'm not sure if he thought I was being serious.

    Barry was known for his bright personality and allegiance to Scotland. Everywhere in the office are tributes to his home country including a Shetland sticker on our fridge, a framed picture of a Shetland Pony on his desk and a model of the Loch Ness Monster glued to his computer. Before he started in AV he used to tell us about how he worked on a commercial fishing boat off the coast of Scotland. Barry wasn't the quietest person in the office, but now that he is gone, there is a real presence missing which I think everyone can feel. We will miss you Barry; we will all be talking about and remembering the good times you brought to all of us.” 

    Andrew MacDonald – NSW General Manager, Rutledge AV

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    Goodbye Barry Wiseman
  • We have been awarded the contract for the av installation services for the $1.2 billion Perth Children's Hospital

    We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the multi-million dollar contract for the audio visual equipment installation services for the $1.2 billion Perth Children's Hospital.

    We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the multi-million dollar contract for the audio visual equipment installation services for the Perth Children's Hospital. This $1.2 billion landmark project comprises the design and construction of a new, state-of-the-art children’s hospital to replace the existing Princess Margaret Hospital for children, which was constructed over a century ago.

    (Photo courtesy of John Holland).

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    We have been awarded the contract for the av installation services for the $1.2 billion Perth Children's Hospital
  • We have been awarded the av services contract for the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital

    We are proud to announce that we have been awarded the multi-million dollar audio visual services contract for the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

    We are proud to announce that we have been awarded the multi-million dollar audio visual services contract for the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital. For more information please visit https://www.health.qld.gov.au/scuhospital/

    (Image sourced from LendLease).

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    We have been awarded the av services contract for the $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  • Patients and staff welcome screen donations at Intensive Care Unit

    As part of our communityglow program, Rutledge AV recently donated screens to the Malcolm Fisher Department of Intensive Care Medicine of the Royal North Shore Hospital (NSW).

    As part of our communityglow program, Rutledge AV recently donated screens to the Malcolm Fisher Department of Intensive Care Medicine of the Royal North Shore Hospital (NSW).

    The hospital recently contacted Rutledge AV’s communityglow program as there was an insufficient supply of televisions for the ICU and there was no available funding for additional screens. ‘communityglow was established to give back to the community in which we operate and if we can maximise our efforts by providing services and equipment directly linked to our audio visual capabilities then we believe this to be a worthwhile contribution to the community’ said Andrew MacDonald, NSW State Manager, Rutledge AV.

    The screens donated to the ICU provide patients with a sometimes much needed respite and distraction from the busy clinical environment, particularly for long term patients. We are delighted that we were able to provide such a worthwhile donation to the hospital.

    If you would like to be considered for a program or cause, please visit our communityglow page for more information.

    Andrew MacDonald (NSW State Manager, Rutledge AV) presenting one of the donated screens to Matthew Tinker (Clinical Nurse Consultant, ICU, Royal North Shore Hospital).

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  • Missed seeing us at the 2015 Integrate Expo?

    Rutledge AV took part in the Integration Zone at this year's Integrate Expo highlighting the current and future Audio Visual trends of the corporate boardroom, simulating technology delivered for the blue chip business community across Australia.

    Rutledge AV took part in the Integration Zone at this year's Integrate Expo highlighting the current and future Audio Visual trends of the corporate boardroom, simulating technology delivered for the blue chip business community across Australia. The stand took audiences through a journey to learn about the latest wireless applications, including ‘Bring your own device’ (BYOD) that revolutionises control, connectivity and real time collaboration across your organisation.

    To take a tour of the latest boardroom technology that is simple, intuitive and integrated throughout the wider corporate business solution, contact us on 1300 131 795.

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  • Rutledge AV receive Judges' Commendation for Project Excellence at 2015 AVIAs

    The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Digital Vision Upgrade project was awarded a Judges' Commendation for Project Excellence. The judges were impressed with the management and engineering expertise required to successfully bring off a project of such scale and difficulty in an operating venue.

    The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Digital Vision Upgrade project was awarded a Judges' Commendation for Project Excellence. The judges were impressed with the management and engineering expertise required to successfully bring off a project of such scale and difficulty in an operating venue.

    Project Details

    Digital Vision Upgrade for the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


    With a $3M investment, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) worked closely with Rutledge AV to upgrade the digital signal path from the previous-copper based analogue system.

    The result was a fully digital, end-to-end solution throughout 66,333 square metres of event space. It highlights user-friendly accessibility and experiences to a higher standard for MCEC’s clients, as majority of customers are now using digital HDMI-based devices.

    This supports MCEC’s core vision to be the world’s best events destination, leading the way in service, food and technology. The total scope of works included the supply, installation and commissioning of:

    • AMX Matrix Switcher Hardware

    • Signal Processing Equipment

    • Touch Control Panel Systems

    • Cabling Infrastructure

    Tackling project challenges such as working around a live operating venue across the vast size of MCEC, Rutledge AV successfully completed the Digital Vision Upgrade.

    A key highlight of the project was the Centre-wide cabling restructure to a fibre optic signal solution. Working closely with AMX Australia, this project was also one of the largest roll outs of the revolutionary AMX Enova technology. The successful completion of this project allowed MCEC to present its consumers with user-friendly ‘bring-your-own-device’ facilities.

    With a $3M investment, MCEC worked closely with Rutledge AV to upgrade the digital signal path from the previous-copper based analogue system. This allows MCEC customers to connect their portable devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones, and experience pixel perfect vision projected to MCEC’s screens and recording devices.

    ‘Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is the largest venue of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, with a string of industry awards to its credit,’ said Graeme Howlett, Senior Project Manager at Rutledge AV. ‘Rutledge was commissioned to roll out its Digital Vision Upgrade. Being recognised by our peers highlights our ability to design, supply and deliver world class audio visual solutions for world class venues.’

    ‘Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is the first centre in the Asia-Pacific to invest in a digital vision signal path across the venue in response to the rise of “bring-your-own-device” technology,’ says Graeme Howlett, Senior Project Manager, Rutledge AV. ‘Our biggest accomplishment was to successfully create a high-quality facility that offers Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre clients the best, user-friendly audio visual experience.’

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    Rutledge AV receive Judges' Commendation for Project Excellence at 2015 AVIAs
  • Rutledge AV shortlisted as finalists in two categories for 2015 AVIAs

    We are delighted to announce that we have been short-listed as finalists for this year’s AVIAs in two categories; Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Digital Vision Upgrade in the ‘Best application of AV in a commercial or government installation’ and Cyclone Tracy – 40 Years On – Anniversary Exhibition for the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in the ‘Best application of AV in an Exhibition or Display budget less than $100K’ category.

    We are delighted to announce that we have been short-listed as finalists for this year’s AVIAs in two categories; Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre Digital Vision Upgrade in the ‘Best application of AV in a commercial or government installation’ and Cyclone Tracy – 40 Years On – Anniversary Exhibition for the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in the ‘Best application of AV in an Exhibition or Display budget less than $100K’ category.

    Project Details

    Digital Vision Upgrade for the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre



    With a $3M investment, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) worked closely with Rutledge AV to upgrade the digital signal path from the previous-copper based analogue system.

    The result was a fully digital, end-to-end solution throughout 66,333 square metres of event space. It highlights user-friendly accessibility and experiences to a higher standard for MCEC’s clients, as majority of customers are now using digital HDMI-based devices.

    This supports MCEC’s core vision to be the world’s best events destination, leading the way in service, food and technology. The total scope of works included the supply, installation and commissioning of:

    • AMX Matrix Switcher Hardware
    • Signal Processing Equipment
    • Touch Control Panel Systems
    • Cabling Infrastructure

    Tackling project challenges such as working around a live operating venue across the vast size of MCEC, Rutledge AV successfully completed the Digital Vision Upgrade.
    A key highlight of the project was the Centre-wide cabling restructure to a fibre optic signal solution. Working closely with AMX Australia, this project was also one of the largest roll outs of the revolutionary AMX Enova technology. The successful completion of this project allowed MCEC to present its consumers with user-friendly ‘bring-your-own-device’ facilities.

    With a $3M investment, MCEC worked closely with Rutledge AV to upgrade the digital signal path from the previous-copper based analogue system. This allows MCEC customers to connect their portable devices, including laptops, tablets and smartphones, and experience pixel perfect vision projected to MCEC’s screens and recording devices.

    ‘Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is the largest venue of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, with a string of industry awards to its credit,’ said Graeme Howlett, Senior Project Manager at Rutledge AV. ‘Rutledge was commissioned to roll out its Digital Vision Upgrade. Being recognised by our peers highlights our ability to design, supply and deliver world class audio visual solutions for world class venues.’

    ‘Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is the first centre in the Asia-Pacific to invest in a digital vision signal path across the venue in response to the rise of “bring-your-own-device” technology,’ says Graeme Howlett, Senior Project Manager, Rutledge AV. ‘Our biggest accomplishment was to successfully create a high-quality facility that offers Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre clients the best, user-friendly audio visual experience.’

    Cyclone Tracy – 40 Years On – Anniversary Exhibition





    The MAGNT required an update to their existing Cyclone Tracy Exhibition in order to bring the latest technology into the museum but also to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the cyclone’s tragic path to hit Darwin on Christmas Day 1974.

    The scope of works included two specific technology deliverables which would need to be custom designed and delivered to suit a museum environment. This included a 47 inch interactive touchscreen that would be wall mounted and a 55 inch custom made interactive table/touchscreen.

    The touchscreen (with the touch overlay supplied by Interact Us) covers six specific areas:

    • Search Evacuee List
    • Search Death List
    • Born in Tracy’s Eye
    • Orange Truck Convoy
    • A Letter from Ian
    • The Museum Destroyed

    The interactive table (with its smart powder-costed chassis from Ultralift) consists of two tabs: Path of the Cyclone and Then and Now Photos.

    The success of this exhibition relied heavily on the visuals, information and records that were provided by MAGNT and as such needed to be presented in a fashion that would pay tribute to each image/piece of information to ensure that the user or audience are able to experience the events as they may have occurred on or after the devastation of Cyclone Tracy.

    This particular exhibition required separate specific content for the touchscreen and the interactive table, with the content required to appeal to a wide demographic audience across a broad range of ages (from primary school students right through to senior citizens). The content is also being displayed in a public area so viewing distances must also be taken into account along with representing sensitive historical images and data with the appropriate consideration. 

    ‘An exhibition is only as successful as the content it displays, so the use of technology to bring a new modern twist has resulted in a hugely successful update to the exhibition and positive feedback has been received by audiences across the country and the world who have already seen the exhibition first hand.’ said Daniel Woodward, NT Operations Manager, Rutledge AV.

    For more information:

    http://www.av.net.au/wp/index.php/avias-2015-shortlist-announced/
    http://www.magnt.net.au/


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  • Rutledge AV Shortlisted as Finalist for 2015 NECA Excellence Awards - ACT Division

    We are delighted to be short-listed as finalists for the Australian War Memorial - First World War Galleries Redevelopment that we have recently delivered for the NECA Excellence Awards – ACT Division.

    We are delighted to be short-listed as finalists for the Australian War Memorial - First World War Galleries Redevelopment that we have recently delivered for the NECA Excellence Awards – ACT Division.

    The prestigious awards recognise the significant achievements in the electrical and communications contracting industry. Only the most technologically advanced and professionally managed projects across Australia are awarded, with each state/territory ceremony attended by industry, peers and the media. The state winners are then progressed to the National NECA Excellence Awards.





    Project Details

    Rutledge AV was commissioned on behalf of the Australian War Memorial for the redevelopment of the First World War galleries. This included the supply, installation, testing and provision of audio visual hardware to design a creative integrated multimedia display platform for the world-class museum.

    The Australian War Memorial undertook a major redevelopment of the First World War Galleries, comprising of a total refresh of the Exhibition Galleries with associated plant rooms and service areas, largely within a heritage listed structure.

     “The redevelopment of the First World War galleries is the Australian War Memorial’s key contribution to the ANZAC Centenary,” says Craig Glover, ACT Operations Manager at Rutledge AV. “We were honoured to partner with the Australian War Memorial in providing an audio visual solution within the world-class museum.”

    A highlight of this project was the soundscape, which was thematically linked to create cohesive sound for the entire First World War gallery. The creative soundscape for the gallery allows visitors to ‘discover’ each exhibit with atmospheric sounds and elements. Rutledge AV provided the hardware that allowed the gallery to accurately focus sound and automatically adjust playback levels on the amount of background sound present, including motion triggers. In addition, Rutledge installed a highly sophisticated signal processing solution to provide precise and discrete control over the separate exhibits.

    Technical highlights included the integration of eyevis omniSHAPES cube walls in the 1917 section of the museum (7x7 feature wall) and Reflections (6x5). Eyevis omniSHAPES are rear projection display modules that are, thanks to their small size and capability to combine into virtually unlimited video wall shapes, ideally suited for creating striking projection surfaces.

    Rutledge AV was also responsible for the fully interactive 3x3 Planar video wall at the Gallipoli dedicated section of the museum.

    For further details, please click here to read the feature on the Australian War Memorial that was published by AV Magazine.

    For more information on the Australian War Memorial: www.awm.gov.au

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  • Rutledge AV Shortlisted as Finalist for 2015 NECA Excellence Awards - VIC Division

    We are delighted to be short-listed as finalists for the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) Digital Upgrade project we have recently delivered for the NECA Excellence Awards - Victorian Division.

    We are delighted to be short-listed as finalists for the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) Digital Upgrade project we have recently delivered for the NECA Excellence Awards - Victorian Division.



    The prestigious awards recognise the significant achievements in the electrical and communications contracting industry. Only the most technologically advanced and professionally managed projects across Australia are awarded, with each state/territory ceremony attended by industry, peers and the media. The state winners are then progressed to the National NECA Excellence Awards.

    Project Details

    MCEC is the first centre in the Asia-Pacific to invest in a digital vision signal path pathway across the venue in response to the rise of ‘bring-your-own-device’ technology; offering its clients the best, user-friendly audio visual experience.

    With a $3M investment, MCEC worked closely with Rutledge AV to upgrade the digital signal path from the previous-copper based analogue system. The result was a fully digital, end-to-end solution throughout 300,000 – 400,000 square metres of event space. It highlights user-friendly accessibility and experiences to a higher standard for
    MCEC’s clients, as majority of customers are now using digital HDMI-based devices.
    This supports MCEC’s core vision to be the world’s best events destination, leading the way in service, food and technology.

    The total scope of works included the supply, installation and commissioning of:
    - AMX Matrix Switcher Hardware
    - Signal Processing Equipment
    - Touch Control Panel Systems
    - Cabling Infrastructure

    Tackling project challenges such as working around a live operating venue across the vast size of Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Rutledge AV successfully completed the Digital Vision Upgrade.

    A key highlight of the project was the Centre-wide cabling restructure to a fibre optic signal solution. Working closely with AMX Australia, this project was also one of the largest roll outs of the revolutionary AMX Enova technology. The successful completion of this project allowed Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to present its consumers with user-friendly ‘bringyour-own-device’ facilities.

    In an AMX feature video on the Digital Vision Upgrade project, Michael Walsh, Director of Technology Operations at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, described the importance of the bring your own device technology. “We want our customers to be able to walk in; plug in their device; press a button that makes sense to them and everything just works every time. That’s a great user experience for us,” he explained.

    The outcome of the project was the successful implementation of MCEC’s complete control over signal and DDC. They have a fully digital, end-to-end solution throughout three to four hundred thousand square metres of event space.

    “We are very pleased with the way the roll-out has progressed and how well the new equipment has integrated” commented Michael Walker, Infrastructure and Equipment Manager, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    To find out more, watch a video outlining what was involved in the delivery of the upgrade for the MCEC here. or by clicking on the image above.

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  • Canberra Technology Expo Announced for 6 -7 May 2015

    Rutledge AV is excited to be holding ‘From Inspiration to Realisation,’ a technology showcase featuring the latest innovations over a two day expo which will be held at Rutledge AV in our Canberra office. The format of this expo will include morning and afternoon sessions for key decision makers.

    Rutledge AV is excited to be holding ‘From Inspiration to Realisation,’ a technology showcase featuring the latest innovations over a two day expo which will be held at Rutledge AV in our Canberra office. The format of this expo will include morning and afternoon sessions for key decision makers. The expo is aimed at attendees from Government Organisations, Academia, the Defence Industry, Mining, Entertainment and the Corporate Sectors who contribute to key decisions in investments in communications, audio visual and information systems. 

    The expo will facilitate the discussion of solutions that will meet future operational requirements for these key markets.

    ‘From Inspiration to Realisation’ will address innovations and the latest technology covering:
    Audio technology
    Building management technology
    Collaboration technology
    Display technology

    Register to attend this event by clicking here. 
    Registrations close 5pm EST, Friday 24th April, 2015.


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  • Rutledge AV brings the 'Big Screen' to the City of Palmerston (NT)

    In a first for the City of Palmerston, a large video wall has been installed in Goyder Square by Rutledge AV to deliver a bold new communication medium as part of the redevelopment for the City of Palmerston’s Master Plan.

    In a first for the city, a big screen has been installed in Goyder Square to deliver a bold new communication medium as part of the redevelopment for the City of Palmerston’s Master Plan. Designed to be a community television, the Council will be using the screen as a way of getting the community together around special community programs, big sporting events and delivering a digital noticeboard.

    The big screen turns on for the first time in Goyder Square, City of Palmerston, coinciding with the last of the popular Palmerston Markets for the year.

    Rutledge AV was commissioned to design and install the 5.2 metre wide by 3.2 metre high screen which included working in a public space with a high volume of pedestrian and car activity. "We needed to ensure that the appropriate safety management was in place for the protection of the community and our workers, when installing the screen." said Daniel Woodward, NT Operations Manager at Rutledge AV. "The screen required custom steel work which was all engineered and manufactured by local Northern Territory businesses."



    The large screen is a Barco Modular T10 LED video wall that is wirelessly controlled by an iPad and the content on the screen can be scheduled automatically. "The screen was designed to include a digital signage player, free to air TV and both laptop and DVD inputs to ensure full flexibility for Council and their ongoing content requirements," said Woodward. "This is a great example of how we are bringing digital communication solutions to the communities of the Northern Territory."

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  • International keynote brings to life the future of digital signage at Integrate 2014

    To understand digital signage as a discipline, and how to use it to suit your target audience, join US expert Paul Flanigan, Executive Director of Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA) and Matt Edgcumbe, National Operations Manager at Rutledge AV, as they share global best practice and reveal the do’s and don’ts from the leaders in the industry at the Integrate Future Trend Talks.

    Effective digital signage can add value to your communication mix and increase ROI for your business. To understand digital signage as a discipline, and how to use it to suit your target audience, join US expert Paul Flanigan, Executive Director of Digital Screenmedia Association (DSA) and Matt Edgcumbe, National Operations Manager at Rutledge AV, as they share global best practice and reveal the do’s and don’ts from the leaders in the industry at the Integrate Future Trend Talks on 28 August 2014.

    So much more than a ‘television’ at a retail outlet, digital signage is fast becoming an ingrained part of venues, museums, hotels, restaurants and hospitals all over the world. In the Australian market alone, digital signage is transcending retail spaces, making its mark at interactive arts and live events such as VIVID, and in indoor and outdoor venues like airports, public transport stations and many more.

    An affordable, highly versatile and accessible way to engage and interact with an audience, deliver a message and create an amazing WOW factor, digital signage is now at the core of many Australian marketing campaigns.

    In this keynote The Complete Network, Flanigan and Edgcumbe will explain how suppliers and brands can work together to create an engaging experience that draws in consumers and delivers significant returns on investment. From understanding the strategy; the vision and ROI, through to technology and revealing the biggest ‘gotchas’, it is an event not to be missed.

    Paul Flanigan explains that clients are looking for a simple, streamlined partnership solution; one phone call, one partner, to result in a faster ROI.

    “The solution is composed of many moving parts, from hardware, software, content, customer understanding and much more. It’s critical that we lay the groundwork taking into account these components, so that we can execute projects without missing any details. Apart from discussions on trends, applications and best practice, attendees at this session will also receive a fundamental understanding of what a network is, how it works, and why they need to consider this when putting a screen in a venue.

    “The future of digital signage is here to stay, and its application in Australia is unlimited; from marketing signage, through to hybrid television programs, artistic visuals and social media dashboards, the options are endless. What’s critical to understand however, is that while technology (the physical part) is readily available, it’s what you do with it that will never stop evolving. The more we understand how people use digital technology, the better equipped we’ll be to put the right network in the right place at the right time,” said Mr Flanigan.

    Keynote Session: The Complete Network, 28 August 2014 from 10:30am until 12:00pm, Integrate 2014 – book tickets now.

    The keynote will be followed by two other sessions:

    1. The Connected Network
    by Paul Flanigan, Executive Director of Digital Screenmedia Association,  and Dr Vu Tran, Co-Founder Director of Aduro.

    What happens when the network starts to learn about the consumer, and behaves accordingly? In this session, data, trends, and how your network can understand the consumer and react in real-time will be discussed.

    2. The Future Network
    by Paul Flanigan, Executive Director of Digital Screenmedia Association, and Dominic Feik, General Manager at Sumo Vision.

    With this amazing world of technology around us, we need to talk about tomorrow. Why? Because as soon as you put in a network, you’re thinking about 2.0. In this session, we’ll bring together some insight into what the future holds, and what you can do with your network right now to prepare for the future of technology.

    Integrate is offering delegates three seminar sessions for the price of one. Tickets to attend any of the three Digital Signage Talks is $95. Tickets purchased for the keynote session also includes light lunch, a copy of the presentation slides and a complementary drink at the networking opportunity directly after the session.

    To purchase your ticket, click here: https://register.integrate-expo.com/reg/INTEGRATE14S/start.asp

    For more information, click here: http://integrate-expo.com/seminars/future-trend-talks/

    Integrate 2014 will be held on 26-28 August 2014, at the Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

    Join the online Integrate community, and stay up-to-date with all the latest industry news:

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/integrateexpo

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Integrate_Expo

    LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/INTEGRATE-4476372/about 

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  • 2014 Variety Bash takes off Thursday 14th August!

    Variety Bash Car 1010. Proudly supporting Variety - the Children’s Charity. Victorian Variety Bash will travel approx. 3000kms from Melbourne to Noosa, taking off August 14th, 2014!

    Variety Bash Car 1010
    Proudly supporting Variety - the Children’s Charity


    What:     2014 Variety Victoria Bash
    When:    August 14 – August 23 2014
    Where:   Melbourne to Noosa

    Victorian Variety Bash will travel approx. 3000kms from Melbourne to Noosa in 2014


    Michael Rutledge, Sandy Rutledge and Michael Lasa (of Rutledge AV and Soundcorp) crew of Car 1010 are participating in the 2014 Variety Bash, raising funds for Variety – the Children’s Charity which supports children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. The annual road event involving outrageously themed cars and crew is a fun and entertaining event which celebrate the year of fundraising that all entrants have achieved.

    To be eligible to participate in this event every year, each car must achieve a minimum level of fundraising. Based in the Victorian region, Car 1010 seeks donations from local businesses and individuals with proceeds going to Variety – the Children’s Charity to support children in need.

    ‘We are delighted to be participating in this year’s Variety Bash.’ said Sandy ‘Our employees are very enthusiastic about the cause and we are looking forward to having a great time while we are hard at work raising funds.’

    The crew will depart on the 2014 Variety Bash from Melbourne on Thursday 13th August along with other entrants and event officials for a 10 day fun-filled adventure heading north, darting in and out from the coast and finishing in Noosa on Saturday August 23rd. Making for quite a site to see in any town along the route, the event attracts more than 80, 30 year old cars in its entourage, with stops along the way to provide a helping hand and empower children with special needs.

    Now in its 24th year, the Variety Bash has covered over 93, 288km’s and raised more than $18 million for children in Victoria. Variety Bash is Variety’s largest fundraiser – with $1.36 million raised in 2013, with entrants vying for a larger total for 2014!

    Leaving Melbourne the 2014 Bash will follow its nose to the gateway of King Valley wine and food region of Wangaratta, then onwards into New South Wales by way of Corryong and Snowy River country.

    Every 5 years the Variety Bash has a National gathering and this round will see the Bashers gather in Sydney for mass celebrations before heading inland towards Armidale and up through Tenterfield.

    The last leg winds us through Kingaroy, the “Peanut Capital” where we then roll in to Noosa to wash the dust off in the crystal clear waters of the Sunshine coast.

    Keep up with all Variety Bash information and latest news online at variety.org.au/vic and follow daily updates via facebook.com/varietyvic

    VARIETY BASH…YA GOTTA DO IT!

    For more information download the Variety Information Brochure here.

    Thank you to all our sponsors of Car 1010! Together we have raised over $50,000!!! 

    Proud Sponsors of Car 1010

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    Supporters

    Technical Audio Group (TAG)
    Epson
    IDT (Image Design Technology)
    Studio Connections
    Sharp
    Jands
    Elgee Industries


    Media Contacts:

    Julie Baxter
    Variety – the Children’s Charity
    Bash Event Manager
    M: 0418 507 159
    juliebaxter@varietyvic.org.au
    www.variety.org.au/vic

    Michael Lasa
    Captain of Variety Bash Car 1010
    2014 Variety Bash
    P: 03 9694 2665
    E: mlasa@soundcorp.com.au

    Kamila Marcinczak
    Marketing Manager - Rutledge AV
    P: 03 9488 1500
    E: kamila.marcinczak@rutledge.com.au

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  • Rutledge AV shortlisted as finalist for 2014 AVIAs

    We are delighted to announce that we have been short-listed as finalists for this year’s AVIAs for the Sydney Opera House Stage Management System in the ‘Best application of AV in a commercial or government installation with a budget exceeding $500,000 category.’

    We are delighted to announce that we have been short-listed as finalists for this year’s AVIAs for the Sydney Opera House Stage Management System in the ‘Best application of AV in a commercial or government installation with a budget exceeding $500,000 category.’

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  • Epsis and Rutledge AV announce strategic partnership

    Epsis AS, a leader in collaboration management software announced today that they have signed a strategic partnership agreement with Rutledge AV, Australia’s largest audio visual systems integrator.

    Bergen/Perth July 1st, 2014: Epsis AS, a leader in collaboration management software announced today that they have signed a strategic partnership agreement with Rutledge AV, Australia’s largest audio visual systems integrator.

    One of the fastest growing regions within the global oil industry is around Perth in Australia. Most of the major international oil operators are represented there, as well as the significant service providers. A number of these corporations already have a relationship with Epsis in Europe, and we now see the demand for second generation collaborative work environments spreading into the Perth area.

    Epsis believes that local presence is crucial to support the customers in the region, and therefore is happy to announce that the signing of a distributor agreement with Rutledge AV. Rutledge is a proven systems integrator in Australia, is represented throughout the nation, and today employs 250 skilled professionals within the AV-industry.

    “This agreement is a milestone for Epsis in the growing Australian market”, Epsis CEO Jan-Erik Nordtvedt states. “We are proud to be represented there by such a respected systems provider in Australia, and we are confident that this relationship will benefit our customers and prospects there.”

    General Manager of Rutledge AV in Perth, Alistair Dick, agrees. “Epsis TeamBox represents a new generation of tools for collaborative work environments. Software is gradually replacing hardwired components; TeamBox is a major leap in that direction. Now we are able to provide content in the collaborative work environments we deliver to our customers, adding significant value to our solutions” said Alistair.

    To download an information sheet on TeamBox, please click here.

    About Rutledge AV

    Rutledge AV is Australia’s largest audio visual systems integrator, the leader in emerging technology for world class audio visual systems and solutions since 1979.

    Rutledge AV operates at the forefront of emerging technology, providing specialist capability through the recruitment of the best talent to achieve consistent excellence in the audio visual industry.

    They apply their knowledge and significant expertise in audio visual, IT and communication technologies and systems to achieve award winning outcomes that are of superior value and ease of use for their clients.

    For more information, please visit www.rutledge.com.au

    About Epsis

    Epsis AS is Norwegian based software company specializing in development and sales of its flagship industry proven collaboration and teamwork software Epsis TeamBox.

    Epsis’ vision is to be the preferred partner to help our customers becoming world class collaborative organizations by means of structured work processes and information sharing enabling them to make faster and better decisions, boost efficiency through better use of personnel, and enhance overall operations.

    For more information, please visit www.epsis.no

    Press Contacts

    CEO Epsis, Jan Erik Nordtvedt, +47-97176720, jen@epsis.no

    GM (Perth) Rutledge AV, Alistair Dick, +61-402 285 155, alistair.dick@rutledge.com.au

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