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07/30/2002 - MCSi Creates Smarter Rooms

MCSi just made the SIRTI Boardroom smarter. At a touch of a button chairs become cockpits, the ceiling becomes a sound dome, and the walls cinema screens. The Boardroom now has integrated digital projection, surround sound, and large screen displays.

Before a recent restructuring and name change, MCSi, (Media Consultants - Systems integrator) was known here as Imperial Data and Intellisys Group/Proline. MCSi is an international company whose Terabyte Triangle headquarters is at 151 S. Browne. MCSi specializes in audio/visual consulting, system integration and installation, and can outfit and install equipment in conference rooms, classrooms, training rooms, multi-purpose rooms, and broadcast studios.

Nationally, MCSi has provided design work, engineering, and systems integration for companies as diverse as Turner Broadcasting Systems, United Parcel Service, First Apostolic Church, Stanford University, and Starbucks. For one large national corporation, MCSi installed small LCD screens to post the day’s activities in the elevators of the headquarters building. The screens were connected to a remote computer using Cat-5 copper to carry the signal. These were small screens, but the technology can be used with any size screen.

The company does “any size job” according to Charlie Niemi, Spokane based MCSi Audio Visual Consultant. MCSi, Niemi states, can provide anything from a simple TV/VCR setup on a cart to a fully automated video conferencing center -- a center where with a push of a button, the lights go down, a screen drops, a projector activates at ceiling level, and the show begins. The presentation may be power point, CD, DVD, or video.

Although Niemi really likes strategic planning and working with architects to design the audiovisual systems before a building is even started, retrofitting is a common need. Typical is the job MCSi recently did at SIRTI when they created video conferencing capability in the SIRTI boardroom.

The SIRTI retrofit required two wall panels at opposite ends of the room that connect to a special switch in the switch room. The signal runs over cable that connects the wall panels with the switch, and then sends the signal to the two videoconference cameras, the VCR or DVD, or the ceiling mounted projector. Anyone with a Power Point presentation need only arrive equipped with a laptop containing the presentation.

MCSi has worked with many Spokane area institutions. They did all of the media systems work for North Idaho College, which now has the most advanced media set-up in the region. They have also worked with EWU, Whitworth, and District 81. Local corporate clients include Telect, Agilent, and Avista Advantage.

For more information about MCSI, go to: www.mcsinet.com. Or call Charlie Niemi at 800-541-5926 - Toll Free or 509-624-9101.

Billie Moreland
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