The University of Exeter advances its hybrid learning experience for students with Sony 

Installing Sony’s SRG cameras with PTZ AI auto framing technology has allowed the university to significantly increase live and post-lecture online engagement among students 

Weybridge, UK, 29 January 2024: The University of Exeter, a Russell Group university and one of the UK’s leading institutions for higher education, has revealed the success of its implementation of Sony’s products for education into its campus, bolstering its blended student learning experience. The adoption of Sony’s innovative PTZ cameras reflects the university’s commitment to delivering the best possible learning experience for both on-premise and remote students and its dedication to staying at the forefront of educational technology to achieve this. 

 Hybrid learning has become an integral part of the higher education landscape, combining the best of in-person and online learning. Recognising the need for innovative technology that does just this, the University of Exeter, with local AV solutions provider GVAV, has integrated over 20 of Sony’s intuitive PTZ cameras across multiple buildings on its campus so far. It currently uses the SRG-A12 for its seminar rooms and the SRG-A40 for its lecture theatres as well as its flagship auditorium that seats up to 450 people. To keep up with demand from students for enhanced hybrid learning, the university plans to fit a further 41 rooms with the technology this year. ​ 

 Standout features of the PTZ cameras include its intelligent tracking capabilities and intuitive interface. The SRG-A12 and SRG-A40 with revolutionary PTZ Auto Framing technology are powered by built-in AI analytics to deliver high-quality composed shots without an operator. With the advanced PTZ AI Auto Framing feature, the camera automatically tracks the target with smooth Pan-Tilt-Zoom movement regardless of posture, movement or what the target is wearing. The easy-to-use Web App control panel, custom designed by Crestron, means that lecturers can quickly and easily enable the feature without the need to spend additional time setting up ahead of a session. ​ ​ 

 Aaron Delgado, Lead AV Developer at University of Exeter comments, “The student learning experience is our priority, and any potential new product goes through rigorous testing before we consider deployment into a live learning environment. We have used Sony products for several years which has established a confidence in the brand and products, so we were able to rollout the cameras across campus rapidly. Previously, we experienced usability issues with the use of static camera presets, whereby, if a lecturer moved to the left or right of the frame without changing a preset, they would be missing from the shot for up to 10 or 20 minutes which would really impact engagement levels. The PTZ AI auto framing technology helps to eliminate this issue and significantly enhances the quality of both hybrid teaching sessions and lecture capture recordings.” 

 He continues to explain that the benefits experienced by students and academics also extend to the development team at the university, “In the past, we spent hours manually configuring presets and programming bespoke camera tracking systems across our estate - the new cameras have massively reduced the setup time required. The technology is exceptional, and the ease of configuration and tracking performance is a cut above similar products that we evaluated.” 

 “We’re honoured to provide the tools the team at the University of Exeter needs to continue to enhance the student learning experience,” said Alexandra Parlour, European Marcoms & Education Segment Marketing Manager Sony Professional Displays and Solutions. “Sony is committed to empowering leaders in education like the University of Exeter to meet today’s demand from students and academia for a streamlined hybrid experience, no matter what location they are working from.” 

 

For more information on Sony’s PTZ cameras and hybrid teaching and learning solutions, visit https://pro.sony/en_GB/products/ptz-network-cameras/srg-a40 ​


 

 

About Sony Corporation 

Sony Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Group Corporation and is responsible for the Entertainment, Technology & Services (ET&S) business in the Sony Group. With the vision to "continue to deliver Kando and Anshin* to people and society across the world through the pursuit of technology and new challenges," Sony Corporation supports the Sony Group with technology to create the entertainment of the future together with creators. ​ For more information, visit: www.sony.net ​ ​ ​ ​ 

* Both Japanese words, Kando means emotion and Anshin has various meanings such as peace of mind, reassurance, reliability and trust. ​ 

Sony Professional Displays & Solutions 

Sony Professional Displays & Solutions is part of Sony Corporation and exists to help customers to truly live their vision, by unleashing the incredible power of images. With a winning combination of innovative technology and long-standing expertise, Sony partners with corporate businesses of all sizes and education institutions to deliver transformational customer solutions. Operating with over 40 years’ experience and a trusted network of established technology partners, the wide Sony portfolio of knowledge, products and services propositions provides true value to businesses and informs, educates and inspires their customers. ​ ​ 

 

 

About the University of Exeter 

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 27,000 students and is 15th in The Guardian ​ 

University Guide 2022, and in the top 150 globally in both the QS World Rankings 2022 and the THE World University Rankings 2022. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the ​ 

University ranked 16th nationally, with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality, while in 2017, Exeter was awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) ​ 

assessment. The University of Exeter has launched a ‘Green Futures’ campaign and website to drive action on the environment and climate emergency. To find out more visit https://greenfutures.exeter.ac.uk 

 

 

 

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