Burton College

Networked audio & video distribution system

MediaZest were given the brief to design a network based solution for the distribution of audio visual material throughout Burton College’s redeveloped main reception and canteen space.


The challenge

The solution had to be high impact, content driven, operate in real time and utilise the latest Digital Signage and Cat 5 Distribution technologies as the framework of the system.

The system had to be simple to operate, allow for remote monitoring over the network & be future proofed for the demands of tomorrow. Its purpose was to be a major tool in the overall branding & communication strategy of the College.


Our approach

A multi-source display solution was paramount in which different source formats such as Digital TV and PC based source information could be integrated within a content management schedule to welcome, inform, advertise or simply entertain, all at a click of a mouse.

Our solution comprised of supplying and installing an eight screen Digital Signage & Cat5 Distribution system, with 42” LG LCD screens located throughout the new reception area of the College & the canteen. This system was designed to be expandable & accommodate future screens throughout the College to maintain a unified communication message.

The backbone to the system is a Smarte Cat5 Matrix which ‘sits’ on the network, is addressable by the IT department & allows for 4 independent display sources to be sent to all or any of the screen destinations at anytime, controlled via the Smarte management software.

At each screen point a dedicated Smarte Receiver unit receives the designated display signal, converts that signal back to a VGA analogue signal for display and simultaneously encodes the RS232 commands for remote screen control.



To deliver a dynamic, current & eye catching screen display, MediaZest integrated two Onelan Digital Signage Netboxes for specific College content delivery & branding.

To compliment & meet the entertain aspect of our brief, a RF distribution system was also installed with two HD Freeview boxes integrated within the system for the Digital TV display.

To ensure a unified signal distribution over the network, the video signals from each Freeview box were upscaled to a VGA Analogue signal, using TVOne scalers and to future proof the system an accommodation has been made to integrate HD Freeview when this comes online next year.


We say

The reception area is now a welcoming, informative space that engages students and staff to both keep up with technological developments and up to date information from the college.

Our clients say

I've worked with Media Zest now on several high profile campaigns and despite all the late design changes and last minute complications, every campaign is delivered on budget and on time.

Attention to detail is key with our campaigns and MediaZest deliver value for money without compromise.”

Alan Green

We were very impressed with the service we received from MediaZest.

They were very professional from start to finish, and the end result was that our clients were delighted with the impact the ‘patient hologram’ made at their symposium, enabling them to really stand out from the crowd.”

Emma Herring


Topshop have worked with Mediazest over the past couple of years, and continue to work with them on a regular basis.

Mediazest are a fantastic company, thorough in all aspects of their service, going the extra mile for their clients."

Francesca Bernard

MediaZest have been a great company to partner with.

Their ideas for each project and quality of final product has been excellent and their team are always professional, thorough, and supportive when both onsite and off.”

Louise Murray

At our most recent, new design coffee shop in Chelsea we chose MediaZest as our partner to deliver our Bose audio system as they had a clear appreciation of our design, brand and customer experience.

They delivered to time and budget with great customer service throughout the journey of the project. ”

Richard Mitchell