Balancing Modern AV Technology with Preservation Orders in Historic Buildings

As national and regional parliaments and institutions are embracing modern conferencing technology to improve the flexibility and efficiency of their meetings and sessions, switching to an up-to-date system with today’s most advanced possibilities is not always that easy to do. Or is it?

The fact that a lot of parliaments hold their meetings in historic buildings or parliament chambers with stringent preservation orders, is often stated as a reason not to install an adequate audiovisual conferencing solution. The truth is, that today’s conferencing solutions are flexible enough to adapt to even the most challenging environment. In other words: the need to preserve a historic parliament chamber should never prevent you from using the most optimal conferencing system. We give you 5 things to consider.

1. Mounting of AV components

It’s a common misconception that audiovisual components for a conferencing system in a parliament chamber need to be wall- or ceiling-mounted to obtain an adequate set-up. In fact, especially in historic buildings, this will not be the preferred solution. Delicate plasterwork, strict preservation orders, protected architecture or numerous other reasons stand in the way of using drill holes or adhesive mounting materials to attach speakers, routers, access points, … to walls or ceilings..