Vives University College, in Flanders, Belgium, employs more than 1200 staff and has more than 13,000 students situated across five campuses in West Flanders: in Bruges, Courtray, Ostend, Roulers and Thourout.

The Roulers campus houses a total of 1000 students, and recently opted to completely upgrade the wireless microphone systems used across the campus. After testing and tendering, the university elected to use Shure Microflex Wireless systems throughout, supplied by Bruges-based audio-visual installer Deltavox Projects.

The university’s stated requirements for the new wireless system was one that was easy to use but would offer excellent sound quality and seamless operation without interference. The winning system would employ internal batteries for the transmitters (following concerns about battery life with previous systems at the campus), and would be easy to expand in the future.

Home supplier Deltavox was given the task of finding a solution, and proposed Microflex Wireless as a system that would meet all of the university’s criteria.

The seminar rooms and theatres are each equipped with an Access Point Transceiver (MXWAPT) and a single or dual set of transmitters, consisting in each case of a handheld microphone, a bodypack with a headset and matching charging stations (MXWNCS). The lecterns in the theatres are also fitted with wired Microflex gooseneck microphones.

Deltavox CEO Johan Missault admits that his company were newcomers to Shure’s Microflex Wireless. However, as he explains, "because of the system's features and operation on DECT systems, we decided this was the best solution." The fact that the system was also easily capable of future expansion also played a role: because the MXW system has two-, four-, or eight-channel expansion options up to a maximum of 80 channels, the remaining classrooms can also be fitted with Microflex Wireless in future without difficulty.

Since the installation, the new wireless systems have been free from interference as required, as MXW’s automatic frequency coordination ensures continuous use of clean, interference-free RF. Transmitters with flat batteries are also a thing of the past with MXW’s advanced Lithium ion rechargeable batteries, which have an operating life of up to nine hours’ continuous use, and can be fully charged in 2 hours, with the charging status visible at all times on the charging station. The overcharge protection ensures extended battery lifetime.

The University’s teaching staff have professed themselves happy with the system because it is so simple to use: using a wireless microphone is a simple matter of picking up a transmitter from the charging station and pressing the push-to-talk button. More complex system settings can be adjusted by the system’s administrators via MXW’s easy-to-use browser-based GUI.

According to Vives University’s AV and IT administrators, the system is also easier to maintain than previous infrastructure, allowing them to work more efficiently.

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Our aim was that we wouldn’t have any more problems with our wireless systems, and we are very pleased with this installation. In the past, I had to go to the classrooms every week to adjust settings and ensure the systems were operating well. But since the new systems were installed, I haven’t been called to the rooms once for this reason.

Andres Clauw, Vives University’s Head of AV and IT Services