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A wide variety of video solutions, both educational and user-friendly are now in use at the Musée de l'Homme (Museum of Mankind) - Paris, France.

Published on 21/10/2015

After six years of remodeling work in the southern wing of the Palais de Chailot exhibition hall in Paris, the Museum of Mankind has reopened its doors on october 17th 2015 with a scenography offering a wide range of opportunities for video and digital techniques. 

VIDELIO - IEC was in charge of the supply of the equipment, integration and setup of the audio/video 
systems used by the Museum for the entire visit content. VIDELIO - IEC also worked in close cooperation with companies creating content or specific furnishings for the collection display areas.

VIDELIO - IEC also integrated the audiovisual equipment of the 152 seat auditorium and the temporary exhibition "Chronics of a Rebirth", dedicated to the reopening of the Museum and all the backstage operations which made it possible.

In the museum, to illustrate the three great themes: Who are we?, Where do we come from?, Where are we going to? - multimedia islands have been created with fun and interactive media.

In preparation for these services, VIDELIO - IEC created the prototypes and models for the various interactive user stations, photo-booth picture taking and language display walls.

MAIN DISPLAY SETUPS :

  • Introductory panorama using six 65" synchronized screens
  • Video panorama : all around circular projection using multiple projectors and a surround sound system
  • End of visit video panorama using fifty 22" and 28" screens with associated sound system
  • Interactive game for 1 or 2 players using motion capture techniques and two 65" screens mounted vertically
  • Interactive desk stations and tables
  • Background music sound distribution system throughout the museum
  • Circular shape interactive table for 6 simultaneous players
  • Screens located in closed display cases are remote controlled by virtual buttons painted on the glass
  • Language wall : individual speakers are triggered by touching an element of the scenography
  • Language studio audio system : group listening area to discover various languages (both human and from the animal kingdom)
  • Talking heads : 4 human torsos start speaking when a motion sensor detects the passage of a visitor
  • Video projection onto three translucent screens suspended from the rafters (allows viewing from both sides). The screens are positioned like flags along the wall at the level of the mezzanine
  • Video and sound system installed inside a minivan : the screens are located behind the vehicle's windows with a sound bar for each display.

 

 MULTIMEDIA ARCHITECTURE

Each multimedia system is entirely standalone. The media players or computers are located as close as possible to the terminals to reduce to the maximum the requirements for audio/video wiring. Furthermore the media systems are connected to an IT network to allow remote uploading of programs and control from afar of each player or computer. The network also allows automated power-up and power-down of the entire museum from a single location.

 

MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF THE EQUIPMENT

The core technical infrastructure (servers, routers, amplifiers, etc.) have been rack mounted inside the museum's premises for technical apparatus.
VIDELIO - IEC developed the graphic user interfaces for the museum staff and arbitrators. The GUI allows :

  • from a computer or tablet, to connect to any remote media machine via a simple point & click
       interface on the remote device's name.
  • to manage the update of media content from an FTP server.
  • to control the power-on/power-off of the systems automatically according to several programmed
       schedules. There is also a manual mode.
  • manage the sound volume levels of the various audio systems.

The arbitrator interface allows from a smartphone to control the volume level of each system connected to the audio network. There is a "Reset" function for each system allowing to normalize the sound level to the initial setup level.

 

STAFF TRAINING

Training of several operators to understand the entire system architecture and operation, turn-on and turn-off procedures of the media systems, setup and control of each item, media loading and updating of content, first level preventive maintenance (dusting, cleaning filters), malfunction detection and understanding, first level repair procedures.
Training documentation relating specifically to the project has been distributed to the concerned staff.

 

 Designated architect  Agence d’architecture Brochet-Lajus-Pueyo
 Co-responsible architect  Atelier d’architecture Emmanuel Nebout
 Engineering Bureau  SETEC Bâtiment
 IT services coordinator  PCA
Museography and scenography  Zen+dCo

 

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