Wingate University Deploys Latest Classroom Technology with Secure Mobility

Business Challenges

Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport management, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education.

When Wingate opened its new pharmacy school it wanted to incorporate global learning and the latest in classroom technology. From lecture rooms to conference rooms, every corner of the building was to be ideally suited for distance education and on-demand project collaboration. This would provide students with access to professors and guest lecturers located around the globe.

Our Solution

With our help, Wingate University was able to incorporate the latest classroom technology and global learning in their pharmacy school. The newly constructed Pharmacy School combines leading edge technology from Polycom and Extron to create classrooms that provide High-Definition video and audio communication and are easily controlled, via Touch Panel Controllers, from an instructor’s podium.


Let’s start with the basics: each classroom is now equipped with a podium which will give the instructor the workspace they need and which will also serve as “command central”. There are three basic presentation tools connected to the system for use by the instructor, four if the instructor chooses to use his personal laptop. The three basic tools are a desktop PC, a DVD/VHS combo player, and a document camera. Each of these, including the instructor’s laptop, are easily selected from an Extron Touch Panel controller and upon selection the desired video and audio content will be displayed to the class.The Pharmacy School needed to connect multiple campuses from around the globe. This can also be done using the same Extron Touch Panel Controller.

With its simple user interface it only takes the touch of a button to bring the class into video conference mode. Each room utilizes a Polycom HDX 8000 codec and HD cameras to provide the ultimate room telepresence experience. This HD technology from Polycom includes not only HD video, but also HD voice with crystal clear stereo audio. Sharing HD content is also a part of this experience, allowing instructors to easily include rich content during a video call.

There are three lecture rooms and two large distance learning classrooms located in the new Pharmacy School. Each of these five rooms includes all of the function and technology previously discussed. In addition to these rooms are a pharmacy practice lab and a physician’s assistance procedure classroom. Each of these rooms includes similar technology, with the telepresence option excluded.

A Polycom HDX 6000 Telepresence system has been installed in the executive meeting room to allow High-Definition video conferencing. A mobile video conferencing cart using the same Polycom HD technology provides a versatile video conferencing solution for any of the smaller training rooms in the building. One small conference room is equipped with a laptop and DVD connection to an LCD display for basic small group collaboration.

Five training rooms and eight review rooms are utilized to train Pharmacy School students on how to interact with patients, in both hospital and pharmacy environments. These rooms have IP cameras installed in them to capture the training sessions, for teaching and review purposes.