Division: Commercial, Public Sector and Education
Location: South Bank, London
Project Duration: 6 Months
Project Value: £100K
Project Lead: Chris Hallett, Commercial Systems Account Manager

Project Features

  • 27″, 32″, 42″ and 70″ Interactive Ilyama Displays
  • Kef Stainless Steel Speakers
  • HP Elite PCs
  • Crestron Control Processor
  • Rugged Armour Cable Headphones
  • Tannoy Surface Mount Loudspeaker

In Brief

The British Film Institute (BFI) was founded in 1933 and is a film and charitable organisation established by Royal Charter, which promotes and preserves filmmaking and television in the UK. The BFI maintains the world’s largest film archive. Their charter includes promoting access to and appreciation of the widest possible range of British and world cinema, reflecting the moving image history and heritage of the UK.

Smartcomm worked with BFI to deliver their new Mediatheque experience, a free public access service allowing visitors full, interactive access to the digital moving image files in the BFI national film and television archive. Smartcomm’s close collaboration with the BFI helped bring their vision to reality. Accessibility was a key feature in both technological and spatial terms. The BFI wanted the archive to be brought into the present with intuitive, interactive interfaces and clear search criteria to appeal to both the younger generations as well as older users and academics. Touch screens, combined with other solutions for less mobile users open the centre to those of all abilities.

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