Installations, Video

Modern Justice, Networked: Benton County’s New AV

Benton County’s new AV covers records, presentation, remote testimony and ADA compliance.

“Criminals don’t take time off because courtrooms need to be updated,” Paul Schut of the Benton County Commissioners’ Office (in Washington State) quipped. When the decision was made to improve the county courtrooms’ AV technology, Schut, who would act as Project Manager for the county, and Robert Blain, Director of Benton County’s Operations and Capital Programs, knew they had to update the spaces expeditiously. And that would be a challenge, as the county boasts 13 major court spaces, all of which had minimal and/or outdated AV technology. What they couldn’t know at the start was that a global pandemic would be the ultimate challenge for the project.

What’s more, they couldn’t know that an unexpected infusion of funding would appear at just the right time to pull together a team of experts who would take the county’s court spaces, which had lacked contemporary AV capabilities, and make them state-of-the-art virtual-trial environments. And the team did it all in record time!

Anatomy Of A Courtroom

Many of us have an idea of the critical spaces that constitute a modern courtroom. Perhaps that’s thanks to “Perry Mason,” the hit television series of the late ’50s and ’60s, which was built around the exploits of a fictional private attorney of the same name. He brought the high drama of court cases into homes all across the country over a decade’s worth of seasons. That show, as well as a myriad of legal dramas since, familiarized viewers with the anatomy of a courtroom.

We know that the judge presides from the bench; attorneys passionately engage nervous witnesses on the witness stand; counsel argues its case to the jury box, often while standing at a podium; lawyers occasionally confer with clients and colleagues who are seated at attorney tables; and anxious onlookers view the proceedings from the gallery. For the purposes of television, the clerk of the court, seated at the clerk’s desk, played a lesser role. Nevertheless, in real court rooms, the clerk expertly guides the flow of cases, important records and evidence.

The locations delineated above are often amplified for a fictional courtroom made for television, but the positions do exist in real courts of law—and they’re essential to the judicial process. This makes them key areas for designing courtroom AV systems. If evidence is to be presented on a flatpanel display, where should that flatpanel be located? What screen size is required? If cameras are to capture court action, exactly what areas should they capture? Where should cameras be located? Who controls them?

Benton County Court
The comprehensive AV design updated courtrooms at Benton County feature strategically placed, 90-inch flatpanel displays and state-of-the-art sound systems specifically programmed for court procedures.

In the real world, when parties convene to achieve justice, clear communication at each station of a court space is paramount. Although some hearings might decide relatively simple things—for example, public policy for a town—other cases involve stakes that couldn’t be higher. A case’s outcome can determine a child’s living situation, or whether a defendant is free or incarcerated. And, with courtroom AV technology playing an ever-increasing role in our justice system, it takes on great importance.

In modern court spaces like the Benton County Justice Center, the role of AV/IT technology is increasingly to guarantee that every voice is clearly heard, every piece of evidence is accurately presented and every nuance of expression is communicated faithfully, all while meeting critical legal guidelines that include exacting court-recording requirements. Additionally, modern courtroom technologies must be designed to work seamlessly in a rapidly evolving digital ecosystem. Minimally, this should include support for the following:

  • a technology-based court-record system
  • technology for evidence presentation
  • technologies to facilitate electronic dockets, remote self-help services and training
  • assistive-listening/language-interpretation technology
  • electronic-filing and case-management capabilities
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance

With fast, efficient and secure networking, AV technology has empowered courtrooms to expand beyond their walls, connecting them to remote spaces. By utilizing videoconferencing technologies, courtrooms can reach into jails and holding areas; they can even access expert witnesses, thus obviating the need for those witnesses to travel to present their testimony. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that software applications are on the horizon that will facilitate remote court appearances for defendants accused of minor offenses.

A thorough understanding of the acoustical properties of the courtrooms and thoughtful provisioning allowed for the effective use of overhead, wireless and desk-mounted microphones.

Initial Planning

In Benton County, funding had been set aside in the 2019-2020 budget to make some basic improvements to the county court system’s AV technology. That began with a request-for-proposal (RFP) process to find the right experts to help facilitate a basic upgrade that would modernize court proceedings. “Over the years, the technology used in our courtrooms was piecemealed together,” Schut acknowledged. “Our original plan was to [make] modest improvements to our courtrooms that would improve videoconferencing abilities and become a solid base to build upon.” To that end, the county assembled a project team with the expertise not only to address the technical challenges but also to handle a practical schedule to keep Benton County courts operating throughout the upgrade.

Schut’s county-level team included Robert Heard, Information Technology Manager, and a cross section of the county’s courtroom users, including IT support staff, judges and clerks. Knowing how the courtrooms operated day to day, this team would help ascertain the new functionality that would be beneficial to the county, create basic requirements for how the new courtroom systems would be used and determine how best to implement the updates to these busy court spaces. “We hoped to leverage the knowledge of design experts and the input of judicial officers to install the technology needed to provide court services to the public,” Heard offered. “So, if the public is attending virtually or physically, they have a safe and accessible courtroom.”

The county-level team of IT professionals, administrators and users provided critical input for the design team, composed of accomplished local architect Meier Architecture • Engineering (Kennewick WA) and nationally renowned audiovisual design consultant Convergent Technologies Design Group, Inc. (CTDG, Baltimore MD). Engaging both local and national talent—for example, CTDG, with its decades of design experience—helped guarantee that the county would get a robust, feature-rich AV/IT solution for its courtrooms—a solution that would align with the courtroom culture of Benton County judges and staff.

“The group of users that the county assembled was great to work with,” CTDG’s Andrew Remley, CTS-D, who coordinated design operations for CTDG as Project Manager, enthused. “The group of users was extremely helpful in establishing a vision for how new technology would be used and where, [thus] helping to ensure that our designs met their expectations on day one.”

With a solid vision and designs in flight, it appeared that the Benton County courtroom updates were well on their way. However, things would change dramatically as the business of court systems across the country reacted to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that curtailed court appearances to protect public health.

Surface-mounted loudspeakers with exceptional horizontal and vertical coverage patterns were specified, thus guaranteeing that all voices are heard clearly in Benton County courtrooms.

Pandemic Impact

The project’s planning phase was affected in many of the same ways that other initiatives in the United States were, with individual states reacting to the pandemic crisis. Travel was restricted, working hours were limited and access was curtailed, for example. What most impacted the planned course of the Benton County Justice Center project, however, was the approval of a share of monies awarded to Benton County as part of the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) did many important things, among them approving funding to address concerns about health and safety in federal courthouses and courtrooms. Additionally, the Judicial Conference of the United States temporarily approved the use of video and teleconferencing for certain criminal proceedings, as well as access to courtrooms via teleconferencing for civil proceedings during the national emergency.

The CARES Act funding, coupled with the need to provide remote capability to the court spaces, caused the project to expand dramatically. Quickly, there were room modifications, along with an expansion of plans for equipment and programming. “This was a one-time opportunity to improve our technology significantly, and one we felt we couldn’t miss,” Schut emphasized.

Although the CARES Act funds infusion expanded opportunities for the project, it didn’t change the timeline. In fact, the CARES Act monies imposed a hard deadline for funded work that would begin in early June 2020 to complete by October 30. (That deadline was ultimately extended to November 30.) Benton County’s commitment to use CARES Act funding dramatically compressed the design phase for a project of this size, while also restricting the implementation timeline in a busy judicial setting.

“Physical design updates and AV-technology options would normally have been presented for a project of this size after a six-to-nine-month design period,” Bill Holaday, CTSD, a Principal at CTDG, noted. “The new timeframe demanded our design team deliver an airtight design at warp speed.” Holaday credited a cohesive relationship with seasoned architect Ed Luebben of Meier Architecture • Engineering, strong communication with the users at the court and CTDG’s extensive AV-design experience—it spans nearly two decades and hundreds of successfully completed projects—for the success that the project ultimately was.

Revamped designs for the Benton County Justice Center included significant audio-reinforcement improvements in the varied courtroom spaces, bolstered video capabilities via strategically spaced flatpanel displays, pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras that interface with courtrooms’ existing recording and records systems, and the capacity for annotated presentations from strategic spaces in the courtroom. The design also mapped out courtroom AV infrastructure that would integrate with an existing Cisco IT backbone and its associated equipment. Particular attention was paid to designing control systems that would reflect all necessary courtroom protocols, that would protect presentation viewing and annotation (as required by law), and that would be intuitive and easily operable by touchpanel.

“Careful control of sources, [as well as] the ability to provide preview capabilities by both court clerk and presiding judge, was a major consideration,” Holaday offered. He added that it was equally important to “be sure placement of flatpanel displays would provide adequate sightlines for the appropriate courtroom participants to see content.” And, he noted, well-conceived camera angles and placements were necessary to fulfill the legal right of those accused to face their accusers.

The new designs were also expected, once in place, to meet a wide variety of attorney network, database and access requirements, while also handling various formats of evidence (e.g., analog, digital) that might be presented in court. Courtroom sound systems would have to be tailored to individual room acoustics, and they would have to handle background noise and a low noise floor appropriately. Audio systems also had to protect privacy by offering the ability to mute selected inputs and fill outputs with white noise to mask leaking audio signals.

Additionally, audio-reinforcement and control-systems design had to consider the varied physical requirements of each discrete courtroom space, as well as individual judges’ and clerks’ preferences for operations and protocol. Moreover, designs had to offer the ability to “reset” rooms to facilitate their use for different purposes and populations. “Gaining a thorough understanding of the users’ vision for each courtroom space and its operation was key to the success of the project,” CTDG’s Founding Principal, Paul Corraine, noted. Corraine oversaw quality assurance on the project and participated in commissioning.

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The bidirectional control of touchpanel displays in the courtroom helped AV designers to meet legal requirements by controlling which parties would see presented content and when.

Implementation

Chervenell Construction (Kennewick WA) led the project’s construction team, acting as general contractor (GC). Other key members of the team were electrical contractors Phase 2 Electric (Pasco WA) and CompuNet, an experienced AV integrator with 13 locations across the western US, which had the experience in AV installation and programming to tailor CTDG’s AV designs to the Benton County Justice Center’s requirements.

With courtrooms needed for seven superior court judges and five district court judges, the team carefully orchestrated a schedule that would keep cases moving through the court spaces while, at the same time, providing ample access to courtroom and jail spaces for renovation activity. The compressed schedule dictated careful planning and good communication to make sure everyone “was pulling the cart in the same direction,” Chervenell Construction’s Project Manager, Boone Myers, remarked. “Scheduling was tricky,” he recalled. “In addition to having to make adjustments for the lead times on ordered equipment, we had to complete our work in a way that would not interfere with ongoing court business.”

As a result, Myers and Phase 2 Electric’s President, Michael Money, scheduled their crews to begin work at 5:30am so that potentially disruptive construction was completed before 8am. The teams also took advantage of weekend hours to complete potentially disruptive remodeling operations.

Further complicating schedules was the addition of new arraignment rooms in the adjoining county jail. Gaining access into, and scheduling the required escorts for, the jail facility added another level of complexity for Myers’ and Money’s teams. This was necessary not only to provide security for the crew themselves but also to protect construction equipment for this major renovation.

“Enough cannot be said about the contractors who worked together on this project,” IT Lead Robert Heard enthused. “The teams worked together and did a fantastic job.” Superior court and district court judicial officers also contributed greatly by shifting to a courtroom schedule that moved their cases to other, unoccupied courtrooms to free up courtrooms being renovated.

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Attorney tables feature an interactive display to monitor proceedings and control presentations to the court, plugin access for personal devices and easily adjustable gooseneck microphones.

Courtroom Systems

CompuNet, an expert AV integrator, took the lead in installing equipment per CTDG’s design in the five district courtrooms at the Benton County Justice Center. Each is nearly identical in size (approximately 34’x45′) and room finishes. Half of each district court’s ceilings are 2’x4′ acoustical suspended tiles at heights between nine feet, six inches and 10 feet, five inches, with ceiling high points of about 14 feet. Luebben’s remodel for district court spaces called for improving room acoustics by adding new, fabric-covered acoustic panels along the sidewalls to match existing acoustic panels on the back walls. The size and layout of the Prosser Courtroom at the Historic Courthouse Building in Prosser WA (located about 30 miles away) is similar. Unlike the other county courtrooms, the Prosser Courtroom functions as both a superior court and a district court.

Six superior courtrooms, also located within the Benton County Justice Center, presented similar challenges vis-àvis AV design. Several of the spaces are smaller at 32’x38′, with two of the larger superior court spaces measuring about 47’x39′, and the single largest—the one in which major public cases are heard—measures 49’x39′. The ceiling surfaces for the smaller superior court spaces consist of suspended acoustic metal slats; they have a grid central/front section. The ceiling heights measure 13 feet to 14 feet, eight inches.

As the courtroom modifications for acoustical treatment and wiring completed, Mitch Peterson, Account Manager for ComputNet, coordinated his team of engineers with the construction and courtroom schedules. This enabled CompuNet’s engineers to install AV elements according to CTDG’s designs and Meier Engineering’s renderings. Peterson and his crew knew the Benton County Justice Center well from its previous IT efforts at the complex.

Key installed elements at attorney’s tables include Crestron TT100 Crestron Connect It cable caddies and a Crestron DM-NVX-E30 network AV encoder connected to a county local area network (LAN). This allows presenters to connect their laptop, tablet or smartphone device easily and instantly start presenting. Also connected to the LAN is a Crestron DM-NVX-D30 network AV decoder with HDMI and audio to provide connectivity for a ViewSonic TD2760 27-inch interactive display. A Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extender connects the interactive display to the LAN.

“After exploring several options for annotative touchscreens,” CTDG’s Andrew Remley recalled, “we selected the ViewSonic TD2760.” The 27-inch size is ideal, and it has 10-point multi-touch capability, plus RS232 control. Remley added, “The bidirectional control they offer was a surprisingly uncommon feature, but [it was] very important for our design, given the legal requirements for controlling which parties see content and when.” A similar setup is available to attorneys at the podium, with the useful addition of an Elmo PX10E document camera with its own Crestron DM-NVX-E30 AV encoder and USB-EXT-2 USB extender connecting it to the LAN.

The clerk’s desk offers similar connectivity via cable caddy and AV encoder, along with LAN connectivity for a computer and two ownerfurnished monitors to track courtroom presentations and computer output. In addition to having connectivity to the LAN via cable caddy, judges can control presentations via a ViewSonic interactive display connected to the courtroom systems via USB extender and AV decoder.

District court witness stands are equipped with a ViewSonic TD2760 interactive display attached to the LAN via USB extender and AV de coder. Additionally, a Logitech BRIO 4K camera is mounted at the witness stand, and it’s connected via USB to the courtroom network.

Each district courtroom and superior courtroom is further equipped with two Vaddio RoboSHOT 12E HDMI PTZ cameras attached to the network with Crestron encoders. Two different perspectives of the courtroom, provided by camera mounts at the judge’s bench and a location midway into the room, help capture critical court action.

CARES Act-funded AV-technology updates included COVID-19-related precautions. Among those are videoconferencing-based courtroom appearances.

Rackmounted in each courtroom is a Cisco Room Codec Plus Webex conferencing device that facilitates connectivity to other Cisco web-collaboration elements, as well as a Crestron DMF-CI-8 eight-slot card chassis for DM NVX equipped with four DM-NVX-D30C network AV decoder cards and four DMNVX-E30C network AV encoder cards, along with two DM-NVX-E30 network encoders and a DM-NVX-350 encoder/decoder. Eight Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB extenders facilitate USB connectivity to spaces in the courtroom.

The installation of a Crestron 3-Series remote control system as the heart of the courtroom’s control system allows touchscreen users to integrate and manage the disparate technologies that might be used in the courtroom, and to do so easily. A Williams AV AN C5 annotation device—a multi-user annotation tool that allows user
annotations to be overlaid on any video source—was installed to aid presenters. CTDG’s Andrew Remley said, “The AN C5 is the brain behind our many touchscreens throughout the room, and [it’s] perfect for this scenario where different users may be simultaneously marking up an exhibit. Each user can select different colors, and annotations can be printed or saved digitally to the court records.”

The existing JAVS P306 USB audio device was also mounted in the rack, along with a new microphone preamplifier adapter (MPA) to add microphones or lowoutput audio sources to the JAVS P306. An Extreme Networks X440-G2-24p-10GE4 network switch was included in the rack design for solid, fast connectivity to the county LAN. Where an existing equipment rack was not available in a courtroom, a new Middle Atlantic BGR-25SA-27 rack was added.

To support advanced audio capabilities, as CTDG’s design dictated for the modern courtroom, a rackmounted Biamp Tesira SERVER-IO chassis with seven audio-input cards and four audiooutput cards was installed for audio signal processing. Racked audio gear includes Shure ULXD4 and ULXD4Q Quad wireless-mic receivers to support three to five Shure ULXD1/MX185 bodypack transmitters, each outfitted with a lapel microphone. Stations for regular voices in the court received one of eight easily adjustable Shure MX412S/C gooseneck microphones. Four to six Shure MX202W/S hanging ceiling mics were installed to ensure that all participants in court activities can be heard clearly.

A QSC CX168 eight-channel audio amplifier supplies a powered audio signal to JBL Control 26CT recessed ceiling-mount loudspeakers where specified, and four to 10 JBL Control 25-1L wall-mounted loudspeakers in larger superior courtrooms. “JBL’s Control 25-1L loudspeakers’ small footprint, wide horizontal and vertical coverage, and broad frequency response were important to this design,” Remley confirmed. “The room is set up with the users near the walls, [so] its wide coverage angles are helpful in accommodating placement near each of the key players to maximize speech intelligibility. The Control 26CT speakers were also a great fit because they have a native 16-ohm impedance, which optimizes them for daisy chaining in a low-impedance installation.” In superior courtrooms, JBL 104 desktop loudspeakers were added at the bench.

A key feature in Benton County’s courtroom design centers on two Sharp PNLE901 90-inch 1080p flatpanel displays installed on each side of the room, along with one Sharp PN-Y496 49-inch 1080p flatpanel display in district courtrooms. Mount locations were selected to provide clear video representations of remote conference participants, as well as evidence, presentations and other video content. The superior courtrooms, which are larger, employ a third Sharp PN-LE901 90-inch display. “The decision was made early on to use flatpanels instead of video projection,” Remley noted, adding that the Sharp flatpanels are slim, have a narrow border and offer an attractive price point for commercial displays.

Two Vaddio RoboSHOT 12E HDMI PTZ cameras with HDMI and H.264 outputs were installed to cover key spaces in the courtroom. “These cameras are top of the line, and [they] were one of the first elements that we selected for the design,” Remley recalled. He commended “their exceptional image quality, 12x optical zoom and simultaneous PTZ abilities.” Remley added, “We knew that we would need to have multiple presets for each participant, depending on the scenario, and smooth transitions were a priority.”

Programming control of the rooms fell to CompuNet’s experienced AV Engineer, Marco Vranish. Applying previous courtroom experience and keeping in close touch with users and CTDG, Vranish provided programs for each courtroom that would be easily configured and operated, while then being resettable for the next user. “With the various trial motions and other uses for the courtroom,” he explained, “it was important to provide users with an easy way to set up and use the room in different ways.” Vranish analogized it to a factory-reset button for the courtroom. His control designs also had to be intuitive for judges who might be new to the room, meeting their specific needs without having to involve county IT staff.

Audio-system programming involved tailoring each courtroom’s use scenario to the specifics of the room, including distances, the presence of Plexiglas or other hard surfaces that would reflect sound, and speaker and microphone placement. Although Benton County’s courtrooms were all similar, each presented unique challenges. CompuNet’s Biamp programmer, Ryan Willden, implemented a mix-minus system such that an output could contain everything except a designated input. Typically used to prevent unwanted echoes and feedback, the technique is particularly important for situations in which some participants aren’t allowed to hear certain sources, as is common in courts of law. For Benton County and its courtrooms, white noise is added by system control, where necessary, to prevent unwanted audio from leaking into the output.

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Commissioning activities included fine-tuning PTZ cameras that are strategically placed behind the judge’s bench to capture all the necessary parties for court records.

Additional Spaces

As part of the project, new arraignment rooms were specified within Lubben’s architectural designs. This entailed converting the six sleeping pods in the adjoining Kennewick Jail into 12 private arraignment booths. Booths were outfitted, as per CTDG’s designs, with existing Cisco Webex DX80 all-in-one collaboration displays encased in CyberData secure case kits. These booths allow individuals being arraigned to participate in court procedures remotely, eliminating the need to leave the jail complex. “Each arraignment booth is approximately 4’x5′ and provides just enough space for a chair, a monitor and a full glass (Lexan) 3’x7′ door,” Luebben described. Plans called for restroom facilities and an adjacent secure seating area for inmates awaiting arraignment or those just finishing arraignment sessions and awaiting transportation to their jail cell.

At the jail, a custody hearing room was also given updates similar to those seen in the courtrooms; updates include technologies for videoconferencing, flatpanel displays and audio systems. A 12’x18′ family viewing room was configured with a Cisco Room Codec Plus Webex conferencing device, a Crestron TSW-760 seven-inch touchscreen and an RMC3 room media controller for conferencing, along with a Sharp PNLE701 70-inch LCD display, a Shure MX202W/S hanging ceiling mic and a Vaddio RoboSHOT 12E PTZ camera.

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Early surveys of county courtrooms collected data on the acoustical properties of the spaces, while also considering distances and sightlines to determine optimal display sizes

Fully Commissioned

Although the Benton County Justice Center project faced challenges caused by the compressed timeline and pandemic-related restrictions, CTDG’s Paul Corraine noted that, more than once, the team confronted those challenges and turned them into opportunities. For example, the team used the Cisco Webex systems when travel restrictions prevented all collaborators from being onsite during the commissioning process. “It was illuminating,” he said, “to both see the conferencing systems in action and experience the systems as a user would. Having a designer at each end served as a great test of the remote synchronous abilities we were providing between [the]
court and other locations.”

Benton County’s dedication to improving services to the public, coupled with expert AV design and a cohesive team of professionals pulling everything together, has not only improved the safety and welfare of all the county’s judicial-court participants but also yielded the promise of elevating future projects. These systems have provided a solid foundation on which to build new virtual services. It’s easy to see how the same technology that’s used for virtual hearings could be leveraged to increase inmates’ access to medical, translation and education services.

“Looking back, it was a huge undertaking—from design to a full, in-service system in a mere six months,” Schut reflected. “The courts never stopped. This was clearly the result of our committed and expert teams who created the designs and implemented them, working seamlessly together and flexing their schedules to make it all happen.”

As of this writing, no COVID-19 cases have been reported in the jail in Benton County.

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Prior to AV/IT updates, paperintensive county courtrooms could only use technology in a piecemeal fashion. Back then, equipment was often rolled in on a cart.

EQUIPMENT

DISTRICT COURTROOM (ROOMS #2, #3, #4, #5, #6)

Wallmounted Elements

3 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoders
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
4 JBL Control 25-1L compact 8Ω indoor/outdoor background/foreground speakers
2 Sharp PN-LE901 90″ 1920×1080 350cd/m2 built-in USB media players
1 Sharp PN-Y496 49″ professional-grade commercial LCD display
2 Vaddio RoboSHOT 12E HDMI PTZ cameras

Rackmounted Elements

7 Biamp Tesira SEC-4 modular analog input cards
1 Biamp Tesira SERVER-IO digital network server
4 Biamp Tesira SOC-4 modular analog output cards
1 Cisco Room Codec Plus Webex conferencing device
1 Crestron DMF-CI-8 DigitalMedia card chassis for DM-NVX-C and DMCF (8 slots)
1 Crestron DM-NVX-350 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder/decoder
4 Crestron DM-NVX-D30C DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder cards
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
4 Crestron DM-NVX-E30C DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder cards
1 Crestron PRO3 3-Series control system
8 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Extreme Networks X440-G2-24p-10GE4 network switch
1 JAVS P306 lightweight USB audio device
1 Mersive Solstice Pod turnkey wireless-presentation solution
1 QSC CX168 8-channel low-Z power amp
5 Shure ULXD1/MX185 digital bodypack transmitters w/cardioid lavalier mics
1 Shure ULXD4 digital wireless receiver
1 Shure ULXD4Q quad-channel digital wireless receiver
1 Williams AV AN C5 Annotation Pro professional, hardware-based video processor

Ceiling-Mounted Elements

4 JBL Control 26CT 6.5″ ceiling-speaker transducer assemblies
4 Shure MX202W/S condenser mics (supercardioid, white)

Elements at Attorney Tables

2 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoders
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
2 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddies w/120V outlets (no cables)
2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
4 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mics (12″ goosenecks w/attached XLR preamps)
2 ViewSonic TD2760 27″ displays (MVA panels, 1920×1080 resolution)

Elements at Bench

2 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoders
1 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder
2 Crestron TSW-1060 10.1″ touchscreens
2 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddies w/120V outlets (no cables)
2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Elmo MX-P2 document camera
1 Logitech BRIO webcam w/4K ultra-HD video and HDR
3 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mics (12″ goosenecks w/attached XLR preamps)
2 ViewSonic TD2760 27″ displays (MVA panels, 1920×1080 resolution)

Podium Elements

1 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
1 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddy w/120V outlet (no cables)
2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Elmo PX-10E document camera
1 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mic (12″ gooseneck w/attached XLR preamp)
1 ViewSonic TD2760 27″ display (MVA panel, 1920×1080 resolution)

Elements Located at Witness Stand

2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Logitech BRIO webcam w/4K ultra-HD video and HDR

Elements Located at Clerk Desk

1 Crestron DM-NVX-350 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder/decoder
1 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder
1 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extender

PROSSER COURTROOM

Wallmounted Elements

3 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoders
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
4 JBL Control 25-1L compact 8Ω indoor/outdoor background/foreground speakers
2 Sharp PN-LE901 90″ 1920×1080 350cd/m2 built-in USB media players
1 Sharp PN-Y496 49″ professional-grade commercial LCD display
2 Vaddio RoboSHOT 12E HDMI PTZ cameras

Rackmounted Elements

7 Biamp Tesira SEC-4 modular analog input cards
1 Biamp Tesira SERVER-IO digital network server
4 Biamp Tesira SOC-4 modular analog output cards
1 Cisco Room Codec Plus Webex conferencing device
1 Crestron DMF-CI-8 DigitalMedia card chassis for DM-NVX-C and DMCF(8 slots)
1 Crestron DM-NVX-350 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder/decoder
4 Crestron DM-NVX-D30C DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AVdecoder cards
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
4 Crestron DM-NVX-E30C DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder cards
1 Crestron PRO3 3-Series control system
8 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Extreme Networks X440-G2-24p-10GE4 network switch
1 JAVS P306 lightweight USB audio device
1 Mersive Solstice Pod turnkey wireless-presentation solution
1 QSC CX168 8-channel low-Z power amp
5 Shure ULXD1/MX185 digital bodypack transmitters w/cardioid lavalier mics
1 Shure ULXD4 digital wireless receiver
1 Shure ULXD4Q quad-channel digital wireless receiver
1 Williams AV AN C5 Annotation Pro professional, hardware-based video processor

Ceiling-Mounted Elements

7 JBL Control 26CT 6.5″ ceiling-speaker transducer assemblies
4 Shure MX202W/S condenser mics (supercardioid, white)

Elements at Attorney Tables

2 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoders
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
2 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddies w/120V outlets (no cables)
2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
6 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mics (12″ goosenecks w/attached XLR preamps)
2 ViewSonic TD2760 27″ displays (MVA panels, 1920×1080 resolution)

Elements at Bench

2 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoders
1 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder
1 Crestron TSW-1060 10.1″ touchscreen
2 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddies w/120V outlets (no cables)
2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Elmo MX-P2 document camera
1 Logitech BRIO webcam w/4K ultra-HD video and HDR
3 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mics (12″ goosenecks w/attached XLR preamps)
2 ViewSonic TD2760 27″ displays (MVA panels, 1920×1080 resolution)

Podium Elements

1 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
1 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddy w/120V outlet (no cables)
2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Elmo PX-10E document camera
1 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mic (12″ gooseneck w/attached XLR preamp)
1 ViewSonic TD2760 27″ display (MVA panel, 1920×1080 resolution)

Elements Located at Witness Stand

2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Logitech BRIO webcam w/4K ultra-HD video and HDR

Elements Located at Clerk Desk

1 Crestron DM-NVX-350 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder/decoder
1 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder
1 Crestron TSW-1060 10.1″ touchscreen
1 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extender

LARGE SUPERIOR COURTROOM (ROOMS #B, #E)

Wallmounted Elements

3 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoders
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
10 JBL Control 25-1L compact 8Ω indoor/outdoor background/foreground speakers
2 Sharp PN-LE901 90″ 1920×1080 350cd/m2 built-in USB media players
1 Sharp PN-Y496 49″ professional-grade commercial LCD display
2 Vaddio RoboSHOT 12E HDMI PTZ cameras

Rackmounted Elements

6 Biamp Tesira SEC-4 modular analog input cards
1 Biamp Tesira SERVER-IO digital network server
4 Biamp Tesira SOC-4 modular analog output cards
1 Cisco Room Codec Plus Webex conferencing device
1 Crestron DMF-CI-8 DigitalMedia card chassis for DM-NVX-C and DMCF (8 slots)
4 Crestron DM-NVX-D30C DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder cards
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
4 Crestron DM-NVX-E30C DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder cards
1 Crestron PRO3 3-Series control system
8 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Extreme Networks X440-G2-24p-10GE4 network switch
1 JAVS P306 lightweight USB audio device
1 Mersive Solstice Pod turnkey wireless-presentation solution
1 QSC CX168 8-channel low-Z power amp
6 Shure MX202W/S condenser mics (supercardioid, white)
5 Shure ULXD1/MX185 digital bodypack transmitters w/cardioid lavalier mics
1 Shure ULXD4 digital wireless receiver
1 Shure ULXD4Q quad-channel digital wireless receiver
1 Williams AV AN C5 Annotation Pro professional, hardware-based video processor

Elements at Attorney Tables

1 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder
1 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder
2 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddies w/120V outlets (no cables)
4 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mics (12″ goosenecks w/attached XLR preamps)

Elements at Bench

5 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoders
4 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
2 Crestron TSW-1060 10.1″ touchscreens
2 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddies w/120V outlets (no cables)
2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Elmo MX-P2 document camera
2 JBL 104 compact reference monitors
1 Logitech BRIO webcam w/4K ultra-HD video and HDR
1 Sharp PN-UH431 43″ 4K ultra-HD commercial LCD display w/built-in NTSC/ATSC tuner and USB media player
3 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mics (12″ goosenecks w/attached XLR preamps)
2 ViewSonic TD2760 27″ displays (MVA panels, 1920×1080 resolution)

Podium Elements

1 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
1 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddy w/120V outlet (no cables)
2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Elmo PX-10E document camera
1 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mic (12″ gooseneck w/attached XLR preamp)
1 ViewSonic TD2760 27″ display (MVA panel, 1920×1080 resolution)

Elements at Clerk Desk

1 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder
2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders

SMALL SUPERIOR COURTROOM (ROOMS #A, #C, #D, #F)

Wallmounted Elements

3 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoders
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
6 JBL Control 25-1L compact 8Ω indoor/outdoor background/foreground speakers
2 Sharp PN-LE901 90″ 1920×1080 350cd/m2 built-in USB media players
1 Sharp PN-Y496 49″ professional-grade commercial LCD display
2 Vaddio RoboSHOT 12E HDMI PTZ cameras

Rackmounted Elements

5 Biamp Tesira SEC-4 modular analog input cards
1 Biamp Tesira SERVER-IO digital network server
4 Biamp Tesira SOC-4 modular analog output cards
1 Cisco Room Codec Plus Webex conferencing device
1 Crestron DMF-CI-8 DigitalMedia card chassis for DM-NVX-C and DMCF (8 slots)
4 Crestron DM-NVX-D30C DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder cards
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
4 Crestron DM-NVX-E30C DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder cards
1 Crestron PRO3 3-Series control system
8 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Extreme Networks X440-G2-24p-10GE4 network switch
1 JAVS P306 lightweight USB audio device
1 Mersive Solstice Pod turnkey wireless-presentation solution
1 QSC CX168 8-channel low-Z power amp
4 Shure MX202W/S condenser mics (supercardioid, white)
5 Shure ULXD1/MX185 digital bodypack transmitters w/cardioid lavalier mics
1 Shure ULXD4 digital wireless receiver
1 Shure ULXD4Q quad-channel digital wireless receiver
1 Williams AV AN C5 Annotation Pro professional, hardware-based video processor

Elements at Attorney Tables

1 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder
1 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder
2 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddies w/120V outlets (no cables)
4 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mics (12″ goosenecks w/attached XLR preamps)

Elements at Bench

5 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoders
4 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
2 Crestron TSW-1060 10.1″ touchscreens
2 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddies w/120V outlets (no cables)
2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Elmo MX-P2 document camera
2 JBL 104 compact reference monitors
1 Logitech BRIO webcam w/4K ultra-HD video and HDR
1 Sharp PN-UH431 43″ 4K ultra-HD commercial LCD display w/built-in NTSC/ATSC tuner and USB media player
3 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mics (12″ goosenecks w/attached XLR preamps)
2 ViewSonic TD2760 27″ displays (MVA panels, 1920×1080 resolution)

Podium Elements

1 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
1 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddy w/120V outlet (no cables)
2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Elmo PX-10E document camera
1 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mic (12″ gooseneck w/attached XLR preamp)
1 ViewSonic TD2760 27″ display (MVA panel, 1920×1080 resolution)

Elements at Clerk Desk

1 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder
2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders

FAMILY VIEWING ROOM

Wallmounted Elements

1 Cisco Room Codec Plus Webex conferencing device
1 Crestron DM-NVX-350 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder/decoder
1 Crestron RMC3 3-Series room media controller
1 Crestron TSW-760 7″ touchscreen
1 Sharp PN-LE701 70″-class commercial LCD display
2 Shure MX202W/S condenser mics (supercardioid, white)
1 Vaddio RoboSHOT 12E HDMI PTZ camera

CUSTODY HEARING ROOM

Wallmounted Elements

2 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoders
1 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder
6 JBL Control 25-1L compact 8Ω indoor/outdoor background/foreground speakers
1 Sharp PN-LE601 60″-class commercial LCD TV
1 Sharp PN-LE701 70″-class commercial LCD TV
1 Vaddio RoboSHOT 12E HDMI PTZ camera

Rackmounted Elements

7 Biamp Tesira SEC-4 modular analog input cards
1 Biamp Tesira SERVER-IO digital network server
4 Biamp Tesira SOC-4 modular analog output cards
1 Cisco Room Codec Plus Webex conferencing device
1 Crestron DMF-CI-8 DigitalMedia card chassis for DM-NVX-C and DMCF (8 slots)
4 Crestron DM-NVX-D30C DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoder cards
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
4 Crestron DM-NVX-E30C DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder cards
1 Crestron PRO3 3-Series control system
9 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Extreme Networks X440-G2-24p-10GE4 network switch
1 JAVS P306 lightweight USB audio device
1 Mersive Solstice Pod turnkey wireless-presentation solution
1 QSC CX302 2-channel low-Z power amp
3 Shure ULXD1/MX185 digital bodypack transmitters w/cardioid lavalier mics
1 Shure ULXD4Q quad-channel digital wireless receiver
1 Williams AV AN C5 Annotation Pro professional, hardware-based video processor

Elements at Attorney Tables

2 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoders
2 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoders
2 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddies w/120V outlets (no cables)
4 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mics (12″ goosenecks w/attached XLR preamps)
2 ViewSonic TD2760 27″ displays (MVA panels, 1920×1080 resolution)

Elements at Bench

2 Crestron DM-NVX-D30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV decoders
1 Crestron DM-NVX-E30 DM NVX 4K60 4:4:4 HDR network AV encoder
2 Crestron TSW-1060 10.1″ touchscreens
2 Crestron TT-100 Crestron Connect It cable caddies w/120V outlets (no cables)
2 Crestron USB-EXT-2 USB-over-twisted-pair extenders
1 Elmo MX-P2 document camera
3 Shure MX412S/C cardioid condenser mics (12″ goosenecks w/attached XLR preamps)
2 ViewSonic TD2760 27″ displays (MVA panels, 1920×1080 resolution)

ARRAIGNMENT ROOM (ROOMS #205, #206)

Wallmounted Elements

6 Cisco Webex DX80 all-in-one collaboration displays
6 CyberData Cisco DX80 secure case kits

List of equipment for the Benton County Justice Center project is edited from information supplied by Convergent Technologies Design Group.

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