McKesson Vision Center

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McKesson Vision Center
Touch Panel Controls and Presentation Systems

SCOPE: The McKesson Vision Center conducts tours for many different types of clients from Hospitals to Doctors to Pharmacies and many healthcare related professionals.  McKesson also uses the Vision Center for tours with employees to educate colleagues on the broad view of McKesson, since individuals are part of a smaller portion of the company.  The Vision Center at McKesson’s Worldwide Headquarters in San Francisco tells their story through easily understood visual displays of their products and services and can be tailored to change the experience depending on the type of audience viewing.

Avidex worked directly with the Vision Center design team to develop an AV solution to help convey the McKesson story.  Sparks was the design firm that worked with McKesson, from the layout of the center to the flow of the experience.  Avidex developed the technical solutions using multiple displays, audio and control to help facilitate the end goal. The audiovisual systems were designed working closely with Tracy Weber of McKesson who is the manager of the Vision Center.  She wanted an easy-to-use solution that would allow the presenter  to control the slideshows, lights and audio as they walked from display to display.  An iPad is used to communicate to a Crestron control system that acted as the brain for the whole system.  As the presenter moves to each display location, they can start and stop content and interact with the audience for real-time question/answer dialog.  McKesson uses Mac mini’s for their content sources. Avidex and McKesson needed to come up with a solution to allow the iPad to control the content, as well as configure the content on the fly. The Vision Center iPad not only controls the slideshow for each location but can also change the content in the entire facility, on all of the Mac Mini’s, to different slideshows based on the tour configuration (what type of customer is attending,) with a push of a button.  The iPad talks to the Crestron control system, which in turn talks to a Mac Mini, which controls all of the other Mac Mini’s to reconfigure their presentations.  This solution allows all of the Mac Mini’s to be put asleep at night and wake them in the morning on an adjustable schedule.  Avidex worked closely with John Kolesar and Jerry Thomas of McKesson’s Vision Center and IT team to develop the IT solutions.

Audio throughout the space is handled by a Biamp Tesira card frame system.  As a presenter walks through the space, audio can be activated for each location from the iPad.  The presenter has the option of also using a microphone depending on how large or small the group is.  Lighting control also adjusts as you move through the Vision Center to highlight the area being discussed.  Many displays are used throughout the facility including 55” NEC displays, Sharp 90”, Planar 85” 4k displays, and finishes the tour with a curved Christie 4x6 Microtile wall with a surround sound system.