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The Buzz: Installation Spotlight: Glen Mar United Methodist Church, Ellicott City, Md.

Jan 1, 2009 12:00 PM, Staff Report

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According to Youkers, the church wanted the ability to record worship services and events and also to distribute audio and video throughout the building and between buildings. DI used Magenta Research products for video distribution throughout the building, including the 221R3001-16×16 Mondo Matrix switch and Cat-5 cabling.

“Cat-5 cable is better to use for longer runs because it doesn't degrade over distance,” Wieser says. “It can reach up to 500ft. without signal degradation, while other coaxial cables start to degrade after 100ft.”

Currently, Glen Mar's main use for the media hub is to send PowerPoint slides from a PC to all the TVs in the building. As the church continues to grow, additional buildings will be enabled to receive the same slide presentations (for example, the church's calendar of events) or live video feed of sermons and stage productions.

“[DI] designed a system that met our future plans and visions,” Youkers says.

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