In 2016, the LME unveiled its newly built ‘Ring’, the London Metal Exchange’s openoutcry trading floor, set in the heart of the City of London at 10 Finsbury Square where it relocated to earlier in the year.
proAV was commissioned by AV specialist consultant, CMS, to equip the LME’s new building with a world class, integrated audio visual solution across the iconic Ring trading floor facility. The focus was on delivering the industry’s most dynamic display technologies and audio systems available in the market.
The LME is a fast-paced, time-critical environment that called for a raft of leading-edge audio visual systems to ensure the rapid dissemination, communication and display of real-time information to the trading floor. The complexity of this AV infrastructure demanded that proAV worked closely with allied contractors to complete this AV project and maintain the integrity of all technical elements, including IT networks, data stream connectivity, etc. that was delivered by other teams.
In terms of innovations, the star product on the LME project was, without doubt, the stunning Silicone Core Technology (SCT) Peony video wall. proAV conducted research and provided a series of demonstrations of competitive products, but it was clear the SCT Peony represented the most energy efficient and cost-effective way to deliver content and data to our client’s operations.
Delivering a resolution of 147,000 pixels per square metre, each 5m screen delivers a true Full HD resolution with brightness up to 2000 nits, ensuring the Peony was the most suitable digital signage product for the LME trading Ring.
As data streamed from the trading floor and other third party sources is live and volatile, it was essential that the LME’s systems remain fully operational and that data integrity is maintained throughout its core hours. The proAV VNOC Technical Service Desk uses a secure Citrix web portal, which allows the support team to access support PCS and Omnivex service to the primary systems, including LED video walls, LED monitor wall, Crestron control and switching and Axis IP cameras. In addition, Max Remote Management provides monitoring and reporting support including essential restarts in the event of failure.
The Service Desk Team completes regular remote monitoring checks in parallel with the client’s onsite team. All morning checks are recorded via proAV’s Customer Service Department Ticket system, Microsoft Dynamics, for total accountability.
Other secondary diagnostic software installed on support PCs is connected to the Citrix for second and third line support, incorporating Crestron Toolbox, Polycom Sound Structure, Putty, VNC and Clear-Com FreeSpeak applications.