D-Tech International scores a 1st at performing arts academy
James Breakell, D-Tech International's UK Managing Director, talks about the company's installation in the first designated library at LAMDA
D-Tech International has recently completed an installation at the prestigious LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) where budding stars of stage and screen now use D-Tech RFID technology in their quest for knowledge.
LAMDA may be the oldest drama school in the UK but its £28million centre for drama training, officially opened in June 2017, is just one example of the school’s cutting-edge delivery. Within the new building, amongst the theatres, rehearsal studios, backstage facilities, screen and audio suite and offices for LAMDA Examinations, The Sackler Library provides students with access to over 8,000 books and other reference materials, as well as a welcoming environment for quiet study.
The Sackler Library is LAMDA’s first designated library space so, as well as the normal challenges associated with an installation in a new build, D-Tech International had to ensure that the equipment supplied met the school’s needs and provided adequate security for the busy venue.
When an installation is a first for an institution, it is important that we spend time with the client to ensure we fully understand their operations. When you are purchasing technology, it is very easy to get carried away and spend much more than you need to! We always seek a balance between current operational need and foreseeable requirements. If you are investing in a library security system, you need to know it is going to last, can be updated and will prove to be good value for money, but you don’t necessarily need the all singing, all dancing version straight away. The expertise associated with designing and manufacturing our own products qualifies us to advise on the best solution.
Working in conjunction with the construction of LAMDA’s new build, and in line with its opening in March 2017, we integrated a RFID installation including security gates with the library’s new LMS. D-Tech also supplied RFID tagging and an ongoing maintenance contract.
Melkorka Oskarsdottir, LAMDA Library and Course Officer, says: “Having a dedicated library has enabled us to provide students with a vital learning hub to support their training. As you would expect the school is a hive of activity and it is beneficial to all that we now provide a quiet space for study.
“We chose D-Tech International because its solution was competitive on price and I found the team to be very approachable and helpful. As I was new to the technology I needed some hand-holding and I received a very professional service from D-Tech, including support and advice. As the installation took place as part of LAMDA’s major redevelopment project there were the normal associated delays, but D-Tech was most accommodating, rescheduling when necessary.”
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