INCAE Business School Relies on Shure MXA910 to Transform Classrooms into Cutting-Edge Spaces

With a history spanning more than 50 years, operations in Central America and several countries of South and North America, and bases in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, INCAE Business School is ranked as 11th school in Latin America and the best non-US school in the continent, according to the most recent ranking of The Financial Times.

Even though 98% of INCAE’s teaching staff have doctorate degrees from prestigious universities, the A/V technology the professors utilized on a daily basis at the INCAE campus was obsolete. For Luis Rueda, INCAE’s technology projects and procurement manager, the university needed to update its facilities and improve technology in order to offer a better service to its students.

INCAE´s representative also recalled that on many occasions they received visiting students and guest teachers from other countries who brought more advanced equipment that was incompatible with the technology present in the classrooms. The decision was ultimately made to embark on a renewal project that would put INCAE at the same level as the world´s leading business schools.

About the MXA910:

Until a few years ago, we were still working with analog protocols, VGA or cabling and signals or even coaxial cabling and control matrixes that were having serious operating issues

Luis Rueda, INCAE’s technology projects and procurement manager

Customer Requirements

The university needed to update its facilities and improve technology in order to offer a better service to its students. INCAE decided to modernize the technology in its classrooms so that the level of in-house A/V innovation matched the school´s globally recognized academic standing

Solution

The project had several phases. The first phase included updating two classrooms in Nicaragua and two in Costa Rica by installing Microflex® Advance™ Ceiling Array Microphones (MXA910). In the

second phase, various BLX rackmount wireless microphone systems were installed. MXA910 provided the perfect solution for aesthetical and a best in class results, within a tight budget.

Results

Microflex® Advance™ has allowed the institution to be at the global technological forefront, with a successful and innovative solution for the education sector.

From the end user’s standpoint, the MXA910 also offers another benefit. Before MXA910, students would have to pass a handheld microphone to each other during virtual classes and live-streamed Q&A sessions. Now the MXA910 creates a more dynamic and informal atmosphere, since students can freely ask questions and participate naturally without feeling intimidated by holding a microphone.

For Luis Rueda, Microflex® Advance™ has allowed the institution to be at the global technological forefront, with a successful and innovative solution for the education sector. Importantly, the MXA910 is fully digital for networked set-up, management and control on Dante™ networks. For Luis´ team, the MXA910 makes AV/IT support more effective and less time consuming.

“Part of the implementation’s success has been the perfect integration of Shure products with our IT infrastructure and with other existing equipment. Also the synergy between Shure and the integrator, the preand post-sale support, and the personal assistance we received from Shure from the engineering stage up to the installation, were all essential and fundamental to our successful implementation,” concluded Rueda. In turn, INCAE’s students are surprised every time they have virtual classes with professors from other countries, where in order to participate they only need to speak aloud without using a hand-held microphone. Without a doubt, this is an excellent example of Shure’s technology facilitating education - without borders.

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