The Royal Society of Medicine

The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) is one of the UK’s leading providers of post-graduate medical education. Established in 1805 as The Medical and Chirurgical Society of London, by 1910 it had amalgamated with seventeen specialist medical societies and taken up residence in its current Wimpole Street location, under its now familiar name. The Society’s importance to the history of medicine is reflected in the names of some its Honorary Fellows, including Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur, Edward Jenner and Sigmund Freud.


"The work undertaken by POLAR at the RSM was invaluable. We were able to have a very constructive on-site dialogue with Darren about the issues we were having and supply any feedback he required to progress. We now have a streamlined system that is straightforward to operate and troubleshoot. There is no doubt that the success of this project reflects the value of our relationship as an end user with POLAR’s integrated solutions team - the work was completed in a comparatively short space of time and the level of Darren’s expertise is amply illustrated by the excellent outcome."

1. The Objective

Given that the Society’s purpose is the further education of medical professionals, much of its work revolves around conferences and meetings. High quality AV provision is an essential part of delivering not only the Society’s own activities but also those of other corporate bodies who hire its facilities. External hire accounts for around 40% of activity at the Society’s conferencing rooms, delivering essential revenues that help support its own academic work. Last year the RSM’s technical team made an evaluation of their facilities and concluded that their systems, although all comprising cutting-edge and high quality products, could be deployed much more efficiently. AV manager Kevin McLoughlin contacted the POLAR integrated Solutions Team with a view to advising on and overseeing the complete recommissioning of its existing systems, located in multiple spaces at its 1, Wimpole St facility.

2. Our Approach

The system in situ consisted of the following:

  • 1 x Biamp Tesira SERVER
  • 7 x Biamp Tesira SERVER-IO
  • 2 x TesiraFORTÉ CI
  • 2 x TesiraFORTÉ AI
  • 1 x Biamp Tesira EX-MOD expander
  • 3 x Tesira TEC-1 control devices
  • 4 x Netgear GS724Tv4 AVB switches
  • 3 x Revolabs Executive Elite 8-channel wireless microphone systems

3. Outcomes

Kevin McLoughlin, AV Manager at The Royal Society of Medicine:

“The work undertaken by POLAR at the RSM was invaluable. We were able to have a very constructive on-site dialogue with Darren about the issues we were having and supply any feedback he required to progress. We now have a streamlined system that is straightforward to operate and troubleshoot. There is no doubt that the success of this project reflects the value of our relationship as an end user with POLAR’s integrated solutions team - the work was completed in a comparatively short space of time and the level of Darren’s expertise is amply illustrated by the excellent outcome.”

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