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MCA’s technology upgrade a labour of art (+ photos)

MCA’s technology upgrade a labour of art (+ photos)

Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art gets a range of new technology to enhance visitor experience

The MCA building following its refurbishment
Image courtesy and © the Museum of Contemporary Art Limited
Brett Boardman Photography

The MCA building following its refurbishment
Image courtesy and © the Museum of Contemporary Art Limited
Brett Boardman Photography

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) recently reopened after being fitted with a new façade and newly refurbished galleries, but the other main changes were made to the facility’s technology infrastructure.

In move designed to deliver improved business operations and an enhanced experience to visitors, the MCA partnered with various technology providers to bring the facility into the 21st century.

One of the several vendors that contributed to the museum’s refurbishment was networking vendor, Aruba Networks, whose role was to enable the MCA to offer public internet access, staff mobility and digital innovations that significantly enhance the overall museum experience.

MCA chief operating officer, Euan Upston, was impressed with help companies such as Aruba provided to help the MCA achieve its goal of incorporating the latest technology to meet its modern, artistic vision.

“With their support, art and artists, education programs and creative engagement can occur well beyond the walls of the Museum before, during and after the museum visit,” he said.

“With partners such as these, the MCA can truly claim to be Australia’s Museum of Contemporary Art offering a wealth of enriching art experiences to all Australians.”

Aruba Networks worked closely with the MCA to develop a custom Wi-Fi based location system that is designed to add to visitors’ experience through the MCA artwork interpretation app.

Depending on where the visitor is in the Museum, the technology allows visitors to discover nearby content simply by being at the right place at the right time.

Other key contributions to the MCA’s refurbishment was Telstra Business, which provided a fibre optic line into the building that forms the backbone between the various IT nodes, Polycom, which provided HD video conferencing facilities, and many others.


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