Global Indian International School - School of the future

Merging two existing locations into one, the Global Indian International School has built the GIIS Smart Campus. Thomas Mittelmann learns more.

WITH PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS IN JAPAN, THE UAE, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore, the Global Indian International School (GIIS) is well-versed in the field of global education. Now, a new campus built from scratch in Singapore – which boasts one of the world’s highest-ranking education systems – has replaced two of the five existing facilities at different locations across town with a single, modern and smart centre for NextGen Learning.

Naturally, AV technology is crucial for achieving such an ambitious goal, and this presented an opportunity to equip a new construction rather than upgrade dated premises. After successful completion of a previous GIIS project in Abu Dhabi, Bangalore-based T2 Consulting was again tasked with handling AV for the new Singapore campus, with local systems integrator ESCO installing and commissioning the project. ‘In addition to our references, I think we impressed the client and T2 with our commitment to assign a dedicated, well-experienced team to the project, and with our constructive input on potential optimisations,’ recalls ESCO’s general manager, Christopher Lim.

The building consists of two slightly curved blocks with six and seven storeys, respectively, connected by catering and event spaces on one end and a glass-encased footbridge on the other. Beyond the visitor centre at the entrance, it provides 90 classrooms, science labs, music and arts rooms, plus multiple indoor sports facilities and auditoriums and a number of open learning spaces for more than 3,000 students, educators and staff.

For all data, a fibre-based 40Gbit/s LAN was installed throughout the entire campus with connectivity for over 6,500 wired devices, in addition to 250 Wi-Fi access points. This provides teachers and students with highspeed internet as well as broadcasting the exact time and school bell, playing an important role in security as well as building management and energy control, and delivering digital signage to hundreds of displays. With several Biamp AudiaFLEX, Nexia and TesiraFORTÉ DSPs at its core, the system transports audio by means of CobraNet.