Delaware County Courts, Muncie, IN, USA
Presentation of evidence using CYNAP systems
High-performance courtroom solution
Delaware County is situated in the east central portion of the state of Indiana, USA. The county seat, or administrative local government center is in the city of Muncie, IN, serving a population of around 120,000. Delaware Circuit Court located in Muncie consists of five courtrooms, and a complete turnkey courtroom infrastructure solution has been provided by WolfVision partner BIS Digital, Inc. As part of the overall solution, the high-performance specification included installation of WolfVision CYNAP wireless presentation and collaboration systems to enhance the presentation of digital evidence for both in-person and remote court participants. Equipment has been installed for 5 courtrooms, associated jury rooms, plus a child support court, facilitates video arraignments from jail, and also includes DCR Recording Software, audio, PA with microphones, touchscreen annotation for the witness stands, plus room management systems and monitors.
The CYNAP systems enable digital evidence to be presented either using a wired or wireless connection. Comprehensive BYOD screen mirroring functionality provides wireless screen sharing for all iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Chrome OS devices onto the courtroom display monitors. Connection is quick and easy, and support for AirPlay, Chromecast, Miracast and WolfVision’s own vSolution Cast mirroring protocols means that no additional software, apps or dongles are needed when sharing content on-screen from smartphones, tablets or laptops.
Once the staff got used to the CYNAP system, they loved it. It is easy to use and so much better than our old system. We used to have just a projector and screen. This has made our courtroom look and run better. Overall, we are very pleased with the product.Emily Anderson Court Administrator - Delaware County Courts
Live streaming to additional rooms
Before an attorney presents documents, photos, videos other information to the Judge and/or witnesses they simply connect wirelessly by selecting the HDBaseT link, which prompts entry of a security code before enabling connection to the courtroom network. Alternatively a wired HDMI cable connection can be used if required, by connecting to the scaler/switcher hardware box located at the Court Reporter’s workstation.
Information to be presented in court as evidence goes to a 22” monitor for the Judge to view. If the Judge accepts the presented information, it will be pushed to the monitors for all court participants to view. All on-screen information is captured using the DCR Recording Software. A key advantage of this system is that in cases where there are remote court attendees, evidence is also available for viewing by online attendees if it is required, via Zoom. Using Zoom for arraignments and other preliminary hearings reduces crowding in the courtrooms, reduces the costs and time needed to transport prisoners from the jail, and also provides the possibility to allow remote witness testimony if required.
Evidence is also streamed live for viewing by jurors in the Jury room. This ability to stream live to additional rooms is useful in order to help comply with Covid-19 social distancing regulations. Commenting on the installation, Emily Anderson, Court Administrator said, “Once the staff got used to the system, they loved it. It is easy to use and so much better than our old system. We used to have just a projector and screen. This has made our courtroom look and run better. Overall, we are very pleased with the product.“
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