Pole Vault Systems
What do I need to know?
What do I need to know?
Below is a list of some of the most
frequently asked questions about Pole Vault
1. What is a Pole Vault?
2. Why is it called a Pole Vault?
3. How does a Pole Vault system really
4. Why do I need a Pole Vault system?
5. What kind of devices can I use with my
Pole Vault system?
6. How do I attach devices to my Pole Vault
What is a Pole Vault?
A Pole Vault is a system to hang your
projector for use in the classroom. The
system is designed to make it easier for you
to switch devices, as well as to help limit the
number of cables running across the floor.
Pole Vault systems also come with a sound
system allowing you to play videos and
other media on a grander scale.
Why is it called a Pole Vault?
It is named after the two major
components, a pole that hangs from the
ceiling and a vault that holds the system’s
The pole has the dual purpose of hiding the
cables from view as well as providing the
location to hang the projector itself.
The vault holds the controlling device (called
a switcher). It also holds the power supply
for the system.
How does a Pole Vault system
A Pole Vault system is composed of several
The control panel is used to control the
projector, and system from the wall. With it
you can turn the projector on and off, switch
inputs, and control the volume of the
There are three audio/video inputs. There
are two VGA inputs and one RCA input. The
VGA inputs can be used for a computer,
laptop or a document camera, while the RCA
inputs are used for a VCR or a DVD player.
There are four different types of cabling
used with the Pole Vault system:
• A video cable used to connect a computer, or a
• A VGA Splitter is also used when connecting a
Stereo Mini-Jack Cable
• Audio cable used when connecting a computer
• Video and audio cables used when connecting
a VCR or a DVD player
• Used to transfer data from the control panel to
If you need replacement cables please
contact the technology department so that
we can ensure that you receive
replacements that are district standard.
This will ensure the high quality of the video
and audio output.
The VGA cables are used to connect both
the document camera as well as the
computer to the wall inputs.
A VGA cable also runs from the switcher
unit, through the pole, to the projector.
A VGA splitter is used to split the video
signal so it will go to both the monitor as
well as the VGA wall input. The monitor and
VGA cable (for the wall input) are plugged
into the splitter which is then plugged into
the back of the computer.
Stereo Mini-Jack Cable
These audio cables carry sound from the
computer to the Pole Vault system. They
are plugged into the green sound jack in the
back of the computer.
The RCA cables are used to connect a VCR
or a DVD player to the wall inputs. The
cables include separate connections for
video (yellow) and audio (red and white).
A RCA video cable also runs from the
switcher unit, through the pole, to the
The video input controls convert the data to
transfer over ethernet cables. You won’t
actually see the cables as they run through
the walls to the switcher unit.
The switcher is a device that is housed in
the vault. This device controls the system,
handling the switching between devices,
converting the signals, and splitting out the
audio to go to the speakers.
The projector hangs from the ceiling and
projects your videos and images on to the
screen. The distance is calibrated to give
you the largest viewing area possible.
High power speakers are placed in the
corners of the room on either side of your
screen. These speakers ensure that
everyone will be able to follow along.
Why do I need a Pole Vault system?
Pole Vaults offer a number of advantages
over a table top projection system,
Minimization of cables/trip hazards
Ease of use
Higher quality video projection
Higher quality audio output
Minimization of shadows by teachers and
Minimization of Wiring/Trip Hazards
Because all cables are plugged into the
control panel on the wall there is not a
need to run cables across the floor to a
projector on a cart/desk.
From the control panel the wiring goes
through the wall, across the ceiling, and
then down through the pole to the
Ease of Use
Turn On/Off Switch to PC
Switch to Doc Cam
Change Volume Switch to VCR/DVD
With the Pole Vault system you can turn
the system on and off, change the volume,
and change the input device all from one
Higher Quality Video Projection
The system converts the video signal to run
across standard network cables, allowing it
to travel farther without suffering signal
This allows the control panel to be placed in
a location that is convenient to the room
set-up, not what is convenient for the
Higher Quality Audio Output
All of our Pole Vault systems include a
sound system. This includes two large, wall
mounted, speakers and a volume
adjustment that is located on the
This allows you to incorporate sound with
your computer presentations and streaming
videos, and is loud enough to be heard
throughout the classroom. An MP3 player
can also be attached to the system to
provide background music.
Minimization of Shadows
By hanging the projector from the ceiling we
can reduce the shadows produced on screen
when some one is standing in front of the
This is particularly useful when using a
Smart Board™, as it makes it much easier
to see where you are touching, or writing.
What kind of devices can I use with
my Pole Vault system?
There are a large number of devices that
can be attached to a Pole Vault system.
The most common configurations involve:
VCR or DVD player
Attaching the computer to the Pole Vault
system allows you to project what you are
doing on your computer to the whole class.
It also allows you to use interactive
applications with your Smart Board™.
Attaching a Computer
When attaching a computer you will need to
use a VGA splitter. You can then attach a
VGA cable as well as re-attach the monitor.
You will also need a stereo audio cable.
Attaching the document camera allows you
to project anything that is put under the
document camera lens.
Because the Pole Vault system has two VGA
inputs it allows you to hook up the
document camera directly, without further
splitting signal from the computer. This
makes it easier to switch devices and
improves video quality. Simply plug the
VGA cable into the VGA out port on the
document camera and then attach it to one
of the VGA ports on the wall.
Attaching a Document Camera
To attach a document camera simply plug in
a VGA cable to the document camera, and
attach it to the VGA input on the wall.
VCR or DVD Player
RCA video/audio inputs allow you to attach
a VCR, or a DVD player to the Pole Vault
This allows you to project movies on to your
viewing surface rather than having to rely
on the TV.
Attaching a DVD or VCR
A VCR or DVD player can be attached by
plugging in the three-colored RCA cables
into the back of the player and then
plugging them into the wall panel.