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Optocore fibre distribution system used for EICC expansion

Duncan Proctor 13 January 2015
Optocore fibre distribution system used for EICC expansion

An Optocore fibre distribution system has been installed at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre’s (EICC) new Lennox Suite.

The system was specified by Theatre Projects Consultants (TPC) and installed by Northern Light following the venue’s £30m expansion. The new fibre routing matrix is in keeping with the requirement of the new multi-purpose suite to transport a number of different signal protocols within a flexible environment.

The new suite, measuring 1,600sqm represents a multi-level expansion of the existing EICC, complete with a glass atrium and additional event spaces. This versatile auditorium contains a reconfigurable moving floor, which rapidly transforms the space from a flat floor to a fully raked auditorium, as well as making it operational in both arena and tiered cabaret modes, so that a variety of events can be hosted. It can also be split into a total of three rooms or run as a single space in the various different formats.

TPC’s lead consultant Mark Ryan had recommended an Optocore solution early in the process, he explained: “The main benefit the Optocore system offered us was to automate the reconfiguration of the AV system to match the possible layouts of the room. This allowed the sound and video comms system to be as flexible as the spaces it served without having to double-up on cables and equipment.”

Northern Light project manager Dave Webster added: “The Optocore system was designed to provide a backbone distribution within the main sound racks for the integration of multiple inputs from the three control rooms and then output over copper to the main amplifiers in the amplifier rack room.”

EICC’s head of technical production Kenneth Boak added: “The Optocore network is part of an integrated system which allows us to deliver high quality sound in a very flexible environment.”

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