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The Tate takes to Current Thinking VA systems

Paddy Baker 26 July 2010

London’s Tate Britain Art Gallery has been equipped with VA technology from Current Thinking. Based in Sunderland, Current Thinking’s voice alarm systems, fire safety telephones and induction loop products have been specified for a host of high-profile facilities, including the Wimbledon tennis complex and the new St Pancras international rail terminal.

The ability of the Current Thinking voice alarm systems to be installed with minimum disruption to the fabric of the historic building was among the factors that secured the interest of the gallery’s facilities managers, SPIE Matthew Hall.

"What appealed to the gallery – and to the installers VA Systems – was that our equipment enabled the use of the existing speaker installations at the same time as enabling the upgrading of the overall system to meet the latest regulations without having to re-cable the entire site," said Current Thinking’s managing director, Anthony Smith. "Minimising disruption on a project of this scale – and in a building visited by so many people – is obviously of benefit to everyone concerned, including the gallery and the installers."

Mick Walsh from VA Systems, sub-contractor for Spector Lumenex, added: "It was an easy decision to choose Current Thinking’s technology. Not only did the compatibility of their equipment mean that the project virtually became ‘plug and play’, but their voice alarm rack systems are installed with an ease not achievable with other manufacturers’ products. Current Thinking’s flexible approach to projects and its willingness of ‘individualise’ equipment makes the work of an installer so much easier."

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