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Bosch systems find balance at Krakow flagship centre

Bosch has built a comprehensive security and communications package for the International Conference and Entertainment Centre (ICE) in Krakow, Poland.

ICE is the business and cultural flagship of Krakow and hosts conferences, exhibitions, parties, seminars and concerts, with audiences ranging from a few dozen to several thousand. The changing space arrangements and the wide range of different events pose challenges to ensuring audiences are safe and secure at all times while enjoying the best sound and acoustics.

Its larger venues present a special challenge to designers of evacuation systems. On the one hand, the sound coming from the evacuation speakers must be loud and intelligible to inform every guest clearly. On the other hand, the speakers should be unobtrusive, blending into the background.

In Krakow, designers utilised hemispheric loudspeakers from Bosch, which are part of a Bosch Praesideo public address and voice evacuation system. A technician explained: “If we had deployed standard loudspeakers for the evacuation system, we would have needed quite a few to establish an even sound coverage for the entire building. By using the hemispheric ones placed underneath the roof, five loudspeakers were enough to do the job, blending in discreetly with the room aesthetics.”

Almost the complete range of Bosch’s security and communication system portfolio is installed: including evacuation, but also fire detection, video surveillance, public address, intrusion alarms, access control and conferencing systems.

The video surveillance in the facility is based on Bosch Video Management System. Some of the cameras are the FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 cameras offering 12-megapixel sensor resolution and high frame rates combined with a fish-eye lens.

Decentralised Modular Fire Panel Series 5000 equipped with point-type and linear smoke and heat detectors are responsible for fire detection. Flat Fire Detectors Series 500 offering flush ceiling mounting were installed in representative rooms. All in all, Bosch provided the facility with 2,000 fire detectors.