Designed for ease of use by non-technical staff, each meeting room incorporates a 2,000 ANSI lumen Sanyo projector, a retractable electric screen and a six-button AMX touch-panel controller. The AMX panels are programmed to enable one button press to power the projector and drop the screen, allowing the operator to select inputs and adjust the volume as required. Each meeting room also incorporates a floor box containing plug-ins for laptops, DVD players and peripheral devices.
For the council chamber, the VSI team specified a full AV system centred around a 3,000 ANSI lumen Sanyo projector, three 60in plasma screens and AMX control, featuring a 12in touch-screen tablet. The videoconferencing element is controlled by a Kramer VP-88 8x8 RGBHV/balanced stereo audio matrix switcher, while a Kramer VP-413 scaler is used to convert the DVD/VCR signals to the correct format for outputting on the plasma screens. VSI also supplied a Samsung Visualiser, allowing documents and 3D objects to be shown on any of the screens or display sources.
Elsewhere, the cabinet and committee rooms were supplied with similar AV systems featuring additional audio reinforcement comprising TOA speakers and amps. The cabinet room incorporates an additional white board facility and a Sony PCS-1P conferencing system.
Rounding out the brief, VSI provided an AMX-controlled sound system for the ceremony room and a further AMX controller for the reception area. The company also installed more than 40 induction loops across the site to aid the hearing-impaired, along with a digital signage system based around Sony LCD monitors and Saturn Connectivision software.
Keith Fish, business development manager for VSI, told II: "The key aim was to give them a cost-effective solution that did everything they wanted to do. I definitely feel that we were successful in doing that."
Fish added that VSI is currently hoping to be brought on-board for a major school installation project in Bristol, due to commence before the end of the year.