The members of the Greenbrier Golf and Country Club in Lexington, Kentucky, have a new form of recreation to enjoy, thanks to the recent addition of a smart, connected 17,000-square-foot clubhouse, boasting a variety of technologies from Snap One, all designed, engineered and customised by 46Solutions.
“It’s a new, modern twist on the traditional clubhouse atmosphere where technologies work behind the scenes to elevate every experience throughout the facility,” said Nathan Cecil, projector manager of 46Solutions, the IT and AV company hired to integrate the systems.
Strategically placed throughout the multipurpose facility are dozens of speakers and displays delivering a curated playlist of music and video to members as they grab a bite at the café, break a sweat at the gym, or practice a few swings at the golf simulator. The abundance of AV demanded a robust system to manage and distribute content from one main rack of components and provide employees an easy means of control, and Snap One’s Binary Media-Over-IP system and Triad AMS 16×16 switcher, tied to a Control4 entertainment and automation processor, were specified.
“Simplicity was paramount to the Greenbrier managers, so we programmed these interfaces to be as intuitive as possible, for example, presenting favourite commands on the main screen of touchpanels,” added Cecil. This approach minimised the learning curve dramatically for staff, and the building was up and running quickly. From customised Control4 keypads and touchpanels, employees manage entertainment in 16 independent audio zones and 20 TV locations.
Greenbrier wisely elected to update other areas while the grounds were under construction. Outdated outdoor speakers around the nearby club swimming pool were swapped for newer models and tied to the clubhouse audio system. Like all interior audio zones, the swimming pool speakers make up their own separate zones, which means they can play music that’s completely different from other speakers in other zones.
Another add-on to 46Solutions’ original quote was surveillance. “Construction is prime time to integrate technology, so after more consideration, Greenbrier management decided to have us also install several surveillance cameras to the interior and exterior of the new building,” said Cecil. “The building had been prewired with a Cisco networking system so implementing the cameras was a fairly simple process.”
Like all of the other components installed by 46Solutions, the 24 Clare Controls cameras and video recorder from Snap One are managed and controlled by Control4 for simplicity and convenience. “Trespassing and burglary isn’t a huge issue for Greenbrier, so they mainly use the surveillance system to check up on certain areas, like making sure kids are behaving in the golf simulation room,” Cecil noted. “They can access video in real-time from a computer monitor in the office and always look at footage later that’s triggered by motion and recorded automatically.”