Ateis UK recently supplied a new IDA8 networked public address-voice alarm system for installation in the new pits and paddock complex at the legendary Silverstone motor racing circuit.
Constituing a major upgrade for the UK racing institution, the new complex cost £27 million and was constructed after venue owner the British Racing Drivers’ Club signed a 17-year contract to host the British Grand Prix.
The Ateis system was specified by building services contractor NG Bailey and installed by fire and security specialist ADT. In its first ‘landmark’ deployment, the IDA8 is being used for general day-to-day paging and announcement work, as well as providing comprehensive safety and evacuation capability should the need ever arise.
PA/VA equipment has been installed in five different sites around the three-storey building, which houses 41 garages, the race control centre and podium, hospitality suites, a media office and a new spectator enclosure near the end of the lap.
The installation is based on fibre optic cable and includes three IDA8M master controllers, one IDA8MS slave control unit, four IDA8 network cards, one PSS monitored emergency microphone with LCD touch screen, two 17-inch Touch screen controllers, and 15 dual-channel power amplifiers (five SPA 2480s, six SPA2240s, two SPA2120s and two SPA2060s).
Neil Voce, MD of Ateis UK, commented: “The IDA8 was specified by NG Bailey and installed by ADT because of its new, advanced networking voice alarm capability. We look forward to this being the first of many IDA8 projects within the UK.”