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Xilica enlivens Hong Kong Medical School with networked audio

Solaro QR1 DSP and XTouch control system simplify audio distribution and paging over IP

Xilica, a global market leader in digital signal processing technology, is fuelling audio distribution and live paging over IP with a new system at Hong Kong University’s LKS Faculty of Medicine. Part of a larger renovation in the department’s William MW Mong Block, the installation features Xilica’s Solaro QR1 DSP and XTouch control solutions, which are being used to process, manage and deliver all content over a Dante network.

Xilica channel partner Sound Classy supplied all audio and control equipment, with systems integrator Vega Technology handling installation and commissioning. The Dante-enabled Xilica Solaro QR1 interoperates other networked devices to efficiently route audio feeds around the building. A priority function allows staff to interject with live announcements, using a paging station to provide safety and building information, event updates and security messages.

The XTouch control solutions’ IP-based architecture synchronises control across an XTouch 80 panel, installed in the adjacent control room and an iPad-powered XTouch app in the lobby. The two operate and respond in tandem to ensure a seamless audio experience.

“The open architecture of Xilica allows users to easily route Dante audio signals to the speaker system, and otherwise control volume, mute audio, and generally manage the system settings,” said Justin Fong, account manager at Sound Classy. “Their software is intuitive and responsive, which makes for a very simple and convenient operation for end users of any skill level. The Solaro QR1 DSP keep everything perfectly timed and sounding intelligible throughout the day.”