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News in pictures 5 October 2011

Danes watch Supernova at home; Robert Juliat performs in Kansas City; Healthy solution from Onelan; Genelec makes the grade at University of Zurich

Home cinema specialist CSN Teknik recently carried out a custom installation for a private client in its native Denmark, completely updating the entertainment system in the living room. Central to the new display is a 100-inch Supernova One screen from dnp, fitted with 08-85 screen material, optimized for high contrast and extreme viewing angles.

The screen is used in conjunction with a ceiling-mounted JVC HD 950 high-definition projector, while CSN Teknik has also installed in-wall speakers in the wall and ceiling, and resited all playback and processing equipment (such as AV receiver, Blu-ray player, TV set top box, Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation) in a separate dedicated rack room.

Full operation of all appliances has now been greatly simplified thanks to a single-touch Philips Pronto TSU9600 multi-remote touch control.

The newly-opened Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, has taken delivery of six Robert Juliat Victor 1800W MSR followspots provided by Clair Brothers Systems.

A new venue for music, opera, theater and dance, The Kauffman Center will be the home of the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Its 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre and 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall (pictured) are housed in a dramatic shell, designed by famed architect Moshe Safdie, and sheathed in glass and stainless steel. The Muriel Kauffman Theatre will host dance and theatrical performances; Helzberg Hall will be the principal locale for music, from chamber groups and jazz and pop performers to full orchestras.

According to Patrick Donnelly, director of theater operations for the Kauffman Center, the Robert Juliat Victor followspots will “support our resident symphony, ballet and opera companies as well as touring Broadway shows and other events” scheduled for the new venue. Typically, three Victors each will be available to the Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall.

Project manager Michael Ferguson specified the Robert Juliat fixtures “for their superior optics – there’s absolutely nothing better on the market.” He also liked their ease of use. “They are instinctive and smooth, which is key for ballet and opera,” he says.

NHS Rotherham’s QTV service is a television network that distributes health information (signposting service information, health promotion campaigns etc) to television screens located within patient waiting areas throughout the Rotherham area. It is designed, developed and managed by NHS Rotherham Creative Media Services (CMS). Starting from programme production through to networked distribution and broadcast, QTV is run very much as a public service TV station with its own unique channel brand.

NHS Rotherham have been delivering content via QTV since 1997. It has evolved from VHS tapes, through to DVDs to the current Onelan digital signage solution. Programmes are scheduled into the daily play list located on one of the Onelan Net-Top-Box (NTB) 5005s. The production team keeps two NTBs in the studio, one as a test bed for quality control/training purposes and the other as their main publisher box. Once encoded, content is published and uploaded to a dedicated FTP server.

Overnight downloads are made across the local NHS IT network to avoid interruptions to critical clinical IT activities and maximise usage of NHS bandwidth. This results in a seamless public facing information service that can be updated and refreshed daily if required.

The TV screens are subdivided into zones, which display continuous video programmes, local breaking news in the form of scrolling text, along with time and a tickertape for adhoc information specific to each screen location. BBC News24 delivers hourly updates of news and current affairs via the Freeview TV input available on the NTB 5005s.

Genenlec 4000 Series active loudspeakers feature in a recent refurbishment project at the University of Zurich. Eleven new classrooms have been created at a University campus site in the city, with Genelec’s speakers providing the sound element of the new audiovisual equipment installation.

The new teaching facility is part of the Film Studies Faculty and in acquiring the space the University took the opportunity to create a 21st Century teaching environment complete with a top quality audiovisual installation. The Genelec speakers were supplied by Dr.W.A.Günther Audio Systems AG in Erlenbach , Switzerland ’s leading distributor of professional audio equipment.

Installed by Prosat AG, of Dietikon, the Genelec speakers are installed in eleven classrooms in the building – two in each room. With no volume control on the front of the speaker, system setup can be preserved without undesired alteration. The 4000 Series also features an integrated amplifier, so important space saving in the equipment rack was guaranteed.

The combination chassis (speaker and amplifier) is both compact and powerful and is discreetly installed in the classrooms. The precise ‘Room Response’ controls have been used to calibrate bass tilt, treble tilt and bass roll-off to optimise the loudspeaker’s response to each classroom’s acoustical environment. Also, the in-built protection circuitry guarantees the reliability of the loudspeaker system in all operating conditions as drivers are electronically protected from signal peaks and system misuse.