It’s… a SANE-FX module mounted inside the housing of Fohnn’s Linea Focus series.
What’s different? The Linea Focus range is now equipped for networking via an Optocore fibre solution. The series is often used in combination with security and evacuation systems, for instance in railway stations and theatres. As the Optocore fibre network is an IT-based ‘copper-free’ audio infrastructure, it fulfils all demands in this area, simplifying installation with regard to security, weight and flame-retardant design. Optocore MD Marc Brunke cites an integrator who told him that using fibre instead of copper cables in an airport-sized installation would save around $1.7 million in cabling costs.
Details: The SANE-FX interface module enables Fohhn to achieve multi-channel digital connectivity for its speaker systems along with compatibility to any major digital audio network.
Fohnn CEO Jochen Schwarz explains: “We were looking for a digital fibre solution that allowed for long-distance cabling between our devices as well as fire safety and interference-free transmission of audio signals. We finally opted for an Optocore solution: using a ring-shaped cable configuration to connect all the devices in an Optocore network not only reduces the cabling requirement and its associated costs, it also greatly improves overall reliability. Furthermore, within the network, you get an even latency.”
In terms of security a fibre optic cable is much more difficult to spy on, while in terms of safety for IT control, it offers lossless, long distance connection, with electrical isolation.
A fibre optic cable is around ten times lighter than a traditional 100V ELA cable, around 12 times lighter than a Cat5 cable, and around 100 times lighter than a regular copper snake/multicore.
These advantages, together with the low price of an Optocore module, result in much lower installation cost and a much higher performance — with IP integrated workflow, software routing capabilities, ultra low audio latency and redundancy switch-over, much faster than the required 1ms for advanced security designs.