The Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), which is known as one the world’s outstanding venues for conferences, convention and exhibitions, has deployed a total of 10 new Barco 3-chip DLP projectors – three HDX-W18 and seven RLM-W8.
In choosing Barco projectors as replacements within the EICC building and in the newly opened Lennox Suite, the facility maintains an 18-year-old partnership with Barco.
Barco’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor RGB Communications worked with integrator Media Traffic and supplier Northern Light Direct to outfit the sites.
The1,590sqm Lennox Suite features moving floor technology, which means that the space can be transformed from a flat-floored area into modes such as raked auditorium for 2,000, arena for 1,400 and tiered cabaret for 750 guests.
To eliminate noise in the auditorium and to allow direct access to the projector during an event, the projection in the Lennox Suite travels 45m from the control room to 8m x 4.5m screens. Kenneth Boak, technical production manager at the EICCB, required a projector that was as small and quiet as possible and that operated with a low heat output. Long lenses were key, as was the ability to interchange a variety of lenses to meet other auditoria’s requirements.
The ability to deliver the highest-quality projection is important for the EICC, but until this latest replacement it was not economically viable to deploy 3-chip DLP projectors throughout the venue.
“But this has now changed as Barco has broken the price versus performance barrier with the RLM-W8, and so we are able to provide the benefits of 3-chip DLP projection to all of our clients, regardless of which of our auditoria best suits their requirements,” said Boak.
The installation also enables the EICC to host larger events than was previously possible.