“Breakthrough” is a multimedia exhibition at the Noginsk Museum and Exhibition Center in the Moscow region. It commemorates the 100th anniversary of World War I and honors the 209th Bogorodsky infantry regiment of the Russian Army.
The museum’s ground-floor entrance hall features a 360º projection mapped presentation, with surround audio. The story tells of the city of Noginsk (formerly Bogorodsk) and the social aspects of warfare and history. Six edge-blended, ceiling-mounted Panasonic projectors perform the projection mapping.
A3V, LLC provided AV design, engineering, integration and installation services for the project, which aims to bring military history closer to museum-goers and make them feel part of “The Forgotten War.”
“For overall control of the AV system we wanted to use Alcorn McBride’s state-of-the-art VCore controller, which is lightweight, compact and has a robust design,” says Sergey Naumenkov, Managing Director at A3V. “We knew we could just set it up and let it run for years with no maintenance.”
Not only was the VCore easy to operate and maintain, but Naumenkov also applauds its power and ability to control all the AV equipment necessary for the exhibit. “The system was installed and programmed and everything ran perfectly,” he reports.
The upstairs of the museum features a series of displays where rare military photos, weapons, maps, posters and other memorabilia tell the story of the Bogorodsky Regiment’s role in World War I. Ten Samsung LED monitors are mounted above the displays which play archival footage and informational content. Another area upstairs features a five-minute movie displayed on a large LED screen recapping the regiment’s history.
All of the media in the museum is on a network to permit overall control and to promote easy synchronization among elements. Naumenkov notes that Alcorn McBride’s VCore is perfectly suited. “Each morning, the entire AV system is started by a single button press; similarly, at the end of the day, a single button press closes down all the AV-based exhibits. During museum hours docents can manually control all of the exhibits, schedule presentations and synchronize media by using an Apple iPad and Alcorn McBride’s ShowTouch for iOS.”
In addition, Alcorn McBride’s 8TraXX multichannel audio player is used for background music and exhibit-specific sound effects throughout the museum. The 8TraXX stores clips in the MP3 format on CompactFlash media for a rugged, reliable and
maintenance-free audio solution.
Naumenkov concludes, “We use Alcorn McBride gear for most of our installations because all of their equipment is extremely reliable, easy to operate, requires zero maintenance and their customer support is fantastic. Taking into account that this site is quite remote, we knew that employing their equipment for “Breakthrough” was a must.”
A3V, LLC is the leading Russian company in the field of professional audio-visual systems integration primarily for the museum, leisure and visitor attraction sectors. It provides a comprehensive scope of services, including design, project management, engineering, installation and support of AV systems and products. For more information, visit www.a3v.ru.
About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.