VSI Integrates AV at Penallta House, Caerphilly

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Vaughan Sound Installations (VSI), part of the PAI Group, specified and installed AV systems throughout Penallta House, the new £20 million HQ for Caerphilly County Borough Council in Wales, UK. VSI was brought onboard to offer specialist sound, AV and integration skills by the project’s electrical contractors Highadmit Projects, who in turn were working for principal building contractors, HBG. The project – which put ‘audio-visual integration’ at the hub of it’s agenda - was managed for VSI by Keith Fish, who comments, “We came up with a highly flexible, cost-effective solution for the client. This included our specialist expertise and knowledge of the Audio Visual arena which allowed VSI to deliver all the requirements from design/spec of the systems, right through to installation and commissioning.� VSI’s brief included the provision of flexible and appropriate AV systems for 8 Meeting Rooms in Penallta House. These were designed for ease of use by non-technical staff, each consisting of a 2000 ANSI Lumen Sanyo projector, a retractable electric screen and a 6-button AMX touch panel controller, wall mounted adjacent to the room’s lighting control. The AMX panels are programmed so that one button press will power the projector and drop the screen, and the operator can then select inputs to suit, adjust the volume, etc. Each Meeting Room also has a floor box containing plug-ins for laptops, DVD and peripheral devices. For the Cabinet and Committee Rooms, VSI supplied similar AV systems with additional high end audio reinforcement consisting of TOA speakers and amplification. These areas have 16-button AMX controllers. The Cabinet Room features an additional interactive white board facility for presentations and discussions, and a Sony PCS-1P conferencing system, chosen to maximise the benefits of high quality video, audio and data conferencing. In the Ceremony Room – in which marriages and civil ceremonies take place – VSI has installed a full sound system, again controlled by a 16-button AMX control panel. Sources include a tuner and CD player and a selection of hand-held and lapel radio mics. For the Council Chamber, the VSI team specified a full AV system centred around a 3000 ANSI Lumen Sanyo projector, three 60 inch plasma screens and AMX control, featuring a 12 inch touch screen tablet. To control the video conferencing element, they integrated a Kramer VP-88 8x8 RGBHV/ balanced stereo audio matrix switcher into the system, which deals with high resolution video/VGA-XGA and balanced stereo audio signals, routing any input to any or all outputs simultaneously. A Kramer VP-413 scaler is used to convert the DVD/VCR signals to the correct format for outputting on the plasma screens. VSI also supplied a Samsung Visualiser, allowing documents and 3D objects to be shown on any of the screens or display sources. Throughout the building, VSI has installed over 40 induction loops to aid the hearing-impaired, plus a digital signage system comprising 40 inch Sony LCD monitors, which run Saturn Connectvision software and content. In the Reception is another AMX control unit, utilized to power on all the digital signage screens around Penallta House, and also switches between satellite TV feeds and the Connectvision sources. VSI’s remit also involved supplying and commissioning an advanced ‘Disabled Refuge’ system from Baldwin Boxall, so any wheelchair users can have full two way communication from predetermined positions within the facility in the event of an emergency. The contract was rounded off for VSI with the supply of peripheral equipment to the Interview Room and Customer First offices. This follows on from other recent VSI work for Neath & Port Talbot County Council at their brand new building on the Baglan Energy Park. This project was also run in conjunction with Highadmit Projects, the principle Electrical Contractor.