McLean, VA (July 14, 2006)–Consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton of McLean, Virginia recently installed a Symetrix SymNet audio network in its corporate meeting space known as Newman Auditorium, originally constructed in the mid-1990s and installed with the current AV technology of that time. Looking to upgrade the audio, Gary L. Hall, CTS-I, CTS-D, regional AV lead for Booz Allen, along with colleague Edwin Morman, CTS-I, worked with Rick Winde, national accounts director, systems division, for Professional Products, Inc. (PPI) and with internal teams to formulate the install plan.
Booz Allen Hamilton’s Newman Auditorium is equipped with one of the largest Symetrix SymNet networks ever built to handle all of the hall’s audio signals. The network is comprised of two SymNet CobraLink units linking two rings of SymNet Equipment.All seats were removed and the former delegate microphones that were daisy-chained at each seat were replaced with new custom integrated stations complete with off-the-shelf microphones with light ring and a contact closure switch at each seat. The microphone light ring and push buttons were tied directly to the I/O modules in the SymNet system. “With the delegate system wired as a single I/O, we were limited in our capabilities,” said Morman, who served as project manager for the install. “The digital audio platform allowed for a clean signal with no incremental addition of noise, as well as expanded AV capabilities.”
“One of the biggest technology advancements installed here is the SymNet network,” commented Hall. “Using SymNet’s Control I/Os and the RS-232 features, we could take advantage of the camera system’s automatic or cued preset recall to work with the microphone’s push-to-talk feature. When the button on a microphone is pushed, video follows the audio automatically.”
All audio signals are processed by the SymNet network. The network is comprised of two SymNet CobraLink units linking two rings of SymNet equipment. Each ring can contain up to 15 devices in addition to the CobraLink. The SymLink bus within each ring allows for up to 64 channels of reusable audio to pass between devices the ring. The entire system consist of five SymNet 8X8 DSP units, two SymNet 8in DSP units, fourteen SymNet BreakIn12 A/D units, and eighteen SymNet Control I/Os for gating control of the delegate microphones and power to their light rings.
The network, and other AV components, were installed over a two-week period in December 2005, and made its functional debut January 4, 2006.