Tacoma, WA (September 1, 2004)–The Port of Seattle found a way to move one of its semi-monthly commission meetings to a new terminal building at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport without dedicating space there solely for a commission chambers area. The ability to make part of the new facility do double duty as both a traditional conference/meeting room area and a venue for public commission meetings was made possible, in large part, by audio communications technology from Symetrix, Inc.
With the help of SymNet, the company’s modular audio matrix routing and digital signal processing system, the port can transform one large meeting room into not only a commission-meeting venue when needed, but also readily divide one large room into as many as three separate meeting rooms, each of which can be utilized simultaneously as needed. The result is a highly flexible, audio-capable meeting space that can be transformed on demand to meet the needs of a variety of users.
“SymNet was key for incorporating room-combining capabilities into the terminal project,” said Brady McCoy, a consultant with Sparling, Inc., the Seattle-based AV consultants that designed the AV system. “Three integrators bid on the design-build project that we designed, with Creative Presentations of Redmond, WA, coming up with best package of solutions for the installation.”
Nine SymNet units–four 8×8 DSPs, one 8In DSP and four SymNet CobraLinks–form the hub of the processing and routing of audio to the room, according to how it’s partitioned for various uses. In conjunction with a Crestron Rack 2 control system that employs three interactive touch screens–one for each room–SymNet gives users the ability to specify the precise configuration of audio inputs and outputs required, and to do so with minimal outboard rack-based audio processing and minimal cabling.
Audio is also routed from wireless and podium microphones and other sources housed in AV cabinets within the room to a total of 18 Tannoy CMS TDC 60, dual concentric ceiling-mounted loudspeakers through QSC CX302V amplifiers housed in an equipment rack. When broken into three rooms separated by walls, each room–measuring roughly 40×30 feet–is covered by six speakers.