Scranton, PA (January 12, 2004)–With interior spaces that can be configured into 18 distinct meeting rooms, on top of numerous common spaces, the new Scranton Hilton Conference Center in Scranton, PA needed a system to readily deliver on-demand, easily controllable audio-video service to customers using its facilities. At the heart of the audio solution provided by Vistacom, Inc., an Allentown, PA-based system integrator, was the Symetrix SymNet Audio Matrix, a modular audio mixing, routing and digital signal processing system. Rockville, MD-based Electro Media Design provided the infrastructure design and conceptual framework for this project.
Vistacom deployed the SymNet system in two separate rings tied together with Symetrix’ CobraLink units, an Ethernet networking technology under license from Peak Audio that allows for digital transmission of audio. One ring covers a section of the hotel that includes a restaurant/bar/exercise area, the lobby and a second-floor ballroom that can be partitioned into multiple distinct meeting rooms; the other handles the second-floor conference rooms.
In all, the configuration entailed four Symetrix 8 x 8 DSP units; seven Symetrix Break-In 12 units; two Symetrix Break-Out 12 units; and two CobraLink units utilizing four CobraNet bundles for digital transmission, each of which is on a different side of the building and connected via CobraNet. The SymNet system processes and routes audio from numerous sources, including six DMX satellite receivers, meeting room mics, a variety of line level sources, and six channels of audio. Eight audio patch bays were set up as part of the audio routing system.
Operator control of the SymNet system is delivered via a Crestron Pro2 control system. Crestron CT 1000 touch panels, that are configured chiefly to control audio source and volume, are in 16 of the meeting rooms, while Crestron TPS-4500LW touch panels with broader control capabilities, are in the facility’s divisible ballroom. Common areas are not controlled via touch panels, but rather from the rack location.