Las Vegas, NV (August 12, 2013)—The recent renovation of Terminal 1 at the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas includes a new Renkus-Heinz Iconyx sound system to act as the airport’s paging system.
"Terminal 1 was not designed with a dedicated paging system," explains Edouard Charland, Vice President of Lenexa, KS-based Coffeen Fricke & Associates, Inc. (CFA). "The airport was using the fire alarm systems for paging, and most of the terminal-wide announcements were originating from a paging office that was using the telephone system to originate those announcements. This approach produced low levels of speech intelligibility and offered very little flexibility for zoning and directing announcements."
Following its work helping with the construction of the new Terminal 3 in the airport, CFA was called in to offer suggestions for the ailing audio issues at Terminal 1.. One of the most challenging areas was the expansive baggage claim area. As Charland explains, in addition to the typical acoustical issues inherent in large spaces, there was something uniquely Vegas.
"All around the carousel area, there are numerous large screens playing video advertisements for local casinos and night clubs. The audio systems for those screens are fairly loud. They're running pretty much non-stop 24/7, and they're only overridden for emergency announcements."
The baggage claim area is covered by 32 Iconyx IC16-R-II steered arrays, mounted on opposite sides of each carousel's pillar to provide 360 degrees of coverage.
"The Iconyx system actually enabled us to provide better intelligibility than something like an overhead distribution scheme," said CFA Senior Vice President Robert Ledo. "It can concentrate the energy right at the people, and cut through the background noise."
Twenty-two IC16-R-II columns are mounted about every 50 feet along the second floor walkway overlooking the main ticketing lobby. In both the ticketing lobby and baggage claim, the entire system is linked via RHAON networking, allowing for DSP programming to custom-steer each array independently using multiple beams. The RHAON software and on-board contact closures are also used to monitor each array for proper operation.