In my previous post about our audio categories, I discussed what Everyday audio is, what products can be used for those systems, and two examples of applications. In this post, I’ll be doing that with Enterprise audio.
More Than Big, Enterprise is Complex
To us, Enterprise means it’s not just a “big” system (i.e. lots of inputs and outputs), it means the system is comprised of many different applications like conferencing, BGM, paging, general audio, lecture capture, mix-minus, and court recording. Enterprise means all of those applications (or some combination) on one platform with the capability to integrate with other products and systems to create a single, cohesive, networked system.
An Enterprise network can consist of more than just a robust audio system though. It can include any system that runs on a network: printers, security system, manufacturing equipment, even the sprinkler system. All these mini systems that would have been handled separately, are now running on one network, and coming back to one centralized point (although there may be many devices at that point). Our equipment can be a part of that one system that rules them all.
Two Examples of Enterprise Audio Applications
In 2012, Hong Kong officials announced a new education policy, prompting HKU to expand its curriculum and facilities in order to accommodate campus population growth with incoming undergraduates, staff, and faculty. The Grand Hall in the Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre is a 750-seat presentation space that needed to accommodate a wide range of audio and video functions including lectures, musical performances, and cinema screenings.
The design-build team consisted of integrator China-Tech Engineering and designer Shen, Milsom & Wilke. They decided on a system that allowed for a high channel count, guaranteed QoS (quality of service), fast installation time, and easy set-up. The only solution that could accommodate the audio requirements of the space was an AVB (Audio Video Bridging) DSP. Tesira was selected because it uses AVB to transport low latency, time-synchronized mixed media data streams over Ethernet networks. The HKU Tesira system connects with every piece of third-party equipment in the Hall, including digital consoles, loudspeakers, control software, and microphones. Using easily customizable presets, every aspect of the audio experience can be conveniently monitored and controlled from a single location or remote PC.
You can download the full case study here.
Situation #2: (As Vocia 1.6 is new and there are no completed applications of this scenario, this is a hypothetical example.)
A healthcare client needs a system that includes general audio distribution, and overhead paging and life safety audio across their facility. They also have two conference rooms that need to have their own audio control, VoIP conferencing capability, be networked to the general audio system, and interface directly with GoToMeeting®.
We’d recommend a Vocia overhead paging and life safety system that directly integrates with Tesira SERVER or SERVER-IO to receive direct BGM and general audio signals over CobraNet. For the conference room audio, one TesiraFORTÉ AVB VI server per room, and an AVB switch will do the trick.
In an upcoming post, I’ll be discussing why we give our primary products names instead of numbers. Stay tuned.