Polar Audio installs conferencing system at PCS Union HQ

The PCS Union, the largest civil service trade union in the UK, has had the conference system at its London base upgraded by Polar Audio.

Situated in an old building near Clapham Junction station, the headquarters of PCS (Public and Commercial Services) was in need of a number of interior refurbishments, including the installation of a modern conferencing system to service the needs of its National Executive Committee. The project saw the first UK installation of beyerdynamic’s Quinta wireless conference system.

Experienced and highly regarded installer RG Jones Sound Engineering was commissioned alongside Polar Audio to supply a modern conferencing system to replace the outdated analogue system. The client required the capacity to cater for up to 49 microphone units.

Quinta met all the requirements for safety, reliability and transmission security. For safe wireless transmission there are now three frequency bands available – 2.4/ 5.2 and 5.8GHz. Where interference is detected Quinta can silently, seamlessly and automatically switch to an interference-free frequency range. The system has a high level of wireless encryption to protect against unauthorised listening (128-bit encryption and a 24-bit PIN-code) and it also offers user-friendly operation and practical portability.

The system runs in a ‘request-to-speak’ mode, allowing the chairperson to control the ‘request to speak’ list via a CUE media control system and, specifically, a TouchCUE 12 12" touch panel (on-table type). The advantage of this control system is that it allows the user-interface to be customised to fit the specific needs of the client. The system, with remote antenna, can be easily removed from the facility should the need arise either for a change of use in the room or conferencing at an alternative location. Set up and take down time is short and the rugged storage and transport case also acts as a charging unit with a maximum time of 2.5 hours to simultaneously charge ten microphones.

"Quinta was exceptional in meeting the needs of the client. While offering the high level of sophisticated technology necessary for the security of sensitive information, the system also needed to be flexible and easy to use," said Mark Bromfield, business development manager at Polar Audio. "The portability and ease of set-up made it ideal for outreach sessions as required by the client, saving time and obviating the need for technical expertise."

The Beyerdynamic Quinta system will be on show at Prolight + Sound 2013 this week (Hall 8.0 J21).

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