Audio-visual upgrade at legislature buildings

August 2002 News

Audio-visual facilities at the Pietermaritzburg and Ulundi legislature buildings were recently upgraded using equipment supplied by Philips CSI. H&I Electronics, in a joint venture with Vistech Natal, won the contract to supply the products for these buildings.

The initial challenge was to ensure that all wiring was well hidden, since drilling at the Pietermartizburg legislature, an historical monument, was not an option. This required careful planning and implementation.

A world-first was achieved with the second request from the legislatures. The parliamentarians wanted delegates to appear on screen the moment they pressed their speaker button. This involved integrating the Philips CCS400 conference system using Philips Allegiant integration server software.

The CCS400, which has since been superceded by the CCS800, supposedly did not have the capabilities to add such a feature. In order to meet this demand, the Philips Allegiant Video Matrix was linked with the Philips high-speed Autodome camera, which meant automating the microphone system to control the high-speed Autodome camera. This ensured that sound and video would link up accurately and consistently.

The Autodome camera offers high speed panning and tilting with a 360° continuous rotation and 0,5° accuracy on presets. In addition, the patented scaling feature ensures optimum control for viewing at all zoom settings. The Autodome includes a patented AutoPivot feature that automatically rotates and flips the camera to ensure accurate and fast viewing.

For more information: Philips CSI, 011 471 5250,

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