Case Study: Distrii, Singapore

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Integrator 3S explains how the auditorium at Distrii, Singapore was equipped with AV systems that help it function as the facility’s modern meeting and collaboration space.

The auditorium at Distrii, a co-working space located in the heart of the central business district of Singapore, serves as an example of how larger meeting spaces have had to adapt to new corporate requirements. The space is large enough to serve as a venue to hold town halls and conferences. However, the ambience and interior design is in line with modern trends to reduce formality and to encourage collaboration.

Bright natural lighting and a flexible seating area are two key features of the auditorium. AV systems at the auditorium were the responsibility of integrator 3S. David Teo from 3S says: “All the responsibilities for AV, from the design of the systems to the deployment, testing and commissioning, were handled by us. The overall project was quite massive when it came to IT systems, but for AV the main component was the auditorium. Our job was to ensure that the AV systems fit into the overall scheme of things with the IT systems.”

Providing quality audio for the auditorium was one of the core requirements from Distrii. Teo says: “Our original plan was to specify Bose column speakers and to have them wall mounted on the pillars in the auditorium. But as we pursued this plan and got access to the space, we realised that the dimensions of the auditorium did not allow us to use column speakers.”

Teo continues: “However, during the course of the project, the Bose EdgeMax became available on the market at just the perfect time. It allowed us to switch to a different design for audio which made use of ceiling speakers instead without sacrificing anything in terms of quality and cost efficiency.”

Bose EdgeMax EM90 and EM180 speakers are used for audio along with a Bose PM8250 unit which serves as the DSP and amplifier. Teo says: “Bose products are known for having great quality. But for the Distrii auditorium it was important that we selected and deployed the right models. We’ve used the EM90 and the EM180 models which provide 90-degree and 180-degree coverage respectively. These fit into our audio design to ensure full coverage for the auditorium.”

Teo also sheds light on how Bose and 3S worked together to further fine tune the speakers for the auditorium: “Bose provided us great support throughout the project. The usual roof clearance for the EdgeMax speakers is 5m. But the Distrii auditorium has a roof height that measures between 6.7m and 7m. Bose helped us reconfigure and adjust the audio system and the speakers to make sure that this was not an issue.”

Audio-Technica AT-W1322 wireless microphones are provided for audio input. Teo talks about the main challenge when designing and deploying the audio system: “The auditorium at Distrii is unique because it features really large glass windows. These are great for providing the space with natural light but, as everyone knows, glass makes the environment very acoustically challenging. On top of this, the auditorium has blinds which can be drawn to completely cover the windows, and this changes the acoustic characteristics of the space completely. It was almost as if we had to deliver one audio system for two completely different scenarios. We managed this by being vigilant during the design phase of the project and the selection of the Bose EdgeMax speakers.”

A 4 x 4 videowall comprising LG 55-in flat panels serves as the main visual display in the auditorium. On the back-end, the video system is managed by an Aten VM1600 16 x 16 modular matrix.

Regarding the selection of the matrix, Teo says: “We chose the Aten matrix specifically due to the flexibility of inputs and outputs it provided for this particular deployment.

“The fact that the Aten switcher is a hardware-based solution was also a plus for this project. This meant that we could make the video system power redundant.” Kramer PT571 transmitters and PT572 receivers are used to transmit the video signals from the Aten switcher to the LG panel videowall.

Barco Clickshare is used to provide wireless connectivity. Teo says: “When discussing connectivity and inputs with Distrii’s IT department, we were told that connectivity ports might be locked down on devices for security reasons. However, USB ports are always a safe option due to the fact that they provide functionality and connectivity which is essential for devices to work. This meant that Barco Clickshare with its dongle was an option that fitted perfectly with what we wanted.”

A unique feature of the AV installation at Distrii is the use of Kramer Control. Teo says: “To the best of our knowledge, this is one of the first deployments of Kramer Control in Asia Pacific. We are happy to be the first but our decision was primarily motivated by providing the best solution to our client.” Control for the AV systems at Distrii is provided by a Kramer SL240 processor along with an Apple iPad. The Kramer control processor was employed specifically because of the range of connectivity it provided which includes four RS232 options, four relay options, four IR options and 4 GPI/O options.

Teo says: “The Kramer Control platform is very convenient and user friendly. It provides web-based, drag and drop programming and designing GUIs is also very easy.” Lutron products are used for lighting. RS232 is used to connect the lighting system and integrate it with the Kramer Control system.

Teo summarises the overall experience for the project: “Working on the Distrii auditorium installation was great. We had a client that was very supportive of our vision and manufacturers who helped us along the entire length of the project. We wanted to deliver an AV system that met the end user’s requirements and I feel that we have accomplished that. The deployed audio, video and control systems help the auditorium function and there are provisions for rental partners to come and expand on the systems.”