MCEC looks to the future with networked audio
Friday, 17 May 2019
melbourneMichael Walker (MCEC) and Jaime Albors (Harman Professional Solutions)
Australia - avt worked closely with the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC), providing support with their Harman Professional networked audio solution upgrade.
As Australia’s largest convention and exhibition venue, MCEC features exhibition spaces, large concert halls, meeting rooms, corporate boardrooms and more over an area of more than 650,000sq.ft. The expansive venue hosts more than 1,000 events each year, making its AV infrastructure a critical asset.
“MCEC approached us to support them in the development of a robust, self-sufficient solution that would upgrade its digital signal processing capabilities and minimize audio issues during events,” said Graham Barrett, head of strategic partnerships & innovation, avt. “After evaluating their requirements, we recommended Harman’s networked AV solutions to compose a system that would provide the necessary flexibility and allow them to easily expand the platform in the future.”
MCEC selected the BSS platform for its adaptability and capacity to incorporate multiple network streams of different types while simultaneously carrying all audio signals. BSS’s redundant BLU link protocol consists of two cables and automatically switches if one of the network legs fail, ensuring zero interruptions on the local audio network. The Dante-enabled BSS solution provides MCEC with a global network, allowing them to support their customers on a single platform and route any audio signal from any source to any destination throughout the facility.
“We’ve invested in AMX control systems since our beginning to manage the operations of all our networked devices,” said Michael Walker, infrastructure and equipment manager, MCEC. “We needed to switch from our outdated copper network due to its inherent weakness, and we wanted a system with the strength of a modern network protocol. It had to be capable of supporting a live production environment without a single point of failure.
“We’re pleased to say that since installing the Harman system, we haven’t had a single incident of network failure or dropout without the redundant link automatically solving the problem, and our customers haven’t faced any audio issues in their event spaces.”
(Jim Evans)

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