The Bicester School is a mixed secondary education setting with approximately 1,000 pupils. The school sits on a large site of 32 acres comprising a central older building with additional buildings added at later dates, some interconnecting.
The school IT manager initially contacted us to design an audio system to provide background music to specific areas in the school. Further discussion followed resulting in a more comprehensive requirement with wider coverage throughout much of the main areas of the school.
Typical of many similar older school building designs to later additions, our challenge for this project was mainly related to the installation and distribution of speaker cabling. We considered this challenge and created a design solution that integrated traditional 100v line audio with IP audio to both distribute and target zone separation for enhanced audio routing.
- Public Address (PA) / Tannoy
- Mass Notification
- Radio Back Ground Music (BGM)
Audio Specification & Technologies
- 100v line, high impedance
- IP Audio Encoders
- IP Audio Decoders
- Audio Zone Matrix
Working with the site IT management, we identified various IT/Comms rooms for us to install IP audio encoder / decoders which would create the backbone of audio routing across the site using the LAN and IP audio distribution. Local 100v line power amplifiers were installed within many of the IT/Comms rooms to serve audio to the local rooms and areas (thus minimising overall cabling and associated installation disruption).
IP audio encoders and decoders were specified and configured to integrate with an audio zone matrix. The matrix provided the basis of user control for the routing of audio (PA/tannoy and background music/BGM) to different zone areas of the school.
Background music (BGM) was required within specified locations and more widely for special occasions. We installed an IP audio encoder with a wall input plate to enable the user to connect any music source with a ‘line out’ (eg. Tablet, CD player or smart phone). Music from this source was presented to the audio matrix for routing selection by the user as required.