AV Department Ltd where very pleased to have been recognised for their efforts in installing the Scottish Parliaments new voting and microphone system in the main chamber together with an upgraded PA .
The Chamber during installation
The following comments are copied from the Official Report for the 8th of September. (The systems first day of use)
“Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP): I want to take a few seconds to congratulate the communications and media team on the new sound system in the chamber. I certainly feel the benefit of its improved quality, and I think that we should acknowledge the work that the communications and media team has done over the recess. “
“The Presiding Officer: I thank Dennis Robertson for his remarks about the sound system. I will ensure that those who were responsible for its installation know what he said about it. “
We feel that this is high praise indeed as Dennis is registered blind and has a heightened sense of hearing. Dennis also has use of a console with Braille modified buttons to enable his full participation in a system which is driven mainly by touch screens.
More on this installation will be published soon.
Here at AVD we are happy to carry out our job in the back ground and if no body notices us its a good thing, as it means all is going well. We know our clients appreciate our support and sometimes they like to tell us…. here are a couple of comments received last week from happy clients which we thought it would be nice to share with you and also to let our staff know that we appreciate their hard work too.
“The day went really well and the fact that we had Derek there for the day was fantastic. He was so helpful, and we will definately consider using your services for any future events.”
“Can you please say thanks to Paul for yesterday – he was a star as always, really helpful and all done with a smile!”
To all our clients, as always, a pleasure to help. 🙂
Paul, Derek and Brian are happy technicians
Snow Problem for AVD!
As the weather conditions across the country continues to wreak havoc with conference schedules, not all delegates and speakers have the option to brave the conditions. For one speaker due to present at Holyrood’s Domestic Abuse conference last week, the trip from Orkney to Glasgow was a bridge too far. A last minute flight cancellation left her stranded on the island with no way of travelling down to give her presentation.
The question was then posed to the technical team on site “Is there anything you can possibly do to allow our speaker in Orkney to present live, here in Glasgow?” Our man on site Brian Drummond tells the story.
As lunch time arrives the event organiser breaks the news to me that the final speaker of the day has had travel problems and will need to be dropped from the programme unless we can do something to help. After a couple of minutes head scratching, a plan was hatched. Robbie the venue’s stage manager had an iphone and suggested that the jack output of the iphone could be used to send the audio to the mixing desk, allowing the presenter on the phone to be heard through the PA.
This was good but did not allow for two way communication with the speaker on the phone. To get around this problem and to allow the conference chair to speak to the presenter live while chairing the conference, I utilised our DIS discussion system to its fullest. The discussion system uses push to talk microphones which have little speakers on the base unit.
So I was able to send the audio from the auditorium floor to the speakers on the microphone base unit. I had one of the microphones at the tech position, and because of the excellent RF screening properties of the discussion system I was able to have the iPhone in proximity to the microphone and speaker without inducing the dreaded mobile phone interference.
“This meant that the sound from the auditorium was now being routed through the phone and the chair could now speak directly to the speaker in Orkney. All we had to do now was inform the speaker in Orkney that we had come up with a solution and she could now give her presentation from the comfort of her warm living room. Her presentation slides were emailed through and run when cued.
The whole presentation was a complete success and everything thing ran smoothly. It worked so well in fact that we kept the speaker on the phone for the panel discussion including questions from the audience at the end. When asked a question or taking part in the discussion we displayed a picture of the speaker on the big screen so that the audience could put a face to the voice they were hearing through the PA.
Not too bad at all for thinking on your feet and using what equipment we had to hand. If word gets out everyone will want to present from home 🙂