There are occasions where a commercial solution demands a home technology professional’s background in residential integrations. The solutions required for the Auckland Town Hall — a historic building administered and occupied by the Auckland Council — needed to be intuitive and elegant, and Liquid Automation was up to the challenge.
The firm, which has won past CEDIA Awards for everything from yacht integrations to remote luxury vacation lodges, won the job to “upgrade and refresh the audio-visual technologies within three key spaces utilized by council governance and administration. These consisted of the reception lounge and council chamber where governing body meetings are conducted, as well as the boardroom for general administrative meetings.”
A video conference system was needed for the reception lounge, and the cameras that track those who are speaking are directed by whatever microphone is picking up a speaker’s voice at a given moment. Because Liquid Automation found that there was no system that could fit the bill off-the-shelf and distinguish speech from background noise, a custom system was required using Crestron control and switching along with other components.
In addition to the aforementioned system and the others that Liquid Automation designed, there’s also the ability for “remote monitoring” — the firm can check in with the systems from an offsite location and ensure that everything’s running right. The firm says, “With the remote monitoring appliance, we can be more proactive rather than reactive. Our network monitoring device sits on the network and monitors the network health as well as constantly checking to make sure that all devices are online.” The project also included a detailed, easy-to-follow instruction manual for all the tech included.
This project won the 2019 CEDIA Award for Best Documentation, Asia Pacific