Redfish Technologies was selected to provide the initial desgin and overall construction and commissioning of the new Tasmanian Parliament Committee Rooms which was part of the new Parliament Square precinct built next to the parliament and completed in August 2017.
Parliament of Tasmania
The Parliament of Tasmania is the bicameral legislature of the Australian state of Tasmania. It follows a Westminster-derived parliamentary system and consists of the Queen, represented by the Governor of Tasmania, the Tasmanian House of Assembly (the lower house), and Tasmanian Legislative Council (the upper house). Since 1841, both Houses have met in Parliament House, Hobart.
As part of the new Parliament Square redevelopment site, the Parliament of Tasmania undertook the develop of three new committee rooms within the building along with new offices for the administration and parliamentary staff.
Redfish Technologies was initial engaged to undertake consultation and desgin work to develop fit for purpose audio and visual systems to support the new committee rooms and allow high quality recording of the proceedings for Hansard in the new rooms. The desgin works was to incorporate as much as possible the existing AV systems already used in the old committee rooms. A secondary backup recording systems was also incorporated
Post the desgin work, Redfish was engaged to undertake the installation and commissioning works through the main builder, Hansen Yuncken.
The three committee rooms also to incorporate video conferencing, teleconferencing, web broadcasting, hearing loops and presentation/collaboration systems.
Broken into two identical large rooms and a smaller single room, the system desgin architecture of each room was similar. The only difference being the smaller room has less microphones and voice lift zones within it.
Using Biamp successful Tesira Server platform and AVB enabled ExMod endpoints each rooms is carefully managed and support the 21 Sennheiser gooseneck microphones in each room. A significant undertaken with so many open microphones in one room without being controlled manually. The smaller room has 10 microphones working in a similar manner but connected via a Tesira Forte which is part of the holistic Biamp systems desgin.
Each large room has voice lift with 4 zones within it. The smaller room has two zones. Each zone uses multiple QSC AD low profile ceiling speakers and multichannel Lab.Gruppen amplifiers.
Ampetronic "no spill" hearing loop design was incorporated into each room and tested using the loop works calibrated tester.
Digital recording for Hansard using Liberty Court Recorder and Dante virtual sound cards is used for each room. Broadcast audio is via AVB ExMods to the broadcast and control room.
All the rooms have presentation systems with a centralised Kramer scaler/switcher and Kramer vision distribution. In the the large rooms two 75" screens are provided and the smaller room has one. Inputs from a Kramer Collaboration systems, VC and direct inputs are provided.
The whole systems was controlled by a purpose created Command Fusion control systems operated from a dedicated iPad that managed all the audio, teleconferencing , video conferencing management and control of the audio.