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BAPS connects up newest assembly hall in Uganda

BAPS connects up newest assembly hall in Uganda

BAPS connects up newest assembly hall in Uganda


The recent opening of a new assembly hall at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Kampala, Uganda has led to the requirement for a brand-new audio, video and lighting solutions to connect the space up with the rest of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) organisation.

Founded more than a century ago, BAPS is a global socio-spiritual organisation based upon the Hindu teachings of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Its global network includes its headquarters in Ahmedabad, India, as well as locations across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

“The recent opening of the new assembly hall at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – which took place in the presence of the current spiritual leader of BAPS, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj – was one of the more interesting and challenging projects,” explains Kaivalyamurti “KV” Swami, BAPS technology overseer. “The biggest challenge was product availability in Uganda. Considering that, we decided to source the equipment from the US, bringing with it the challenge of getting everything to Uganda. To reduce onsite installation time, most of the equipment was programmed at our location in Stafford, Texas, and then repacked to ship to Uganda.”

The new multi-room facility, designed from the ground up, includes audio via a Symetrix Prism DSP backbone and Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers, and video via Visionary Solutions, with broadcast PTZ cameras and Blackmagic Design 4K switcher connecting to a range of displays, including Red Dot Logics IMAG LED screens and multiple 65-inch flat screens throughout the facility.

“Visionary Solutions provided some demo units, and we put together a proof-of-concept at our location in Stafford,” explains Swami. “When we saw the performance and ease of use, it was clear this would be the easiest and most cost-effective way to distribute video in a multi-storey building, by leveraging the Alcatel-Lucent network infrastructure that was being installed.”

The easy integration with the IT network infrastructure was a critical part of the project’s success, added Swami. “The simple drag and drop functionality and the integration with Symetrix made Visionary Solutions a very practical choice. We were also able to create a few mobile-friendly touch screen control pages, with pre-determined source selection based on user login.”

Although the project went smoothly, Swami credits Visionary Solutions with excellent support. “While we ran into no issues, Visionary Solutions was always ready to help in any way, including remote sessions. Thankfully, they had provided excellent documentation during the proof of concept phase, enabling us to quickly learn to setup and deploy the system.”

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