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SAW upgrades Namibia’s Office of the Prime Minister

SAW upgrades Namibia’s Office of the Prime Minister

SAW upgrades Namibia’s Office of the Prime Minister


The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is a historical building in the Namibian capital of Windhoek that houses the first Cabinet Chamber and the Constitution Room where most of the country’s legislation was drafted. The government recently elected to augment the Cabinet Chamber with a new sound reinforcement and visual display systems to update the meeting experience. ICT products and services provider Gadgets Namibia Solutions was tased with sourcing an appropriate solution, which they found with support from Stage Audio Works (SAW) Namibia.

“This was an interesting project as the multilevel and oval shaped seating arrangement made it impossible to implement a traditional projector and screen solution,” noted Joppie Maritz of SAW Namibia. “Furthermore, we were working in a listed building with a very clear brief to preserve the historic interior finishes, so we had to find clever ways to install our equipment to ensure that it blended in with the minimum amount of disruption to the surroundings.”

In consultation with Gadgets Namibia, SAW designed and installed a customised solution based on Pixel Plus LED screens, a Novastar LED controller, Sennheiser TeamConnect 2 ceiling microphones, Audac loudspeakers and a Taiden digital conferencing system. Video routing and switching is handled via Atlona products with Q-SYS control.

“We opted for LED screens rather than a projector and screen solution, as the configuration of the room simply didn’t give us any other option,” added Maritz. “We mounted two Pixel Plus Xcell-i screens on opposite walls of the uppermost level. We chose a pixel pitch of 1.83mm for uncompromised visual quality and used custom mounts for the cleanest possible installation. We also had to get creative when it came to designing the comfort monitor cluster in the central area which serves the lower level. We supplied four Samsung 65-inch UHD TV screens in custom Stage Plus screen trolleys, designed and built by our in-house manufacturing division for simple rearrangement when required.”

For the audio aspect, SAW installed a Taiden digital conference microphone system for each of the delegates on the lower level. Speech intelligibility for the upper gallery is enhanced via a pair of Sennheiser TT2 ceiling microphones, and sound reinforcement overall is handled by eight discreetly mounted Audac WX502 loudspeakers which are nearly invisible from the lower delegate level. QSC Q-SYS control via a simple touchscreen handles source selection and powering all active equipment ON/OFF. Multiple motion sensors in the room allow the system to switch itself off when not in use after a predefined period.

“Stage Audio Works has delivered an impeccable solution,” commented Gadgets Namibia’s Victor Nzaramba. “They designed customised solutions where required that respect the elegance and heritage of the room whilst bringing OPM’s Cabinet Chamber into line with modern technical conferencing standards. The Prime Minister and her cabinet can now enjoy the comfort of crystal-clear audio and high quality video throughout the room with easy, fingertip control.”

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