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Nedbank Namibia streamlines collaboration with SAW

Nedbank Namibia streamlines collaboration with SAW

Nedbank Namibia streamlines collaboration with SAW

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Nedbank Namibia, one of the four largest banking groups in the country, has built a new, modern headquarters in the heart of Windhoek, to mirror its approach to innovative banking solutions. Nedbank acquired the plot of land in 2018 and completed the earthworks and architecture in 2021. Stage Audio Works has implemented an extensive audio-visual system spanning nine floors of the facility, consisting of Audac loudspeakers, a variety of screens, and Crestron and QSC for the control element.

The specification, design and integration were all handled by SAW Namibia, with the primary requirement being to streamline collaboration. This was achieved by installing native Microsoft Teams conference systems in each room. Different rooms throughout the building required different functionality to be built-in, yet the framework had to be accessible to all.

As part of the project, SAW Namibia installed an audio solution throughout the Nedbank Campus, which included an end-to-end background music system (BGM) utilising 24 Audac CIRA ceiling loudspeakers, deployed across the executive and ground floors. An Audac Modular Audio System provides access to all the relevant streaming platforms and radio stations Nedbank might need. The system is powered by two 240W Audac public address amplifiers. In the auditorium – also known as the Sky Garden – SAW opted for 20 of Crestron’s Saros, to integrate with the Crestron control. For most of the individual boardrooms and collaborative spaces, a soundbar sufficed with support from additional Audac wall loudspeakers in the larger executive and meeting rooms to ensure consistent audio levels.

SAW distributed 13 49-inch Samsung professional displays across all the floors. With these, Nedbank have the option to display information on a building-wide scale. Amongst the ground floor pod area is a larger 82-inch Samsung signage display, while the Sky Garden features a 5.12m x 2.88m Pixel Plus xcell-I Lite screen. For the remaining meeting rooms, SAW integrated 65-inch Samsung displays as the focus points. The exceptions to this are the executive meeting room, where an 82-inch screen and a 92-inch Grandview motorised screen were installed, and a large meeting room, which is now home to a 75-inch Samsung display. Atlona cameras were installed with Stage Plus brackets into the larger two conferencing spaces. SAW Namibia implemented a Crestron Flex solution, combined with supporting Crestron hardware for each of the rooms that required Microsoft Teams integration.

Emce Smit, technical manager at SAW Namibia and the project leader on this job, highlighted how they overcame certain challenges: “As with all construction work, there are often inconsistencies between the plan on paper and the bricks-and-mortar on site. It’s these differences which we need to work through together to deliver the experience they bought into when the solution was originally pitched.” Smit expanded on this point: “It’s the way the industry works. The AV aspect only comes in during the final phase. We then collaborate closely with the other contractors to ensure the result is polished and working as intended.”

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