A full refurbishment of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce´s head office in Munich has seen Salzbrenner media commissioned to handle the redevelopment of its media and communication technology. The conference rooms, two control centres and several smaller meeting rooms have been equipped with the latest audio, video and media technology.

The Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) for Munich and Upper Bavaria is the largest institution of its kind in Germany, with nearly 390.000 member companies. It is also one of the largest business networks in Europe. Its head office comprises two representative buildings from the 19th century in the downtown district of Maxvorstadt.

IHKWith engineering company Müller-BBM developing the refurbishment concept and to supervising the structural engineering for the initial equipping of the events areas, Salzbrenner media took on the implementation of the project including renewal of the audio and media technology systems. This included control and networking of the video and audio components and the digital signage system (for user-friendly media support of events and conferences).

Twelve conference rooms have been equipped with audio and video technology, among them the listed Handelskammersaal (chamber of commerce hall) and the Börsenssal (trading floor). The atrium, two control rooms equipped with four racks each, two control spaces and several smaller meeting rooms were upgraded to the latest technology.

Occupying two floors, the Börsensaa is the largest and most complex conference room in the building. It is connected to an adjacent control room in the gallery from which all events on the upper floors can be monitored and controlled. From here, events can also be broadcast to other rooms via a dome camera and microphone. Additionally, three concealable projectors were installed which enables longitudinal and transverse projection in the oblong room. A permanently installed conference system enables the user to integrate the mobile conference intercom terminals.

IHKThe Handelskammersaal (Chamber of Commerce) is the second largest room in the building and unique due to its listed status and, like the Börsensaal, has been equipped with assistive hearing technology. An induction loop was installed in both rooms in order to offer visitors with hearing aids an inclusive experience. Events in the Handelskammersaal can also be broadcast to other rooms. A camera and boundary microphone, as well as a projector with ceiling lift and a projection screen, have also been installed in the room.

The two buildings are connected by a self-supporting glass roof covering an atrium that can serve as an event area. For this purpose, assistive hearing technology was also installed here. In addition, the atrium was equipped with a large Absen LED wall, which can be used for presentations during events. Events can be broadcast to other rooms via another dome camera and microphone or they can be used to monitor the current event.

IHKThere is also a mobile rack with input and output transformers, a video switcher for integrating a Thin Client and a multimedia PC, which can, if required, be connected to the wall panel opposite the LED wall. On the audio side, optionally, the system can be switched into mixing console mode. The signal is then routed via Dante from the DSP to the mixing console and back. All sound sources from the wall panels, media players and wireless microphones can be adjusted in real time. An access point is also connected to the mixing console for remote control of the mixer.

A Beyerdynamic conference system is not the only mobile solution employed. In order to be able to react flexibly to various usage scenarios, lighting, stage elements, lecterns, wireless microphones and video monitors are also portable. Apart from mobile stage pedestals, mobile digital stageboxes provide additional inputs and outputs for the mixing consoles.

There is also an audio rack on wheels with radio receivers, a CD player and mixing console, as well as power amplifiers for mobile loudspeakers together with video monitors on trolleys and analogue stageboxes for the wall panels in the conference rooms. All audio and video components are networked and controlled by Crestron media control technology.

Projection screens, lighting and blackout blinds are connected via KNX to the building automation system.

Salzbrenner media was responsible not only for systems integration but also contributed many custom-built components. All products were customised to suit the customer´s requirements, such as the projectors concealed in the ceilings, the integration of the control centre into an active office space by means of soundproofed and air-conditioned control cabinets, the proprietary lecterns with displays and the modified and customised mounts for all sorts of technical equipment distributed throughout the building.

More: www.salzbrenner.com

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