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Sep 24, 2014

Biamp Systems Audia® Selected for Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, announced that the company’s Audia® digital audio platform is distributing digital signal processing (DSP) across the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier amusement park. A total of four AudiaFLEX units make up the audio platform, which allows the recently reconstructed pier to send announcements, prerecorded material, and background music to amenities such as amusement rides, restaurants, shops, and throughout the pier’s midway area.

Reopened in 2012, Texas’ storied Pleasure Pier revamped its attractions after destruction by Hurricane Ike to restore the destination’s reputation as a premier waterfront entertainment district. At 1,300 feet long and 125 feet wide, the Gulf-side pier is now the home to thrilling Ferris wheel and roller coaster rides, retail stores, and restaurants such as the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. To provide distributed DSP audio across the expansive pier, integrator Chills & Thrills, Inc. (CTI) turned to the Biamp® AudiaFLEX digital audio platform — allowing the coastal location to provide pier-wide paging, background music, prerecorded message playback, and more.

“With its unusually long and narrow setup constraints, the pier’s audio solution needed to provide robust distribution capabilities while adding the signal processing and flexibility needed for satisfying the client’s complete list of audio requirements,” said Steve McCary, Project Manager and DSP Programmer at CTI. “By implementing Biamp’s AudiaFLEX platform, the Pleasure Pier team gains the power of DSP audio throughout the entire area, allowing reliable paging delivery, prerecorded ride procedures, and ad-hoc messaging as needed. Operated from a central location, the system enables complete control across the pier’s different zones, making it incredibly easy for staff to monitor every strand of audio.”

Using Biamp AudiaFLEX units installed with CobraNet® cards, operators at the Pleasure Pier are able to distribute audio among multiple components including speakers, microphones, and between Audia devices across the entire location. As a result, CTI was able to satisfy the installation’s full list of deliverables, including indoor and outdoor background music, TV and stage audio, location-wide paging including emergency messages in case of inclement weather, and the ability to play prerecorded messages about ride procedures and availability — while maintaining completely centralized control.

“CTI is a talented firm that understands how to assess the client’s needs and design the system required,” said Mark Wentz, South Central Area Manager for Biamp Systems. “They took advantage of the power and flexibility of our AudiaFLEX DSP to meet the environmental and space challenges of this project and provided the client with a robust and reliable system that will serve them well into the future.”

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each one with a commitment to exceptional customer service. 

Biamp is dedicated to creating products that drive the evolution of communication through sight and sound. The award-winning Biamp product suite includes: Tesira® media system for digital audio and video networking, Devio® collaboration tool for modern workplaces, Audia® digital audio platform, Nexia® digital signal processors, and Vocia® networked public address and voice evacuation system. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, huddle rooms, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia, and Rochester, New York. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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