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Feb 9, 2005
Demonstrating its ability to provide innovative, advanced technology communications solutions Biamp Systems (www.biamp.com) announced that Communications Specialists of Virginia has completed a state-of-the-art design/build project for the University of Virginia's new Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library. The library, which also houses the Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture, now employs a network of multimedia systems and utilizes the Biamp's AudiaFLEX as the centerpiece of the audio systems.
"As education facilities become more complex in their application of multimedia systems, the revolutionary power of Audia's DSP engine becomes more impressive," said Ron Camden, Vice President of Sales, Biamp Systems. "The flexibility of the technology makes it ideal for sophisticated facilities like those at the University of Virginia."
Initially, the University's new structure design for housing exhibits, documents, and books did not include the hardware and infrastructure for multimedia systems. However, when it was decided to add multimedia capabilities to the auditorium, training rooms, conference rooms, and exhibit spaces, Communications Specialists of Virginia took the project on as a design/build project. Despite the fact that much of the building was finished and conduit already run, the library staff wanted the auditorium to be a sophisticated multifunction room that could accommodate audio conferencing now and videoconferencing in the future.
"The University required a room that could host audio conferences, meetings, presentations and a number of other functions," said Cameron Grainger, Multimedia Systems Consultant, Communications Specialists. "We turned to Biamp Systems' AudiaFLEX because we knew the audio processing system had to be flexible, powerful and cost effective. Today AudiaFLEX is our primary high-level DSP product line because we have been quite successful with it and we have been very pleased with the support and responsiveness we receive from Biamp."
Audia® is critical to the functioning of the auditorium and conference room because of its sophistication in handling the routing of signals as well as its facility in handling a wide variety of presets for the large number of events that take place there. Two AudiaFLEX chassis, connected via CobraNet, with AEC modules and a phone interface, serve the library's auditorium. A separate conference room has one AudiaFLEX with AEC while the exhibit gallery for displaying works of significance in the library's collection contains a Biamp Nexia™.
Beyond the high-powered audio processing, the building is quite unique in other ways, housing more than 15 million manuscripts, 300,000 rare books, and a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence. To preserve open space at the University, which is a national historic landmark and a designated World Heritage Site, 80 percent of the building structure is underground.