Biamp Systems and Pinnacle Brew Up a Special Batch of Audio Control Zones at Prairie Rock Brewery with Nexia

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Sep 7, 2005

Biamp Systems and Pinnacle Brew Up a Special Batch of Audio Control Zones at Prairie Rock Brewery with Nexia

In example of its unique ability to provide cost effective, advanced digital audio zone control solutions to commercial enterprises in the restaurant and hospitality trades, Biamp Systems today announced that Pinnacle Audio & Video Systems in Elgin, IL has completed the design and installation of a state-of-the-art audio and video entertainment system, including two Nexia CS systems, at the Prairie Rock Brewery restaurant in Schaumburg, IL.

Rick Bjorkquist, Lead Installation Technician at Pinnacle Audio & Video said the challenge was to create an automated music zoning system that was easy to program and allowed hands-off operation by the restaurant staff.

"Nexia was important on this job because of the ease of setup and programming," Bjorkquist said. "Nexia provides the most intelligent feedback throughout the entire programming process which makes that task faster and more cost effective."

Pinnacle Audio & Video Systems was tasked with creating a audio/music playback system within the 28,000 sq' restaurant that had 11 zones of audio, 7 of which were to be designed with automatic ambient noise regulation zones that would free up the restaurant managers from having to oversee the system operation. Each of the 7 zones was designed with its own amplifier, thus allowing the Nexias to control each individually.

As the number of inputs and outputs grew throughout the design phase of the project, and understanding that Nexia would allow scalability with future additions in the system, two Nexia CS systems were chosen. Presently, both Nexia CS's totally automate the system from startup to shut down and allows the seven zones to be preprogrammed to change at different times throughout the day.

Five zones come on automatically early in the day, then at 4:30 pm the remaining portion of the house turns on, each zone having its own volume preset. Other presets adjust the audio portion of the system up or down dictated by the day of the week as well as the time of day. The entire system is fully automated, allowing staff to handle their restaurant jobs without having to worry about constantly adjusting music throughout the day.

If required for any other special event, the Nexia CS presets afford managing staff the ability to manually adjust the volume via Crestron Touch Panels. Ultimately, this provides a system that can be either manually adjusted for special occasions or a "hands-off" system which is totally independent - a complete audio & video entertainment system.

An added bonus to the system is a Crestron "Event Scheduler" which allows the managing staff to set the system to switch to different music stations, High-Definition cable channels on any of the 5 plasma TV's, or to turn on or off at different times and dates as needed for Prairie Rock's banquet facilities.

Nexia CS is one of three Nexia digital audio systems from Biamp designed to handle the automated mixing needs of restaurants, corporate offices and educational facilities. With 10 balanced mic/line inputs on a plug-in barrier strip and six balanced outs, Nexia CS is designed to handle mid to large sized audio zone control installations. An Ethernet port provides for quick and easy software configuration and control while an RS-232 serial port makes remote control of the system a snap. Nexia software operates on Windows 2000/XP platforms.

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