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Interactive Digital Tree, Thomson Plaza
Boutique & Retail Spaces

Interactive Digital Tree, Thomson Plaza

Thomson Plaza is a suburban shopping centre under MCST, located in the heart of private & public residential estates at Upper Thoms ...
Haidilao Marina Square, Singapore
Clubs & Restaurants

Haidilao Marina Square, Singapore

The brand Haidilao was founded in 1994. With over 20 years of development, Haidilao International Holding Ltd. has become a world- ...
Marina Bay Sands VIP Suites, Singapore
Hospitality

Marina Bay Sands VIP Suites, Singapore

Marina Bay Sands is Singapore's most iconic hotel for the world's largest rooftop Infinity Pool, award-winning dining, and a wide r ...
Bethesda Katong Church, Singapore
Houses of Worship

Bethesda Katong Church, Singapore

Bethesda Katong Church Upgrades AV and Lighting Technology As Neighbourhood Churches in Singapore increase their memberships over t ...
St. Alphonsus Church (Novena), Singapore
Houses of Worship

St. Alphonsus Church (Novena), Singapore

SINGAPORE: St Alphonsus Church located in Thomson Road, Singapore, is a magnet to thousands of worshippers. The Catholic Church has ...
Wings of Time, Sentosa, Singapore
Visitor Attraction

Wings of Time, Sentosa, Singapore

Wings of Time is a spectacular award-winning outdoor night show set in the open seas, created and produced by a team of local and i ...
The Bicentennial Experience, Singapore
Visitor Attraction

The Bicentennial Experience, Singapore

The Singapore Bicentennial is a prequel to SG50 and is an opportunity for Singaporeans to look deeply at the country’s history wi ...
Genome Institute, Singapore
Corporate AV

Genome Institute, Singapore

The Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) is the national flagship programme for the genomic sciences in Singapore. It was establishe ...
LinkedIn, Singapore
Corporate AV

LinkedIn, Singapore

LinkedIn is an American business and employment-oriented online service that operates via websites and mobile apps. Launched on May ...
Changi Experience Studio, Singapore
Visitor Attraction

Changi Experience Studio, Singapore

The Changi Experience Studio is the new digital experience attraction nestled in the heart of Jewel. With immersive shows and inter ...
Temasek Holdings, Singapore
Corporate AV

Temasek Holdings, Singapore

Temasek Holdings Private Limited (abbreviated as Temasek) is a Singaporean holding company, owned by the Government of Singapore. I ...
Oldham Theatre, Singapore
Cinema

Oldham Theatre, Singapore

The Asian Film Archive was founded in January 2005 as a non-profit organisation to preserve the rich film heritage of Singapore and ...
Koma, Singapore
Clubs & Restaurants

Koma, Singapore

KOMA, a concept from Tao Group Hospitality, is a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar offering a modern interpretation of Japanese cui ...
Jubilee Church, Singapore
Houses of Worship

Jubilee Church, Singapore

Jubilee Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church in Singapore. The Church has been serving the community in the Tiong Bahru an ...
Church of Our Saviour
Houses of Worship

Church of Our Saviour

With an expanding neighbourhood on its doorstep, Church of Our Saviour is enhancing its AVL systems to appeal to new congregants
MGM Cotai, Macau
Theatres

MGM Cotai, Macau

Over two years in the making, the MGM Theater is an engineering and architectural masterpiece which can accommodate up to 2,000 peo ...
Our Tampines Hub, Singapore
Boutique & Retail Spaces

Our Tampines Hub, Singapore

A glimpse into the future or simply an efficient use of land created by a consortium of 12 stakeholders with a vision, Our Tampines ...
Changi Airport, Terminal 4, Singapore
Transportation

Changi Airport, Terminal 4, Singapore

Singapore’s Changi Airport regularly tops the list of the world’s best airports, featuring a wide range of facilities to inform ...
Spectra, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Visitor Attraction

Spectra, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Bringing vision to reality for a mega show such as Spectra takes many types of expertise to be involved. The integration and alignm ...
Queenstown Secondary School, Singapore
Education

Queenstown Secondary School, Singapore

Bar the occasional reunion, most academic institutions bid farewell to their students having provided them with knowledge and skill ...
Gateway Theatre, Singapore
Theatres

Gateway Theatre, Singapore

Gateway Entertainment (GE), A Singapore Based creative arts company, has been producing and staging unique artistic, drama and musi ...
The ARTS House, Singapore
Museum

The ARTS House, Singapore

Occupying the almost 200-year-old building that was once the Parliament House, is The Arts House (TAH). Given its rich history and ...
Wesley Methodist Church, Singapore
Houses of Worship

Wesley Methodist Church, Singapore

At a Singapore church steeped in history yet embracing technology, Richard Lawn finds a finely crafted merger of form and function.
Hard Rock Café, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Clubs & Restaurants

Hard Rock Café, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Kota Kinabalu (KK) is located on the tropical island of Borneo and is the capital of the East Malaysian state of Sabah. Kota Kinaba ...
Al-Islah Mosque, Singapore
Houses of Worship

Al-Islah Mosque, Singapore

With so many distractions in the world, it has become more important than ever that the attention of worshippers is focused towards ...
CATO, Singapore
Clubs & Restaurants

CATO, Singapore

Located on South Bridge Road, CATO has plenty of nearby competitors so it was important to make it stand out from the crowd.
Club Kyo, Singapore
Clubs & Restaurants

Club Kyo, Singapore

Singapore – Club kyo, a basement club located within the financial district, at Cecil Street, recently celebrated its 2nd anniver ...
Madame Tussaud’s, Singapore
Visitor Attraction

Madame Tussaud’s, Singapore

The power and scalability of Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 open architecture Dante-scalable DSPs has made them an increasingly popul ...
Garden International School, Malaysia
Education

Garden International School, Malaysia

Systems Electronics & Engineering has installed a range of audio solutions for the Garden International School (GIS) as part of its ...
Canning Garden Methodist Church, Malaysia
Houses of Worship

Canning Garden Methodist Church, Malaysia

Revisiting the Canning Garden Methodist Church in Ipoh, Malaysia, a full two decades after undertaking the original audio installat ...
Singapore Sports Hub, Singapore
Sports & Arenas

Singapore Sports Hub, Singapore

How often does it happen that the company responsible for the integration of the sound system in the previous venue once again gets ...
Victory Family Centre, Singapore
Houses of Worship

Victory Family Centre, Singapore

TAMING difficult acoustics in a worship space can often present a house of worship with a number of questions to answer, not least ...
Cathay Cineplex, Singapore
Cinema

Cathay Cineplex, Singapore

Singapore, 29th November 2013 – Movie patrons visiting the newly opened Cathay Cineplex Jem this weekend will have many firsts to ...
Golden Village Cinema, Singapore
Cinema

Golden Village Cinema, Singapore

Singapore, Located at the flagship GV VivoCity Cineplex, Golden Village’s GVmax® features radial stadium style seating with 602 ...

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Thomson Plaza is a suburban shopping centre under MCST, located in the heart of private & public residential estates at Upper Thomson Road.

Interactive Digital Tree Launched At Thomson Plaza

Inspired by Thomson Plaza’s surroundings of lush greenery, the 7-metre Digital Tree stands distinguishably at level one of Swing By @ Thomson Plaza. The focal point of the mall - the Digital Tree enlivens the retail space and enhances shopping experience with a futuristic one-of-a-kind indoor landscape.

It is the first of its kind in any mall in Singapore – symbolizing abundance, growth and fresh beginnings for the mall and shoppers.

The Interactive Digital Tree is fitted with 2,685 LED panels, with the uniquely curved LED panels displaying various enthralling imagery consistent with the themes and events in the mall. The other LED panels feature an interactive element that creates a refreshing and engaging shopping experience to both old and new visitors. Interactive elements such as the scanning of QR codes for games are not only entertaining but also encourages shoppers to interact and connect with one another, strengthening the bond of the community.

The Interactive Digital Tree combines the elements of People, Nature and Technology, a reflection of how digitalization can be blended into lives while retaining the aspects of human connection and nature.

Photo Credit: Thomson Plaza

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The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a 162-year-old tropical garden located at the fringe of Singapore's Orchard Road shopping district. It is one of three gardens, and the only tropical garden, to be honoured as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

First Look: New Features Open At Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Gallop Extension

Two conserved houses and a nature-themed playground are among the new features at the Singapore Botanic Gardens' 8-hectare Gallop Extension that opened to the public on Saturday, 13 March.

The new features add to the ridge-top hiking trail and a new arboretum that were opened in October 2019.

Here's what you can see and do at the new features.

FOREST DISCOVERY CENTRE

Built in 1898, the oldest surviving colonial-era bungalow in Singapore is now home to the Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum, which showcases the country's forest ecosystems.

In the black-and-white bungalow, visitors can learn basic skills in identifying forest wildlife, such as butterflies, birds and dragonflies.

Another part of the bungalow showcases interesting features in Singapore's forests and highlights the importance of conserving them.

Did you know there are several different types of forest habitats in Singapore?

They include coastal and mangrove forests, freshwater swamp forests and tropical rainforests - and this area showcases them and highlights the importance of conserving them.

COMO ADVENTURE GROVE PLAYGARDEN

Billed as a "nature playgarden", the Como Adventure Grove aims to introduce children to nature through play, by recreating the experience of climbing and playing in trees.

BOTANICAL ART GALLERY

Another refurbished colonial-era bungalow on the premises is now a gallery housing Singapore’s first permanent display of botanical art.

The art on display is a selection of watercolour botanical illustrations of native species, including some extinct species.

GALLOP VALLEY

If you love nature walks, Gallop Valley is intended as a tranquil retreat nestled amongst mature trees.

Admission to all features in the Gallop Extension is free. Visitors are advised to go during off-peak hours.

Photo Credits: Channel News Asia

SYSTEMS INTEGRATION

Our team at E&E has designed a customised solution to fit the requirements of the space.

  • A seamless crossover and uncolored response in the critical dialog range
  • Interactive Displays System that allows visitors view and interact the contents, for instance, taking a photo of yourself with the "camera trap" at the gallery.
  • Multimedia exhibitions powered by high end Projection System (3D capable)
  • Media Content Playback System that is able to retain 24/7 live footage of Camera Traps Videos and Animal calls.
  • LED Lights System with Touch Sensors that replicate Mangrove Firefly for Kids Activity.
  • Sound System in different venues, which serves as recording of bird calls found in each habitat.
  • Centralized Control System for all audio visual equipment across both Gallop Houses that are operator friendly and convenient to maintain.

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First Look: New Features Open At Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Gallop Extension

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Mangala Vihara, or the Shrine of Blessings, was founded by the late Tripitakacarya Sri Saddharma Vagisvara Upsddhayaya M M Mahaweera Maha Nayaka Thero and built on its current location which was donated by the late Madam Chew Quee Neo in 1959. A 2-storey building was completed in March 1960. The Shrine Hall occupied most of the ground floor with the kitchen, Honorary Treasurer’s and Honorary Secretary’s rooms. The second level consisted of a lecture-cum-library hall and the Sangha (Monks) quarters. The Singapore Buddhist Pali Society, which devotees were registered as members, was the brainchild of the late founder.

Source: Mangala Vihara Official Website

AV Systems Upgrade For Mangala Vihara Buddhist Temple

Mangala Vihara, or the Shrine of Blessings, is a Buddhist temple located at the same address since 1959, within the eastern region of Singapore. Its original two-storey building was completed in 1960, and in 1982, a three-storey annexe building was built to cater to the growing needs of the Temple. In 1991 further plans were made for a new Shrine Hall as the earlier Hall was deemed too small to accommodate the congregation on festival days. The new Shrine Hall was completed in 1993. With wear and tear as well as new requirements the Temple recently decided to upgrade its audio-visual system.

The temple called upon Electronics and Engineering Pte Ltd (E&E) for the project. The company was no stranger to the Temple as it has been responsible for the audiovisual systems for the Temple since its early days. Thus, it was natural for the temple’s committee to once again seek the expertise of E&E for its upgrade programme.

The upgrade programme for the audio-visual system encompasses the whole temple from its underground car park to the monk’s quarters on the third level. Still, the main emphasis was at the main prayer hall and outdoor areas that required a paging system for public announcements during peak hours or when the Temple is busier and inadvertently noisier.

SYSTEM INSTALLATION

Having understood the requirements of the temple, E&E decided that the best option for the Temple was to move to a fully digital system. “We decided to use Dante as the main transport catalyst, linking all the locations via networked audio whilst keeping the cost very reasonable for a project of this magnitude,” said Louis Ling, Senior Account Manager – CTS, from E&E.

The network implemented by E&E served dual purposes. One is to transport and stream audio and video across the venue, and the other was to provide internet connectivity. To ensure stability across the network, taking into account the load of the bandwidth required, E&E installed two units of Ubiquiti 10G 16-port managed aggregation switches (Primary and Secondary) and one unit of 48 Port 500W PoE managed Switch for direct connections at the temple to create a Wide Area Network.

Another priority for the temple was the paging system. E&E integrated 15 units of 30-watt JBL CSS-H30 paging horns at planned locations to ensure that the paging could be heard clearly throughout the entire temple’s premises.

“With the cost of Network Switches becoming more affordable every year, we were able to expand the sound reinforcement and paging functions via networking with non-centralized systems via Dante-Enabled Amplifiers that are by itself PoE powered. The system is centrally managed via a simple 8 port PoE 1G Small Form Pluggable (SFP) Switch. This is a pivot from traditional methods of audio connectivity and a step towards smarter systems,” continued Louis Ling , E&E.

The IP-65 rated horns provide excellent voice range clarity and throw distance for public address systems. Kramer 120W networked power amplifiers drive the horns. Providing the interface for the paging system is a unit of Dante-enabled QSC AtteroTech ZIP4-3G desk-mount 4-button paging interface, making it easy for the temple operator to select zones for their public address.

To enable Dante-enabled systems to work on the network, E&E installed 11 units of Ubiquiti 8-port network switch with PoE function. The main prayer hall sound reinforcement has been refreshed to keep up with the needs of the temple’s growing congregation, it consists of four units of JBL AC15 ultra-compact 2-ways loudspeakers complemented with two units of JBL AC195 10” 2-way full-range system driven by Ashly KLR 3200 power amplifiers. Audio mixing is done via an Ashley DigiMIX24 console. Speech intelligibility is provided by a mix of Shure SLX receivers, SLX1 Bodypack transmitter and Shure WL185 lavalier mic; SLX2 handheld transmitter with SM58 microphone and four units of Shure SM58S cardioid dynamic microphones.

“The paging system is important for us as previously, urgent announcements were easily missed due to background noise. E&E ensured that the paging horns were installed across the Temple in such a way that announcements can be heard clearly. We are also pleased to learn that by going fully digital, we can, should we need to, expand on our systems without having to tear the whole infrastructure apart,” said Linus Tan, Vice Chairman of the Management Committee, Mangala Vihara Buddhist Temple.

“We were first involved with the designing and installation of the AV system for Mangala Vihara in 2013 and we are humbled to continue working with them to update their technology and AV solutions up till now”, said Gary Goh, CEO, Electronics and Engineering Pte Ltd.

Photo Credit: Mangala Vihara Buddhist Temple

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E&E Revisits Mangala Vihara Buddhist Temple

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The brand Haidilao was founded in 1994. With over 20 years of development, Haidilao International Holding Ltd. has become a world-renowned catering enterprise. By June 30th 2019, Haidilao owns 593 directly-operated branch restaurants scattered globally across China (Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan), Singapore, the United States of America, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Vietnam. It has outlets in 118 cities in Mainland China alone.

Technology Specifications

Products & Systems

Audio Processor

Brand: BSS | Product: BLU100M-EU

Ethernet Controller

Brand: BSS | Product: ECV-WHT-M-EU

Amplifier

Brand: CROWN | Product: DCI4 | 600N

Ceiling Speaker

Brand: JBL | Product: Control 24CT

Brand: JBL | Product: Control 19CST

Loudspeaker System

Brand: JBL | Product: C50PACK

Network Switch

Brand: NETGEAR | Product: GS724TP-200EUS

Haidilao Marina Square, Singapore

Over the years, Haidilao has withstood the challenges of the market as well as customers, and has successfully forged a quality hot pot brand which has earned a reputation for itself. Haidilao combines kinds of characteristics of hot pot in many places of China. As a large-scale chain catering enterprise with operations all over the world, Haidilao adheres to integrity in business. It gives the highest priority to continuously improving the quality and safety of its food products, providing more thoughtful services to its customers while delivering healthier, safer and more nutritious food.

Photo Credit: Haidilao Singapore

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Marina Bay Sands is Singapore's most iconic hotel for the world's largest rooftop Infinity Pool, award-winning dining, and a wide range of shopping and entertainment options.

Technology Specifications

Products & Systems

Loudspeaker Systems

Brand: JBL | Product: Bar Studio 2.0

Displays

Brand: SAMSUNG | Product: 75" TV 75HGAJ690U

Brand: OPIO | Product: 1551 x 2094 Mirror TV With 27" Display

Marina Bay Sands VIP Suites, Singapore

Towering over the bay, this iconic hotel offers the world's largest rooftop infinity pool, 20 dining options and a world-class casino. It has direct access to Singapore’s premier shopping mall and the ArtScience Museum, which features the permanent exhibition, Future World. Free WiFi is available in all rooms.

Photo Credit: marinabaysands.com

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Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur is a mixed commercial and residential building that comprises a hotel, apartments and shopping mall. It is currently the third tallest hotel in the world and the third tallest building in Malaysia surpassing the 310 meters tall Telekom Tower. The 343 meter tall skyscraper is being built next to the Petronas Twin Towers.

Source: Wikipedia

AV Systems Design & Deployment for Four Seasons Hotel KL, Malaysia

The Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur is the latest addition to the hospitality market in the capital city of Malaysia. Located in the bustling centre of the city, the hotel seeks to provide a range of facilities, from accommodation to luxury dining experiences.

Consultant ihD was appointed to design the appropriate AV systems for the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur while Systems Electronics & Engineering [SENE] was tasked with the responsibility of deploying, testing and commissioning them.

Lim Min Yaw, engineered solutions and operations manager at SENE, says: “For this project, the consultant specified and designed the whole system and selected the equipment. All the decisions were made based on the clients’ requirements. Our job was to make sure that the specifications were followed and that the AV systems worked and functioned as intended.”

Adrian Lim, senior consultant at ihD, talks about the scope of the project: “Four Seasons, as an international hotel chain and brand, had a set of requirements and a set of standards that the deployed technology had to meet. We have worked for multiple Four Seasons projects in Asia Pacific and we are familiar with Four Seasons’ requirements. The Four Seasons Seoul which we worked on previously was used as a general guideline for this and the requirements were based on an ‘unspoken’ Four Seasons design standard.”

CLIENT’S REQUIREMENTS

The grand ballroom is the main area which required AV systems. Min Yaw talks about how the hotel intended to use the space: “The grand ballroom comprises three sections. Each section can operate individually, or they can all be combined into one big space. This is made possible with the help of movable partitions. So, the grand ballroom is really flexible in how it can be used by the hotel.”

Each of the smaller spaces has been provided with a Panasonic 12,000 lumens projector along with a 250-in Remaco projection screen. These projectors provide visuals when the spaces are being used individually and they have been installed in an orientation that was logical with regards to the space.

When the grand ballroom is being used as one large space, a Panasonic 20,000 lumens brightness projector is called into action. Visuals are projected onto a 350-in Remaco projection screen.

CHALLENGES

Finding a spot to install this projector was a challenge as Min Yaw details: “During the course of the project, we learnt that there was a big chandelier hanging in the middle of the ballroom and this had an impact on where the Panasonic projector could be mounted. Finding an installation spot where the projection would not be obstructed was a challenge. After surveying the site, we found there was a small gap in the design of the chandelier, and we designed the projector lift to be small enough to fit there. We worked together with the interior design contractors and the M&E contractors to figure out the technical details and we were able to come up with a working solution.”

To be mindful of the aesthetics of the grand ballroom, all video systems in the grand ballroom disappear when not in use and Min Yaw says: “All projection screens are motorised, and all the projectors have been installed in projector lifts. When the video system is not being used, the video equipment can just be recessed into the ceiling.”

IMPLEMENTATION

Video signals are distributed through a Crestron DM-MD 64 x 64 along with transmitters and receivers to carry the signal over Cat6a cabling. The Crestron matrix handles all scaling duties for the video system as well.

Lim from ihD says: “We considered video over IP for the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The Four Seasons Seoul is using HDBaseT and video over IP would be a natural next step. But the design for the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur was done approximately five years ago. At that point in time, video over IP was very new. We opted for stability and reliability choosing to go with the tried and tested traditional video matrix.”

Crestron HDMI plates can be found across the ballroom allowing users to connect to the video system in the grand ballroom.

Audio in the grand ballroom is provided by QSC AD-C1200 ceiling mounted 12-in speakers powered by QSC amplifiers. A Symterix DSP is used to manage the audio system. The design and specification of the audio system was done by the consultant, ihD.

Lim from ihD says: “The trend with modern hotel ballrooms is to keep the audio system simple, most of the times comprising basic ceiling speakers. In general, hotels are not looking for front of house speakers, steerable speakers or line arrays because such equipment represents a significant investment and also comes at the cost of flexibility for the ballroom.”

Lim delves into the design of the system: “We always use EASE modelling when we do our audio designs. Hotel ballrooms are always challenging spaces because of reverberation and because as AV consultants we do not have control over the materials which will be used in the ballroom. We were lucky that the interior designer went with carpets and not reflective material which made our job a little easier.”

Regarding the audio system deployed, Lim says: “Because the grand ballroom is modular, the type of events held there are varied and different. For this reason, the client requested for basic audio provisions so that the events can bring in and use the audio solutions they prefer.”

TEAMWORK BRINGS SUCCESS

Looking back at the project, Min Yaw narrates: “There were two main challenges that we faced as integrators for the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur project. The first was about coordinating the work. There were a lot of contractors and parties working on the project and we all had to make sure that we worked together towards the same goal. The second was regarding the aesthetics. Being a five-star hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur was very particular regarding the final outlook of the space. We really had to focus on every detail during the installation of the technology and liaised with the interior designer to make sure that the final product was something that met the standards of the client.”

Lim from ihD gives his opinion: “The grand ballroom functions exactly according to the Four Seasons’ requirements. But there are some technology innovations and new products we might suggest. Dante AV can be an option. We are already using Dante for audio signal transmission and it would be interesting to see how it performs for video signal transmission and whether it can make an impact on installations.”

Photo Credit: Four Seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

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Article as appeared in Inavate APAC Issue Sept 2019

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View of service at Bethesda (Katong) Church at junction of Carpmael and Pennefather Roads. Completed at end of 1936, it is the first "branch" of the Brethren church in Singapore, the first main church being Bethesda Chapel at 77 Bras Basah Road. The history of the Brethen church here can be traced back to the mid 19th century when Philip Robinson, co-founder of Robinson and Company, first arrived.

Source: National Archives of Singapore

Bethesda Katong Church Upgrades AV and Lighting Technology

As Neighbourhood Churches in Singapore increase their memberships over time, the Sunday services and other weekly functions become more condensed and somewhat cramped. Making do with existing space becomes increasingly difficult and, with relocation out of the question, most churches are forced to consider expanding their onsite facilities. Built to serve their communities, these churches have to delicately grow without upsetting their neighbours.

Since opening its hall on 29 February 1936, Bethesda (Katong) Church has continued to expand on the Pennefather Road. In 1947, new wings were constructed on both sides of the main hall, and an adjacent property was acquired two years later. In 1973, renovations were made to the main church hall with the addition and completion of a two-storey wing with an auditorium for the expanding congregation.

CHALLENGES

The cramped resources proved too much and, following planning approval, the old annexe was demolished to make way for a new three-storey building with an attic and roof garden in 2016. ‘We wanted to build a four-storey annexe with attic and roof garden, but planning permission was denied,’ explains church volunteer, Vincent Chua. ‘Our services that are conducted in the main hall are traditional with just a piano and organ as accompaniment for worship. However, the audio system had fatigued over two decades and so we called upon the expert services of consultant Robert Soo.’

Arriving onsite, Robert conducted further research regarding the architecture of the heritage building. ‘Right down to the colour of the bricks, the pillars and the overhead wooden supports of the open ceiling, you’re not allowed to change anything,’ comments Robert. ‘Perhaps the most striking feature of all is that the church practises an open form of worship whereby any church member can participate in the worship service. That person can be on any floor of the annexe or within the main hall. Therefore, the entire congregation needs a visual on the speaker.’

SOLUTIONS

The solution was to create a video control system to support bidirectional broadcasting between the main hall and the three floors of the adjacent new annexe. Having installed the previous audio system in the late 1990s, Electronics & Engineering (E&E) once again won the tender to integrate Robert’s AV designs. A Panasonic PTZ camera system fulfils this unique aspect, for which AW-HE130 and AW-HE40 cameras are managed by AW-RP50 remote controllers in the main hall, in addition to annexe levels two and three together with the attic. The video operator selects a source on a Datavideo SE-2850 12-input switcher, as well as a Kramer 1616HD-3G 16×16 matrix switcher and RCP-1616 remote. The resultant image is then transmitted on to a 2.5mm pitch 3.84m x 2.4m LED screen and all other projector and TV displays within the two facilities.

For the ministry team onstage, an Epson EB-G7000W projector and Remaco PRO-3220 screen serve as a confidence monitor. Owing to the uneven ceiling profile and multiple pillars in the sanctuary, Robert opted to section the seating areas for their audio and video requirements. ‘It’s a form of zoning, even though my design focused on an even distribution of audio and video delivery.’ As such, E&E sensitively mounted four 65-inch LED displays on ceiling-suspended poles for the congregations seated towards the rear left and right walls. The video upgrade is completed with the addition of a Blackmagic Hyperdeck Studio Pro video recorder.

The spoken word services required improved intelligibility and, for this, Robert opted to create a distributed audio system rather than an L-R or L-C-R configuration normally associated with more contemporary services. ‘Consistency was key, so that the congregants would not be able to tell the difference in audio quality between different seats. The single L-R 15-inch speakers are supplemented by two 12-inch models serving the left-hand seats and a further two on the right together with a final 12-inch model that has been vertically orientated for the rear centre seats. They provide enough low-frequency punch, so subwoofers weren’t required.’ Audio mixing is conducted on an Allen & Heath SQ7 digital console in the rear technical area, which is connected via Cat-6a cabling to an AR2412 audio rack and AR84 expander that receive the 32mic inputs onstage.

On-site Installation

IMPLEMENTATION

E&E project manager Ash Mo and his team fulfilled Robert’s requirements by installing L-R EAW MK5364i two-way speakers together with five 12-inch models in the form of EAW MK2364i and MK2394i cabinets for the lateral and rear seats, respectively. Powered by Ashly LR4000 amplifiers, DSP configuration has been set within the software settings of two Ashly Protea 4.8SP four-in/eight-out processors. The ministry leaders onstage are equipped with Shure ULX-D wireless mics including an MX153 T headworn model, while the grand piano is reinforced with a pair of DPA d:vote 4099P condensers. Four EAW VFM109i wedges are also at their disposal for monitoring.

The simple Sunday services have been enhanced with three lighting bars, fitted with a combination of ACME E300 spot LED profiles, TS-150 Fresnels, MP-12FC washes and XA-400 LED spot moving heads, which are controlled from a Chamsys Quick Q20 lighting controller.

The traditional manner of the three church services taking place in the main hall contrasts with the adjacent annexe, which hosts Sunday school. Here, Robert was charged with creating a more contemporary and musical setting. ‘The three levels roughly cover the same footprint and are extremely compact,’ explains Robert. ‘Owing to the multipurpose requirements of the two main annexe levels, the church opted to add partition screens. Each sub-section requires its own dedicated audio and projection. Given the limited ceiling space and the restrictions of where you could suspend projectors and speakers owing to cabling and air conditioning units, this was always going to be a challenge.’

E&E accepted the challenge. Levels two and three mirror one another in terms of their setups, where the same EAW 15-inch MK5364i speakers are fixed in an L-R configuration. Ashly amplification and DSP make a repeat digital intercom system supports the technical staff operating in the main hall, as well as on all four levels of the annexe, for which nine connections and five key panels support HS-6 handsets and FSII beltpacks.

‘The project was delayed by over a year, between phase one and two due to prevailing government approval processes, so we worked hand-in-hand with all stakeholders closely over a four-month period to complete the final phase of the project on time and to enable the handover as a whole,’ explains E&E project manager, Ash Mo. ‘Despite the replication of equipment that was installed on all four levels, these are far from cut and paste installs as each level varied in terms of requirements and challenges. The rooms are physically limited in size and the added partitions on levels two and three severely limited our options for installing the projection, lighting and speakers.’

From a Leap Year day opening to a giant step forward in terms of AV and lighting technology, Bethesda Katong Church is writing a new chapter into its rich history.

Photo Credit: Bethesda (Katong) Church

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Article as appeared in Worship AVL Issue Nov / Dec 2019

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At the Church of Saint Alphonsus, the Saturday novena services usually attract more people than the Sunday Mass services (Catholics generally go to their own parishes to attend Sunday Mass). Having popularised the novena devotion sessions in Singapore, it draws people from the entire country and beyond. The devotions gave name to the surrounding area, Novena.

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Shure Axient Digital at St Alphonsus Church (Novena Singapore)

SINGAPORE: St Alphonsus Church located in Thomson Road, Singapore, is a magnet to thousands of worshippers. The Catholic Church has over the decades had a strong pull even with those who are not of the same faith especially for its Novena services on Saturdays. As many as 20,000 worshippers visit the church on Saturdays where Novena services were held almost every hour. Bursting at the seams, the church had requested and was granted permission to expand its space to accommodate more worshippers.

E&E SUPPLIES KEY EQUIPMENT FOR ST ALPHONSUS CHURCH (NOVENA SINGAPORE)

In October last year, after three years of renovation and refurbishment, the church opened its doors that included a new and large sanctuary hall that is able to accommodate 1500 worshippers per service. Since its opening, the church has maintained its momentum of attracting large crowds to its services albeit in a more conducive environment.

The new hall has a classical architecture that is reminiscent of churches that are found in Europe. Marbled floors, beautifully stained glasses, limestone clad columns, high arches provided the ambience whilst the AV technologies implemented in the church helped to ensure worshippers had a meaningful experience.

SHURE AXIENT DIGITAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS

Amongst the solutions integrated in the church were solutions supplied by Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd (E&E), who also had a hand in integrating and testing the solutions. Amongst the key products installed, the Shure Axient Digital Wireless Systems was chosen for its superb audio quality and signal stability.

The new sanctuary is a big space and there are a number of blind spots that a normal wireless system would not be able to handle. The church required wireless microphone coverage both inside the main prayer hall and outside in the piazza. To fulfill this requirement, set up with the Quadversity™ mode of Axient Digital was proposed for extended antenna coverage and improved RF signal-to-noise, with two antenna channels dedicated to cover indoors, and another two channels covering outdoors. Users are able to travel between both areas with seamless wireless microphone reception.

A total of six wireless antennas with in-line amplifiers are placed in and around the hall, the Shure Axient Digital is able to ensure smooth and clear transmission from even outside of the hall without any drop-outs. Currently, two handheld mics are used in the system with plans to increase that number later.

“The quality of our solutions and Shure’s reputation for reliability were key factors that helped us get selected to supply for this project,”  shared Gary Goh, Deputy Managing Director, Electronics & Engineering Pte Ltd.

Photo Credit: Church of Saint Alphonsus

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Sentosa Wings of Time, this spectacular light show about friendship and courage is staged nightly. Be wowed by spellbinding laser, fire and water effects set to a majestic soundtrack, complete with a jaw-dropping fireworks display, possibly the only place to see this in Singapore.

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Shure Systems at Sentosa Wings of Time

Wings of Time is a spectacular award-winning outdoor night show set in the open seas, created and produced by a team of local and international entertainment and multimedia technology experts who have executed large-scale events and permanent shows. Located at Sentosa island in Singapore, Wings of Time runs two 20-minute shows daily.

WINGS OF TIME UPGRADES TO ENSURE SEAMLESS PERFORMANCE

Wings of Time is an epic tale of courage, mystery and magic that transports the audience on a magical adventure through several exotic vistas through to the fabric of time. The adventure begins with Shahbaz, a prehistoric bird-like creature. Together with his friends, Rachel and Felix, they travel across beautiful landscapes and the mysteries of time. With a seating capacity of 2,500, the show is usually packed on weekends and attracts a weekday crowd of an average of 1,500 each day.

Set against a signature backdrop and a larger-than-life water screen, audiences can look forward to a contemporary storyline weaved together with an epic experiential fusion of the latest multimedia effects, including 3D projection mapping, state-of-the-art lasers, robotic water fountains and giant water jets as well as spectacular pyrotechnics.

Sound effects, lights and visuals play a crucial role in creating the scenes and moods together with the actors to bring the story to live. One component that is critical to the success of the show is to ensure that the narration is heard crisply and clearly.

With the recent Singapore Government mandated frequency management, frequencies have been earmarked for reallocation. This affects wireless systems that now need to operate in different frequencies.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENT

“We needed a wireless system that would allow us to lock-in to available frequencies with ease so that our performances during the show do not deteriorate,” said Shaun Tan, Senior Technician, Island Technical Services, Sentosa. “The regulations were an opportune time for us to upgrade our wireless system.”

“We needed a robust wireless system. This space is particularly challenging for radio frequency (RF). As it is an open space and near the waters, the area around Wings of Time attracts other events that operate using frequencies. Besides, the ships which are anchored offshore also use frequencies, so it narrows what is available for our use,” added Shaun.

SHURE WAS CHOSEN AS THE BEST OPTION

“We decided to add the Shure Axient Digital Wireless Systems to our inventory as we felt it is the best solution to meet our needs. Shure’s Wireless Workbench software allows us to see what frequencies are available visually – the built-in scanner lists all available frequencies. Our previous system was analogue which unlike digital offered limited frequency hopping options.”

Shaun highlights that the set-up for the Shure Axient Digital is simple and the technical team just needed a day for training.

“Our performers feel that the system has made the reproduced sound better and crispier. Thankfully we have had no dropouts during the performance as the system seamlessly switches to available frequencies,” said Shaun.

The Wings of Time rack features two units of Shure AD4Q Axient Digital Quad Channel Receivers that offers tuning options between 470 to 636MHz. The AD4Q groundbreaking performance features include broad tuning, low latency, and HighDensity (HD) mode, ensuring solid performance in the most challenging RF environments.

Four units of AD2/B87A handheld transmitters and an equal number of AD bodypack transmitters and Countryman Omni earset microphones take responsibility for vocal dispersion.

Receivers include four units of Shure UA874-WB UHF active directional antennas, two units of Shure UA864 wall/ceiling antenna frequencies and two units Shure ½ Wave Omni Antennas. Six of the antennas are strategically placed atop four towers surrounding the event space. Shure’s UHF antenna uses a log periodic dipole array to produce a cardioid pattern toward the desired coverage area, achieving greater rejection of RF signals outside the area than standard ½ wave omnidirectional antennas.

The Shure Axient Digital Quadversity™ mode provides the venue owners’ flexibility to combine the 4 antennas for extended coverage across the venue to prevent any drop outs should the need arises.

Shure AXT600 Axient Spectrum Manager was also put in place to safeguard against the ever-changing RF landscape; providing the crew around the clock full spectrum analysis to prevent disruption from any rogue frequencies. Giving a peace of mind to the crew that they can react immediately ahead of time.

Photo Credit: Sentosa Wings of Time

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Article as appeared in ETA Issue August 2019

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