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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
Theatre

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
Theatre

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
Sport & Arena

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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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.

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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.”

Publications

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.

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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.

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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.

Source: Sentosa official website

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.

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Article as appeared in ETA Issue August 2019

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An American watchmaking pioneer named Florentine Ariosto Jones founded the International Watch Company in Schaffhausen in 1868. He drew on the help of eminently qualified Swiss watchmakers, modern technology and hydropower sourced from the nearby River Rhine to manufacture watch movements of the highest possible quality.

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Products & Systems

LED

Brand: LIANTRONICS | Product: P1.6

Media Player

Brand: ONELAN | Product: NTB-HD-10

Video Processor

Brand: NOVASTAR | Product: VX4

IWC Schaffhausen - Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

IWC’s watch families – the Pilot’s Watches, Portugieser, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, Da Vinci and Portofino – look back on a long tradition. They attest the innovation of the engineers in Schaffhausen through four generations and embrace the broad range of the company’s watchmaking expertise: from robust watches for everyday use to professional sports watches and the complexities of haute horlogerie at its finest.

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The Singapore Bicentennial is a prequel to SG50 and is an opportunity for Singaporeans to look deeply at the country’s history within the context of time and space. In terms of time, Singapore’s history is a 700-year journey going back 500 years before 1819, and forward 200 years to 2019. The commemoration is an opportunity for Singaporeans to reflect on the traits- openness, multiculturalism and self-determination that have evolved with us throughout history and are now embedded in the Singaporean DNA.

From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience

SINGAPORE — What is From Singapore to Singaporean: The Bicentennial Experience? Is it an exhibition, or a show, or a movie, or a museum, or a theme park? It is all of the above and at the same time none of them. This centrepiece event of Singapore’s Bicentennial commemoration at Fort Canning Park is divided into two parts – a ‘timed experience’ inside the Fort Canning Centre, called Time Traveller and a ‘free and easy’ component at the top of Fort Canning Hill, called Pathfinder.

Time Traveller
The Time Traveller is an immersive multi-sensory experience which takes the visitor on a 700 journey through Singapore’s history in 50 minutes. The Singapore Story is told through multimedia, sound, lighting, automation, water and other special effects, as well as, live performers.

Pathfinder
The Pathfinder is a thought-provoking series of pavilions which takes visitors through Singapore’s place in the world across the centuries by using artefacts, maps, flora, the written word, augmented reality and interactive installations.
The show kicked off on 1st June with the run ending on 15th of September 2019.

Show Concept
The challenge for the creative team was how to create an experience about the history of Singapore that will be exciting and engaging to a wide spectrum of visitors – from pre-schoolers through to seniors. This meant translating the well-researched and comprehensive historical materials, provided by the Singapore Bicentennial Office (SBO), into a 50-minute journey that was more visceral than cerebral. So each Act offers the visitor a different sensory experience.

There are altogether five acts within Time Traveller. Visitors kick off the ‘journey’ at the Atrium before being encompassed with the different acts.

Show Control
In order to meet the projected visitor numbers, there needs to be 60 shows that can accommodate up to 60 visitors per show each day. This means that every 12 minutes a show needs to start resulting in simultaneous runs in each Act. [email protected], designed a show control system which allows for the gallery guides in each Act to trigger the fully automated show with the push of a single button. The show control system is based on ETC Paradigm with integration of ETC Eos, Green Hippo Hippotizer and Timax Soundhub, which worked together as a seamless whole.

Video
In Act 2 and 3 the delivery of video content is done primarily with
laser projectors. However, the ultimate deciding factor for the choice
of projectors boiled down to the lens that can give maximum image height with the constraints of minimum ceiling height and lack of throw distance. The only lens that could deliver was the Epson ELPLX01 ultra short throw ‘periscope’ lens. These were integrated into the Epson EB- L1100U (6000 lumens) and EB-L1405U (8000 lumens) laser projectors. As all overhead equipment on level 3 could not be hung from the ceiling,trusses were brought into place.

In Act 1, there was a particular requirement for the LED wall. It had to have the ability to function at a very low intensity without losing its colour integrity as it had to work in tandem with the projectors for the gauze, as well the lighting for the live actors that were layered to create the complete image. This was also required in Act 5 where visitors are in very close proximity to the LED wall. Broadcast Professional helped the creative and technical team achieve this with their partner CLTLED Display, who tailored their product to suit the requirement.

Audio
The confined spaces in the Fort Canning Centre called for many small speakers, which were not available for rent locally. So the technical team turned to Orbital Sound in UK who were able to provide the numerous and various d&b loudspeakers with accompanying power amplifiers. For Act 4, which is reminiscent of a bunker or air-raid shelter, there was a requirement for the loudspeakers to visually blend into the environment. For this the JBL Control 60 series Pendant Speakers was suspended out of view above the ‘bunker’.

The multi-channel audio content is mixed in-situ in each Act on Pro Tools Ultimate, which is then uploaded onto the TiMax Soundhubs to be played back. The audio content is then efficiently distributed to all the spaces via Audinate Dante full redundant network system

In Act 3 the visitors revolve around the 360 degree screen, courtesy
of a revolving floor. Multi-channel Panspace tool within the Timax allows the technical team to synchronise the panning of the voice over, together with the movement of the revolve to ensure that the VO is always in ‘front’ of the audience member within the 12-speakers discrete channel 360 degree design.

Acoustics in Act 5 had an issue as well. This is due to the rectangular room which had reflective glasses protecting the LED screen from the water during the ‘rain’ effect. The technical team resolved it through a distributed surround sound system to achieve a more focused coverage – exciting the audience, not the ‘room’.

Lighting
The limited power supply in Fort Canning meant that LED lighting fixtures had to be used, due to their low power consumption. A myriad of fixtures were chosen to meet the varying needs of the show. The final inventory included fixtures from ETC, Gantom, Chauvet, Martin Professional and GLP, plus effects from Rosco and GAM. The smoke effect was provided via Antari.

At the outdoor Pathfinder, other than the use of LED strips, the other fixture extensively used are the different variants of Gantom mini fixtures, as well as Martin Linear Graze. The workhorse of the nightly sound and light shows are the five units of Clay Paky Super Sharpy and a unit of Mythos 2.

Lighting control is handled by ETC Eos. The lighting fixtures were supplied through Stage Equip and Auxilio Studio.

Automation
In Act 1 where 500 years worth of history had to be squeezed into 7 minutes, the creative team felt a need to propel the storytelling so that it is more dynamic. The solution was the use of a 19m long travellator which could be precisely controlled at specific moments to start, stop,
accelerate, decelerate and move at exact speed. A further dimension was added with two scenery tracks to move two physical flags across the span of the stage.

Due to the lack of space, Act 2 and Act 3 was combined into a single space. For the transition to happen from Act 2 to Act 3, two quarter- circular screen closes to form a complete 360 degree screen. Then
in Act 3, the creative team wanted the visitor to feel like they are inside the ‘machinery’ of industrialisation. Hence they are seated on a revolving floor within the 360 degree screen.

Stage One from UK designed, supplied and installed all the automation elements. All of which were precisely controlled using their Qmotion automation control system.

Screens and Show Fabric
The entire Time Traveller uses quite a substantial amount of screens. Showtex from Hong Kong supplied all the gauzes, show fabric and different types of screen materials. They also fabricated the frame for the curved screens in Acts 2 and 3.

Water Effects
The Time Traveller begins and ends with ‘rain’. In the Atrium, to give the visitor a sense that they are going back in time, physical ‘rain’ is seen to happen in reverse. Extensive research pointed the creative team to a company called Water Pearl in Japan who eventually created this ‘wow’ installation.

The reversal of the water droplets was created using precision strobes and accurately timed water droplets that tricked the eye into believing that the droplets were indeed moving upwards. From the audience reaction during the shows there is no doubt that it was one of the main talking points.
Then to cap off the experience, indoor rain was created in Act 5, where visitors are given umbrellas to stay dry with. The intensity of the rain synchronises with the video content on the LED screen surrounding the visitors. Local water feature company Agropolis developed the system together with the Bicentennial technical team.

System Installation
All power and cabling infrastructure, plus all AVL equipment were installed by Broadcast Professional. They managed to complete the installation within a very tight-frame. They continue to be involved with the maintenance of the equipment.

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Audio Processor

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Video Matrix Switcher

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Amplifiers

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