Jan 8, 2014 4:42 PM
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Biamp Systems’ Audia/Nexia audio solution combination are now installed in the newly built Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado.
As the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development, the ESIF houses 200 researchers and staff in eight diverse work spaces. Each of the spaces was uniquely designed to fit the research and testing needs of the different work groups and include: a 3D collaboration lab, a control room that monitors and controls the facility processes, a visualization center where experiments being performed in the electricity, thermal, and fuel labs can be visualized on a large, high-definition screen, and conference rooms of various sizes throughout the facility.
The architectural firm of record, SmithGroupJJR (SGJJR), engaged Convergent Technologies Design Group to design an audio solution to fit the distinct needs across the varied spaces. Audia and Nexia’s flexibility and modular DSP architecture allowed Convergent Technologies to design the best audio solution for the new building. Through this dynamic design partnership, the NREL facility is not just unique among similar types of facilities, but is one of the most technologically advanced in the world.
“Early involvement in a project is key,” says Paul Corraine, president of Convergent Technologies Design Group. “Our long relationship with SmithGroupJJR enabled us to forecast and creatively solve for many unique needs the NREL had, while developing a seamless technological solution.”
PRODUCT AT WORK: Biamp Nexia
Biamp Nexia TC is a digital signal processor featuring Biamp Sona AEC, Biamp’s wideband acoustic echo cancellation technology. It delivers 20Hz to 20kHz bandwidth during multiple participant conversations, with natural sound and full duplex transmission of speech. The Nexia CS is a DSP with 10 mic/line inputs and six mic/line outputs that’s intended for a variety of conferencing applications.