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aviom-souderton-charter-school-student-uses-aviom-system-final.jpgSOUDERTON, PENNSYLVANIA, JUNE 11, 2008—When the Souderton Charter School needed to install a public address system following the post 9/11 installation of the county-issued emergency “hot button? in its facility, it turned to Aviom (InfoComm Booth C4175) to address its rather difficult installation.

The 1910 facility that houses the school is made of iron and brick and, as a result of its many uses over the years, including a movie theater and pharmaceutical packing facility, it has a labyrinth of wires and old electric cables running through the walls. Running Aviom’s Pro16® gear on a Cat-5 cable, the school was able to customize a system to navigate the maze.

“We tried bringing in a wireless system,? says John Penny, a member of the board of trustees for Souderton. “Because the building has the iron frame and a literal fish net of wires in the wall, the wireless signal simply disappeared. We also looked at traditional 70-volt amplification systems, but the cable runs were too long and difficult for our facility and therefore would have been an expensive option.?

The school’s unique solution came in the form of Aviom’s AV-M8 Mic Input Module feeding multiple AV-P2 Output Modules, all connected via Cat-5 cable. Not only does the Aviom system handily fill the mandate, but it also encourages creativity by involving the K through 8 students in presenting live announcements.

“The Aviom system works like a charm,? says Penny. “Because the system interconnects via Cat-5, we were able to find conduits and spaces enough to interconnect the four AV-P2 Output Modules spread throughout the facility to drive what is essentially four independent amplifier and speaker systems.?

The building is configured in an L-shape with the original main area having three floors and newer construction areas having two or one floor. Aviom co-founder Alan Smith, a long-time friend of Penny, suggested splitting the facility into four zones. An Aviom AV-M8 Mic Input Module located in the main office feeds the A-Net® (Aviom’s groundbreaking high-speed digital audio transmission protocol) digital signal to the AV-P2 Output Modules that govern each zone. TOA amplifiers run in 70-volt mode with TOA speakers covering each area in the building.

“This works well because the 70-volt wire runs within each sub unit are well within the limits of efficient use parameters,? says Smith.

While the system was built out of necessity, it has become much more important to the school, its administrators, faculty and students than just a necessary piece of equipment. According to Wendy Ormsby, director of organizational development, “We have already put the system to good use. Just after it was installed, we received a report of some police activity in the neighborhood.

The system allowed us to immediately inform everyone that we would be in lockdown mode, and it kept everyone calm and informed.?

The biggest bonus, according to Ormsby, is the ability to have students make announcements about class-sponsored activities and fundraisers. “The Aviom system has become an educational tool,? she says. “It allows students to gain public speaking experience, and they practice very seriously before they do each announcement. The Aviom system has changed the way we conduct the day-to-day business in our school by making it a more friendly and creative place to learn. We’ve also used it to implement a new, streamlined dismissal process.?

Aviom is the world leader and pioneer of personal monitor mixing technology with the popular Pro16® Series, as well as the exclusive developer of the revolutionary Pro64® Series of audio networking products. All Aviom products are powered by A-Net®, the company’s groundbreaking high-speed digital audio transmission protocol. Aviom products solve problems in a variety of different environments, including live sound reinforcement, audio recording studios, houses of worship, theater, broadcasting and post-production facilities and a host of commercial installations. Aviom’s entire line of high-quality professional audio products is designed and manufactured in the USA.

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