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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, August 2010: When the Hamilton City Hall was slated for major renovations, the Council elected to replace their old conference system with something state-of-the-art that would meet the demands of the day. A Televic conference system, the same one used at the European parliament and innumerable cities, states, and nations throughout the world, won the bid and now provides Hamilton’s elected officials with service that is technologically advanced, intuitive to use, and reliable, day in and day out. As a bonus, the old IR assisted listening system for spectators received a fond farewell, replaced by a Sennheiser system of superior performance and reliability.

“Fred Eisenberger, and the fifteen City Council members were frustrated by the lack of functionality with their old system,” said Shawn Quinlan, president of Nationwide Audio Visual, the company that won the successful bid to replace the system. “The functionality was outdated, leading to service calls a few times a month concerning crackling and intermittent audio, and a ring of omni mics that bled like crazy.” The process to replace the system was a long one and involved consideration of every major conference system manufacturer.


In the end, it was clear that the Televic system offered not only sophisticated, intuitive functionality, but also a track record of reliability that was very appealing to the council members. Powered by the Televic TCS 5500-S management software on a CPU 5500 central processor, Hamilton City Hall’s new conference system is comprised of seventeen V5B 5500 delegate voting panels with chip card readers and two DLCD 550 chairman and deputy chairman interfaces with chip card readers. The mayor and council members each carry a chip card that they use to swipe into the system, which makes it very easy to keep track of who’s who with no effort on the part of the users. The system recognizes each user and grants him or her appropriate voting and overrides privileges. The legislators cast votes through the Televic system, which automatically tallies the votes and displays them on a screen, making it clear who voted up, who voted down, and who abstained.


Hamilton City Hall’s new Televic conference system delivers superior fidelity, allowing council members, the mayor, spectators, and invited speakers to focus on the substance of the conversation. Each council member and mayor’s seat has its own dedicated TGM 406 gooseneck directional microphone and LS 5500 local loudspeaker. Unlike other conference systems, the Televic system permits each component at a delegate’s seat to be separated on its own panel. “It never mattered much in the past,” said Quinlan. “But now most of the council members bring laptops to their seats. With Televic, we were able to arrange the voting controls, the microphone, and the loudspeaker so that a laptop wouldn’t interfere.” In addition, Sennheiser wireless handheld and lapel microphones are available for presenters, freeing them to move away from the podium for a more effective delivery of their message. Televic is distributed in Canada by Sennheiser.

In addition to overhauling the conference system, Nationwide Audio Visual replaced the room’s old assisted listening system. “We could have succeeded with just two of the Sennheiser SZI 1015 IR emitters, but given what they had experienced with the lack of coverage from the previous system, we flooded the oddly-shaped room with four units,” said Quinlan. A Sennheiser SI 1015 provides system modulation, and twelve Sennheiser RI 150S receivers with PX 100 headphones deliver amplified audio to those audience members who request it.

“The mayor, the council members, and everyone involved are in love with the sound, functionality, and reliability of the new Sennheiser Televic system,” Quinlan summarized. “They went from a caveman system to state-of-the-art.”

ABOUT SENNHEISER Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in sixty countries around the world through long-term distribution partners and subsidiaries in France, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA. Sennheiser’s technology is produced in manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the United States. Their pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy and the Scientific and Engineering Award (of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). The Sennheiser Group is proud to be affiliated with Georg Neumann (world leading studio microphones), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications that brings their award winning technology to headsets for PCs, offices and contact centers.

OTHER BRANDS DISTRIBUTED BY SENNHEISER CANADA Neumann, Klein+Hummel, Innovason, L-ACOUSTICS, Kling & Freitag, K-array, Yellowtec, Televic

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