The City of Woodinville selected Utter Associates to deliver improved workflows and upgrade video production and display.
Utter Associates provided System Design and Integration for the City of Woodinville council chambers audio/visual and broadcast production system upgrade.
Improving workflow and reliability for the broadcast production crew as well as simplifying the user experience for the AV system in the council chambers, a space that is reconfigured for meetings of various groups, drove the design process. After meeting with all stakeholders to understand the needs of those who use the space, and those who produce the broadcast for the city’s television channel, UA was able to design an integrated broadcast/AV system that worked with the current budget and allowed for “bolt-on” future automation upgrades.
The AV system that UA designed featured the Shure Discussion System, with wired microphones at the dais, and wireless gooseneck mics at the staff tables. Additional wireless handheld and boundary mics were added to eliminate unsightly wiring when the room was configured for various uses. The room upgrade also featured four Panasonic HD PTZ cameras, and a 4k laser projector.
A Crestron control system was designed for “one-button” room set-up to simplify use of the system by non-technical users via a 7” touch screen in the room. A secondary panel in the production control room allows technical users to have more detailed control of the AV system.
In order to address sound reinforcement issues UA increased the number of PA speakers in the room from two to eight, and installed flush mounted speakers at staff positions. The Shure system features integrated speakers in the microphone for council members.
The broadcast design featured a Ross Carbonite switcher and Xpression graphics system. This hardware switcher is preferred over PC based switchers for reliability, ease of use and long life cycle. We eliminated the worry of computer crashes, and updates, and incompatibilities inherent with PC based switchers and provided a rock-solid switcher that provides the performance and longevity the city requires. This selection also provides the city with the option to upgrade to the Lightning automated production control system.
Tightrope was the selected vendor for broadcast automation as well as management of the city’s video bulletin board system.