Stage Audio Works brings conferencing overhaul to the Namibian bush

Stage Audio Works brings conferencing overhaul to the Namibian bush
Stage Audio Works (SAW) carried out a conferencing overhaul at the Etosha National Park in Namibia, bringing a technological transformation to the park’s Mokuti Etosha Lodge.

As a home to authentic campsites for safari lovers, a venue for luxurious villas and luxury five-star lodges, the venue underwent an AV transformation that was designed and installed by SAW Namibia.

SAW Namibia created a conferencing solution based on technology from Crestron, Sennheiser, Xilica and Audac, creating an experience that was tailor-made to the lodge’s need while also ensuring reliable and seamless connectivity in remote locations.

The old Mokuti Etosha conference centre was demolished to make way for the new system, which features a stand-along experience centre with wired and wireless presentation capabilities, BYOM video conferencing and room control that uses a touch panel to control lights and the display power.

The conference experience centre is home to a Crestron wall-mount touch screen and a Poly Studio videoconferencing solution and a Samsung QB 75-in Class HDR 4K UHD display to present content.

A new, multi-purpose divisible conference room with multiple camera angles was created, requiring BYOM video conferencing and local Bluetooth audio playback controlled from a wall-mounted touch panel in the facility’s two conference rooms.

Automated room configuration changes were made in the divisible environments using Crestron Cresnet partition sensors linked to a control processor to streamline operations and improve space utilisation without manual intervention.

Environmental settings in the room also offer energy efficiency improvements based on occupancy.

SAW Namibia also installed three 1Beyond AutoTracker 3 Presenter PTZ tracking cameras alongside three 1Beyond PTZ cameras and four Sennheiser Team Connect Ceiling 2 microphones which are controlled via a wall-mounted touchscreen.

A new sound and lighting control system was installed by SAW Namibia at the venue’s pool bar and restaurant, providing a distributed background music system across the extended retail and pre-assembly areas.

The pool bar features multiple Audac six-in  ALTI surface mount loudspeakers and Crestron’s SAROS eight-in in-ceiling loudspeakers, powered by an Audac CAP424 amplifier.

The sound is controlled by a Xilica Lucia 2 wall controller that blends discreetly with the lodge’s aesthetics. A Xilica Solaro QR1 DSP was also incorporated into the system to provide audio processing and optimisation capabilities.

For the restaurant, SAW Namibia provided a Crestron DALI interface, managed by the VC4 Crestron Virtual control system with a Camero keypad for centralised lighting control. The retail and pre-assembly areas both feature two Audac CIRA eight-in ceiling loudspeakers each, alongside a Xilica Lucia 2 for control.

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