1394 TRADE ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE
Czech Republic's National Court System is Largest Single-Site IEEE 1394 (FireWire) Installation
50-Room Installation is Highlight of New Justice Facility in Prague
Dallas, Sept. 5, 2006 -- A new high-performance 1394-based professional audio system in the Czech Republic’s National Court system in Prague demonstrates how cost-efficient the IEEE 1394 standard can be in a multi-room, multi-purpose installation.
The court system, where work was finished the end of July, represents the largest single 1394-equipped site anywhere in the world. A FireWire audio system links the entire court into a single audio network, eliminating the expense of complex media-control systems.
The installation was completed by D-Mexx s.r.o, and developed by the XFN-Group, based in Germany and led by Robby Gurdan, president.
The PC-based, FireWire-equipped audio system serves 50 different rooms within the court system using a media-control interface (AMX) and 10 movable rackmount systems configured with either 16 x 16 or 24 x 24 inputs/outputs. A digital 64 x 64 matrix is located in each room. The system uses a 32-channel, multi-track recorder/player with MP3 encoding set up for archiving court records, making that major court priority easy and cost-effective. The implementation also incorporates a voice-disguising capability to hide the identity of witnesses who are testifying anonymously. Testimony, comments and other proceedings enter through the microphones at each station in the courtroom, including the judge’s bench, witness stand, jury box, and other locations. The testimony then is transported over 1394 into the digital matrix and through the media-control network. All court proceeding are recorded and integrated into the system.
“The entire system is easy for users to operate and configure,” said Gurdan. “The Czech Republic’s national court is very proud of this implementation, which is an excellent model for other European court systems.”
Fred Speckeen of TC Group, who chairs the 1394 Trade Association’s Pro Audio Working Group, said: “This is a very innovative application of 1394. At the request of manufacturers and designers, and in conjunction with the Audio Engineering Society, the 1394TA is currently developing 1394 deployment use-cases for recording live sound and commercial installations like the court system implementation. 1394 is proving itself as a tremendously powerful solution for audio and video networking, and is significantly superior to proprietary and Ethernet-based alternatives.”
The 1394 Trade Association is a worldwide organization dedicated to the enhancement and advancement of the IEEE 1394 standard, which is widely used in consumer electronics, computing, peripheral, and industrial applications. For more information about the 1394 Trade Association, visit www.1394ta.org.
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