Located inside the Jack E. Caveney Innovation Center in Tinley Park, IL, the Panduit Experience Center is an immersive customer meeting space now equipped with a Symetrix Radius NX 12×8 AEC-2 with VoIP card to filter out background noise and manage the AEC needs of the system.
Panduit’s strategic acquisition of AV manufacturer Atlona in 2019 gave the company the ability to demonstrate delivering converged applications over structured cabling, and it also provided the opportunity to upgrade its existing AV infrastructure.
With a mix of in-person and remote customers attending the strategic customer briefings, Panduit needed the Experience Center to have an audio system that could meet several requirements, including ease of use, comprised of different sources for guests to choose from, and the ability to host video conferences while being able to appropriately hear and send audio across the conference bridge.
Panduit product manager of Enterprise AV Mike Novak explains, “The space itself houses live IT equipment. For a conference room, it’s fairly unconventional, with lots of background noise. The Radius NX gave us the ability to roll off high-frequency fan noise when using the room mics for audio conferencing.”
With the single Radius NX 12×8 AEC-2, Novak was able to address all of the processing needs for the space. The Radius NX processors are equipped with 128 (64 x 64) channel redundant Dante for audio networking over IP. The dual-core coprocessor provides up to 16 channels of full bandwidth AEC with unparalleled clarity and intelligibility and enables soft-codec conferencing and computer-based multitrack recording or playback.
“Integrating the Symetrix DSP with the Atlona Velocity Control System was a key element of this design. The ease in which we’re able to accomplish that really made the whole implementation easy,” says Novak.
Nick Bethard, senior sales engineer with Atlona, adds, “With the filters in the Radius DSP, knocking out some of the high-frequency fan noise without killing voice quality proved to be very useful.”