The owner had requested that the onboard iPads and iPods should also be used as a means of communication for the waiting staff, in addition to their AV control functions. The games room featured dual large screens with independent video and audio source selection so that two different video sources could be watched independently and the audio could be selected from either of those video sources or any other. The permanent external cinema required a special projector so that it could be viewed during a hot sunny day or in the evening under the stars. A Projection Design projector was selected for use after different models were tested at our main facility in the UK. Consideration was taken when designing the projector housing; a special air-conditioned waterproof enclosure was designed to keep the projector and its bulb cool throughout the day and night. VSAT & GSM communications were also installed.
Once the designs and the final drawings were completed, the entire AV system, including the integration of the security system, was built and preprogrammed at our main office prior to the installation (as shown above). As part of the protocol, we then invited the owner’s representatives, the Captain and shipyard technicians to visit and use the system for a FAT (Factory Acceptance Test) sign off. The cable infrastructure had already been installed and tested onboard with complete accredited documentation.
We had to carry out a great deal of research and testing in the early stages to find cables that met the German boat builder’s unusually stringent fire safety criteria. Working towards a tight deadline alongside the interior fitters was not always easy but we anticipated added workload in the final stages of the project and increased the number of personnel on-site accordingly, enabling us to comfortably meet the deadline.
The Follow Up
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