AV Installation

A and C Audio Visual are UK specialists in AV Installation and installing Audio Visual Systems and PA Systems. We are based just outside Edinburgh, in the Kingdom of Fife, but our AV installation team cover jobs throughout the whole of Scotland and on a UK wide basis, having literally completed jobs from Wick (just outside John O'Groats) down to Cornwall.

Whether your system for AV installation is standard or custom, small or large, use this Enquiry Form to contact us regarding a no obligation site visit and quotation. Alternatively please contact us via email, or call us on 01592 654 549.

We have completed a wide range of AV installations across a number of specialist markets, including:

  1. Business Board Rooms, Training Rooms and Reception Areas
  2. Educational Classrooms and Lecture Theatres
  3. Church Projector and Integrated Sound Systems
  4. Induction Loop Systems
  5. NHS, Council and Other Public Sector Sites
  6. Industrial and Warehouse Applications

 

Business Board Rooms, Training Rooms and Reception Areas AV Installation

We are specialists in the Business system AV installation within board rooms, training rooms and reception areas, as well as some more unusual places and can assist you in designing for a set specification, or offer advice and suggestions for provision of a specialised system.

If you're not 100% certain what you need, just ask us. Some of the most common products we are asked to install in corporate facilities include Plasma Screens, Multimedia Projectors, Video Conferencing Facilities, and more. Where space allows for it, rear projection systems have also been a favourite for installation with some of our clients. AMX, Crestron, and Procon Control systems are products we also specialise in. With these installed users have a touch panel to control lights, curtains, blinds, volume, input sources (DVD, Laptop, Network etc) and output devices (Projector Screen, Plasma, Rear Projection, TV etc. etc.) All of this in one simple to use control device.

If you require an interactive option, instead of using a standard OHP, why not introduce a visualiser (basically a modern OHP), or even consider an interactive whiteboard. With the latter, anything written on the board (suggestions, lists, diagrams etc.) can be saved on a PC linked to the system to avoid having to recreate the notes again after the presentation.

Our systems will allow you to concentrate on being a presenter, rather than a technical engineer, leaving your attendees duly impressed.Whether your system is standard or custom, small or large, use this Enquiry Form to contact us regarding a no obligation site visit and quotation. Alternatively please contact us via email, or call us on 01592 654 549.

Educational Classrooms and Lecture Theatres AV Installation


We provide a wide range of AV installation solutions to the educational sector including schools, colleges, universities and PPP or PFI developments, assisting in the planning, design, installation and maintenance stages of a wide range of projects.

Our fully integrated AV design and AV installation service has included provision of Interactive Whiteboards, Visualisers, Multimedia Projectors, Whiteboard Rail Systems and OHPs for the classroom environment. All our installation work includes data, video, whiteboard and sound inputs as required, using neat finishings such as this AV Wall Plate to ensure a safe and professional finish.

Within assembly and lecture theatres we have also designed and installed fully integrated AV systems, PA systems and infra red induction loop systems. We can help you choose the most appropriate projection screen depending on the room design and your requirements - whether it be Electric, Manual, Ceiling, Ascending, fastfold, rear projection or another alternative.

We can provide other accessories for the classroom as required including a full range of AV furniture such as projector tables, projector brackets, flipcharts, standard whiteboards and more. TVs with secure cabinets for video and DVD are also available.

Remember to ask about our special educational discounts and bundle pricing options across our range of interactive whiteboards and projectors.

Whether your system is standard or custom, small or large, use this Enquiry Form to contact us regarding a no obligation quotation. Alternatively please contact us via email, or call us on 01592 654 549.

Church Projector and Integrated Sound System AV Installation

A properly installed Church PA system means that all gathered within the room can hear a natural sound. In all our AV installations, we will aim to achieve this for you whilst ensuring the system is not damaging to the aesthetics and appearance of your building.

We are up to date with the latest products in the market place, from the amplifiers, speakers and foldback monitors throught to standard, radio and wireless microphones. If you want to go digital we can also offer advice on the best equipment and optimum setup, which can include incorporating your praise band through the main system, ensuring the best sound and performance possible.

Incorporation of an induction loop into the system will also ensure that those with hearing difficulties can hear as much of the services offered as possible. For further details on the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Disability Rights Commissions new code of practice from October 2004, visit our induction loop system pages.

As presentation technologies develop there has been a move to using multimedia projectors and other visual equipment to aid services. These can assist with singing, illustrations, and main message points and headers. Another possibility, through the use of a projector in a smaller room, and a discrete camera in the main hall, is to use an overflow room on special occasions where your main hall is restricted by capacity.

Use of strategically placed Plasma and TFT monitors throughout the building can assist singers or those conducting services, as well as those who cannot see the main screen. For example, members of the choir can view song words on their own 'personal' screen which is facing them whilst they point to the audience, without having to face the main screen, which would generally be facing away from the audience.We are also seeing visualisers replace OHPs.

Through linking with a projection system, visualisers allow users to write within the space provided, on a sheet of paper for instance (in full colour) and have the image projected to the screen. Integrating this to the AV system means less hassle, less cables and more efficiency for your presentations.A wide range of projection screens have been installed by our engineers including wall and ceiling screens (manual or electric), ascending and descending to name but a few.

Where portability is still a requirement, the good old tripod version can still be supplied, as can fast fold alternatives. Given all these input and output scenarios, we can offer advice on the best switching gear and distribution amplifiers from Kramer and a range of other manufacturers.

Whether your system is standard or custom, small or large, use this Enquiry Form to contact us regarding a no obligation site visit and quotation. Alternatively please contact us via email, or call us on 01592 654 549.

Induction Loop Systems

Induction loop systems have seen significant development in recent years. This is primarily due to legislative developments resulting in a requirement that public buildings provide facilities for those who are hard of hearing, namely via induction loop systems. For details of the requirements in place, please see the paragraphs below, which are reproduced with kind permission from SigNET AC Ltd, a leading UK based manufacturer of induction loops systems.

We can assist and advise you on the most suitable system, ensuring you are compliant with current legislation.

This may be through a standard induction loop system or the most up to date infra red systems. We can also supply portable systems - ideal for community visits, and interview rooms etc. Over the counter options are also available. Call us on 01383 726072 for the best advice to ensure you are compliant with the requirements.

Induction Loop Systems Legislation
The following paragraphs are reproduced with kind permission from literature provided by SigNET AC Ltd, and are for information purposes only. They are provided in good faith and should not be relied upon for any purposes.

Induction loop systems are used to assist the hearing impaired by transmitting amplified sound, i.e., music, speech, etc, to hearing aids.

Demand for them is set to soar due to new legislation aimed at preventing discrimination against disabled people. This document provides a brief overview of new and existing legislation, standards and schemes which refer to induction loop systems and their installation.

BS8300 (2002) British Standard BS8300 is the code of practice for the design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people. The standard recommends that "a hearing enhancement system, using induction loop, infra-red or radio transmission, should be installed in rooms and spaces used for meetings, lectures, classes, performances, spectator sports or films, and used at service and reception counters where the background noise level is high or where glazed screens are used" (9.3.2). It pinpoints the following areas for consideration:

  • Seated waiting areas;
  • Ticket sales and information points;
  • Fitness suites and exercise studios;
  • Churches; crematoria and cemetery chapels;
  • Educational cultural and scientific buildings.

Copies of BS8300 can be viewed at your local reference library or purchased from the:

British Standards Institute,
Customer Services Dept.,
389 Chiswick High Road,
London, W4 4AL.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8996 9000.
Web: www.bsi-global.com

THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT (1995)
The aim of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) is to stop discrimination against disabled people including the hearing impaired. The Act was extended in September 2002 to cover education in schools and colleges and will be strengthened further in October 2004 as the Disability Rights Commission's (DRC) new Code of Practice comes into effect. Under the Act, all UK service providers, i.e., companies or organisations offering goods, facilities or services to the general public, must make 'reasonable' adjustments to ensure they do not unlawfully discriminate against disabled people.

Employers must also take measures to ensure that existing and potential employees are not disadvantaged in the workplace. Examples of 'reasonable adjustments' include the provision of auxiliary aids, such as induction loop systems, to enable a deaf or hard of hearing person to access goods, facilities or services where it is impossible or unreasonably difficult for them to do so. At present, service providers do not have to make permanent adjustments to their buildings. However, from 1 October 2004, permanent adjustments must be made and organisations that fail to make adequate provision for the disabled could face prosecution.

Some examples of service providers covered under the Act are:

  • Telecommunications and broadcasting organisations
  • Public utility companies, such as - Gas, electricity and water suppliers
  • Leisure centres, football stadia
  • National parks and health clubs
  • Bus and railway stations
  • Airports and travel agents
  • Shops, hairdressers, post offices, banks and building societies
  • Hotels, restaurants, cinemas, theatres and pubs
  • Hospitals, waiting rooms and clinics
  • Solicitors' offices, courts, churches and mosques

The DRC advises service providers to take steps now to prepare for their extended obligations. For more information on the Disability Discrimination Act, visit the DRC's website at www.drc-gb.org

BUILDING REGULATIONS PART M1 : ACCESS TO AND USE OF BUILDINGS (2000)
Current building regulations for England and Wales state that newly erected or substantially reconstructed non-domestic buildings should make reasonable provision for people to gain access to and use their facilities (Requirement M1). In particular, the regulations state that reasonable 'aids to communication' should be provided for the hearing impaired in auditoria, meeting rooms, reception areas, ticket offices and at information points.

One of the aims of Requirement M1 is to ensure all people can participate in proceedings at lecture/conference facilities and entertainment, leisure and social venues. According to the regulations, aids to communication will satisfy {part of} this requirement if 'a hearing enhancement system is installed in rooms and spaces designed for meetings, lectures, classes, performances ... and at service or reception counters when they are situated in noisy areas or behind glazed screens' (section 4.36/4.36b) The regulations acknowledge that a person with a hearing disability needs to receive a signal that is amplified in both volume and signal-to-noise ratio and that induction loop, infrared, radio and sound field systems can provide this advanced level of sound (section 4.35, Design Considerations). Part M1 of the Building Regulations can be viewed at the website of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister at www.odpm.gov.uk

THE CARE STANDARDS ACT (2002)
The Government's new Care Standards Act demands that care homes in England provide certain adaptations and equipment for residents, including:- 'facilities, including communication aids (e.g. a loop system), and signs to assist the needs of all service users, taking account of the needs, for example, of those with hearing impairment, visual impairment, dual sensory impairments, learning disabilities or dementia or other cognitive impairment, where necessary.' (standard 22.6).

These requirements apply to all care homes providing accommodation and nursing or personal care for older people in England. Regular inspections of homes and enforcement of the new legislation will be carried out by the new Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) which took over the social care functions previously carried out by the National Care Standards Commission on 1 April 2004. For more information on the Care Standards Act and the new Commission for Social Care Inspection, visit the CSCI's website at www.csci.org.uk

THE ENGLISH TOURISM COUNCIL'S NATIONAL ACCESSIBLE SCHEME (2002)
The English Tourism Council's National Accessible Scheme aims to increase accessibility for guests who are mobility, hearing and visually impaired. Participation in the scheme is not compulsory, but those who do participate are given recommendations which include the provision of auxiliary aids in serviced and selfcatering accommodation to help satisfy the requirements of the DDA. 'Best practice' recommendations include the fitting of a counter or portable loop system to assist hearing impaired guests on booking/arrival and the installation of room loops in bedrooms.

Other best practice recommendations are that consideration be given to providing a TV listening aid and room loop in television lounges and that induction loops be 'part of the standard equipment' in conference, entertainment and banqueting areas. All establishments participating in the scheme are regularly assessed to ensure they meet the required standards and receive a nationally recognised rating they can use to promote their facilities. For more information, visit www.tourismtrade.org.uk

FURTHER READING
All information on this datasheet is given in good faith. Please note, full copies of the Standards, Acts and Schemes referred to can be purchased or viewed in their entirety from the organisations and/or websites listed at the end of each section.

Other documents you may wish to reference include BS7594 (1993): The code of practice for audio-frequency induction loop systems (AFILS) and BS60118-4 (1998): Magnetic field strength in audio-frequency induction loops for hearing aid purposes, both of which are available from the British Standards Institute (address overleaf). MEETING THE STANDARDS SigNET manufacture a wide range of cost-effective induction loop amplifiers, many of which are available in kit format for ease of specification, purchase and installation.

For further details on all the options available, and the best equipment for your requirements, please contact our Sales Team via email or call us on 01592 654 549.

NHS, Council and Other Public Sector Site AV Installation

We have designed and installed systems within training rooms, waiting areas, conference rooms, and lecture theatres. Whether a new build, or integration within an existing facility, we will be able to advise on the best AV installation including video conferencing facilities, interactive whiteboards, plasma screens, multimedia projectors and projection screens to suit your requirements.

Given the need for providing good accessibility for all, we can assist councils, hospitals and government bodies in developing AV strategies, and to ensure best compliance with current accessibility legislation.

Whether your proposed AV installation is standard or custom, small or large, use this Enquiry Form to contact us regarding a no obligation site visit and quotation. Alternatively please contact us via email, or call us on 01529 654 549.

Industrial and Warehouse Applications

PA Systems for background music, telephone system integration and paging, as well as voice evacuation systems can all make your facility a happier, more efficient and safer place to work in. Shift changes and break time indicators can also be integrated into the system assisting in time management.

Integrating a CCTV system means you can rest assured in the knowledge that your facility is fully secure.

We can assist in new build facilities from the planning stage right through to completion ensuring a fully integrated system. We are also able to assist in developing existing systems, and offer advice on installing a suitable facility within an existing building.

Whether your planned AV installation is standard or custom, small or large, use this Enquiry Form to contact us regarding a no obligation quotation. Alternatively please contact us via email, or call us on 01592 654 549.

 

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