Technomad introduces the weatherproof WallBox wet area amplifier-mixer.
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, about halfway between Hawaii and Australia, lie the Marshall Islands. The Republic of the Marshall Island’s is spread out over 29 coral atolls, made up of over 1,000 individual islands and islets. Technically part of Micronesia, history buffs will recognize the Marshall Islands campaign from World War II. The turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Marshall Islands are also infamous for nuclear testing sites such as the Bikini Atoll.
On one of 1,000+ islands, sits the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/Kwajalein Missile Range (USAKA/KMR) and on the Kwajalein base sits a range of Technomad products. The Technomad collection is perched on the roof of a three-story building and where the Berlin loudspeakers and PowerChiton amplifiers broadcast sound over a 1 mile by 0.5 mile radius.
The system which ran uninterrupted for more than 7 years, withstanding heavy wind, salt spray, and everything else the tropical environs throw its way, was upgraded in early 2018.
Even after 7+ years you can see minimal rust and no structural damage on the Technomad Berlin despite years spent in one of the world’s most extreme environments.
Looking for a weather-proof audio solution for your next installation? Since 1994 Technomad has been manufacturing high-fidelity, IP56 weatherproof loudspeakers and rugged, reliable outdoor speaker systems for a wide range of clients. At Technomad, we combine proprietary weatherproofing and rainproof technology with military-specification enclosures and first-rate loudspeaker drivers to produce best in class solutions for any sound application.
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Wireless Outdoor Audio System Blankets Five Acres of Downtown Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada, June 7 Downtown Las Vegas has seen a major audio upgrade. A cutting-edge installation of wirelessly networked loudspeakers and amplifiers now covers a five acre zone on 1st Street from Bridger to Boulder. Suspended high above the pavement on 75 customized concrete light poles, the new audio system blankets the street and sidewalks with high fidelity sound streamed live from the city’s command center.
Local integrator TeleData Technologies commissioned the system, while Technomad LLC of South Deerfield, Massachusetts supplied the audio equipment. Founded in 1995, Technomad specializes in military audio and advanced commercial sound systems, with clients including the US Government, Disney, Royal Caribbean and many more. The 1st street project uses a custom ‘AudioNode’ equipment package based on Technomad’s PowerChiton waterproof amplifiers and military-grade Vernal 15 loudspeakers with wireless audio capability (click for details). A Technomad Schedulon audio player at the command center plays hours of audio automatically. The Schedulon also allows a staffer to quickly play emergency messages, interrupting any music playing automatically.
Only 9″ high, the Vernal loudspeaker used in the project freatures a horn-loaded high frequency compression driver – meaning it delivers greater projection and ‘punch’ in noisy outdoor environments than typical dome-tweeter loaded loudspeakers. With a robust bass driver, a unique weatherproof cabinet and multi-layer grill system, the Vernal has a life expectancy measured in decades even in harsh climates, Technomad reports.
The Vernal loudspeaker cabinets were sustainably molded by LightManufacturing in California, using a patented solar thermal plastic molding process which eliminates the need for fossil fuel heating.
A loudspeaker is only as good as its amplification, and the 1st street loudspeakers are well served by pole-mounted waterproof ‘PowerChiton’ amplifiers. PowerChitons were invented by Technomad in 2010. These compact, totally waterproof amplifier modules (named after a rugged marine snail) install easily on light poles, buildings, trees, vehicles, and other challenging locations. Importantly for city audio projects they operate from 110 or 220V AC power as is commonly found in light poles. Result? No need to run extra AC power for the street sound system.
The PowerChiton waterproof amplifiers have space inside their waterproof shell to house accessories, and even provide DC electricity to to power them. This makes integrating networking and signal processing gear simple.
“The compact size of the system and its ability to operate directly from the power already in the light poles was really important to the project” says Greg Maher of Teledata, “it allowed us to install quickly and take advantage of existing infrastructure”.
As part of the continuing redevelopment of Downtown Las Vegas, the new wireless outdoor audio system will enhance the visitor experience on 1st Street in an exciting new way. Technomad will exhibit much of the gear used for the 1st Street project at the Infocomm 2016 trade show, June 8-10 nearby at the Las Vegas convention center.
Wireless Audio Systems: http://www.technomad.com/products/wireless-audio/
Vernal 15: https://www.technomad.com/products/vernal/
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A recent article in The Economist describes the use of a sonic net to repel birds from airports. This reduces the chance of a bird hitting an aircraft – known as ‘bird-strike’ in the aviation industry – and the associated risk to passengers and equipment.
Turns out the gear used…. was Technomad. From the original article in the scientific journal Ecological Applications we read that Technomad Berlin outdoor loudspeakers and waterproof PowerChiton amplifiers were used to create the Sonic Net.
The system projects approximately 80 dB of broad spectrum sound over the target area, and dramatically reduces the presence of many species of bird. The authors speculate that the reason the sound repels birds is not by scaring them (as with ‘startle’ systems that occasionally play loud surprising sounds) but rather by making it hard for them to communicate. The Sonic Net makes birds unable to make out each other’s calls, so they move away to an area where they CAN communicate.
The research by Dr John Swaddle suggests that broad spectrum sound masking may be very effective at reducing dangerous bird populations near airports, and may also be effective at reducing crop losses.
With our line of waterproof, field deployable amplifiers, broad spectrum waterproof loudspeakers, and automatic audio playback devices, Technomad is well positions to support these efforts.
Berry College of Mount Berry, Georgia recently upgraded the the William R. Bowdoin baseball stadium with a Technomad Scoreboard PA System. The system features the weatherproof Technomad Berlin HQ loudspeakers, as well as a PowerChiton Waterproof Amplifier module.
The school’s existing audio front end (signal sources and a multi-channel mixer) was patched to the remote Scoreboard PA System using RDL Twisted Pair signal transmission devices, which Technomad pre-integrated at the factory. This analog technology delivers CD-quality audio over a single pair of Cat5/6 wiring.
Steve Hill of Berry College writes, “I first was introduced to the Technomad line of products several years ago at the Infocomm show in Orlando. After an informative conversation with the Technomad sales rep, I was excited to try a pair of NOHO enclosures at our soccer/Lacrosse field. Needless to say they performed as well as the Technomad rep had promised, so we decided to try another pair of NOHO’s at the football practice field and they too performed flawlessly. Our latest project was to replace our old baseball field sound system that was attached to the press box and relocate it to the scoreboard. We installed two Berlin’s and a PowerChiton amp, sending the audio signal via CAT6 cable. The system offers exceptional Audio quality at any volume level and the coverage area is phenomenal. All of this coupled with great technical support from the team at Technomad is what makes Technomad my first choice for Audio”.
- Technomad Scoreboard PA Systems
- Berlin Outdoor Stadium Loudspeaker
- RDL Twisted Pair Audio Distribution
- Berry College