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Melbourne Arena | VIC

Melbourne Arena

LOCATION

Melbourne, Victoria

SECTOR

Entertainment Facility

DESCRIPTION

Emergency Warning System

OVERVIEW

Melbourne Arena in Melbourne is a purpose-built sporting/entertainment facility. The facility is used for various events such as Tennis, Basketball, and Concerts, and has an in-built Velodrome. The facility has a capacity of 10,000 – 15,000 seats depending on the event. It also has a retractable roof, making it the third facility in Melbourne with such a feature.

SYSTEM SUMMARY

The Emergency Warning and Intercom System (EWIS) has also been integrated into the stadium’s Public Address (PA) system, all the PA announcements are fed through the EWIS amplifiers and speakers.

SITE-SPECIFIC CHALLENGES

The most critical part of the design was making sure that the system had the capability of interfacing into the PA system. As there are large open areas in the arena multiple high wattage speakers were used. It was important for the EWIS system to have high wattage, high-quality amplifiers to ensure clarity of speech.

SITE-SPECIFIC SOLUTIONS

A variety of amplifier sizes were used to match the speaker loads and allow sub-zone background music. Paging consoles that integrate with the EWIS panel were also utilised for day to day PA announcements. This arrangement offers the sound quality and flexibility required by the arena’s management and also reduced installation costs as cabling was minimised.

INSTALLER STATEMENT

“The flexibility of the system gave us the ability to integrate the facility’s Public Address system through the EWIS”

Chris Warby – Comsound Australia

Specifications

Panels 1
Zones 5
Amplifiers 16 x 40 Watt
7 x 120 Watt
3 x 240 Watt
Panel Relays 21
Remote Paging Consoles 2
Remote Volume Control 9
Warden Intercom Points 22
Background Music Inputs 21