SSE Audio delivers high-spec demo suite for Ferno UK

As part of a sales initiative Ferno decided to install a product demonstration suite at its UK HQ in Bradford.

David Davies

Ferno manufactures and sells patient handling systems for emergency services, health services and mortuary services throughout the world. As part of a sales initiative the company decided to install a product demonstration suite at its UK HQ in Bradford – a project that saw it enlist the AV installation services of SSE Audio.

Ferno was looking for a solution where they could demonstrate products in a custom-built suite using a fully integrated sound light and AV system. The team approached SSE’s Ryan Thomas with a series of outline requirements from which Thomas designed a system that satisfied performance and budgetary requirements.

All the product video content is held on three Brightsign XD1030 Networked Interactive players, with three Ben Q Short Throw 3000 Ansi projectors feeding the main display wall. SSE installed a Kramer 6×6 HDMI switch to enable the video sources and the various screens to be matrixed as required.

SSE also specified a Bose 5.1 Surround sound system, driven by a Bose ESP-88 Audio processor and ESP-88 Surround Sound decoder. This allows the audio to interact with the video content. Speakers include wall-mounted Bose DS40s with two Bose Subs in the ceiling.

Overall system control is via a Crestron DIN Rail 2 Series Automation Processor with remote user control via iPad. SSE’s Paul Todd designed custom GUI apps for the iPad to control the Crestron, enabling all the AV to be cued from a single application.

The Crestron technology triggers audio, lighting and video in sequence along with triggering automation of the video screens and the lectern which rises out of the floor. SSE worked with Crestron to programme the unit, ensuring all the functions worked as the customer required.

SSE’s Ryan Thomas commented: “Overall, Ferno has been delighted with the results. SSE was able to realise the clients ambitions while keeping costs to minimum. My favourite aspect is the raisable lectern and the way we were able to interface it to the Creston controller. Using the latest industry standard equipment, with a little imagination and the Group’s design and technical expertise we have delivered an excellent solution for Ferno.”