MediaMatrix® Announces EN54-16 Certification for nCIE PILOT® Control PC and NION® Series DSPs

MediaMatrix EN 54-16 Certification

MediaMatrix® Announces EN54-16 Certification for nCIE PILOT® Control PC and NION® Series DSPs

MediaMatrix EN 54-16 CertificationMediaMatrix® is pleased to announce that its NION® Series of digital signal and control processors (DSPs) and nCIE PILOT® control PC are now certified by the EN54-16 European Standard. These components form the nucleus of a dynamic VACIE system (Voice Alarm Control and Indicating Equipment) used to provide optimum protection for the public and for safety personnel.

The EN54 certification is a mandatory standard that specifies, requires, and laboratory tests every component of fire detection and fire alarm systems. Part 16 of the certification specifically pertains to voice alarm control and indicating equipment. The certifications of both the nCIE PILOT control PC and NION Series DSPs, respectively, speak to the industrial-grade quality of MediaMatrix equipment, as well as their stable, efficient, and robust performance.

The just-launched MediaMatrix nCIE PILOT processor, the brain of the VACIE system, manages all control and fault-monitoring logic. It also provides all control functionality to the end user through hosting the award-winning Kiosk2Go (tablet device HTML5) GUIs (graphical user interfaces) to multiple clients, which means the VACIE solution is essentially a headless system.

Additionally, the well-distinguished MediaMatrix NION Series nX, n3, and n6 DSP frames handle audio input sources, DSP processing, routing, networked and analog audio distribution, and voice alarm message playback, among other operational tasks. The VACIE system can be configured and scaled as a centralized single-rack solution, configured across multiple remote racks as a distributed solution, or positioned as a hybrid of both. The VACIE system can also scale to hundreds or even thousands of channels utilizing the flexible MediaMatrix NION architecture.

The nCIE PILOT and NION frames are accompanied by a choice of Powersoft, d&b audiotechnik, or Crown networked multi-channel power amplification to meet system requirements. Belgian company Luminex has also deployed its robust and highly intuitive GigaCore 26i Ethernet switch, which manages all IP communications between devices and is also used for handling all Dante-networked audio traffic.

Overall, MediaMatrix’s unique mix-and-match EN54-16 VACIE system delivers a truly flexible, fully customizable, high-powered pro-audio solution for life-safety applications that specifiers, consultants, integrators, and decision-makers have not previously seen or enjoyed before.

MediaMatrix® Launches nCIE PILOT® Industrial-Grade PC for Life-Safety VACIE

nCIE Pilot

MediaMatrix® Launches nCIE PILOT® Industrial-Grade PC for Life-Safety VACIE

nCIE PilotReliable control and monitoring is everything  in mission-critical life-safety systems, and the new nCIE PILOT® from MediaMatrix®,  is an industrial-grade PC that’s built for the challenge. Tested and certified to the EN54-16 European Standard, the nCIE PILOT is designed to work in conjunction with the NION® Series of digital signal processors (DSPs), also EN54-16 certified, and a host of third-party devices under the MediaMatrixNWare software suite. Together, these vital components form a life-safety VACIE (Voice Alarm Control and Indicating Equipment) system that’s designed to endure the rigors of industrial environments.

As the brains of the system, the nCIE PILOT performs all logical operations for fault detection and reporting VACIE wide. Powerful Python scripting is utilized to survey and manage all 3rd party devices within the VACIE and will alert the systems operator on the event of any system non-conformance. In addition,the PILOT hosts the graphical user interfaces for the operators through the award winning Kiosk2Go® HTML5 based MediaMatrix application. As a headless system Kiosk2Go provides intuitive and versatile remote control capability with fully customizable graphics authored in NWare.

The nCIE PILOT strikes the perfect balance between energy efficiency, performance, versatility and durability making it a machine built to last.  Enclosed in a ruggedized, fanless and ventless chassis  the PILOT resists dust, metal shavings, and other debris that are standard hazards on manufacturing floors thanks to its HardshellFanless Technology . The fully solid-state  architectureeliminates points of failure and relies on the superior design of the integrated heatsink to keep internal components cool.

Despite its small footprint, the nCIE PILOT is equipped with an array of IOs (inputs/outputs), including VGA and HDMI, and is capable of powering dual-independent displays, including one at 4K resolution. Dual-gigabit Ethernet LAN, three optional COM ports, and six USB ports, including four USB 3.0 ports, round out the available built-in connectivity. The nCIE PILOT is accompanied by an optional 2U rackmount adaptor allowing two PILOTs to be buddied together that can be configured independently or as  an N+N redundant auto fail-over configuration.

Users are provided additional reassurance with the EN54-16 certification that both the MediaMatrix nCIE PILOT and NION Series DSPs have been awarded. The EN54 certification is a mandatory standard that specifies, requires, and laboratory tests every component of fire detection and fire alarm systems. Part 16 of the certification specifically pertains to voice alarm control and indicating equipment. This certification speaks to the industrial-grade quality of MediaMatrix’s equipment, as well as its stable, efficient, and robust performance.

Beijing Capital International Airport, China

Beijing Capital International Airport, China

Beijing Capital International Airport’s massive Terminal 3 covers 10.6 million square feet, making it the second-largest airport terminal in the world. It’s also the second busiest, with a whopping 77.4 million annual customers. Managing such a high volume of traffic over that large a footprint requires an intricately distributed digital audio system.

Through the flexibility and scalability of MediaMatrix® and the networkable power of Crest Audio® amplifiers, Beijing Capital International Airport’s Terminal 3 connects more than 600 zones of audio and communications with monitoring and control for the entire facility. These zones include concourses, shuttle train platforms, luggage carousels, check-in counters, lounges, lavatories and more, in addition to 120 gates and more than 200 paging stations.

The design and operation of the Beijing International Airport T3 called for constant monitoring and auto redundant backup of all systems. To accomplish this, MediaMatrix Control Manager™ software provides monitoring and control for audio, network switches, and many other third-party devices, while a team of 260 Crest Audio Ci™ 20×8 power amplifiers outfitted with NexSys® Nx CobraNet-8 modules are deployed through the terminal.

The Crest Audio power amplifiers feature built-in monitoring of both health and audio performance such as core temperature, speaker load status and other critical values, and the NexSys Nx CobraNet-8 modules send that information over the network to Control Manager on a NION® network, allowing every amplifier channel to be constantly monitored in real time. The nControl sends communicates back through the same network to tell the amplifier to turn on/off, change the volume levels, alter signal routing between the various amplifier channels, or simply take itself offline or online when a fault may occur, allowing another amplifier to take its place to ensure the audio or messages gets through. All this is done automatically without human intervention, 24 hours a day, every day.

  • (1) MediaMatrix NION
  • (3) MediaMatrix Control Manager
  • (34) MediaMatrix NION n3 processors
  • (260) Crest Audio Ci 20×8 power amplifiers
  • (260) Crest Audio NexSys

Southwest Airlines Corporate Headquarters, Dallas, USA

Southwest Airlines Corporate Headquarters, Dallas, USA

Building strong customer relations has been a key factor in the success of Southwest Airlines,so when the 40-year-old global company set out to redesign its corporate headquarters,communications were a high priority. The extensive renovation encompassed several key areasof the Southwest Airlines facility in Dallas, Texas, including the Executive Boardroom, Freedom Hall, The Landing, and a matrix of training rooms—all configured and controlled by MediaMatrix® NION® distributed digital audio systems.

Measuring 60 feet by 30 feet, the Executive Boardroom is the primary meeting location forthe company’s executive team. Beneath its visual amenities such as digital projection andplasma displays is a MediaMatrix NION-based audio system programmed to mix and amplifyspeech so that the farther away a speaker moves from the audience, the more of that person’svoice comes out of the speakers. Such a sophisticated design guarantees speech clarity and intelligibility.

Freedom Hall serves as the main hub of internal and external communications, with a mix of applications ranging from web-streamed employee meetings to press conferences with full media support. MediaMatrix NION configures and controls the room’s audio system, including 60 push-to-talk microphones.

A network of seven presentation and training rooms can be used separately or joined, and can also serve as overflow seating for Freedom Hall—even though they are not located adjacent to each other. MediaMatrix can virtually combine or separate the rooms’ audio systems, allowing Southwest’s team to achieve multiple purposes.

MediaMatrix NION is also the audio centerpiece of The Landing, a common area that overlooks the Dallas Love Field runway. This large, open space is used as a cafeteria, a reception area for flight attendant graduations, and other large functions.

  • (4) MediaMatrix NION n3 processors
  • (4) MediaMatrix NIO-8ml input cards
  • (4) MediaMatrix NIO-8o output cards
  • (6) MediaMatrix CAB 4n audio bridges
  • (3) MediaMatrix CAB 16o audio bridges
  • (6) MediaMatrix MM4 Out cards
  • (18) MediaMatrix MM AEC 4 echo cancellation cards
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