Network change in europe drives shure and jnv completion of new audio installation at one of the netherlands most respected universities

Network change in europe drives shure and jnv completion of new audio installation at one of the netherlands most respected universities

Utrecht University was the setting for an ambitious three-year audio installation of Shure equipment, with ULX-D® Digital Wireless systems being deployed across three main areas: Utrecht Science Park/De Uithof, the University Quarter in the city centre of Utrecht and the International Campus Utrecht (ICU).

With more than 29,000 students, 5,500 faculty and staff and 100 buildings – including 45 buildings used for educational purposes and lecture halls – updating the audio equipment to a digital system that delivered superb audio clarity, along with flexibility and ease of use was essential.

Client Needs

Discussing the initial decision for the audio upgrade, Peter Janssen, AV Domain Specialist at Utrecht University, explains why a requirement for a digital system was needed: “There was a change of frequencies to the 4G Network in Europe, which led us to upgrade our previous system to a digital system. The new system offers us greater performance in terms of the amount of microphones in use under the new bandwidth restrictions brought in by the recent changes.”

Jan Zwanenberg, Digital Architect, JNV, adds: “Utrecht University has around 90 microphone systems in use across the campus; that is a mixture of handheld, lapel, podium, head-set and radio mics. Because of the amount of microphones, we needed a system that could provide a lot of channels into the restricted bandwidth available.

Peter and I spent a long time discussing what kind of solutions were needed to provide the perfect learning environment for all of the students and lecturers.”

Solution

Award-winning integrator JNV, with support from AV specialist distribution company Output, managed the installation of the Shure equipment to provide the right solutions for the university.

“Output provided great support throughout the project, allowing us to test systems and ensure they would perform on site within the University,” offers Zwanenberg.

“We quickly realised that the old system in place would not be sufficient with the network change, and conversations with Output led us to look at the Shure system, which was of immediate interest to us as being a totally digital solution.”

Janssen continues: “Shure has a reputation for being a market-leading audio brand, so we felt that the decision for us to change to a Shure ULX-D digital system wasn’t a high risk at all, and in fact, provided much greater benefits than the existing system.”

Results

Actual numbers of equipment used across the campus revealed the true challenge of managing channels within a restricted bandwidth, 86 ULXD4 receivers, 103 ULXD1 bodypacks and 14 ULXD2 handhelds. With such a demanding audio requirement, having the ability to test the systems before integration was a bonus, with AV specialists Output having the facilities in place for hands-on demonstrations ahead of purchasing.

“The Shure system provides us with a flexible, stable solution to continue to offer the best possible learning experience to all our students across the university. Our academics also appreciate the ease of use when switching systems, from lapel to headset microphone. It’s a straightforward process which works perfectly and means there’s no lost time within the classes.”

Having had the Shure systems in place for 12 months, both Janssen and Zwanenberg are pleased with the decision to upgrade.

“We’re very happy with the performance of the systems across the university,” claims Janssen. Students and lecturers are benefiting from superb audio clarity. Our technical team is also very pleased with the stability and performance of the microphones, along with the superb performance of the accus that charge the batteries to full capacity within three hours.”

“ULX-D is now the new standard at the university,” concludes Zwanenberg. “Each microphone system is totally reliable and works perfectly depending on the needs of the room.”

Gear List
Model Number Quantity Description
ULX-D Digital wireless system offers a mix of 24-bit digital audio quality and scalability to meet the demands of installed applications.
ULXD1 Digital bodypack transmitter offers compatibility with ULX-D Digital Wireless Systems and delivers uncompromising audio quality and RF performance.
ULXD4D Digital dual wireless receiver offers an intelligent dual-channel intelligent option for use in any professional sound reinforcement application.