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Ampetronic Aids London Tourism

Induction loop systems recently installed at two London tourist attractions (February 02, 2005)

The implementation of Part 3 of the Disability Discrimination Act is providing busy times for Ampetronic, whose induction loop systems are proving extremely popular in a wide variety of venues and attractions.

Ampetronic induction loops have recently been installed at the heart of two major London tourist attractions, ensuring that the hearing impaired can enjoy the experience just as much as those with no disability.

Driven by twin Ampetronic ILD9 induction loop amplifiers via an SP5 phaser, Scanaudio has installed adjacent ultra-low spill loop systems at the British Museums Virtual Mummy exhibition. This innovative showcase is made possible by CAT scanning technology, allowing the Museum to see ?inside an Egyptian mummy which has resided intact at the museum since the late 19th Century. The exhibition is based on the resulting three-dimensional model and explores who the body inside the mummy might have been, how he lived and so on. Visitors are treated to a 20-minute IMAG show, featuring full surround sound and 3D visuals.

?Because of the shows format, our main consideration was the seating arrangement and how to make the loop system work most effectively with it, says Scanaudios Dee Couchman. ?There is also the pre-show area which has the second loop system running a different programme, so we had to ensure there was no crossover. Ampetronic systems are designed so that the field strength falls off rapidly outside the actual area to be covered, so that was achieved fairly easily.

Because the loop system was added to a specific exhibition, the area was closed off to the public during installation. However, Scanaudio still had to deal with the ever-present problem of tight timescales. ?The loop is installed underneath the floor covering, so it goes in as close as possible to the flooring being laid, says Dee.

The exhibitions surround sound cannot be reproduced in a monophonic piece of equipment like a hearing aid, so Scanaudio took a line level mono feed for the induction loop. ?The bandwidth of hearing aids is limited, about the same as good quality telephone signal, says Couchman. The aim is to give those with a hearing aid assistance with hearing the presentation. By the nature of having a hearing impairment, the subtleties of surround sound arent that important.

Scanaudio has also installed Ampetronic low spill loop systems at the Tower of London, in two adjacent basement rooms used as a lecture room and interactive workspace. Each system is driven via a pair of ILD 252,s linked with an SP5 phase shift unit. The audio source signals are controlled via a BSS 9088ii Soundweb with radio and wired microphones, plus inputs for a range of audio sources.

?Because its a training/study type environment and used for a range of purposes, the audio system is much more multi-functional than the British Museum installation, says Couchman. ?But thats why weve worked with Ampetronic for the past 15 years. Theyre the only company that comes up with solutions for complex systems and the equipment is extremely reliable. There are cheaper systems available, but Ampetronics are by far the best.

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Ampetronic is an acknowledged world leader in induction loop technology for the assistive hearing market. From a ticket counter to the largest auditorium, our extensive design expertise and product range constitute a total solution, providing state-of-the-art help for the hearing aid user.

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