News from Ateis UK

Ateis releases 2011 catalogues

December 2010

Ateis are pleased to release their new international catalogues for their 2011 product range, including the IDA8 Voice Alarm Controller, the ECS Teleconferencing products and the Orbit 360 steerable array.

The three separate catalogues are:

PAVA 2011 This includes all the information on the new IDA8 plus how to use our Ethernet microphones and IP connectivity to build VA systems for the future. For the first time, more detailed applications information is shown to assist you in configuring an Ateis PAVA system.

Commercial Audio 2011 This includes the information on the updated LAPG2, again with improved IP connectivity as well as data on the UAPG2 and the new ECS Teleconferencing system, which is a truly new product in its field.

Intelligent Acoustics 2011 This has the information on the updated Messenger steerable columns, which like the other Ateis products have been given much enhanced IP connectivity, as well as the data on the Orbit 360 our steerable column that uniquely covers all 360 degrees around it recently installed on the Dubai Metro system to great effect.

In releasing these catalogues, you can see that Ateis is devoted to meeting the demands for interconnectivity that will guide our choices over the next years. We hope that you will download and read them to see our vision for the future.

Messenger speakers used at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

December 2010

As probably the most famous unfinished church on the planet, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is familiar to most European travellers. A masterpiece of design, with features that make it unique so a great match for Ateis Messenger loudspeakers, which were chosen along with UAPG2 processing for the sound system, recently blessed by the Pope. Read more in our press release .

Ateis Launches ECS-Teleconference System

February 2010

Ateis has addressed a problem that has long plagued teleconferencing by releasing the ECS-Teleconference unit.

The ECS-Teleconference unit is an echo cancellation system (ESC) that is designed to produce clear audio for teleconferences, with no delays or doubletalk.

At the heart of the system is a digital signal processor using DYNAMIC Automatic Echo Cancellation, based on a wideband acoustic echo cancelling algorithm developed by Ateis' R&D department.

This groundbreaking technology enables the ECS to produce natural, full duplex speech with a bandwidth of 20Hz to 27kHz, which brings huge benefits during conversations involving large numbers of people.

The ECS range currently comprises eight units, which provide a range of tools for producing clear, successful teleconferences. The system features integrated compressor-limiters, equalisation, matrixes and delay capability, augmented by configurable routers and comprehensive signal processing.

This is all controlled from the ATEIS-NET graphical user interface, while additional components are available from the ECS DSP library to create larger, more fully functioned systems. These include Automatic Gain Control, Feedback Killers, Meters, Generators and Automatic Microphone Mixers.

Users are able to program how audio signals are processed within the ECS to suit their personal preferences or the demands of the installation. The entire system can be configured using PC software and controlled using specific screens, RS232 or optional remote controllers. Multiple ECSs can be run over Ethernet, ATEIS netLink or ATEIS Fibre-NetLink.

ECS features up to 16 wideband AES software modules and a maximum of 24 configurable hardware units, which have electronically balanced inputs and outputs. Also included are a telephone interface, Ethernet port and a remote control bus.

"Teleconferencing is vital in these days of fast-paced international business but there is an even greater need for clear communications with no delays," comments Ateis' International Sales Manager, Albert van der Hout. "The new ECS gives excellent audio quality and allows users to program it to suit their needs. We see ECS as an important new tool for businesses around the world."

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Ateis UK Win Noise Oscars Award!

November 2009

Ateis UK is delighted to be part of the award winning installation at the Brit Oval cricket ground, which won a coveted "Noise Oscar" on 4th November 2009. Ateis Messenger L loudspeakers are a key part of the design by acoustic consultancy the Sharps Redmore Partnership, which won the Noise Abatement Society's prestigious John Connell Award for Innovation.

The Award, named after the Society's founder, was presented at the Society s 50th Anniversary ceremony held at the House of Commons and recognises innovative ways to deal with the problem of noise pollution. Sharps Redmore was honoured for its forward thinking approach to solving the problem of extraneous sound escaping from the cricket ground and potentially disturbing residents in neighbouring flats.

Three Ateis Messenger L Loudspeakers were specified by Sharps Redmore's Clive Bentley to achieve this goal. The management of the Brit Oval has always considered its neighbours but in these days of Twenty20 cricket and evening matches under floodlights, accompanied by celebratory music and fanfares at certain points in the games, even greater care has to be taken not to disturb them. "We want to provide the best possible coverage and quality to everyone who comes to watch cricket at the Brit Oval but we also realise that not everyone who lives nearby is a fan of the game, so we try to ensure that local residents are not disturbed or annoyed by sound coming from the ground," comments Clive Stephens, Operations Director of the Brit Oval.

The three Messenger L units are spread across the back of the Peter May stand, which is nearest to the majority of surrounding homes. "The controllable directivity of the Messenger means that the back-spill from the loudspeaker is pushed down at the same angle and doesn't travel straight back to the windows of the flats," explains Neil Voce, sales director of Ateis UK.

Voce was proud to be present at the Awards ceremony and sees Sharps Redmore's win as a combination of sensitive sound system design and the right equipment for the job. "We are very pleased to have played a role in this installation, which is a vindication of Ateis' commitment to the beam-style of loudspeaker design," he comments. "The Messengers are establishing themselves in the sports sector and this Award emphasises their place in the market."

Picture Caption: From L to R: Celia Barlow MP, Member for Hove and Portslade presenting to Clive Bentley of Sharps Redmore, Neil Voce MD of Ateis in the background.

Ateis UK now on Facebook & Twitter!

September 2009

Ateis UK has now gone social! So you can keep up to date with all the Ateis Public Address and Voice Alarm news and reviews via your favourite social networking and microblogging site, Facebook and Twitter So why become a fan or join us or follow us on twitter?

England Wins the Ashes at the Brit Oval!

August 2009

The fifth and final Ashes Test began Thursday at the Brit Oval in south London, and, with the series drawn so far, there’s going to be a lot of passionate noise coming from the ground, but steps have been taken to ensure that the PA system does not disturb non–cricket-loving local residents.

Competitions like the ICC World Twenty20 have had an influence on cricket in general, and now international matches are louder and more boisterous affairs than those in the past. To comply with new licensing regulations, the operators of the Oval brought in acoustic consultancy Sharps Redmore to reduce the sound levels being heard at neighbouring flats.

Public address specialist Ateis UK was contracted to supply three of its Messenger Loudspeakers, which produce a tight, 7-degree “beam” of sound and are controlled using a DSP lobe system. “There’s more audio accompaniment to cricket matches these days, and games like those in the Twenty20 often take place in the evening under floodlights,” notes Neil Voce, sales director of Ateis UK. “So there’s more chance of annoying the neighbours than with a more traditional match that starts at 10 a.m. and finishes at 6 p.m.”

The Messenger loudspeakers are positioned along the rear of the Peter May stand, which is the nearest area of the ground to the surrounding residences. The lobe centres of each loudspeaker have been set at a downward angle of 24 degrees, reducing the overall sound level by up to 15 dB and preventing back-spill on to the windows of the flats.

Another aspect of the new installation has been beneficial to broadcasters working at the ground. “Because the sound is pushed down into the stand,” says Voce, “it is not propagated across the field of play, which makes interviewing players on the pitch easier and prevents the delayed sound from reaching seats on the opposite side of the ground.”

Clive Stephens, operations director of the Brit Oval, adds, “We want to provide the best possible coverage and quality to everyone who comes to watch cricket at the Brit Oval, but we also realise that not everyone who lives nearby is a fan of the game. So we try to ensure that local residents are not disturbed or annoyed by sound coming from the ground.”

England needs to win to regain the tiny urn containing the Ashes of English Cricket (actually, the burnt remains of the wicket bails used during a match at the Oval in 1882 when Australia beat England for the first time on English soil, prompting a newspaper to publish an obituary for the domestic game). Australia, on the other hand, needs only a draw to keep the trophy. Whichever way it goes, the cheers of the crowd might still disturb the neighbours, loudspeakers or no loudspeakers.

News Focus with Environmental Health News

July 2009

Acoustic consultants Clive Bently and Gary King carried out an unusual project to control and monitor noice from the PA system used for an international cricket competition. The ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament held at the Oval in south London last month was a colourful and entertaining event.

During games, the pa system played short bursts of lively music to inspire and entertain crowds. The music came on every time a four or a six was scored, or a batsman was out, adding to the excitement of the match.

Previously, orgasnisers had aimed to achieve a level of 80-85 dB in the stands but there was concern that this could cause disturbance to the local residents during floodlight matches in the evening.

Acoustic Consultant Sharps Redmore Partnership was brought in to carry out a survey.

It held discussion with interested parties and made a detailed consideration of local circumstances. After this the London borough of Lambeth set a target level of 67dB at the nearest noise-sensitive premises - 15 dB above typical evening background noise levels, based on the guidance in the Noise Council guide for outdoor events.

While being eminantly reasonable, this was felt to be a challenging target, since the closest facades are just less than 20 metres from the edge of the stands and there is no screening between speaker locations and many of these flats, which are in a five-story block.

Sound at previous events had been provided by the Oval's inhouse speaker system, primarily used for announcement, along with a serious of speakers around the boundary of the pitch facing up and outwards to provide the neccesary boost of levels.

First testing of the system was carried out in the snow in February, and without modification it was found that, with the levels of sound desired within the stands, noise measured at an open window on the fifth floor flat opposite was 78dB.

The in-house speakers were found to be omni-directional, with a level difference between the front of the speaker and the rear of only about 3dR. Hence sound spillage from the ground was quite significant to begin with.

Discussions were held the various speaker manufacturers and, after much tinkering and trying a number of set-ups, a solution was found. It involved the use of Ateis Uk's Messenger Line Array speakers, with a highly directional emission patterns.

A Sticky Wicket for Ateis UK at the Brit Oval

July 2009

The gentle sound of leather against willow is the traditional sound of cricket but with the new style competitions like the recent ICC World Twenty20 a lot more noise and excitement is generated these days. This suits the fans but not all of those living near the major grounds, so loudspeaker and PAVA equipment manufacturer Ateis UK Ltd is using its loudspeaker technology to produce the necessary sounds levels from public address systems and keep the local Residents happy at the same time.

At the Brit Oval in the south London, the Ateis UK have achieved this by installing three of its Messenger L series speakers, which have substantially reduced the amount of sound coming from the grounds during matches.

"There's more audio accompaniment to cricket matches these days and games like those in the Twenty20 often take place in the evening under the floodlights, so there's more chance of annoying the neighbours than with with a more traditional match that starts at 10am and finishes at 6pm," explains Neil Voce, Sales Director of Ateis UK.

Ateis UK was brought in by acoustic consultancy Sharps Redmore, which was working on the Brit Oval to reduce noise levels reaching nearby flats and comply with licensing regulations. Tests were held at the Brit Oval involving a variety of loudspeakers and the Messenger was selected for the job because it reduced the level by up to 15 dB, while still delivering the required volume to the stands.

The three Messenger L units are spread across the back of the Peter May stand, which is nearest to the majority of the surorunding homes. The Messenger produces a tight, 7-degree "beam" of sound that can be precisely positioned using the DSP lobe control. The loudspeaker lobe centres at the Brit Oval are angled down at 24 degrees, which Neil Voce says "The controllable directivity of the Messenger means that the back-spill from the loudspeaker is pushed down at the same angle and doesn't travel straight back to the windows of the flasts," he explains. "Because the sound is pushed down into the stand it is not it is not propogated across the field of play, which makes interviewing players on the pitch easier and and prevents the delayed sound from reaching seats on the opposite side of the ground."

Clive Stephens, Operations Director of the Brit Oval, comments, "We want to provide a the ebst possible coverage and quality to everyone who comes to watch cricket at the Brit Oval but we also comes to watch cricket at the Brit Oval but we also realise that not everyone who lives nearby is a fan of the game, so we try to ensure the local residents are not disturbed or annoyed by sound coming from the ground. We value our position in the local community and the new Ateis UK loudspeakers have allowed us to ensure that what happens inside the Brit Oval stays there."

Ateis UK at the ABTT Show!

June 2009

Ateis UK are delighted to announce they will be jointly exhibiting with HD PRO AUDIO (www.hdproaudio.co.uk) at the ABTT 2009 (11th & 12th June) show in London's Royal Horticultural Halls, Stand 84, Lawrence Hall.

About the ABTT Show The ABTT Theatre Show is the only UK exhibition catering exclusively for the general theatre marketplace. From the start, the ABTT Show has been noted as being a visitor friendly event, an ideal place to meet end users and 'network'. It is also notable for being a quiet show. Sound companies show their wares with little or no noise to the great relief of all!

So what is on at the Ateis UK stand this year at ABTT?

- New products & Services:

See how the DIVA8M is the perfect fit for up to 8 zone voice alarm applications with seemless integration into fire panels.

- The Messenger

Ateis UK qill be jointly exhibiting with HD PRO AUDIO on Stand 84, Lawrence Hall so see you there!

Ateis UK at Firex 2009

March 2009

Ateis UK are delighted to announce they will be exhibiting at Firex 2009 in Birminghams NEC arena, stand A25 Hall 3.

International FIREX is the leading event for the fire protection/prevention/fighting industries and we, as the organisers like to offer you the full spectrum of these products and services available both in the UK and worldwide. Therefore, this event is the showcase for over 120 exhibiting companies and is therefore a must attend for anyone who has ‘fire' within their job remit. (description taken from the Firex 2009 website)

So what is on at the Ateis UK stand this year at Firex?

- New products & Services:

See how the DIVA8M is the perfect fit for up to 8 zone voice alarm applications with seemless integration into fire panels.

- The Messenger

Ateis UK on Stand A25, Hall 3 will also be demonstrating the first live use of the Messenger fully-directional line array at any exhibition in the UK!

Register your interest & receive a free gift!

So to see how Ateis can offer a great integrated Voice Alarm solution for the fire industry come along and see us at Stand A25, hall 3. If you pre-register your interest at seeing us at Firex this year, send an email to us at Infoplease@ateis.co.uk This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and claim your free gift at our stand!

2nd Gen Messenger Line Arrays

March 2009

Ateis introduces here next generation range of steerable line-arrays that are fully redesigned to meet the current and future demands for the Voice-Alarm industry, commercial audio and Pro-sound.

The Messenger G2 is a through ‘next generation’ design where we have focused on an improvement on the lobe-controls and the overall technical specifications, we can now say that the Messenger G2 provides broadcast S/N ratio, music quality frequency respond and a pro-sound power handling with more advanced pre-processing abilities.

New generation Ateis Voice-Alarm and audio processors are equipped with remote control facilities by LAN or WAN and have a variety of networking and control cards. To meet our future standards, the Messenger G2 has been equipped with equal networking facilities. The input section has been redesigned and upgraded to broadcast standards and has now 2 fully controllable audio inputs and outputs with override functions and hardware bypass function. The output to the slave unitÂ’s caries either the pre-processed mixed signal of the input mix and thus provides easier room control as equalization and feedback filtering or the original ‘floor’- signal.

For more information click here to read the new Messenger G2 Datasheet!

Prolight & Sound 2009

March 2009

Ateis will be exhibiting at Prolight & Sound 2009 (1st - 4th April) in Frankfurt and will be showcasing with our international team the very latest Ateis Public Address and Voice Alarm systems. So why not come and see us at Stand B16 in Hall 8.0 to experience the Ateis showcase of our very latest next generation products including:

Also make a note to join us on Thursday and Friday the 2nd and 3rd of April at 4pm to enjoy our famous 'Happy Hour' hopsitality where you can enjoy the very best in Swiss wine and food. Join us for this time to help us discuss any of your Public Address and Voice Alarm needs while in a comfortable and social environment of the Ateis stand.

Ateis UK is looking forward to seeing you there!

Ateis and K Array make UK debut in Kettners

February 2008

Kettner's is a grand old Soho institution, once frequented by Oscar Wilde, the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII), often with his mistress, Lillie Langtry, and Agatha Christie and later a favourite haunt of media types and theatre-goers. The restaurant, and its famous champagne bar, has now been refurbished with a new decor, which harks back to its Victorian beginnings, and a cutting edge sound system marking the first UK installation of the Ateis UAP G2 digital audio processor and K-Array loudspeakers.

Background music, both live and pre-recorded, sets the mood in the building's different areas; the Champagne Bar, Brassiere and Pudding Bar downstairs and the Piano Bar upstairs. A well-distributed, easy to control sound system is essential for these installations but Kettner's management also wanted facilities for three media rooms on the first floor.

These are being hired out to corporate clients and local film and post-companies for presentations and receptions. Each media room contains a sound system that includes a pair of K-Array KT20 loudspeakers accompanied by a KKS50 subwoofer, small, high quality units that are striking in appearance but which blend with the interior design by Studio Ilse.

The K-Arrays are controlled locally by a Crestron MT000 wireless touch screen processor but can be run on a wider scale from the Ateis UAP G2. Kettner's is the first UK installation for the UAP G2, which was supplied through Ateis' distributor, HD Pro Audio .

Robert Knowles of installation company All Options explains that Kettner's wanted a system that was cost-effective and simple to operate. "A switcher-controlled matrix is one approach," he says, "but that can be expensive to install and complicated to run with touch screens. A simpler and less costly way is to have easy to operate wall panels, with the matrix hidden away in a rack. The Ateis is the easier way to do this."

Two Ateis racks control all three floors. One is located upstairs, the other downstairs, with amplifiers in each location. By using a selector on the wall panels, background music licensed from Image Sound or the output of the Sennheiser Evolution G2 wireless microphone in the Piano Bar can be switched to any part of the building, which is fitted with a mixture of Tannoy ceiling loudspeakers and further K-Array KT20/KKS50 combinations.

Through the UAP G2's switching capability the K-Arrays in the media rooms can also relay either background music or performances in the Piano Bar. In return what is heard in the media areas can be broadcast over the rest of the building. Kettner's has been fitted with CAT5E cable arranged in rings, connecting the Ateis and Crestron processors using the RS232 protocol. The two systems can work independent of each other or be networked in this way.

Kettner's manager Andrew Goddard says the installation meets all the requirements asked of All Options and Ateis: "This is a new and quirky installation that was conceived with ease of use and multi-functionality in mind. It's fulfilled the need for a very discreet system in line with the demands of this Grade 2 listed building and it's idiot-proof for our non-technical staff to operate it."

Ateis UK at IIPSEC

January 2009

Ateis UK will be exhibiting in a joint stand (009) with Audio Design Systems at the 2009 IIPSEC show in Warwickshire from Tuesday 27th - 29th January.

So what is IIPSEC?

Presenting world-class network and digital security solutions to an eager internaitonal audience. IIPSEC, unlike other trade show's is an event focused on Technology and its applications.

Since its inception, IIPSEC has led the field in delivering quanlity visitors. Our access to this unique audience is enhanced by our associated organisation the IP UserGroup with more than 16,000 members worldwide and our international media relationships in both trade and vertical market publications.

Where is IIPSEC being held?

IIPSEC, Hall 2, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ

Tel: 02476 696 969

Fax: 02476 696 900

To find out more why not visit their website?

http://www.iipsec2006.workzsites.com/home.html