PCS Union Headquarters, London

The Public and Commercial Services Union has around 270,000 members and is the largest Civil Service trade union in the UK. Situated in an old building near Clapham Junction station lies the headquarters of the PCS Union.

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"Quinta was exceptional in meeting the needs of the client. Whilst offering the high level of sophisticated technology necessary for the security of sensitive information, the system also needed to be flexible and easy to use. The portability and ease of set-up made it ideal for outreach sessions as required by the client, saving time and obviating the need for technical expertise."

1. The Objective

The PCS Union building was in need of a number of interior refurbishments, including the installation of a modern conferencing system to replace the out-dated analogue system that was in situ to service the needs of its National Executive Committee. In addition, they required the capacity to cater for up to 49 microphone units.

POLAR recommended a wireless solution, employing beyerdynamic's Quinta wireless conferencing system which met all the requirements for safety, reliability and transmission security. The system, with remote antenna, could easily be removed from the facility should the need arise either for a change of use in the room or conferencing at an alternative location. Set up and take down time is very short and the rugged storage and transport case also acts as a charging unit with a maximum time of 2.5 hours to simultaneously charge 10 microphones.


2. Our Approach

A beyerdynamic Quinta wireless conference system was installed, offering three frequency bands - 2.4, 5.2 and 5.8GHz. Where interference is detected Quinta can silently, seamlessly and automatically switch to an interference-free frequency range. The system has a high level of wireless encryption to protect against unauthorised listening (128-bit encryption and a 24-bit PIN-code) and in offering user-friendly operation and practical portability, Quinta was the stand-out choice. 

The system runs in a "request-to-speak" mode, allowing the chairperson to control this mode via a CUE media control system and specifically, a TouchCUE 12" touch panel. The advantage of this control system is that it allows the user-interface to be customised to fit the specific needs of the client.

3. Outcomes

Jeff Woodford, RG Jones Sound Engineering:

"The client was immediately impressed with the quality and design of the microphone units and how easy it was to set up, pack down, charge and transport the system. The PCS Union now have their new Quinta wireless conference system that incorporates a CUE touch screen for the President to control their meetings and it is proving a worthwhile modern investment"

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