Uni FM

Client: Cape Peninsula University of Technology (2007)

JBL Control 23'sUni FM is the campus radio station at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The lack of available FM frequencies in Cape Town led us to devise a more creative audio distribution system for the station.

Blue Cow installed and designed a system to transport the station's audio signal using the university's existing IP network. The system is based on audio-over-IP encoders and decoders from Barix. These then used to feed high quality business music systems in the main public areas of the university campuses in Cape Town and Bellville.

Initial designs to link the Bellville and Cape Town campuses (35km apart) using radio or Telkom links were prohibitively expensive. The use of audio over IP solved the problem at minimal cost by piggy-backing on existing WAN links between campuses. The decoders at each location can be monitored and controlled from any where on the network via a web browser. This really is a great option for audio in the institutional and commercial environments.

Surface and ceiling mount speakers used for the system were from the JBL Control Series. The system used at the Bellville student centre was particularly impressive. It's a large room with a relatively low suspended ceiling. A combination of JBL in-ceiling speakers and sub-woofers arrayed in a hexagonal grid deliver a full and even response throughout the room.

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