Cambridge company developed wireless cinema audio distribution system for people with hearing and visual disabilities

Europe, September 7 2011

An audio system developed by a Cambridge company to improve the cinema experience for people with hearing and visual disabilities has been taken on by a world leader in digital service provision.

Cambridge Consultants’ new wireless Salix audio system makes it easier and cheaper for any theatre or auditorium to install audio assistance for deaf people.

And Doremi Cinema, a Californian hardware company who have sold some 20,000 units of their cinema server, has become the first company to license the Cambridge-born audio system.

Cinemas will be able to wirelessly deliver two stero or four mono channels – one for hearing impaired and another deaf users – wihtout the need for high installation or retro-fit costs of many current systems.

The Salix system uses DECT wireless technology with a operating range of 100 metres as opposed to many other systems which use infra-red – where a direct line of sight is needed between two devices.

Tim Whittaker, system architect in Cambridge Consultants’ wireless division, said: “DECT is a rock solid radio technology which is why we consider it ideal for audio distribution where quality and stability are the key criteria.

“The fact that it is a well-established technology also means that DECT chips are widely available at a very low unit cost, which enables the development of extremely low cost receivers for auditoria.”

Michael Archer, vice president of sales at Doremi Cinema, added: “We listened to theatre operators’ concerns about the high cost and installation difficulties associated with offering their hearing and visual disabilities a high quality theatre experience.”


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