Van Damme cable has formed a key part of vital seizure monitor systems at The Meath Epilepsy Trust in Surrey. The Meath is a residential centre offering residential and day care services for people with epilepsy, many of whom also have learning disabilities. The organisation provides modern, comfortable accommodation, where each individual has their own room that they can personalise as they wish, grouped in small units across the site. Here, Installation specialists Scanaudio have been working with the trust over a number of years to implement an audio monitoring system for their residents, many of whom suffer from epilepsy.
Assistive technology is now a key feature of The Meath’s modern strategy and they use seizure monitoring systems throughout to ensure people feel safe without the need for unnecessary intrusion, particularly at night. Scanaudio devised a listen-in system which allows staff to monitor residents in their rooms using a simple to operate interface linked to a PC, audio digital signal processor ( DSP ) and high quality powered loudspeakers.
The system comprises Audio Technica boundary microphones installed at ceiling or bed-head level in each room along with local privacy switches. The microphones and switches are hard wired with Van Damme one pair install classic microphone cable, back to an office based BSS Soundweb London processor.
Scanaudio’s William Couchman explained: “We chose Van Damme cable for its great audio quality and signal integrity over long cable runs, which is essential to the critical audio listening requirement of the system. The small cable diameter and easy termination made this an ideal choice for the project where access space is limited and working time in the staff office needs to be kept to a minimum.”
The Meath staff operate the system using a custom interface, which allows them to listen to a group of rooms or to monitor an individual room in ‘solo’ mode. In addition, some of the units also feature Shure in ear monitor systems ( IEM ), which allow staff to continue to monitor the audio system whilst working away from the office via a radio link.