Bayer boosts collaboration with Shure Microflex Advance
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:56
Bayer headquarters, Green Park, UK
Leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical company Bayer has unveiled cutting edge
AV systems throughout its new Green Park headquarters, working with MiX
Consultancy and Focus 21 to create collaborative spaces, meeting rooms, and
presentation suites at the heart of its four floors. This led to creating a number of
versatile, flexible meeting spaces that had to be consistent, reliable, and easy to use.
A key part of the building is the main meeting space and town hall area. This large
area is designed to be divisible into a number of rooms or opened into one space,
creating a challenge when it comes to maintaining clear, intelligible audio. To achieve
this, the space was designed for audio conferencing and voice-lift from two Microflex®
Advance™ MXA910 Ceiling Array AV conferencing microphones and a Microflex®
wireless AV conferencing system.
The MXA910 ceiling array microphone features Steerable Coverage™ Technology,
using up to eight separate lobes to accurately capture sound sources from above.
Control software offers easy configuration of all parameters, including lobe steering,
presets, and templates. This combination ensures a simple solution that delivers
pristine audio while also being discreet and architecturally unobtrusive – ideal for
high-end corporate spaces. In addition, due to its location, the ceiling array
encourages users to act and speak naturally, as they are not focused on a central
microphone, contributing to improved conferencing, better internal communications
and increased productivity.
A key factor in the decision to choose products from the Shure Microflex family was
that they are corporate network ready and can connect to networks and third-party
control systems using standard protocols for remote management and campus-wide
implementation. As Glynn Seymour, IT project lead for Bayer, explained: “The
convergence of IT and AV is not a new trend but something of increasing significance
for new builds and refurbishment. The Bayer UK headquarters move was part of a
wider culture change to a more agile way of working, and our new home had to reflect
and support this, while adhering to corporate standards in many areas. We were
challenged to create a variety of meeting spaces that were versatile but retained ease
of use and bolstered the image of Bayer as an innovation-driven Life Science
John Ellis, Shure Systems UK regional sales manager, said: “As one of our key
partners, Focus 21 worked with the Shure Systems Group to specify audio solutions
that deliver consistent clarity for meetings and presentations. The Shure AV
Conferencing microphones provide Bayer with pristine sound quality with ease of use
Justin Paveley, projects director at Focus 21, explains: “The reason why these were
selected by the Mix team was because, at present, these are the best-performing
microphones on the market, with extensive coverage of the space. Aesthetically, these
are much more subtle than ceiling microphones and fitted the bill for the client."