University Cultural Centre moves ahead with Clear-Com solutions

Clear-Com will be providing the communications infrastructure and backbone for the newly upgraded University Cultural Centre (UCC) at the National University of Singapore.

The UCC was formally reopened on 22 March 2018 after an extensive upgrading exercise that has created a more comfortable and versatile venue, featuring a 1,700-seat hall and a 425-seat theatre. The upgrade ensures that the UCC is more operationally and environmentally efficient while continuing to meet the high standards required by the NUS, government and other private cultural functions.

With the foreseeable increase in activities, programmes and demand for technical resources, the UCC has upgraded its communications system; and the venue is now supported by Clear-Com’s Freespeak digital wireless intercom and HelixNet digital network party-line solutions.

“The importance of a reliable and stable communications infrastructure for a performance venue cannot be emphasised enough,” explained Telly Hartanti, Senior Associate Director, NUS Centre for the Arts. “Our communications system needed a refresh so that we could ensure seamless operations for our increasingly complex technical needs.

“The new system will not only be connecting production teams to each other, but it will also connect various venue managers to production team members. The added flexibility of FreeSpeak II’s multiple channels allows for the creation of separate communication groups, and HelixNet integration ensures quick set-ups, scalability and intuitive workflows.

“The system will be used by new hirers and visiting production teams, so it was imperative to keep it user-friendly with a low learning curve.”

Hartanti added: “And the flyaway FreeSpeak kit is crucial when we need to quickly deploy comms for events which are held outside the UCC.”

Although the new system has yet to be used due to the widespread postponement of live events, it will be used for all events hosted at the UCC, including NUS Commencement Ceremonies, the NUS Arts Festival and many more. “The UCC is essential in granting students access to the arts,” Hartanti added. “We hope that we can open our doors soon and introduce our newly enhanced venue.”

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