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Southend-on-sea Borough Council

Audio Visual upgrade for the local council chamber.

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A high quality replacement for the existing 115-Seat congress audio system. The client brief specified a system with a lifespan of no less than 10 years and required equipment.

The aim of the project was to replace the existing antiquated PA system used in its Council Chamber, with a new system which would deliver a dual purpose; the provision of quality sound for all Council Meetings held within the Chamber and the facility to create greater inclusion for residents across the borough.

Webcasting of Council Meetings – The installation required a quality system, fully compatible with a digital encoder which would enable the webcasting of Council Meetings and other events, and allow any viewer with a computer or wireless device to hear and view the meetings that shape their town.

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In order to meet the client requirements for dual use, we partnered with Shure Distribution UK to examine the client requirements. We equipped the 115-delegate conference system from Shure DIS, one of the world’s leading brands of advanced conference electronics.

The supplied Shure DIS DDS 5900 Digital Discussion System enabled the following diverse functions within the chamber:

  • Discussion
  • Interpretation
  • Grouping
  • VOX (voice activation)
  • Audio scrambling

The audio system was delivered with the installation of Gooseneck microphones and discussion units, combined with Central Unit amplifier, which features a fully digital audio transmission of the floor channel as well as two channels of interpretation.

In addition, the project demanded the removal of the old antiquated hardware and cabling, to be replaced with CAT6 cabling, as well as the integration of state-of-the-art technology into the existing furniture, to maintain the aesthetics of the Council Chamber.


As a result of the successful delivery of the congress system and the dual utilisation of the solution presented by Shure & Snellings, the Council can now deliver increased accessibility, participation and transparency in the democratic process.

“We are very impressed with Snelling Business Systems both in terms of workmanship and delivering the installation to meet the project’s

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