Archive for September, 2006

BT redcare chooses Custom Consoles M-Desk Technical Desking for Monitoring Centre

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Custom Consoles has won a £12,000 contract from BT redcare to design, manufacture and install a 9 metre wide x 2.4 metre deep control desk for the company’s Alarm Receiving Centre. Located at a secure site, the centre enables BT redcare to provide a highly efficient remote security sensing and surveillance service for corporate clients and individual households.

The new desk has seating space for five operators, each equipped with a control keyboard and dual 19 inch LCD monitor screens. Four three-drawer pedestals including file storage support the 720 mm high central span. Additional extruded-aluminium supports are located near the curved left and right ends of the desk. The first and fifth operator locations are semi-circular structures set at an angle from the main section and housing open storage shelves. A 400 mm high rear panel runs the entire width of the desk and provides acoustic screening. Monitor and keyboard cables are concealed in a duct at the rear. The desk is finished in maple with a hard-wearing Marmoleum work surface in matching marbled grey.

“M-Desk Technical Desking was the logical choice for this location,” comments BT redcare Head of Network Operations Shaun Wheeldon. “We have already had good experience of Custom Consoles’ furniture. M-Desk Technical Desking provides the same structural stability as the company’s established M-Desk range plus the additional design versatility that might otherwise have entailed the expense of an entirely customised design.”

BT redcare combines a secure landline connection with a GSM radio backup path. The Alarm Receiving Centre is informed if line failure occurs; the GSM Radio path continues to communicate, sending out any subsequent alarm signals. The result is continuous protection of BT redcare customers’ property, every second of the day, 365 days a year. Unlike other alarm monitoring services, BT redcare both alerts the Alarm Receiving Centre when it detects a line cut and provides encryption to prevent the substitution of equipment emulating line conditions.

Now in its 10th year, Custom Consoles Ltd  is an independent company manufacturing a broad range of studio and technical-support furniture including motorised, manually adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Based in Bedfordshire, England, Custom Consoles Ltd is active worldwide.

Accompanying image shows the newly installed 9 x 2.4 metre control desk installed by Custom Consoles at BT redcare’s Alarm Receiving Centre.

Media contacts:

Gary Fuller, Custom Consoles Ltd
+44 (0)1525 379 909

Custom Consoles appoints Canford as reseller

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Custom Consoles has appointed Canford as a reseller for its Media Desk range of studio furniture and Monitor Arm display-screen support equipment.

“Canford has long been one of Europe’s most active broadcast equipment suppliers,” comments Custom Consoles Sales Manager Gary Fuller. “It is a natural partner both in the broadcast and independent production markets. The Canford catalogue is one of the best known references in industry, not just among English-speaking customers but in its French and German editions.”

“Custom Consoles is very highly regarded in the broadcast business for the versatility and excellent build quality of its modular furniture,” adds Canford Managing Director Iain Elliott. “Many of its designs are equally applicable to radio and music studios as they can be scaled from single-operator up to the largest multiseat installations. The height-adjustability of Media Desk is a particularly useful feature as it allows different users to adjust the work surfaces and eyelines to their preferred settings.”

Custom Consoles Media Desks will be displayed on the Canford stand at the Sound Broadcasting Equipment Show in Birmingham, November 16-17.

Founded in 1976, Canford (www.canford.co.uk) is Britain’s largest pro-audio equipment manufacturer and distributor, with an annual turnover of around £15M. Canford is based at Washington in northeast England. Around 200 staff in total are employed by Canford at the company’s three UK and three European sites.

Now in its 10th year, Custom Consoles Ltd (www.customconsoles.co.uk) is an independent company manufacturing a broad range of studio and technical-support furniture including motorised, manually adjustable and fixed-height units plus fan-cooled sound-insulated equipment housings. Based in Bedfordshire, England, Custom Consoles Ltd is active worldwide.

Media contacts:

Gary Fuller, Custom Consoles Ltd
+44 (0)1525 379909