dLive Takes on Install Duties at Lisbon’s EPIC SANA Marquês

Located in central Lisbon, the EPIC SANA Marquês is a newly built €48m five-star hotel aimed at both business and leisure visitors to Portugal’s picturesque capital city. In addition to the 379 guest rooms across 12 floors, the hotel also features 18 modular meeting rooms, offering numerous layout possibilities, plus several restaurants and bars.

The plethora of configuration options for the modular meeting rooms required careful planning from installers Apogeu and Allen & Heath distributor Flashbox, both members of the Lisbon based Avitel Group, particularly when it came to ensuring ease of use for the hotel’s staff.

To handle the signal processing and complex routing options, a dLive CDM64 MixRack was deployed with additional I/O added via three DX012 remote output expanders plus a single DX168 remote expander, delivering a total of 80 inputs and 76 outputs throughout the building.

“The dLive system is controlling the audio in meeting rooms across 2 floors of the hotel, and the movable walls mean each floor can be configured according to space and capacity requirements of each event,” explains Pedro Luis, Product Manager at the Avitel Group.  “It’s also controlling the top floor of the hotel with a bar, disco, and a spa, but the magic in using the dLive system is definitely on the 2 floors for corporate events.”

To ensure seamless integration with other AV equipment used throughout the install, a Kramer Control system was deployed for end-user control of all audiovisual elements via Android tablets, utilising dLive’s 3rd party control protocols. “The system is designed for the customer to change the inputs and outputs based on the space is currently using for each specific event” notes Luis. “This took quite a few hours of programming, since the dLive system is also connected to the Kramer video system that we installed, with TVs, LED walls and video projectors.”

“The dLive system has ensured we met the requirement for complex configurations to be easily recalled and controlled by the hotel staff” concludes Luis.