The Crystal Maze – Case Study
When The Crystal Maze Live Experience team needed a complex communications system for their brand new Leicester Square venue – they approached Paramount Radio Communications.
They needed not only a radio system capable of covering the entire venue, but also required it to be linked up with an audio talkback system so that the game host knew how much time to spend in each room. The system also had to have the capacity to cope with having multiple digital channels as it was crucial that all their departments could communicate without interruption or interference.
Being based in the Business Design Centre and the preferred supplier of two-way radios for many event spaces within the UK, Paramount Radio Communications are well versed in the day to day requirements of such venues.
Following several tests, trials and site surveys, Paramount designed a bespoke mixed digital and analogue system for the client which utilised several combined repeaters whilst mixing audio playing on loop via an analogue talkback channel. This allowed the Crystal Maze to be able to have their day to day communications via digital signal with a clear, distinct audio quality whilst also allowing the analogue audio playback for their automated recordings. This bespoke system was housed in a custom-built cabinet to save on space and ensured that the equipment was protected.
Paramount engineered the antenna system along with OFCOM technically assigned radio frequencies to ensure 100 per cent coverage across the whole venue. We also supplied staff with their preferred brand of handheld radio, the Hytera PD505, which is compact, lightweight and robust so that at the touch of a button managers could achieve effective communications with every department.
Paramount completed the service by supplying a comprehensive system maintenance package to the client so that all their on-going operations were covered.
The Crystal Maze were delighted with their new radio communication system. The cutting-edge technology supplied meant it increased the efficiency of their operations and improved the ‘health and safety’ of everyone working in the venue.