Veritais upgrades onboard systems on Babylon
Veritais Ltd has carried out an extensive AV system upgrade aboard the 38 metre motoryacht Babylon (ex Light Blue). A leading consultancy and supplier of audio-visual systems for luxury yachts based in the UK, Veritais carried out the original advanced audio visual installation on board the superyacht when, under new ownership, she was brought to the UK to be completely refitted in 2011. Babylon was built by Rodriquez Yachts in Italy in 2005.
Veritais was originally commissioned to install a complete new audio-visual and IT system spread across 15 independent zones, each connected via a Cat5e network to a central media server. The owner was also keen to have easy access to the internet and email, so the yacht required full Wi-Fi access. This was provided using eight internal wireless access points and a shore Wi-Fi repeater allowing connection to shore Wi-Fi hotspots up to six miles away. 3G capability was also required for when local services were not available.
Five years on the company has now revisited the yacht to upgrade the network and wi-fi by installing a Ubiquiti managed wireless network throughout the yacht to provide full wireless coverage. The previous Netgear Access Points were only 2.4Ghz Wireless G (54Mbps), with the new Ubiquiti Access Points providing 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands at Wireless AC (1200Mbps).
This means that the upgrade now provides a much faster connection to any device connected by wi-fi on board including crew and guest phones, tablets and computers. With the 5 GHz band the connection is also less susceptible to interference from neighbouring yachts.
A number of UPSs were fitted on-board to protect the hardware. In the galley an in-wall touch screen which controls audio visual and other settings. Handheld remote controls, supplied by Veritais partner Control4 have also updated during the five year period – Veritais has now provided charging docs and battery packs that are installed on the back of all the on board Control 4 remote controls turning them into rechargeable devices, so there’s no need to replace batteries any more. The media players were also replaced by state of the art Roku media players which restart automatically.
The core of the audio visual system is a 4 TB media ripping drive for storing music and movies, along with a Control4 main processor and a satellite TV distribution system.
The upgrade was carried out to enhance an entertainment and communications system which is centred on the saloon on the bridge deck which is designated as the main family entertainment area featuring a 55-inch LED TV, an HD media player for streaming music and movies direct from the central media server, a Sky HD decoder, PS3 and Wii consoles together with four controls each, a high-power amplifier with built-in Airplay for music streaming and associated speakers and subwoofer. An iPod dock is also available for the enjoyment of personal music tracks. The entire system is controlled by an iPad with custom software. The result is an entertainment suite guaranteed to provide a diverse range of entertainment options and access to virtually unlimited content.
The combined dining area, galley and crew mess has a 48 inch monitor, HD media player and a high-power amplifier with airplay set-up. Crew cabins come with 10.2 inch, Alpine drop-down monitors fitted above each bunk with built-in DVD players and wireless headphones, and access to the onboard CCTV.
Music out on deck is powered by zone players plus 3 x 2000 watt amplifiers and waterproof speakers to give full access to the central music library from the aft swim platform and the foredeck seating area.
The largest screen, a 70-inch Sharp with 3D functionality, is in the saloon of the main deck for general guest entertainment with full access to the central media library, Airplay and local Blu-ray player, and iPad based remote control. The bridge is fitted with a zone player with a touch screen controller for music.
Babylon takes up to ten guests and seven crew.
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