World’s largest Control4 superyacht AV installation
Veritais has carried out what is possibly one of most far reaching and highest specification audio visual installations yet seen on a superyacht for the Control4 system. Titania, the 73m / 239′ motor yacht built by Lurssen in 2006, is one of the most distinctive yachts in the world, and she has just benefited from a completely new level of audio visual system, fully controllable via touch screens in every cabin, covering everything from TV and movies to lighting, blinds, air conditioning and CCTV.
Veritais, a leading global consultancy and supplier of audio-visual systems for luxury yachts, was commissioned to carry out the project only after Titania’s owner had trialled the system in his house with a view to going ahead with the full onboard system.
The AV refit was carried out in Marseilles over several months with a team of up to eight personnel from Veritais working at any one time. “This is one of most far reaching AV specifications with Control4 that we have ever designed,” comments Veritais’s David Milner. “Veritais had been recommended to the owner and engineer, and following our successful proposal, we have been able to source and integrate the most advanced products on the market, enabling us to continually use new technology as it becomes available.”
The system consists of independent zones that can play video and audio sources locally as well as sharing the media stored on the network drive. The main areas each have a wireless 7” Touch Screen which will provide full control of the zones’ AV systems including the TV, amplifier, media player, DVD player, TV lift, lighting, heating and blinds. The main controller for the system is manufactured by Control4 and manages the entire system.
Veritais undertook an extensive rewiring programme as well as providing a large amount of new equipment including 16 Sky HD decoders and TVs for each room, 16 in total, installed in each cabin and general area along with the 7” tablet for complete control including music browsing as well as TV and accessing the main movie server. TVs and speaker/amplifier systems are also fitted in the areas, including owner’s study, massage room, guest cabins, and main deck lounge, bridge deck saloon and dining area where Sony 75” or 49” TVs are installed. Zones can be ‘grouped’ to all output the same music or video, in ‘party mode’. The Jacuzzi area and sundeck also have similar AV systems.
An upgraded wi-fi network has also been installed throughout the yacht to ensure high availability and commercial strength security, which, given the structural density of the yacht and its size, needed specific and robust solutions. Three Cisco switches have been installed totalling 144 ports of gigabit and POE which will provide a robust and flexible network backbone for connectivity.
Also at the touch of a finger on the Control4 pads is lighting and blind control. All lighting ‘scenes’ are programmed into the system and controlled and enabled via the touch screens. Similarly heating and air conditioning is included. Crew and guests can also see the navigation charts of their location on their individual cabin screens.
Michael Fenton of Titania commented “Veritais have been open, honest and pragmatic throughout the project. They respond rapidly, and genuinely want to help, offering a robust and reliable solution. Nothing was too much trouble. They were accommodating of last minute changes and worked extremely hard to deliver the project on time. Veritais have a great team and I enjoy working with them. I’m sure we will do more business together in the future.”
Veritais will return to the yacht in the next few months to fit out a cinema fit out with a 3 metre screen.
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