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The Sound and Communication Systems for a 150 Seat Parliamentary Assembly Hall

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The parliamentary format of meetings requires a specifically-designed sound and communication system. The system should not hamper the flow of discussion, the rapid exchange of ideas and the completion of the agenda. It should only be an aid to the efficient running of the meeting. The pressure of electronic voting systems or computers is rejected in many cases; instead, it is preferred to vote or request permission to speak by raising the hand, to allow members to interchange seats in addition to speaking from the rostrum. One hundred and fifty microphones have to be switched on and off. Speech from any position must be intelligible to all other members, the executive, visitors and the press. Many special electronic features are necessary, such as push-button switching for microphones, an indication when a speaker's microphone is live, different message indications, push-buttons for personal calls and telephone systems. An Assembly Hall will be described which is currently being remodelled and which will house a State Parliament after the elections.

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