Welcome to the projects section of the T.G. Baker Americas website. Our impressive list of projects will provide an overview of successful, real world transit Passenger Information System implementations of what we refer to as the Power of One. One System, One Network, All Devices, One Provider.
What that means in real terms is a standardized communications protocol, integrating what is commonly as many as 4 or 5 separate systems, from audio, to video, messaging, monitoring and notifications into one network. One network that all devices are connected to from the operations point of view and from a passenger point of view. We create a structure that allows a completely immersive transportation & commuting experience, that is fast, simple to use and allows the maximum flexibility in all levels of communication.
Metrolinx - NETSPIRE DEPLOYMENT - toronto - canada
Metrolinx is an extremely modern implementation and is truly representative of the power of one. Intelligible audio, advanced route, delay and operational messaging. Mobile devices are able to connect and utilize important information, befits the phrase, one system, one network, all devices, one provider.
The deployment covers 63 rail stations, 15 Bus Depots covering a total of 7 lines. The digital based Public Address system is an extremely cost effective and flexible improvement over the earlier analog system. Extensive integration to Cisco Unified Communications Manager facilitates announcements via VOIP telephone handset.
The solution is more flexible and greatly simplified over the previous implementation and has greatly reduced the equipment footprint in station communication rooms.
WATERLOO STATION - LONDON - ENGLAND
After successfully completing several major station projects throughout the United Kingdom, TG Baker Sound was approached by Network Rail framework contractors to put a design together for the London Waterloo station. With the goal of improving system intelligibility throughout the station (beginning with the concourse area for the 2012 London Olympics, followed by the rest of the train shed and ancillary station areas after the games), T.G. Baker Sound faced a number of challenges. London Waterloo is the UK's largest and busiest railway station and like many large railway stations it provided the system designers with a significant challenge. Designing a system that can deliver clear and intelligible messages to the passengers in a station with a high reverberation time and high levels of background noise is never easy. “The design on the main concourse changed several times due to advertising and retail balcony projects.” T.G. Baker worked to develop the unusual design that would not only meet the architectural challenge, would exceed the mandate acoustically as well. “We have received comments that the intelligibility has been greatly improved and the system is now performing as it should be for the UK’s busiest rail terminal," said Scott McLucas, Senior Project Engineer, T.G. Baker Sound. A complex space, with very advanced system needs.
Glasgow central - glasgow - scotland
Like Waterloo Station, Glasgow Central is the busiest terminal in Scotland.
Following a major investment from Network Rail, it was decided that an extensive audio upgrade was required for Glasgow Central Station. Network Rail and main contractor Babcock subsequently sought the services of UK-based sound and communications company T.G. Baker, having developed a strong working relationship with them over previous rail network projects.
Brian Andrew, CEO of TG Baker Americas, who at the time headed up the Railway Division for T.G. Baker, said: “Glasgow Central is a famous Victorian structure that is protected by The National Trust for Scotland, which in itself presented a whole set of architectural limitations. As well as that, the station had a problem with intelligibility of announcements, as the reverberation time was in the region of six seconds. With such a harsh acoustic environment and protected architecture, acoustic treatment of the space would have proven to be prohibitively expensive, so in the end the whole project required a cutting-edge technology solution, and digital beam steering was the perfect answer. In most cases digital beam steering technology is the only effective way of achieving the required levels of speech intelligibility in large reverberent spaces.”
Combining cutting edge speaker deployment and the network centric, scalable Netspire system architecture resulted in a system that was able to more than meet the acoustical, architectural and ease of use criteria. Ease of use from both an operational and a commuter point of view.
Working along side our colleagues at Tannoy we managed to overcome some significant challenges on this project which the following video will explain more about. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCUfPD7pBbg
NETSPIRE DEPLOYMENT- EDMoNTon - CANADa
The Edmonton system is comprised of 18 stations on 2 lines. The digital based Public Address system is network enabled, featuring centralized and distributed system control as well as Automatic Noise Sensing Microphones (ANS) installed at each station to control and schedule system sound levels. As with most T.G. Baker Americas solutions, significant cost savings were achieved.
13 Stations over 1 light rail vehicle shed/yard. Ottawa features a digital PA, Passenger Information System and Passenger information displays. The system is installed on a new purpose built light rail platform and is network enabled with centralized and distributed system control and SCADA integration/control.