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Why We Added “Pink” Noise Sound Masking to a Government Building to Improve Security

Michael B. Coleman Government Center Sound Masking ICS

A CTL wholly owned subsidiary, Industrial Communication and Sound (ICS) in Columbus, has completed a huge six-month project downtown.

cutting-edge capabilities

We gave The Michael B. Coleman Government Center at 111 N. Front Street a pretty massive IT upgrade, with the installation of 900 sound masking speakers, 8 video conferencing systems, and a multitude of TVs and monitors that utilize HDMI and HDBaseT, putting the building’s audio/visual capabilities on the cutting-edge.  This process significantly reduces costs to our clients by transmitting HDMI, Ethernet, controls, USB, and power all over a single cable with greater range and an uncompressed 4K signal.

adding noise for privacy

The biggest impact will be in the building’s Public Hearing Room and Executive Board Room, giving them the capability to be more private.  Sound masking is an ambient sound, similar to “white” noise or the sound of airflow, that’s specifically engineered to the frequency of human speech used to target conversational distractions.  Sound masking doesn’t cancel sound or eliminate noise in an environment, it actually adds sound to a space making the space quieter.  Simply put, it reduces how far away conversations can be heard and understood by others, which is called the radius of distraction, creating privacy and an added element of security.

Check out some of our other ICS services here.

Interested in seeing more?  Take a video tour of the 196,000-square-foot Michael B. Coleman Government Center with Columbus Business First.




Public Hearing Room

Executive Board Room

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