Douglas Bolton AV

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Knockan Crag

Knockan Crag

Knockan Crag

Scottish Natural Heritage Visitor Centre, Ross-shire

Located in Scotland’s Western Highlands, and without any daily supervision, the open-to-the-elements Knockan Crag Visitor Centre demands a very specific approach to AV/ICT system design.

Mains power comes and goes, the temperature ranges from -15° to 30°C throughout the year, visitors can be infrequent and status checks irregular.

When Bright 3D asked me to design interactive stations and audio replay systems that could tolerate these conditions and self-recover when things do go wrong, I wondered if this was a realistic aspiration.  However, by working closely with their design team to achieve an acceptable physical environment for the hardware, making very careful equipment choices, and controlling the content production to maximise its robustness, SNH’s and Bright 3D’s aspiration has been realised.

A sealed, temperature controlled cabinet with UPS power back-up houses the solid-state computers that feed presence-activated, weatherproof touchscreens.  Audio players are also solid-state and unaffected by power loss, and their associated loudspeakers are IP67 rated, like the push buttons that start playback.

Let’s see what the first Scottish winter can throw at our system, and how it comes through. 


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Mountain Identification display

Mountain Identification display

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Interactive stations

Interactive stations

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