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Chief Launches Classroom Amplification System

Chief's CoPilot AV system includes video hardware and classroom audio amplification gear, with support for assisted listening as well.

Chief, a division of Milestone AV Technologies that specializes in AV mounts and racks, has rolled out a new video hardware and audio amplification system designed for use in classrooms.

For enhanced audibility in instruction, the new room system, CoPilot, offers a 25 watt amplifier, a wireless module, two microphones, and two plenum speakers.

The wireless microphones, consisting of a lanyard-style microphone for teachers and a handheld model for students, use RF technology and offer a range of 40 feet.

For students with hearing disabilities that may not benefit from amplified audio, the CoPilot system offers an assisted listening kit that employees a double gang-mounted module and ADA-compliant assisted listening receivers.

The video side of the system uses a module that accepts S-video and VGA inputs while routing a VGA out signal that can be sent to any number of devices. A universal mount, suspended ceiling kit, and extension column, are provided for projector-based systems.

Both audio and video components can be operated manually from a double gang-mounted control pad or remotely using Chief's system administration software.

The Web-based administration software offers the ability to control an individual room or groups of rooms from any computer networked within the building.

Multiple systems can be connected to a school's PA, allowing announcements to be made to individual rooms or groups of rooms as well. Intercom override and fire alarm override features are built in.

The CoPilot room system is currently available and ships in a variety of configurations. Further information is available here.

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