System Solutions, part of the Gearhouse South Africa Group of Companies, has been awarded a US$ 400,000 contract by Reunion-based cinema company Cineco Ltd to supply cutting edge digital cinema equipment, control and content management systems for a brand-new cinema complex at the newly developed Bagatelle Mall in Moka on the Island of Mauritius.

Due to open on the 29th of September 2011, the 40 000m2 mall will be the island's first large scale, regional shopping centre. The complex will include Bagatellle - Mall of Mauritius. Upon completion, the "Bagatelle- Mall of Mauritius" will be the island's first regional shopping centre. Opening 29 September 2011. 6 fully digital, state-of-the art cinema theatres with curved screens and 3D capability - the largest of which will feature an 18 metre wide screen.

For System Solutions, this contract signals the start of what they hope will be a long-term relationship with Cineco Ltd.

The project fulfils two of System Solution’s long term strategic objectives; on the one hand penetrating the Indian Ocean Island territories, and on the other, moving into the very specialised cinema market.

"The audio component alone comes to around 6 tonnes of equipment and includes highly specialised cinema loudspeakers, amplifiers, digital signal processors and monitoring systems from QSC" said System Solutions General Manager, Roger Feldmann. "There are Dolby® CP750 Digital Cinema Sound Processors being installed in 4 of the 6 cinema theatres and Dolby® CP 650 processor, in the remaining 2. These are the only all-digital cinema processors capable of playing back both digital and analog Dolby soundtrack formats."

The Cinema complex will be equipped with a high-end Digital Cinema content delivery and management system: a Doremi DCP (Digital Cinema Package) which includes DCI compliant Doremi DCP 2000 2D/3D content servers as well as a Doremi TMS / LMS library and content management systems. This will enable simultaneous broadcast streams to multiple screens from a single cinema server using a 10GB digital cinema network backbone. This extremely powerful and versatile system will allow for last minute changes or content additions, including 3D playback.

DCI compliant CP2210 2K 2D/3D Digital Cinema Projectors from Christie are to be installed in all 6 projection rooms with 2 additional Christie Legacy analogue projectors to facilitate titles still being presented in this format.

Systems Solutions will also provide fully automated cinema dimming, lighting and control systems in all theatres.

The installation, integration and commissioning of the project will be managed by independent cinema consultant Jean Marc Wynn.

Story Robyn D'Alessandro

Aug 26, 2011

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