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Medialon Manager goes “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” at La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg, France


Medialon Manager has been selected by the French-based integrator E/T/C, for show and media system control of the new attraction “On a marché sous la mer” at La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg, France.

Housed in the heart of the Art Deco famous Transatlantic Maritime Station of Cherbourg city, La Cité de la Mer is a scientific theme park which recounts the adventure of the man under the sea.

With more than 1, 500, 000 visitors since its opening in 2002, La Cité de la Mer is a unique place in Europe.

“On a marché sous la mer” (“We walked under the sea”) attraction allows the visitor to become the main hero of a 1-hour extraordinary trip in the deep ocean. Accompanied by Captain Glass, the visitor will board with 15 other crew members into a submarine capsule and explore the undersea just like the first explorers did 50 years ago. But before discovering the 10, 000 meters depth undersea life, abysses, volcanic eruptions and amazing seascapes, the crew will have to familiarize with the abyssal darkness and learn how to communicate together under the sea with signs.

This high quality show uses the most advanced technologies, including a Medialon Manager Show and Control system, and gives the visitor the most realistic sensations.

“The project was complex” said Patrick Dury, E/T/C Project Manager. Medialon Manager V4 PRO controls the 7 different areas of the attraction including: 22 IP video cameras used to film the visitors to inlay them in a final cut; 24 motorized doors, 12 video projectors, 4 motorized screens, 4 dynamic simulators, 1 DMX Graduator, 4 FTP servers, 1 Audio/Video server with 16 channels, 2 video Scalers, 2 Digitherme (which is a thermometer RS232), 4 Chroma keys, sound in each rooms of the attraction, etc.

“We chose Medialon Manager software because of its huge ease of programming, its ability to control any devices via any protocol and its Positrack functionalities” said Patrick Dury. The other important thing was also the fact that “Medialon system can be easily used by someone from the La Cité de la Mer” added Patrick Dury.

Medialon Manager also controls 12 ETC Digipanel interfaces, 18 Infrared zones for the audio guides, and 5 Only View real-time inlays.

Medialon Manager V4 PRO comes with free user interface design software to easily deploy multiple control interfaces such as touch screens, over a network called Medialon Manager Panel. Two of these have been integrated for the attraction and allow the flow of visitors’ management and the temperature control of the equipment in the control room.


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