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Solund – a home for people with severe physical and mental disabilities in Denmark – has recently opened The Golden Horn, its new snoezelen centre.
Solund has dedicated its time and energy to develop a snoezelen centre containing the right elements to create a modern and innovative place that users can benefit from. The idea behind a snoezelen centre is to create settings which intensify the users’ senses by stimulating, entertaining, calming or activating them.
ProShop Europe, a famous Danish-based AV technology integration specialist, has been the main technical partner for this project. They supplied and installed the screens, control panels, lighting and audio systems. They also selected and programmed the Medialon control system installed in The Golden Horn.
Nine different snoezelen rooms have been built and designed in the centre. They all feature state-of-the-art AV technology that allows the rooms to turn into life amazing environments, in order to bring the best experience to the patients.
In each room, there is a Medialon Showmaster ST installed, which controls all the technical installations within the room. Along with the ten Medialon Showmaster ST embedded controllers units, twenty-five MIP media players have been installed at The Golden Horn.
The sensory experience starts while walking down The Golden Horn’s main corridor, where six 42” plasma screens, an 18sqm LED screen, two PoolSystems, sound and lighting effects have been installed in order to create unique and inviting universes for the patients. Some of the universes they can experience are a rainforest, a desert with lizards and an ocean theme with fishes and crabs.
The PoolSystems have been installed in the main corridor in order to invite people to interact with them either by walking, sitting or lying on them. The PoolSystems can be used for entertainment purposes or to motivate the user to move around, either by playing on a meadow of flowers or walking on the bottom of the ocean chasing fish. The theme of the PoolSystem is synchronized with the overall theme of the main corridor and changes with it.
In addition, each of the plasma screens is integrated in its own light box, which forms a colorful frame. They are connected and synchronized with the videos, music and lighting effects triggered depending on the theme chosen by the centre’s staff.
"Our technical and creative teams have worked together to develop custom video projections which create very realistic experiences", says Tom Gertsen, Technical Fellow at ProShop Europe "For instance, in one of the snoezelen room, six video projectors enable the creation of one large picture, which is projected onto two walls and a cone-shaped construction. Each video is supported by realistic sound effects, which truly enhances the experience", adds Tom Gertsen.
Along with the main Medialon control system, ProControl, a touch panel user interface design software has been especially developed by ProShop Europe for The Golden Horn. The control panels allow the centre’s staff to easily turn on/off all the AV devices, change colour themes, video projections, etc., in any of the snoezelen rooms thanks to intuitive and user-friendly interfaces.
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