The ListenWiFi Personal Listening System from Listen Technologies Corporation, a
leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of assistive listening products, was
recently installed at the new 80,000 square-foot student recreation centre at the
University of California, Riverside. The centre serves as the hub of recreational,
intramural, and club sports on campus, offering a 21,000-square foot weight area,
100 cardio machines, a wide variety of fitness and recreational classes, a 237,000-
gallon pool, drop-in basketball, volleyball and badminton games, intramural sports
and clubs, and a 32-foot climbing wall called “The Rock.’ Clovis, California-based
firm High-Tech Electric was contracted to install a large multi-screen media wall for
showcasing school events, sharing news, broadcasting sports games, and for other
entertainment and educational purposes. The 7x7x28.5-foot media wall connects 18
channels of content, including cable channels, static digital images, and messaging
as well as DVD and other media inputs.
Since the media wall is located near the fitness centre portion of the recreation
centre, UCR wanted students to easily access audio content from any of the 18
channels through their headphones using their mobile devices (iPhones, Androids,
tablets, etc.). UCR chose the ListenWiFi Personal Listening System from Listen
Technologies because it broadcasts audio from multiple TV channels or other audio
sources using digital WiFi transmission. Using the free ListenWiFi App available from
the Apple App Store or Google Play, students can bring their own WiFi-enabled
device and headphones or ear buds and easily switch audio channels with the flick
of a thumb. ISP connectivity also provides Internet access for customers connected
to the ListenWiFi network.
“The ListenWiFi and server settings were preconfigured, and the system let us
customize and manage our channel names, so it was easy to install and set up. We
have seen excellent performance, with minimal channel-switching delays, less than
2 seconds,’ said James Gulke of High-Tech Electric, the point person on the project.
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