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Sick Kids Hospital, Toronto, ON

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Les Réseidence Jodin, Edmunston, NB

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Conseil National de Recherches Canada, Ottawa, ON

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Saint John Court Offices, Saint John, NB

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Centre de Sante et de Services Sociaux, Baie-Comeau, QC

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Providence Care Centre, Calgary, AB

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Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, Montréal, QC

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Centre de Santé et de Services Sociaux de Manicouagan, Baie-Comeau, QC (Hospital)

The surgery block at Centre de Santé et de Services Sociaux de Manicouagan required a hands free and footswitch operated communications system. Working in a cleanroom and hands free environment, it's important for the doctors and nurses to have products that fit the specifications. 


TOA recommended components from their IP Intercom Product line, including their Flush Mount Master Stations (N-8033MS). These master stations are manufactured just for hospitals. They are IP-65 rated, chemical resistant for use in industrial and harsh environments and offer an input for use with foot switch dialing.


The surgery block at the hospital is delighted with their communications system, especially that they can communicate with other areas within the hospital through a reliable hands free operation.


Products used: 

• N-8033MS Flush Mount Master Station
• N-8000EX IP Network Intercom Exchange

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Bearspaw Water Treatment Plant, Calgary, AB

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Baycrest Health Sciences, Toronto, ON

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Essex Civic Center, Essex, ON

Essex Civic Center, Essex, ON

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Council Chambers, Coquitlam

Council Chambers, Coquitlam, BC

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City of Calgary, Water Treatment Plants, AB

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City of Lethbridge City Hall, Lethbridge, AB

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City of Moose Jaw Council Chambers, Moose Jaw, SK

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Goderich Council Chambers, Goderich, ON

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Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON

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Groupe Police, Montréal, QC

Groupe Police, Montréal, QC

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High River Council Chambers,

High River Council Chambers, High River, AB

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Newmarket Courthouse

Newmarket Courthouse, Newmarket, ON

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Ontario Science Centre,

Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, ON

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Ottawa Central Ambulance Communications Centre, Ottawa, ON

When the Ottawa Central Ambulance Communications Centre designed a command-and-control center to maximize AV technology and to provide situational awarness, redundancy, and on-the-job training, they relied on TOA products.

TOA Equipment List:

    • 14 x TOA F-2352C Ceiling Speakers
    • 4 x TOA F-122CU2 Ceiling Speakers
    • 2 x TOA F-1300BT Box Speakers
    • TOA M-9000CU Modular Matrix Mixer/Amp
    • TOA D-001R Unbalanced dual-line input module
    • TOA T-001T dual-line output module 

Read Pro AV's March-April 2011 Article.

Restigouche Hospital, Campbellton, NB

Restigouche Hospital Center makes their patients comfort and safety their top priority. Restigouche Hospital is a treatment facility for patients with mental health issues, as well as an assessment facility for the courts (which requires detention areas). When researching a communication system that could be used for general paging and that could be counted on in an emergency, they chose TOA's reliable product lines.

The hospital needed an emergency broadcast system that would function 24/7 with supervision capabilities, allowing for intelligible everyday paging, as well as emergency communication. The system needed to be operational at all times for the safety of the staff and patients. It needed to be able to operate during extended power outages and have a battery backup that was reliable over a 24 hour period of time. TOA's VM-3000 Integrated Voice Evacuation System fulfilled all of these requirements. 

The hospital is divided into 15 paging zones throughout the 7 building facility. A main communication room houses the PA (public address) system for the entire facility. The gym and Chapel have their own system, which is included in the all call paging and emergency broadcast via the VM-3000 Integrated Voice Evacuation System. The gym has 4 HX-5 Compact Line Array Speakers hung centrally. The speakers are powered by TOA's DA-500 Multi-Channel Digital Amplifier. The inputs are controlled through an M-9000M2 Pre-Amplifier. The system also uses TOA's 5000 Series UHF Wireless Microphone System. A remote panel (ZM-9002) is being used to control the volume. In the Chapel are Wide Dispersion Ceiling Speakers (TOA's F-Series Ceiling Speakers) and a 5000 Series UHF Wireless Microphone System. The system is powered by A-9000 Series Modular Digital Matrix Mixer/Amplifier. The chapel also used a remote panel to control volume.

"The system design was complex in its functionality. With TOA's products, the installation was achieved easily allowing for flexibility and a key feature set through the use of the products." stated the lead technician on this project.

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Town of Whitby, Whitby, ON

The Council Chambers have two possible meeting arrangements. The first arrangement is set up for Town Council meetings. This formal meeting is set up in a circular shape with the conference tables on tiered levels. The second meeting arrangement is set up for public meetings (including noise exemption requests, city planning, etc.). During the public meetings, Council Chambers are arranged so that all committee members and participants are on one level, with the committee facing the audience. TOA’s TS-900 Series cordless Conference System allows for this portability and is ideal for any conference room that is apt to change the layout of the room, or the number of participants. “The Council Chambers enjoys using this conference system. It is easy for us to operate and re-locate the units as we require.” Commented Martha Pettit, Deputy Clerk, Town of Whitby. Moving the Chairperson and Delegate units is as simple as picking the chairman or delegate unit up and carrying it to the new location – power and cords are not required.

TOA’s TS-900 Series has the capability of being monitored by Creston control panels, which the Town of Whitby has been using. Crestron’s control panel allows the chairperson to be able to fully control all conferencing functions, including microphone functions such as mute on/off. The Town of Whitby can also expand the system to include voting (which is currently not being used). The conference system integrates nicely with the other products selected to work within the council chambers.

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Town of Whitby

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, ON

Display choice key for Ontario Shores medical auditorium. - by Dan Daley (Sound & Communications Magazine)

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

The corporate auditorium might be the single largest space many companies have, yet it’s often the least understood technically and the most overlooked when it comes to budget. Yet, when it’s time to use it, it can be an intimidating cavern, one usually lacking an obvious on/off switch. 

Ask The Right Questions

When it comes to planning the AV for an auditorium, “You always have to start by asking the right questions,” observed Omar Prashad, General Manager of Systems Integration at Toronto-based AV integrator Advanced (advanced-inc.
com). The use case has to be laid out in as much detail as possible, including the number of people who might use the facility at any one time and the various groups that will use it. This is especially true in the case of a medical facility, such as at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores), where 1200 staffers perform treatment, research and education for patients with complex mental illnesses, and where Advanced installed a sizable amount of
AV equipment. There were some very specialized questions, as well.

Auditorium Audio
The Ontario Shores auditorium seats about 130 but, as with most corporate assembly venues, it’s rarely used to capacity. Although equipment vendors may draw a crowd as they use the AV system to demonstrate a new product, groups as small as a dozen may fill just the first row for close-up looks at medical imaging.

“What you don’t want is for it to sound like someone standing mid court at Madison Square Garden,” said Prashad. The solution was to establish zones for the 12 TOA PC in-ceiling speakers (a 12-inch TOA woofer is also installed, to add some dimension to the spoken word), all powered by a four-channel TOA DA-500 amplifier. 

Under Control

At the very beginning of the project, when Prashad was polling Ontario Shores’ managers and doctors about what they were expecting from an AV-refreshed auditorium, he said that a consistent refrain was the demand for ease of use. He offered that the mandate was clearly, Make sure I can use the system!“That was the message,” said Prashad. “When you have big rooms and big systems, people can be afraid to push the buttons. And they don’t want to spend time on the phone with the help desk.”

TOA equipment list includes;

2 TOA DA-500F-HL-CU 4-channel amps
2 TOA HS-1200HW mounting brackets for horizontal speaker
2 TOA HS-1200WT 12" woofer, 6 dome tweeters, 100V, 70V, 8 ohms
12 TOA PC-1869S ceiling-mount speakers 

Excerpts taken from the magazine article. Read the full article here.

Article written and published in June 2015 Sound and Communications Magazine. Posted with permission.

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Winnipeg, MB

The Commissary of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WHRA) is considered a showcase around the world for their style of food distribution. The commissary is a central facility that prepares and distributes daily meals to patients. They operate in a large multi-room builing which required a PA system. A system was designed for the WHRA Commissary which allows them to complete multi-zone pages using TOA's VM-2240 and RM-200. Due to the different climated within the facility, several different types of speakers were required. The facility uses TOA's CS-64 - Wide-Range Paging Speakers; H1 and H3 - Interior Design Speakers; PC-1863 - Ceiling Speakers and SC-615T - Paging Horns. The Public Address system was installed in 2006 and has functions as designed without any issues.
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Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, AB

The Royal Alexandra Hospital is one of Canada largest and longest service hospitals. It is located in the heart of Edmonton, AB and offers general and specialized medical and surgical health services. This hospital is also home of one of Canada's busiest emergency departments. 
Being one of Canada's busiest hospitals, it is important for The Royal Alexandra Hospital to be able to effectively communicate, manage entrances, have signaling devices, and relay important messages across the hospital to both staff and patients/guests. The hospital required an Intercom system that was reliable, intelligible, scalable and provided safety.
This project required the replacement of an existing intercom system. For approximately 23 years, The Royal Alexandra Hospital relied on TOA's EXES-6000 Intercom system for their main communications system. This system had become old and in its old age, was not functioning as well as the hospital needed it to, or to the newer standards in technology
The hospital decided to upgrade their existing TOA EXES-6000 Intercom system to TOA's N-8000 IP Intercom System. The N-8000 system has enhanced features over the old EXES system allowing the hospital better communications, door control and paging functionality. It's LAN or WAN configurable providing lots of flexibility for the hospital. Because the hospital is upgrading an existing TOA system they are able to use existing cabling and components to make installation easier. 
Products Used: 
  • N-8000MS: Multifunctional Master Station (175 units)
  • N-8000EX: IP Network Intercom Exchange
  • N-8000MI: Multi Interface Unit
  • N-8000DI: Direct Select Unit  
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  N-8000 Intercom Equipment Rack  (old EXES-6000 System)
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Saskatchewan 100 Celebration, Saskatchewan

Celebrating their centenial anniversary, Saskatchewan selected TOA's HX-5 - Variable Angle Speakers.

Science World, Vancouver, BC

Science World in Vancouver, BC has a mission to engage people in science and to inspire future science and technology leadership throughout the province. 

Science World in Vancouver, British Columbia renovated their facility to include an expansion. This expansion required an expansion of their TOA equipment. The facility must provide communications throughout the facility, to ensure that all visitors have a pleasant visit, hear any announcements made, and are kept safe, by providing emergency and daily communications as required.  

Science World had an existing TOA system which they were so happy with, that when the expansion came they continued on with TOA's reliable equipment. 

Building Management is a hot topic these days. It is becoming increasingly more important to be able to manage a buildings communications and security systems, so that you can communicate effectively with patrons. The system must sound great so that every message is clearly understood. TOA's Integrated Voice Evacuation System is ideal for managing a buildings communication. It can effectively reach a variety of audiences providing background music, as well as paging, routed calls, priority and emergency announcements throughout the entire facility. The VM-2000 Integrated Voice Evacuation System was designed just for facilities like Science World. TOA's F Series Ceiling Speakers are designed to provide a wide-dispersion sound pattern so that less speakers are required, yet everyone can clearly hear the sound. 

Products Used: 

  • VM-2240: System Management Amplifier
  • RM-200M: Remote Microphone
  • RM-210: Remote Microphone Extension
  • F-2352CU2: Wide Dispersion Ceiling Speakers
  • HY-BC1: Back Can

Science World website

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