Electrical Engineering Solutions (EES) has been awarded a R430-million contract to project manage the ICT infrastructure – from construction to operational service provisioning – for Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS), South Africa’s first major, Hollywood-style film studio in Cape Town. The project will be operational by the end of 2010.
EES is active in the design, implementation and system integration aspects of IT and building automation systems (BAS). The new contract involves project managing all of CTFS’s ICT services.
Integral to this will be the design and implementation of the infrastructure to enable a smart precint.
“This intelligent infrastructure is reliant on a properly designed structured cabling system” explains Bradley Hemphill, MD of EES. “Cape Town Film Studio’s services and those of their tenants will all operate via the intelligent electronic transmission backbone.”
According to press reports, CTFS is South Africa’s largest ever investment in its film industry, which is said to employ more than 20 000 people and contribute an indirect annual turnover of over R3.5bn to the country's gross domestic product.
CTFS is a 200ha development off Baden Powell Drive outside Somerset West. Once all phases have been completed, CTFS will be Cape Town's first, fully fledged film studio and sound stage complex. Local filmmaker Anant Singh and ETV’s Marcel Golding are the main developers of CTFS, and the goal is to construct a complete production facility to help local producers clinch deals and also attract significant interest from international film producers.
“CTFS is destined to become the physical home for filmmaking in Africa," says Nico Dekker, CEO of CTFS. “It is important to remember that CTFS does not belong only to Cape Town, but will serve South Africa, Southern Africa and the rest of Africa as a gateway for international production, as well as the development of sustainable local production.”
Dekker adds: “The major drawcard for making films in South Africa is the fact that physical production costs are at least 50% more affordable than, for instance, Los Angeles. Added to this is a highly skilled crew and technical know-how.”
The smart building requirements that EES is planning will include the initial following requirements:
* ICT data centres such as storage and mail;
* ICT endpoints eg. desktops, telephony and video conferencing;
* Audio visual eg. projectors and screens;
* Security such as CCTV and access control; and
* Finance such as billing.