A large circular, white lacquered meeting table presides over the boardroom in Orange's new corporate building in Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire). The table is fitted with 20 DynamicX2 retractable monitors, complete with integrated HD-SDI cameras on top of each screen. These cameras guarantee a superb picture, by image capturing each meeting participant. The monitors have a tilt adjustment system that positions the camera for the perfect angle. They are connected to external video conferencing equipment that manages the SDI signals.
The microphone is DynamicTalk UnderCover, which guarantees the perfect sound quality. This gooseneck microphone has a lift and retract mechanism, allowing the motorised cover mechanism to be practically invisible in the closed position, as it can be veneered to completely match the table top material. The monitors with cameras are neatly concealed inside the furniture, making the table flexible and versatile.
The monitors use DynamicLoop for a cascading connection inside the table, and the ERT-60 enables full control with easy monitoring, tuning and verification of the installation. This audiovisual system was designed and installed by IK Events Ressources, which has 25 years of experience in sound, video and lighting. Situated between Ghana and Liberia, the Ivory Coast is experiencing a boom in modern architecture. Before colonisation, the Ivory Coast was home to Gyaaman, the Kong Empire and Baoulé, but now, its architecture combines tradition and modernity. And the new Orange headquarters is definitely proof of this. The new buildings design, located in Abidjan – the economic capital of the Ivory Coast – was awarded to Koffi & Diabaté Architects, who designed a spectacular jewel-shaped façade. The Orange headquarters rises up seven storeys, and covers more than 15,000 square metres, and is a symbol of modernity, progress and innovation.
Aioune Ndiaye (CEO of Orange MEA) emphasised that this inauguration is “a turning point in the Group’s history that confirms our desire to get closer to our customers and make Orange MEA the most popular multi-service operator for Africa and the Middle East”. Ndiaye continued: “Orange is one of the few international companies to have taken the strategic decision, for more than 20 years, to develop in Africa and the Middle East. We have always been convinced of the enormous potential of this region”.
Indeed, the company promotes growth through both its operating activities and its social and environmental actions. It contributes to the GDP of the countries where it operates (11% in Ivory Coast, 8% in Cameroon, 8.2% in Guinea, and 11.2% in Senegal).