Glendale, CA (March 27, 2009)–The Major League Baseball (MLB) Network facility in Secaucus, NJ has ordered a large Artist digital matrix intercom system from Riedel Communications.
The system consists of four Artist 128 frames linked via fiber plus 32 additional Artist mainframes that will be installed at all 30 Major League ballparks and a few other locations. These remote systems, each equipped with VoIP cards, will be intelligently trunked back to the MLB Network over an IP network. The Secaucus system alone includes over 160 intercom control panels plus interface equipment for VoIP, analog telephone lines and digital partylines.
“Our ability to trunk the ballparks via IP has given us unparalleled connectivity to all Major League Baseball teams,” said Mark Haden, VP of engineering and IT at the MLB Network. “That allows us to operate more efficiently and effectively. Riedel’s intelligent trunking allows operators to simply use the system without having to ask someone else to open up a communication path for them.”
The Systems Group (TSG) is installing the systems. Intercom panel types at MLB Network include both Riedel’s 1000 series LED display panels along with 2000 series panels with LCD displays. All panels are connected to the matrix digitally via either CAT-5 or coax cabling using AES audio. Some locations will also be equipped with keypad expansion panels to provide extra programmable keys and enable direct dialing of phone lines from intercom workstations.
The system also includes Connect Solo dual telephone hybrids for the interfacing of analog telephone lines, VoIP matrix client cards, offering the system a number of VoIP connections, C44 digital partyline interfaces and C3 digital beltpacks. Nearly 80 Air headsets complete the order.
MLB Network began operations in early 2009 and already reaches approximately 50 million cable and satellite households, making it the largest cable television launch in history.