Munich & Wuppertal, Germany (June 16, 2005)–Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian State Broadcast), one of Germany’s largest state broadcasters, has chosen Riedel’s Artist digital intercom platform for their new broadcast center in Munich/Freimann. The system is comprised of four Artist M mainframes, which are connected by a redundant dual fibre ring to form a matrix of 312×312 ports. The project is being handled by MCI Studio Hamburg.
The installation will benefit from the Artist platform’s decentralized system architecture by significantly reducing the facility’s cabling requirements. Two Artist M frames will reside in the central equipment room of the center. Another frame will support FM1, 2 and 3 studios, and the fourth frame will serve the MCR master control room. The intercom configuration includes approximately 100 Artist 1000 series LED control key panels, integration of external 4-wire systems and digital connectivity to the audio router.
Optimized production and broadcast workflow was at the top of the list of Bayerischer Rundfunk’s goals for the new BR broadcasting center. The system’s “Master Control Room” software add-on allows seamless integration of analogue 4-wire conference systems in the main intercom. The software provides easy editing of conferences containing panels and 4-wire ports via drag and drop. An integrated scheduler allows for preprogramming the start of regular conferences.
“We have had positive experiences with smaller Riedel installations previously, and have confidence in the product’s reliability,” said Herbert Gerstmayr, project manager of Bayerischer Rundfunk for the new broadcast centre.
Working within a tight time frame was another main consideration in the selection process. Only eight weeks separated the first conceptual discussions and the trial operations of the broadcasting center. “Riedel’s fast reaction and their ability to deliver the system so quickly was a further factor in our decision,” added Gerstmayr.