(l-r) Lawo’s Jarle Felin and Lars Hedh, head of R&D, Swedish Radio
Rastatt, Germany (September 28, 2015)—Swedish Radio (SR) is undertaking a complete modernization of its infrastructure with IP technology from Lawo and L-S-B Broadcast.
Swedish Radio, which has a vision to “meet listeners where the listeners are, and broadcast from where the action is,” issued an EU tender about the mutual development for a pilot installation. The job was won by German manufacturer Lawo, which will use products and services of L-S-B Broadcast, also from Germany, for the overall control system.
The pilot project comprises the regional studio of Uddevalla and the close-by Gothenburg HUB, the latter to serve as control center for Uddevalla and—in a later step—for other regional studios around Gothenburg.
After the modernization, all SR regional studios will be able to act independently from the central broadcast operation with access from everywhere in the region by using IP technology. The self-operators will produce their own radio material using “instant” newsgathering, and broadcast via their regional antennas. Reporters will be located around the region, conducting interviews, directly reporting on events and newsworthy incidents.
There will be no master control room for the regional studios. SR correspondents will use their tools, and in special cases even own mobile phones, to go on-air directly from their location, sending input to a studio or directly to the antenna via the relevant regional HUB.
Jarle Felin, regional director at Lawo, states that it was a difficult task to specify the contract content with a “floating” technology description, but that many of SR’s ideas for the future match technologies that are already part of Lawo’s portfolio and roadmap.
Lars Hedh, SR’s head of R&D, says, “I am very pleased with both the procurement process and the outcome of it, and I am looking forward to cooperate with a company that shares Swedish Radio’s vision of how radio will be made in the future.”