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CBC/Radio-Canada Outfits with Riedel

Montreal’s Maison de Radio-Canada (MRC) broadcast center is intended to be a creative hub for the city’s digital and artistic communities.

Montreal, Canada (May 3, 2019)—CBC/Radio-Canada will implement a large communications backbone for its new headquarters in Montreal, centered on the standards-based Riedel Communications Artist and Bolero wired and wireless intercom systems. The result will be one of the largest Artist installs in North America when completed later this year.

Due to open in 2020, Montreal’s Maison de Radio-Canada (MRC) broadcast center is intended to be a creative hub for the city’s digital and artistic communities. The new MRC will be the epitome of a 21st-century public broadcaster—modern, multiplatform, and increasingly digital. CBC/Radio-Canada had mandated that its new communication infrastructure be entirely IP-based, utilizing the established SMPTE ST 2110-30/31 and NMOS IS-04/05/07 standards to create a future-proof communications environment.

“The combination of cutting-edge technology, modern user interfaces and panels, and commitment for open specifications and standards from AMWA and SMPTE will give our creative people a very powerful and fully integrated intercom system,” said François Legrand, senior director, core systems engineering at CBC/Radio-Canada.

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“CBC/Radio-Canada will be one of the first customers to take delivery on the newest software-defined node in the Artist family, the Artist-1024,” said Rik Hoerée, director of sales Americas & Europe, Riedel Communications. “With its extensive IP capabilities, high port density, and multiple redundancy schemes, our new Artist node really is a perfect fit for large networked installations like the Maison de Radio-Canada.”

Artist-1024 utilizes software-definable Universal Interface Cards (UIC) that combine networking, mixing, and management all on one card. A card can be configured to act as a SMPTE ST 2110-30/31 or MADI subscriber card, or as an Artist fiber/router/processor card. A flexible licensing structure will allow MRC users to easily scale up their port count as needed, all within Director.

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Over 250 Riedel 1200 Series SmartPanels, first introduced to the market at the 2018 NAB Show, will be installed in the new CBC facilities. The SmartPanels are ST 2110-30/31-native and offer a flexible, app-based user interface for intercom, high-quality audio monitoring and integration of third-party control systems via the new SmartPanel Control Panel App, significantly optimizing rack space and reducing costs.

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