IP-Based Intercom Solutions


Jon Ridel TV-Bay Magazine
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The broadcast market has experienced a huge change over the last decades, resulting in the need for larger and larger intercom systems. As the demands of broadcasters have grown, the central factor for manufacturers keeping up with demand has been IP. A company at the forefront of this development is RTS. In the new millennium, the company has established its IP-based intercom solutions based on OMNEO media networking architecture.

OMNEO is an architectural approach to connecting devices that need to exchange information such as audio content or device control. Built upon multiple technologies, including IP and open public standards, OMNEO supports the technologies of today - such as Audinate's Dante - while adopting the standards of tomorrow. OMNEO offers a professional-grade media networking solution that provides interoperability, unique features for easier installation, better performance, and greater scalability than any other IP offering on the market.

"It's an exciting time for our industry and for our brand," comments Denis Castanet, Director of Product Management at RTS. "As our comprehensive program of IP-based product launches attests, we continue to be very much focused on providing forward-thinking integrated intercom systems to our customers, rather than just standalone hardware. We see open-platform solutions as an important way forward. Our OMNEO architecture for transport and control represents our commitment to providing the ultimate in flexibility and value for our users - it will evolve in step with new standards and technologies, making it truly future proof. Coupled with the user-friendliness offered by new models such as our ROAMEO wireless intercom system, which integrates seamlessly into existing RTS matrices, our users have the assurance of solid partnership, products, and ROI - today and tomorrow."

One of the most recent customers to rely on OMNEO is Ireland's national broadcaster, RTE. Ranking among the oldest continuously operating public service broadcasters worldwide, the broadcaster's radio service began on 1 January 1926, its regular television broadcasts started nearly 36 years later - on 31 December 1961. One of the 23 founding organisations of the European Broadcasting Union, RTE today both produces programmes and broadcasts them on television, radio and the Internet.

To ensure a state-of-the-art production environment in its Dublin broadcast centre, Ireland's national broadcaster recently decided that the time had come to replace its aging intercom structure. They chose a tender from Broadcast Video Services (BVS) of Loughlinstown, County Dublin, which recommended an RTS system featuring OMNEO IP technology for the upgrade.

"RTS ADAM system has been core to our communications for almost 20 years," notes Dave Matthews, Head of Engineering - Operations for RTE. "Following a procurement process involving all major system providers, the ability of RTS to transition to a new system while maintaining the communications on the old system was a key part of the decision." Managing Partner Michael Joyce of BVS notes that the biggest difficulty was swapping out the old system for the new without disrupting service. Joyce used the RTS Trunkmaster system to address the situation by linking the new and legacy systems together.

"The RTS Trunkmaster allows you to have intelligent path-finding between two matrix systems," says Joyce. "If a panel from the old system needs to talk to one on the new system, it will automatically route across a tie line. It basically allows you to create one big intercom from two distinct intercom systems, adapting it as the installation progressed. It's also transparent to the users, which is a big benefit for the client."

The basis of the new system is a pair of RTS ADAM digital matrix frames connected to a wide range of keypanels throughout the facility, with 480 ports requiring over 10 kilometres of Cat 6, audio, and fibre cabling. A third-party audio router handles traffic to and from the ADAM system from sources outside the studios. BVS designed and programmed a custom interface to bridge the internal and external components into a comprehensive system, bridging communications both within and outside the broadcast complex.
The RTS system installed included two new full-size ADAM matrix intercom frames with fully redundant power supplies. The frames are outfitted with a mix of 27 AIO-16, two OMNEO 64, and one RVON-8 interface cards. The addition of OMNEO IP-technology via OMI card to the ADAM matrix allows distribution of multiple keypanels over a single fibre or IP connection, adding critical flexibility for special broadcast events. Seven GPI-16 interface boxes provide connectivity to the facility's digital mixing consoles.

In all, over 30 new KP-series keypanels from RTS were installed. The system supports both current and legacy RTS keypanels, allowing RTE to save money by migrating approximately 100 legacy RTS keypanels to the new system. All microphones and headsets throughout the RTE broadcast centre are also from RTS.

"The new system expands on the existing installation very efficiently," notes Michael Joyce of BVS. "Using 16-channel I/O cards instead of 8-channel units, the four ADAM frames in the original system became two frames in the new system. We also ended up with higher capacity due to OMNEO, with the ability to add additional IP connectivity in the future."

Dave Matthews of RTE summarizes: "We needed to invest in the latest matrix and control systems while leveraging our major investment in panels. The reliability and flexibility of RTS intercom solutions helps to drive our production across one of the most diverse studio complexes in Europe. All work, planning and installation was handled by BVS, whose knowledge of communications systems in general and of the ADAM digital intercom matrix specifically ensured that we ended up with a great new system delivered on time and within budget."


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Jon Hilton# The potential nirvana of interoperable IT, Telecommunications and Broadcast convergent technology definitely felt a lot closer at this years IBC with the launch of many, many broadcast IP ready devices, workflow and solutions. While the big ticket camera and live production infrastructures dominated the headlines there were a number of smaller but equally important IP workflows that were launched which are fundamental to successful, professional TV production and this includes the often forgotten world of TV Prompting
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Managing Talent
Nicole Inanc Presenting for television is a talent that is critically competitive. Budding presenters around the world produce showreels, attend acting schools and fight to be the next Ant and Dec¦ but what is it exactly that makes a successful television presenter? As a wannabe TV presenter myself, I wanted to explore the exact process talent managers follow when finding the next big thing and whether I have exactly what it takes.
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How the Cloud can be enabled as traditional broadcast workflows evolve
David Schleifer The Cloud itself is fairly simple, but for broadcasters it can be difficult to leverage. It isnt technically complex but broadcast still overlaps requirements that need real time, high resolution and quick turnaround solutions. Plus, this is coupled with the need to connect with dispersed geographic locations, reduce costs and access multi-format assets. As a result, broadcasters have moved away from asking the basic question what can I do in the cloud? to trialling projects and implementations are now underway or under evaluation.
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The dangers of live streaming without a license
Joseph Adamson The entertainment industry is visual and sound driven. Without these two elements there would be no such a thing as entertainment. Its obvious that there are people who create sound/s and visuals. Copyright laws were created to protect the industry and these artists. Many organisations have been created to look after musician, writers, poets and filmmakers. For example there are a number of bodies especially the MCPS [Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society], which is responsible for collecting royalties and licensing of music on behalf of musicians and music producers.
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Marjan Television Network - a case study
Ian Muir Internet and Satellite content distribution now allows production companies and broadcasters to send targeted TV programmes and video to widely dispersed audiences all over world, whilst located where theres easy access to the technology, equipment and expertise to produce top quality programmes.
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The importance of storage
Jonathan Smith In recent years, viewing habits have shifted dramatically; online video is becoming the preferred option for the younger generation. But its not just millennials who are cutting the cord with broadcasters and traditional platforms increasing numbers of people from all age groups are abandoning cable and instead enjoying TV online. In response to this growing trend, platforms such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer are rushing to invest in fresh digital content, in a bid to satisfy their ever-increasing audiences.
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TV Futures - Running around for clients
Joseph Long My second year at the University of Portsmouth seemingly began in a familiar fashion to the previous year. We sat in a large lecture theatre and listened intently to our course leader, who gave an outline as to what students on the BSc Television and Broadcasting course should be expect experience-wise from the up-and-coming year....
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Power linking just got better
Yasushi Wada Sometimes batteries can be interesting and this year with IDX is one of those years with not only improvements in the V-Lock range there are significant changes within the 7.2volt area. Firstly and for the very first time in Europe the updated Power Link battery system the IPL range will be shown on the IDX stand at IBC
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The ITTP - A Review
Graham Reed Five years ago a group of practitioners who were concerned about the poor training provision and a lack of common skills standards in the broadcast industry formed the ITTP. Since then there have been many meetings with senior industry figures and representatives from training organisations and educational establishments.
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Immersive Audio
Jon Schorah - new In 2012, the Oculus Rift Kickstarter campaign burst onto the scene, initiating a new wave of public interest in sense-enveloping immersive experiences. 5 years later, the consumer reality is mixed with some very public let-downs like Google Glass (which is coincidentally enjoying a re-birth at the time of writing, now as a technical tool in the workplace), and other technologies such as Dolby Atmos® becoming almost commonplace experiences. What does this mean for the audio professional and how is the near future shaping up in 2018?
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Image processing with Ikegami
Michael Latzch What do you see as the trend thats most impacting the image-processing sector at this moment in time?
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Atomos Ninja Inferno REVIEWED
Daniel Peters Bristol-based Daniel Peters is one of a new breed of indie filmmakers discovering that you dont need big budgets to create filmic shorts. Often working solo, shooting and editing his own work, he creates the look and feel of bigger productions with only limited resources. His commitment to the craft is so great he had to sell much of his own gear to fund his most recent short film Deserted in Paris, after he went over budget due to lost locations and actors pulling out.
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The party is not over until the video is online
Paul Scurrell When we were introduced to the team behind Sensation dance events in Amsterdam they had one big question for Timecode Systems: could our SyncBac VR wireless sync and control solution theoretically make it possible for a high quality, professional 360-degree video of a live dance music event to be edited in the time it takes the DJ to fly to his or her next gig? Intrigued by what our solution could help them achieve, in July they invited us to film at one of their iconic dance music events. Billed as The Final it was a sell-out farewell party to mark the last Sensation event in Amsterdam.
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Cellular, Satellite or Fixed Link - how do you choose
Lorna Garrett Having a choice is a good thing. Take apples, for example. While one may look pretty much the same as the next, we know that the subtle differences between varieties can make a huge difference in how we choose to use them some are best for pies, some better for cider, and others just perfect for eating from the tree.
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A bluffers guide to image stabilisation
Mike Colyer One of the greatest challenges I face when designing a Special Camera system is how to minimise such vibrations, be they the very passive such as vibrations from a human wearing a camera system (10 20Hz), or more pronounced (try strapping a camera to a race car!).
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Production Communications in a Shrinking World
Gary Rosen Communications today is a critical issueno matter if you are producing broadcast television, doing a live festival or rock concert outdoors, setting up a musical on the West End, or producing a local school play. Over the last few years, the proliferation of cell phones and other wireless devices has made it clear that most people prefer to communicate untethered.
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A 360 degree view of fashion
Michael Parsons Im often asked, what do you do when the students arent around?, and the simple answer is, as it would be from any university technical support member of staff, I get involved in passion projects and these help me to stay up-to-date with the kit and keep my hand-in with video filmmaking.
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