Broadcast Centre Europe (BCE) has adopted Riedel’s Artist digital matrix intercom solution and MediorNet real-time network at its state-of-the-art new production facility in Luxembourg.

BCE chooses Riedel for IP-based communications

Riedel MediorNet, Artist and Bolero deployed by BCE in new production facility

Broadcast Centre Europe (BCE), a European provider of technical services for the media industry, has adopted Riedel’s Artist digital matrix intercom solution and MediorNet real-time network at its state-of-the-art new production facility in Luxembourg.

With Artist delivering AES67-based communications and MediorNet providing the integrated signal-transport backbone, BCE’s new facility is said to feature all of the latest technologies for production, post production, playout, and transmission services for broadcasters throughout Europe.

BCE is also one of first companies to adopt Bolero, Riedel’s all-new wireless intercom system. The company has deployed almost 30 Bolero beltpacks for use in its studio and outside broadcast (OB) operations.

Patrick Bernard, head of technical and services at BCE, explained: “After a thorough RFP process, we decided to partner with Riedel to provide communications for our new facility. Riedel is well-known for its innovation, reliability and outstanding support, and Artist was the ideal choice for one of the biggest IP intercom systems ever deployed in Benelux.”

BCE has deployed Artist in a modular and decentralised communications infrastructure for its production and broadcast operations, including OB and satellite newsgathering (SNG) trucks. Three Artist 128 mainframes, together with an Artist 64 and an Artist 32, are accessed via 60 multi-functional SmartPanel user interfaces (both rackmount and desktop) over an AES67-based network.

Riedel’s fibre ring and intelligent trunking technologies connect the OB and SNG trucks when they are operating remotely, and Artist Dante interfaces support radio operations and provide a versatile IP network throughout the facility.

In addition to the Artist intercom system, Riedel’s MediorNet is used extensively in the new BCE facility to transport real-time audio and video signals between the broadcast studios and the master control room.

BCE has deployed close to 20 MediorNet frames with a MetroN core router and MicroN high-density media distribution devices operating over a coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) network. Frames are placed in studios to facilitate signal transport when TV shows are being produced. The OB van can also tap in remotely to the fibre network in Luxembourg and leverage the MediorNet infrastructure to deliver shows to air.

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