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Backup operations centre guards Eurovision Network continuity

3 September 2012
Backup operations centre guards Eurovision Network continuity

Eurovision has launched a backup network control centre in Leuk, Switzerland, to reinforce transmission continuity in the event of unforeseen broadcasting disruptions. The Eurovision Network Operations Centre B (NOC B), 100 kilometres east of Geneva, is the most advanced such facility within the Eurovision Network, and functions as a safety net in the event of disruption. During its start-up phase, the NOC B will ensure viewers receive uninterrupted coverage of sports events, including the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. During peak transmissions, a team of three will staff the centre. Network Director Graham Warren said the system ensures broadcast continuity. "We take our contract obligations very seriously; service and reliability are paramount. In an emergency we can switch between Geneva and Leuk immediately, ensuring the viewing experience is not compromised." Phase two of the NOC B rollout will begin early next year. The technology will be upgraded, the emergency switching process automated, and the facility’s benefits extended to all network operations. Warren continued: "Today, the Eurovision Network manages hundreds of events, amounting to more than 30,000 hours of premium live programming. This automation will enable the Network management and control to be carried out from either Geneva or NOC B in Leuk in the event of an emergency, adding security."


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