N1, a new news channel that will cover the Balkan countries of Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina has selected Trilogy's Gemini distributed matrix intercom system. Based on a distributed, IP-based architecture rather than a single central matrix, Gemini intercom systems can be expanded using LAN, WAN or satellite.
The Gemini system will provide communications within the channel's main production facility in Belgrade, Serbia, plus local news centres in Zagreb, Croatia, and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The system will link production staff and presenters at each of the facilities, with backup circuits provided by the system for VoIP and PSTN telephone services.
"We chose the Trilogy solution as we wanted technology that was cutting edge in terms of functionality and flexibility but that had the pedigree that meant we knew we could trust it to work first time, every time," commented N1 chief technology officer, Igor Jović.
Balkan DTH and cable operator United Group will launch N1, with the aim of targetting more than 15 million potential viewers. United Group has signed a contract with Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited, making the channel the exclusive partner of CNN International in the region.
Trilogy's product sales manager, Ian Blake added, "To be entrusted with the communications functions for such a high-profile channel launch is further testament to Gemini's acknowledged reputation for reliability."