Moroccan public broadcast network TV 2M has installed a Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom installation to replace its former system, writes Fergal Ringrose.
The new system from the German intercom manufacturer integrates 16 regional 2M broadcast studios via IP into the communications infrastructure. At the heart of the installation are two Artist 128 mainframes connected via a redundant dual fiber ring offering up to 1,024x1,024 non-blocking ports. The frames are equipped with redundant power supplies, AIO connections and VoIP client cards.
A total of 67 Artist 2000 series and 23 Artist 3000 series control panels are used at the studio in Casablanca and the 16 regional studios. 2M uses 17 Riedel Connect IP interfaces to integrate the remote control panels of the regional studios. The Connect IP units allow for matrix-to-matrix connections and matrix-to-control panel connections as well as for the distribution of audio lines over IP. The interface converts one AES3 stream into compressed IP data and vice versa, thus integrating the whole installation.
"We are absolutely satisfied with the Riedel intercom solution. Connect IP adds a lot of flexibility to our daily workflow. The ability to directly integrate all our regional studios will be a large step forward in how we manage our broadcast operation. Artist is the perfect solution for our demands; plus the installation was very easy as well. The support we got from Riedel's engineers was excellent," said Sanae Benlhabib, chief technician at M2.
Riedel RiFaces are used to integrate mobile radios into the intercom system. Medium weight single and double ear PRO headsets completed the order.
Our picture shows the TV 2M delegation attending the factory acceptance test at Riedel headquarters in Wuppertal, Germany. Left to right: S Benlhabib (chief technical service studies), M Falahi Ahmed (chief 2M maintenance and support), and M Benddou Abderrahmane (technical chief of 2M studios and OB vans).