ERTU goes live with dira!
EGYPT: Radio and TV broadcaster ERTU has gone live with two Scisys dira! solutions. The publicly owned broadcaster has recently completed a three month operational test of dira! radio automation and dira! digital radio archive.
‘ERTU is proud about the completion of this important project,’ said Amira Sharabia, ERTU’s head of central directorate for studio projects. ‘The new system tightly integrates all involved radio sub-systems of our broadcast operation. This includes the new digital archive, the disaster recovery site and also the regional sites. The new radio broadcast automation and archive system is customised to exactly meet ERTU’s demands. Its future oriented design offers scalability towards expansions whenever necessary.’
The delivered solution consists of 40 production studios, 21 on-air-studios and 125 workstations for journalists, scheduling and playing out for 50 national and international programmes, running 24/7 in multiple languages. To facilitate regional studios communicating with ERTU’s headquarters in Maspero, dira! Mediapool is used as a web-client to download and upload material via the web or a mobile 3G connection.
The architecture of the dira! broadcast solution reportedly enables ERTU to stay on-air with its scheduled programme regardless of any unpredictable events that may interfere with daily routine. As well as the main system in Maspero, there is a dedicated recovery system at a second site that serves as a fail-safe and can run independently.
The dira! digital audio archive hard-disk based storage system integrates with the production system, both of which are accessed using the dira! Highlander client. The scalable archive stores up to 190,000 hours of audio at this stage.
The on-site implementation, including infrastructure, final configuration, training and the three month trial period, took less than one year. The project was successfully delivered in-line with the contracted budget and time schedule.
‘Excellent collaboration between all involved parties were crucial for the fruitful result,’ said Wael Yasin, key account manager, Scisys Deutschland. ‘Now it is one of the largest radio broadcast installations in the Middle East and will form a key reference site for Scisys in that territory.’