Riedel Artist Trunk Navigator simplifies comms at ABC
AUSTRALIA: A communications upgrade at the Australian broadcast network ABC has seen a Riedel Artist Trunk Navigator system installed to support a VoIP-based communications network of its Artist digital matrix intercom systems. The Artist Trunk Navigator software reportedly enables each of ABC's existing Artist intercom systems to be connected to a central trunk master via a WAN connection. The system installed at ABC networks the Artist intercom system across 80 VoIP truck lines.
The installation reportedly means that operators can now make direct calls from an executive producer's panel in Perth to an executive producer's panel in Melbourne. Equipped with a Riedel Artist RCP-1112 control panel on the studio floor, the presenters can also create their own IFB submixes and make direct calls to production staff. Autocue operators can reportedly create their own presenter mixes, while edit suite operators can interface the output of their editing sessions with the Artist system so they can listen back while remaining in communication.
The broadcaster’s Parliament House and Nothbourne sites in Canberra have been linked with a 15km redundant fibre allowing staff to control the complete system from either side. It has also installed multiple nodes at its Ultimo site in Sydney to form an Artist network. The Artist nodes were linked via fibre within the site and used existing cabling from the distributed Artist nodes to the Artist key panels.
‘By extending and improving communications across its bureaus, ABC has equipped its staff to collaborate more closely and effectively in delivering quality programming,’ said Cameron O'Neill, director, Asia Pacific, Riedel Communications.