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Riedel Communications and Switzerland’s tpc are collaborating on Project Metechno, Switzerland's first full-IP broadcast facility. 

tpc 21 nov 2018Located in the Leutschenbach district of Zurich, the location will be a campus for the Swiss public broadcasters SRG, SRF and tpc, set to open in autumn 2019. The IP technology beacon project will include several studios, postproduction facilities, a new MCR, and a centralised playout centre — all based on a full-IP infrastructure that unites intercom, audio and video.

As the production and technology partner of SRG, tpc took on the task of designing the technical framework for the new sports, news and technology centre. One of the cornerstones of their concept was to maximise multifunctionality and flexibility, thus the technical infrastructure of the facility will continuously evolve and grow with industry developments and production demands. In order to keep their communications up to date with the latest technical innovations, tpc has entered a strategic, long-term partnership with Riedel.

"With this new intercom contract, we have taken our long-standing partnership with the Swiss public broadcasting association to the next level. SRG and Riedel are united in their commitment to push the borders of innovation and have one shared vision: to help shape the IP broadcast world of tomorrow," said Thomas Riedel, CEO, Riedel. "With this exciting project, we want to realize this vision together."

In the collaborative effort, engineers and system consultants from tpc and Riedel began to conceptualise the intercom system of the future in 2017. They devised a fully AES67-compliant communications infrastructure based on Riedel's Artist decentralised intercom network that will integrate with the IP workflows in use throughout the facility. The scalable infrastructure will easily adapt to future developments in IP broadcasting and will be one of the first installations worldwide to incorporate Riedel's new, full-IP Artist-1024 node.

"With its wide range of connectivity options and extensive IP capabilities, the Artist ecosystem is the perfect communications backbone for our facility," said Andreas Lattmann, CTO at tpc. “Riedel's intercom network will provide us with a reliable, futureproof foundation for our networked live productions.”

The Riedel installation in Zurich represents the first milestone in a comprehensive modernisation of SRG's intercom network across all of the Swiss broadcaster's studios in Bern, Geneva, Chur and Lugano.