NAB 2016

NAB 2016: Riedel Boosts Density of Smartpanel Interface With New ESP-2324 Expansion Smartpanel

Riedel Communications (Booth C7233) is introducing the ESP-2324 Expansion Smartpanel for the RSP-2318 Smartpanel, a powerful multifunctional user interface. When connected to an RSP-2318 Smartpanel, the compact new keypanel provides an additional 24 keys and four high-resolution multitouch color displays that are easy to read even at wide angles and in bright sunlight.

ESP-2324 Expansion Smartpanel

ESP-2324 Expansion Smartpanel

“Our Smartpanel user interface is designed to enable a new degree of flexibility in building the communications solutions that professional production and broadcast operations require,” says Jake Dodson, director, product management. “The new ESP-2324 Expansion Smartpanel very simply adds further versatility and scalability to this system.

The combination of the RSP-2318 Smartpanel and just one ESP-2324 expansion keypanel gives users a total of 42 keys and seven displays in just 2RU, which is the highest density on the intercom market. Because as many as four ESP-2324 Expansion Smartpanels are supported by Riedel’s RSP-2318 intercom app, users have the ability to extend their Smartpanel configurations to include up to 19 displays and 114 keys.

In other news, Belgium’s DB Video tapped Riedel and its MediorNet real-time media network for an OB van designed to support an entirely new mobile-broadcasting experience for productions of all sizes. Working with Riedel and coach builder Moeyersons, DB Video used MediorNet systems to create a relatively small yet robust expandable truck — dubbed Unit 10 — that boasts future-proof broadcast technology and a cloud model for signal routing.

“While standing at the intersection of ‘classic’ OB-van building and the introduction of IP-based broadcasting, we had to make critical and challenging decisions about how to invest in and deploy new technology,” says DB Video CEO/founder Dimitri Beyaert. “We thought about the future of the mobile TV facility and determined that Riedel’s expertise and equipment could help us make this vision a reality.”

Designed from scratch, the OB van is just 11.65 meters long by 2.293 meters wide when closed. DB Video worked with a Riedel team to ensure the unit’s routing and signal transport systems could support production of larger-scale broadcast television programs. The Riedel equipment proved well-suited for an OB van designed with much more work space and much less rack space than a typical production truck.

Deployed in a fully redundant configuration built on a 10-Gbps fiber network, 18 MicroN 80G media distribution network devices, two MetroN core routers, and four MediorNet external stageboxes combine to serve as a decentralized matrix that transform the OB van into a cloud truck, with router elements situated for any given production or workflow. DB Video expanded the matrix through the interconnection of a router and Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system. All MicroN units installed in the van feature a MADI connection, and all I/O in the cloud includes embedding and de-embedding options, multi-viewing capabilities, SMPTE2022-6 support, video format conversion, and timecode insertion.

DB Video also has deployed Riedel’s MediorNet Compact Pro systems to create remote hubs that allow extra cameras to be connected to the van through a simple fiber connection. This capability facilitate large-scale productions when the truck is in the field or is serving as a complete production facility at the company’s headquarters.

“With its innovative routing system and its space-saving design, Unit 10 represents a significant advance in mobile production and broadcasting,” said Peter Robberechts, sales manager for Belgium, Riedel.

When world leaders gathered for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) last December outside Paris, Riedel equipment enabled critical real-time distribution of video, audio, and intercom signals between sites spread across several thousand square kilometers. Using MediorNet real-time media network, RockNet real-time and low-latency digital audio network, and Artist digital matrix intercom system, AV France provided the backbone supporting communications and signal distribution over an extensive audiovisual infrastructure spanning multiple locations.

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