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InSIGHT
Neutrik OpticamSWITCH Is Solution Of Choice At Swiss TV
The latest fibre optic technology from Neutrik was used during coverage of the recent Swiss National Council elections where HD and 3D equipment was optimised via a flexible system architecture, paired with a fibre optic camera switch solution.
Swiss Television carefully considered how best to deploy its existing HD and 3D equipment within an expansion of its studio infrastructure. tpc ag (technology and production centre, Switzerland ag) – an independent subsidiary of SRG SSR – considered various new ideas and opted for a future-proof concept. Neutrik’s opticamSWITCH flexibly connects tpc ag’s existing cameras and control rooms to one another. Furthermore, as they come online, two planned new control rooms and studios will be easily integrated into the system. Since opticamSWITCH is a fibre optic camera switching system, mechanical wear, costly maintenance, and possible mechanical failure are eliminated, resulting in a robust, reliable solution. Integration into existing control systems, with control via software, enables automation and allows for realtime control over complex wiring structures. This increase in efficiency – with significant reduction of potential errors – led tpc to employ the opticamSWITCH concept in its “BigSwitch” project. After some trial and smaller productions, the system was put into use on a grand scale at the live production “Decision 11 – Swiss National Council elections.” The media’s reporting on Swiss television was realized by tpc using Neutrik’s latest fibre optic technology, opticamSWITCH. The Swiss Parliament, also called the Federal Assembly, is the supreme legislative authority at the federal level. Since 1848 the Federal Assembly has consisted of two mutually equivalent chambers:

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The Election Studio (©SRF/Gian Vaitl)

the National Council, consisting of 200 delegates of the people, and the Senate, which includes

46 delegates of the cantons. Every four years, the Swiss people elect the parliament.

InProfile:
A subsidiary of SRG SSR, tpc is responsible for production and technology of television, radio and multimedia for SRF (Swiss Radio and Television) and implements broadcast solutions for its customers. As a future-oriented technology company the 1,000 employees of tpc support SRG SSR in achieving the public service. Always ready for technological innovation and thanks to the co-operation with partners, the SRG SSR subsidiary tpc is a market leader in Switzerland for broadcast & beyond products. Whether classic television in HD/SD, ICT, radio or online media – tpc develops and produces solutions and innovative services for domestic and foreign broadcast providers as well as for companies from industry, services and the public sector.

Behind The Election Production
Project Director Video Technology, tpc ag, Gerard Koch delivers his behind the scenes insight on the production for the Swiss National Council elections 2011.
How many cameras were used at the national election? There were eight Sony HDC 1400R cameras for SRF (Swiss Radio and Television) in use, which all ran over the new Neutrik opticamSWITCH; for TSR (Télévision Suisse Romande) and RSI (Radiotelevisione Svizzera) another three pieces each, but those went directly into the OB. How many people were involved in the production? From tpc alone there were 120 technicians working in the studio in Zurich. Then there was the SRF program. Throughout Switzerland there were about 870 radio and TV people working for the elections 2011. How many hours of live reporting were there? The live coverage was 12 hours. How many studios and control rooms were used? Studio 1, with an area of 1,000sq m, was converted into the election studio. Ten tons of material were used for that. In the smaller Studio 2, all of the radio stations were quartered.
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The project team: Kara Evrim (Neutrik AG), Gerard Koch (tpc ag), Christian Ganahl (Neutrik AG), Frank Studer (Neutrik AG), Bernhard Sager (tpc ag)


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Pictorvision Academy Award
The Ultimate Strategy to Win
Importance of Smooth Streaming
Sony Vegas Pro 11 GPU Speed Boost
Trilogy Communications Celebrates 25 years
CES 2012 Smarter Systems on Show
Vitec Videocom CEO Joop Janssen has the Answers
Space Saving 3D System
OpticamSWITCH Success at Swiss TV
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