Set up thanks to the innovative wiring and connection solutions signed by Link Italy, the A/V recording and transmission system of the well-known radio station RDS is a jewel of practicality: completely redundant both for power supply and for signal distribution and therefore safe from any blackouts. It can be activated and set up for use in next to no time, thanks to the complete integration.
Radio broadcasters are increasingly looking to the world of video to complete their entertainment and information offerings. With this in mind, RDS, at its Balduina headquarters in Rome, has designed and built an integrated system for A / V shooting and transmissions equipped with wiring that is easy and quick to manage, so that the system can be activated in a very short time and without the need for special technical skills. Consisting of speakers and video direction, in which the signals of some cameras enter, the system takes an American structure and takes advantage of an auditorium-space already in itself equipped with a stage and audience of any size. In short, a real audio-visual studio that has the advantage of being supported by a single connection, a single cable that connects the wall box to the various flight cases that house the A / V equipment.
And this is where Link Italy enters the scene, who have not only provided this unique ‘backbone’ a single cable along which all the signals necessary for the functioning of the system pass, but Link Italy have also equipped the system itself with redundancy, with a backup connected to a closed ring: optical fibres, DMX, CAT cables and power supply are therefore redundant in order to continue production even in the event of a blackout. “Speed and safety were the first needs expressed by the customer. This is why we chose LKO 32T12M12S2E as a circular connector with a special ring nut. This is a connector to which we have combined a hybrid cable (of our own design and manufacture) containing a three-phase, two 12-core fibre cables (one single mode and one multi-mode) plus two CAT6: the result is that all system components, including redundancies, are connected with a single cable. With just a few connections, the set is ready to go. Half an hour is enough to fine-tune the system and start filming or broadcasting”, Alberto Virdis, Link Italy Technical Sales Support, told us.
Set up in July, the system will start working at full capacity from September, thus representing a decisive added value for RDS, a further field of expression for its artists and for the programming proposal. We are talking about eight cameras, six monitors for the speakers, three control tables, three flight cases, one of which is dedicated to components and fibre optic connections for live broadcasts, and finally an American structure three metres high and five metres wide: one Full-blown A / V studio, capable of hosting all kinds of events, from talk shows to musical performances.
As for integration, video signals are managed via SDI, while for audio at the command posts there is Dante, with a backup MADI (Multichannel Audio Digital Interface) system. The lighting, on the other hand, is controlled via DMX. Link Italy took care of the entire wiring of the system, including the flight case dedicated to fibre optic connections and the provision of 18-channel, 4K and low latency SDI converters. “This innovative project makes our Multimedia Auditorium not only technologically advanced, but also among the easiest to cable”, Daniele Ranieri, RDS Technical Coordinator, concluded.
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