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Artist in a Truck

MVP, a division of Canadian media company CanWest, installs Riedel's Artist digital intercom in a truck.

Mobile Video Productions (MVP), a division of CanWest Media Works, installed an Artist digital intercom matrix from Riedel Communications in its new HD mobile production truck. The truck is wired for 10 cameras and is expected to take up production May of this year.

Ted Krzywonos, an engineer with MVP, offered his impression of the Artist intercom system.  “It’s built like I would have built it – very intuitively,” he stated. “You can tell that a lot of thought went into the design. For example, the fact that you don’t have to set an address on the panels is excellent in a mobile environment.”

The new MVP system includes a 96 x 96 matrix in two frames with coax cards for connecting control panels via coax cable and analog cards for interfacing 4-wire audio. In addition, the frames’ redundant CPUs are equipped with fiber connectors to enable the truck to merge its intercom with that of other Artist systems. This will allow MVP to easily interface to other Artist-equipped trucks as well as to the multi-node Artist intercom matrix used by Global TV’s new studio complex in Toronto. When connected via fiber, the systems will function as one large system offering virtually limitless communication without any bottlenecks.

Krzywonos expressed his satisfaction with the ease the Artist was integrated into the truck. “Our integrator, who has years of experience installing intercom systems, told us that this is the first system he has encountered that works right out of the box. Other products always have problems to sort out, but Artist works right away,” he explained.

Besides the matrix and control panels MVP installed two RiFace radio interfaces to incorporate two-way radio communication into the intercom system. Also, 8 Connect Solo telephone hybrids were added to allow up to 16 telephone lines to be connected to the intercom matrix.

About Riedel
Riedel – one of the major suppliers of communications equipment to the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France – designs, manufactures and distributes the most sophisticated intercom and radio technology for customers worldwide in the broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports and theatre industries. The products reflect today’s leading-edge technologies that expand conventional concepts into tomorrow’s applications. The Riedel group of companies also includes a European based large rental operation that provides radio, intercom services, event accreditation & ticketing systems as well as fiber-based audio and video transmission systems. The Company was founded in 1987 and today employs over 150 people located within 8 locations in Europe, Australia, Asia and North America.