sono Studiotechnik GmbH Equips Fly-Away Venue Facilities Based on Harris Broadcast Technology

Franz Olbert, chief finance officer at sono Studiotechnik

Next summer the soccer world’s attention will focus on Brazil and already European broadcast production companies are working on building the event’s television production infrastructure.  Last month, German broadcast systems integrator and international rental company, Munich-based sono Studiotechnik, completed acceptance testing for new fly-away production facilities based on Harris Broadcast technology.  This technology will be used in Brazil to provide venue facilities at football stadia around the country.

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Working with project’s prime contractor, Sony Professional, sono Studiotechnik is preparing to provide a venue facility to the event’s curtain-raiser this summer, which will enable the host broadcaster to prepare for the main event next year.  For this year’s soccer event, sono Studiotechnik and Sony Professional will provide one stadium with a container based fly-away production facility.

Each mobile production facility integrates numerous Harris Broadcast production components.  For the 2014 event, the mobile production facilities will each be based on a Harris Broadcast Platinum™ IP3 router equipped with integrated HView™ SX Pro multiviewers.  Harris Broadcast signal processing and interfacing equipment includes the Selenio™ media convergence platform and 6800+™ modular core processing devices.

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Platinum IP3 is the broadcast industry’s first router to accommodate separate video, audio and data paths within the same frame. It’s also the first signal router that can scale to multi-frame configurations for very large broadcast and media operations using a common architecture, simplifying installations and eliminating costs associated with external components and complex cabling.  The intelligent architecture maximizes on-air security, with a pioneering approach to audio, video and multiviewer signal protection based on redundant crosspoints and integrated routing designs.

When sono Studiotechnik developed its fly-away production facility, three concepts that were central to its design were transport-ability combined with leading edge technical performance and robust reliability.  Harris Broadcast technology fulfills all three of sono Studiotechnik’s requirements, providing key production elements such as routers with advanced multiviewers integrated in a single-frame solution - central to the design of these new mobile facilities.  This eliminates the need for multiple frames that require significant external wiring, more space and power.

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“With these fly-away production facilities we have proved that we can provide advanced production facilities anywhere in the world, and at any size of event,” commented Franz Olbert, chief finance officer at sono Studiotechnik.  “The combination of compact lightweight design, high operational reliability and technical sophistication makes Harris Broadcast equipment ideal for this application.  In addition, the support and assistance that their technical teams provide is valuable to us in our growing enterprise operations.”

“Following on from last summer’s games in London where we helped create a sophisticated temporary production facility for the host broadcaster, we are tremendously pleased to be involved in another global sporting event,” commented Harris Morris, CEO, Harris Broadcast.  “Mobile production environments provide the ultimate test for any broadcast technology vendor.  Our ability to create high-density, high-reliability infrastructure solutions marks us out as the preferred technology supplier for many of the world’s leading production companies. We look forward to working closely with sono Studiotechnik on the run-up to this prestigious event.”

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About Harris Broadcast   
Harris Broadcast is an industry leader in delivering the most advanced, content-rich media experiences available for a wide spectrum of radio, television and private media networks around the globe.  With more than 25 leading brands including Versio™, Selenio™ and Maxiva™, the company enables media organizations to tap into one of the broadest, integrated product and solution portfolios in the industry. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company is widely recognized for its product quality and reliability, engineering excellence and customer service, and has earned nearly 100 technological firsts and more than 50 awards for technical innovation.

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