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or keypanels”, says Jon Ridel. “Our analogue cards provide both audio 4 wire and keypanel connectivity, our software provides useful and time-saving tools such as copy and paste as well as find and replace. By allowing software pre-configuration beforehand, once a new keypanel is added to a live system, it will work instantly.” Implementing RTS software provides users complete control over intercom systems from any standard Windows computer. Users can configure keypanel settings, assign user rights and even link matrices together without needing to reset the matrix system. At the same time, individual users can configure their keypanel settings remotely. Via the matrix, altered keypanel settings are sent to the computer directly, ensuring that the set-up visible on the computer screen is always up to date. Jon Ridel: “Using OMNEO enabled keypanels, standard network devices and cables can be used, ensuring that the customer does not need to provide dedicated cables to areas for additional keypanels.” In April 2013, RTS introduced its first OMNEO-compatible intercom matrix products. The new RTS ADAM OMNEO interface cards transform the RTS ADAM intercom system into a flexible, IP-based intercom network. OMNEO media networking architecture goes beyond traditional AVB solutions by incorporating both industry standard Open Control Architecture (OCA) control, as well as IP-based programme transport using Audinate’s Dante, ensuring future interconnectivity with a growing number of devices. RTS ADAM OMNEO products open the door to deploy ADAM intercom systems over any standard IP-based network. Most importantly, with OMNEO users are not “locked in” to other vendors’ proprietary backbone infrastructure. This makes RTS the leading IP open network solution for professional production intercoms. With RTS + OMNEO, such essential tasks as deploying intercom user stations, linking via trunking and interfacing to third party devices is now easier and more flexible. The addition of RTS ADAM OMNEO cards to any compatible RTS ADAM system means even existing installations can be networked over standard IP hardware with high quality, ultra-low- latency audio. “In sport broadcasts mostly use large multi-camera systems installed in OB trucks. For the production companies, it is important that the build-up goes fast and easy to save time and therefore keep the cost down. Additionally, OMNEO systems enable better quality due to its extremely low latency”, says Nico Lewis. “Users can utilise OMNEO over existing LAN, in many cases this is already provided. If not, it is easy to set up.” single system using a TBX-Tribus fibre card. The ADAM frames were loaded with OMNEO, RVON, and MADI cards, from which connections were made to ADAM frames in the local trucks as well as to a huge array of keypanels in and around the stadium, such as the executive viewing area, green rooms, and edit/operations areas. Fox LA was connected via both RVON and TIF, and RVON was used at Times Square for local connections within the set and to/from the facilities at the Millennial Hotel where temporary editing rooms were established. In all the system included 680 end-points. The 64 paths of trunking that linked the two production compounds together were handled exclusively by OMNEO, with RVON backup in place but not needed. “The connection from our MetLife and Times Square OMNEO networks to the fibre access point was copper Ethernet,” Mike Gilman, CTO of Gilman Technologies, says. “The connectivity company took those feeds and multiplexed Super Bowl This year’s Super Bowl was the first large-scale remote broadcast event to utilize an intercom system incorporating OMNEO. The primary provider of mobile production facilities was Game Creek Video of Hudson, New Hampshire, which had four trucks working for Fox at MetLife Stadium as well as a further truck at Times Square in New York City. The hub of the Super Bowl communications system was the Comms Cabin at MetLife Stadium, where one full-size ADAM and one mid-size ADAM-M were merged into a TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 89 MAY 2014 | 63