Trilogy Communications, the global provider of digital intercom systems and Master Reference Generators to the broadcast industry, has received an order from Megahertz Broadcast Systems for three Commander matrix intercoms for three new High-Definition (HD) Outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles destined to provide the production facilities for Racing UK Ltd, the premier independent horseracing broadcaster in the UK and Ireland. The high-specification trucks that will be designed and built by MHz are due to be deployed in the first quarter of next year — with the 2011 Cheltenham Festival in March expected to be the first major horseracing fixture to be shown in HD by terrestrial broadcaster, Channel 4.
RaceTech is the leading provider of horseracing pictures for both domestic and international broadcast. The company received a commission from Racing UK to build and operate a fleet of three bespoke OB vehicles that would be capable of race coverage, programme coverage, feeds to the stewards and commentators and on-course closed-circuit television production. These new production vehicles will be built by MHz to replace three of the company’s existing fleet of six OB units.
“The Trilogy intercom offers us an expandable, flexible and crucially, dependable communications solution,” said Frances Jarvis, managing director of Megahertz. “Our teams are conversant in both the technical and operational issues confronting today’s broadcasters allowing them to specify the best technical solutions required to meet the exacting needs of live event applications for customers like RaceTech.”
Commander has a proven track record of hundreds of installations around the world and benefits from a comprehensive choice of operator panels including lever key, pushbutton and touch screen. One of the key elements in the selection of Commander was the Pathfinder Configuration Software. Commenting on the software, Chris Clark, Senior Engineer at RaceTech said: “The guys at Trilogy were extremely helpful throughout and having given us an opportunity to try out the software we were immediately impressed with the breadth of facilities available as well as its intuitive design”.
Commander offers audio level control, signal presence indication, comprehensive conferencing facilities and additionally, the ability to store up to four complete configurations within the matrix that can be run at any time. It also features full redundancy of power supplies and controllers to ensure operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and simple scalability allowing for system configuration from 6 to 570 users.