Studio Hamburg Media Consult International (MCI) GmbH was commissioned by Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) to modernise the media technology of ARD International Studio Nairobi (Kenia).
At the beginning of the first project phase in January 2013 all technological equipment at the MCI site Berlin-Adlershof was preinstalled and put into operation. The system to be delivered included two main parts; a small TV control room, with adjacent studio and an editing suite to post-process contributions from correspondents. The core components were devices by Nevion, AVID and Lawo, and support frames by SAGA were used for the difficult soundproofed installation of devices in the rooms. The furniture for the workspace was supplied by MCI workshops Hamburg.
Following successful initial acceptance in April 2013 by WDR, the second phase started, which included disassembly, transport and reassembly on site in Nairobi. First, all the equipment was shipped to Kenia. It was reinstalled within three weeks, and in September 2013 it was put into operation.
In addition to installing media technology, MCI was also responsible for lighting and air conditioning. This project also included the renewal and testing of parts of the electrical and network structure connected to the studio technology.
The focus was on upgrading the systems from SD to HD. In addition to the planning and installation of the television technology, the project’s logistical organisation emerged as a key challenge. A particular difficulty was to uninstall and pack the system in Berlin such that it could be put back into operation in Nairobi without major problems.
After the successful four-week trial operation the WDR approved the system at the end of October 2013. The International Studio Nairobi, which the WDR operates, is an important correspondents studio for the ARD. It reports from around 40 African countries and therefore plays a major role in foreign correspondence.