At the beginning of July 2010, Studio Hamburg Media Consult International (MCl) GmbH as the general contractor received from SWR (Südwestrundfunk) the order for the supply and implementation of the broadcasting equipment of the new Stuttgart broadcasting centre (switch room, crossbar controls & studio direction).
The comprehensive award package included the new construction of the three TV studios, the speaker rooms and the master control room for TV and radio. Two separate KVM systems were installed for the service and studio applications, an overall control system and the complete command system from MCl.
The three control centres can be assigned to the four studios from the master control room. For this purpose, a very complex, partly IP-based studio switching concept was realised. The assignment of a control centre to a studio required the redelegation via the studio controls of the crossbar operating elements, camera RCPs, camera robotics, speaker rooms, video and audio mixer inputs and outputs, multiviewer, KDO speaker points, teleprompter, tally, TC clocks, lighting panels and the studio KVM.
Since many of the current broadcast systems communicate with their central units by TCP/IP protocol, MCl was for this purpose developing a so-called IP switching system. The VLANs/ACLs and ports of the switches therefore act as sources and sinks of a crossbar.
All studio components relevant to broadcasting were connected by MCI to the available studio automation on a network basis. The order also included the incorporation of the Ingest and Playout servers into the control system and the integration of the virtual studio into the networked graphic and editorial system.
The new construction of the broadcasting centre provided plenty of work for the MCl workshops. Tailor-made, high-quality furnishings was produced for the control centres, speaker rooms and switching rooms. The planning of the furnishing was carried out in close cooperation and coordination with SWR.