BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
IDS case study
After several years operating from three separate buildings, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's move to a new custom built facility provided the perfect opportunity to bring all their production facilities under one roof. A clean slate and a strong requirement to provide value for money forced them to take a good look at the latest technology offerings.
IPE Systems Ltd were employed as technical installers for the radio side of the project, working alongside DEGA who were responsible for TV facilities and main contractor Interserve.
Deliver a building-wide networked, control and display system that provided accurate NTC-referenced time displays, visual identification of broadcast status, emergency information and CCTV feeds from each studio.
The new building is home to both BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and Look East. Facilities include two radio studios with an NCA contribution studio, a TV news studio and gallery, a small NPA studio, and the main newsroom with a media hub for content ingest and logistics. Outside, there is parking space for two OB units. This was also the first BBC building to have a 3G core infrastructure in both cabling and matrix.
An integrated IDS system consisting of 20 LCD displays, installed in 13 locations around the building was delivered on time, within budget and according to specification.
IDS has BBC IS approval, enabling all IDS components to be connected to a VLAN on the BBC's REITH network. As well as displaying accurate NTC-referenced clocks, dynamic tally information and broadcast status, many screens were configured to display multiple video sources. Each radio studio, the TV gallery and the news booth were provided with quality PAL cameras who's output was IP encoded onto the IDS network, along with other routable sources from the station's central video router. This meant that presenters could make eye contact with each other when opting to a local news or traffic bulletin.
The newsrooms and reception were both located away from the studios, so their screens were configured to display all four studio video streams simultaneously.
During this project, we worked with the BBC's BNCS team to develop interfaces to allow BNCS (the BBC's own control system) to directly address and control IDS components over IP. As a result, this now offers a fully integrated, building wide, control and display system from the station router control, through to the individual studio displays and even instant messaging. This integration also included interfacing IDS to the building's alarm system so that secondary information warning messages and graphics could be displayed if the two-stage alarm system was triggered.← Back to case studies