Master Control Room
In the MCR, all television signals entering and exiting the broadcast center are being quality controlled and monitored. Reception from satellites is done via 10 satellite dishes on the roof, with capacity to receive signals from 40° West to 40° East. In addition, we have large capacity to receive and transmit signals through connected fiber networks. The signals are distributed internally to commentator boxes, studio productions, recording, and externally to other TV channels and production companies.
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NEP’s transmission control room is a modern facility, built with focus on a high degree of automation as well as with high redundancy. With easy switching from live control to automated control in any working position, the transmission control becomes highly flexible. Our transmission control / playout handles reception, intermediate storage and playout of TV programs according to the customer’s broadcast plan. In the transmission control we can add graphics and commentary sound, as well as other desired customizations. The playout is manned around the clock, every day of the year. Our workforce consists of experienced and knowledgeable transmission engineers, commentator technicians and downlink technicians.
Storing And Distribution
NEP’s infrastructure consists of a comprehensive recording and production system for video signals that are available within the broadcast center. Recordings can be created for all standard formats in full-quality, and comes with descriptive metadata. To provide comprehensive operations and complex workflows in a time-critical environment, the infrastructure between recording, processing and storage systems is based on redundant 10gb / s and 40Gb / s network connections. Storage and file-based distribution is handled via NEP’s subsidiary, MediaNetwerk. Their proprietary CMS system called Media bank is tightly integrated with the recording services, and can handle complex media operations and deliveries. Further information is available at Media Netwerk’s website.
All solutions and services are integrated into an audio / visual / network core system, adapted for future growth and new standards. Redundancy and security is especially important in our service delivery. Fiber connections in and out of Oslo Broadcast Center is redundant, with two different supply routes into the building and with various cable paths internally. To maintain full operation in the event of power failure we have installed redundant UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) and a generator. The UPS will supply power to all equipment until the generator takes over. Our server rooms have automatic fire extinguishing facilities for technical equipment. All IT infrastructure is designed with a high degree of redundancy in mind, and is continuously monitored for detecting any errors and security breaches. The safety of our physical building is safeguarded, with camera surveillance and access control along with restrictive access to selected areas.