NEP The Netherlands picks Densitron’s Intelligent Display System for flexible studio control
NEP The Netherlands is using technology from Densitron for a wide variety of production tasks at its broadcast centre in Hilversum.
Densitron’s Intelligent Display System (IDS) solution features in several NEP studios and all of its galleries in the centralised facility.
Densitron is a provider of human-machine interaction (HMI) and display technology.
Lead solutions consultant at NEP The Netherlands Theo Stam said that in 2015, “we set about the process of centralising our production so that our galleries at our main location in Hilversum could be used for production across the Netherlands and also in conjunction with NEP’s European network”. This led to the company looking for technology to aid this vision. Stam went on: “We wanted to have a standardised choice of information display system, and it was in the process of looking for a suitable solution that we first met Reuben.”
Reuben Such, global business development director at Densitron, introduced Stam and his team to the IDS solution, which is now being used across multiple studios and all seven galleries at the Hilversum facility.
Discussing the advantages of using IDS, Stam said: “The most important one is that the system is extremely flexible. You can build a logic map and include precisely the elements you want to display, and exclude everything else. Hence we are able to customise the system for every room and production.”
NEP The Netherlands’ reliance on IDS has increased over time, and as of 2020 it is being used to control lights, PTZ cameras and studio door information. IDS has also been integrated with several other core systems, including the Ross OverDrive automated production control system and – thanks to a bespoke plug-in developed by the Densitron team – with the Avid FastServe playout server
Most recently of all, NEP The Netherlands has also installed IDS in its groundbreaking intelligent outside broadcast unit, iOB, that was introduced in 2019. A pod-like facility delivered on a flatbed truck, iOB serves as a remote production gallery that can utilise shared system resources in Hilversum and other NEP locations as part of the Centralised Production concept.
Such, who notes that the media technology company is also now using Densitron’s 2U full-service rack displays, added that Densitron now has a, “close working relationship that has developed with NEP”.
“They are a very progressive and forward-looking company, and they invariably have valuable feedback to impart. It is great to see IDS playing such a major role in their day-to-day operations as their centralised production concept continues to evolve,” he concluded.