Trilogy’s Gemini provides comms for Al Jazeera Sports
Al Jazeera Sports has become the first customer in the Gulf region to select Trilogy Communication’s Gemini distributed matrix intercom as part of the broadcaster’s ongoing expansion and development of its sports studios in Doha from HD to 3D.
Supplied by systems integrator TEK Signals, this installation supports Al Jazeera’s expansion of four new sports studios and the revamp of one existing studio to meet its growing production needs. The project, which consists of nine Gemini Matrices forming a distributed network between the five primary studios, will enable Al Jazeera to develop and expand the ongoing production of sports programmes, including coverage and commentary on the British and European football leagues through to the recently acquired rights to screen Champions League football.
For Al Jazeera, one of the key benefits of the Gemini Intercom is its compatibility with the existing Commander Intercom systems that were installed last year, which both maximises their previous investment with Trilogy and minimises new expenditure. Furthermore, as the Gemini and Commander Intercoms are intelligently linked, it provides the seamless, fully networked solution that Al Jazeera required by making it possible to integrate all of the broadcasters communications under one system. The unified communications are now monitored by one administrator giving greater flexibility and overall control to the broadcaster’s operators.
By combining integral IP capabilities with the use of both a dual redundant ring of audio and IP failsafe routing, Gemini eliminates the single point of failure and ensures a robust and ultra resilient intercom solution, which is vital for Al Jazeera’s live sports broadcasting. The broadcaster ordered 100 lever key panels of varying types to create the best fit solution for its operators.