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The solution of choice at Swiss Television - opticamSWITCH

opticamSWITCH Swiss Television election studio, © SRF / Gian Vaitl

Latest fiber optic technology in use at the Swiss National Council elections 2011

An investment in expensive HD and 3D equipment can be optimized by dint of a well-conceived, flexible system architecture, paired with a fiber optic camera switch solution.
Swiss Television carefully considered how best to deploy its existing HD and 3D equipment within an expansion of its studio infrastructure. tpc ag (technology and production center, Switzerland ag) – an independent subsidiary of SRG SSR – considered various new ideas and opted for a future-proof concept.

opticamSWITCH Swiss Television graphics

Neutrik’s opticamSWITCH flexibly connects tpc ag’s existing cameras and control rooms to one other. Furthermore, as they come online, two planned new control rooms and studios will be easily integrated into the system. Since opticamSWITCH is a fiber optic camera switching system, mechanical wear, costly maintenance, and possible mechanical failure are eliminated, resulting in a robust, reliable solution. Integration into existing control systems, with control via software, enables automation and allows for real-time control over complex wiring structures. This increase in efficiency – with significant reduction of potential errors – led tpc to employ the opticamSWITCH concept in its “BigSwitch” project. After some trial and smaller productions, the system was put into use on a grand scale at the live production “Decision 11 – Swiss National Council elections.”

opticamSWITCH Swiss Television Gerard Koch

Gerard Koch, project director video technology, tpc ag:

"I must say, on the installation day, when the first major cables were cut, I felt a little uncomfortable. The pressure of the upcoming elections, with the possibility of problems and too short cables, weighed upon me. But this bad feeling disappeared very quickly. Christian Ganahl, product manager at Neutrik, had on his side, just as I did on mine, planned the preparations to the last detail. The work has gone quiet and very professional. The collaboration between the Neutrik and tpc ag was just perfect."