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Company: Established in 1980, UK-based Dega Broadcast Systems delivers technical design and installation to the broadcast industry. Its specialist services include video, audio and control system design and installation, consultancy on new broadcasting technologies and providing broadcast facilities for major events. The company has worked with some of the biggest broadcasting corporations in the world. Issue: To consolidate its broadcasting portfolio, a major British broadcasting corporation under took a major relocation programme. Closing down its TV Centre in White City London, it re-deployed its production and broadcasting facilities over two sites: MediaCity in Salford, Manchester and a central London location. Originally housing radio studios, the central London location underwent major renovation to accommodate the news and weather TV studios, production teams and journalists. The project included the erection of a new state-of-the-art east-wing extension, containing new studios. Once the new building was completed, its studios needed to be fitted with state-of-the-art broadcast equipment. Dega Broadcast Systems was drafted in to provide and install the latest TV production and broadcasts systems, including a wireless talk back communications system that allowed the studio and production crew members to keep in constant contact during programme filming. With some studios located four floors underground, Dega Broadcasts Systems needed a powerful and reliable radio link network that could work effectively across multiple, wide-ranging studio departments. Wood & Douglas, the radio specialist, provided its Symphony intercom base station in tandem with its Duo compact and portable wireless intercom product. Solution: Designed for the broadcast studios and outside broadcast vehicles, the Symphony Studio Intercom Full Duplex Base Station delivers two-way communication over multiple channels so gallery producers can communicate with individuals or groups on the studio floor. Audio quality exceeds broadcasting standards with the Symphony delivering low distortion, high quality audio. This eradicates operation fatigue normally associated with noisy and inefficient systems, especially over prolonged periods of time. Working with the Symphony base station, the compact and lightweight Duo Studio Intercom Duplex fits into a belt pouch worn by those working on the studio floor. Requiring an operator-worn headset and boom microphone, the Duo uses push-to-talk technology for two-way communication and works across a narrow FM band. This provides the all-important crisp and clear audio in a noisy studio environment while still offering multi-frequency operation. With a battery life of 10 hours from a pair of AA batteries, the Duo has an extended operational time and a built-in visual and audible low-battery indicator so studio members never lose contact mid-filming as a result of power failure. With the ultra-reliable Symphony and Duo system in place, studio and production departments are able to keep in constant contact - increasing work efficiency, minimising mistakes while reducing production times and costs. Bullets: • High quality studio floor communication across large studio networks • Delivers crisp, clear audio heard over clamorous studio environments • Two-way communication works over multiple channels • Reduces operator fatigue preventing loss of expensive production time

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