Upgrade of Norwegian Parliament Television Facilities

Posted on: 25th Feb 2013

ELY, UNITED KINGDOM: 25 February 2013 - Video 4 AS has partnered with Megahertz Broadcast Systems to complete the second phase of a challenging programme to upgrade the television facilities at Stortinget, the Norwegian parliament buildings in Oslo. With the addition of extra cameras, a new switcher, router and intercom system, the facilities are now HD from end to end.

"The first phase of the project was delivered in 2010, and we are really proud that Stortinget returned to us to expand the facilities," said Lars Petter Ommundsen, CEO of Video 4 AS. "They identified a need for extra cameras in the main chamber, and a more efficient way of operating. Video 4's project manager, Rolf Ruud, together with the Megahertz team, were able to design the additional facilities and implement them within the tight timeframe of the parliamentary recess."

The latest phase of the installation added 10 Sony cameras on Shotoku robotic heads in the parliamentary chamber and hearing rooms in Oslo. As well as providing the right coverage, the installation had to be carefully carried out to protect the fabric of the historic building.

Also included in this phase was a new Snell Kahuna 360 switcher with four control panels and a Snell Sirius 830 hybrid router. Overall configuration and control of the complete operational system is now by the VSM (virtual studio manager) system from LSB. This provides a simple graphical user interface for every element in the workflow, including the Chyron graphics, Studer audio mixer and Miranda multiviewers installed in the first phase. Finally, the second phase of the project saw Megahertz install a Riedel intercom system throughout the building.

Greg Hoskin, general manager of Megahertz, said "our systems integration business gives us the resources to be able to tackle a fascinating and challenging project like Stortinget. It was a perfect fit for us, combining uncompromised broadcast quality with ease of operation and high reliability - every word of every debate must be recorded. Add to it the need to position, install and cable around a beautiful old building and all our skills and experience are brought into play."

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About Megahertz Broadcast Systems

Megahertz Broadcast Systems, a KIT digital company, is a leading independent broadcast systems integrator. Its highly experienced engineering team provide a complete service from engineering planning and design through product evaluation and project management to commissioning, training and support. The team is as adept at file-based architectures as it is in traditional broadcast infrastructures. Recently completed projects include outside broadcast vehicles, high definition studios, playout facilities and earth stations, as well as audio visual installations for applications as varied as mosques and the London Stock Exchange.



About Video 4 AS

Video 4 AS Norway was founded in 1998 and is today the biggest independent supplier of professional video and broadcast solutions in Norway. The company has a turnover of approximately 13M+ EUR a year. The company has 23 employees total – located at their main offices in Bergen and their regional offices in Oslo, Stavanger and Trondheim. Video 4 is the biggest reseller of products and solutions from Sony, Panasonic, Avid and Apple towards the professional production and broadcasting industry in Norway. In addition Video 4 represents industry leaders like Snell, Harmonic, Telestream and Sachtler as well as other key suppliers that complete our product and solutions line-up.


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