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May 18, 2024
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Densitron, the global leader in display, touchscreen technology and specialised broadcast ODM, has announced a continuation of its long-running technology supply partnership with Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

The partnership dates back to 2018, when CBC faced the challenge of identifying an accessible control & display solution that could provide countdowns, timers and other essential studio messaging to on-air talent and production personnel at its Montreal studios.

It proved so successful that it will soon be replicated at CBC’s facilities in Toronto.

The CBC team’s initial plan was to develop a brand new and more efficient control solution to assist both its on-air talent and production staff.

Unable to identify a suitable solution, it looked as if they would be obliged to use an old-fashioned clock system and tally lamps that would have to be operated manually and would be prone to lamp failure.

But then a visit to the BBC’s new Broadcasting House in London introduced them to Densitron’s IDS Control System, which they soon realized could digitise the entire process and bring all of the required information and display elements into a unified whole.

“At first they wanted IDS to fulfil a relatively concise specification that focused on basic information such as studio status and timings, to be displayed on screens inside and outside of the studios,” recalls Reuben Such, Global Business Development Director – IDS at Densitron.

“But it wasn’t long before they realized they could do so much more with it and combine a lot of disparate systems into a network-based environment.”

The initial deployment of IDS and more than 20 10.1” TFT touchscreens took place in 2018 and resulted in a “close collaboration” between CBC and Densitron.

Underpinned by an increasingly extensive integration with the Lawo VSM control system and Ember+ control protocol, CBC ended up with a fully network-based infrastructure that uses IDS for all the essential messaging.

This includes countdowns to ‘on-air’ and ‘off-air’; studio status and alert messaging via the Ember+ control protocol; a production timer that can be adjusted to the individual spec needed for different radio and TV operations; and the display of program and room scheduling information on displays situated outside the studios.

In the next phase of work due to commence soon, the IDS Control System – along with “in the region of 25 or 30 touchscreens” – will be installed to provide a comparable combination of display and control capabilities across CBC’s Toronto site.

Lysanne Pinard, Chief Engineer at CBC/Radio-Canada, says: “Along with its flexibility of integration into new and existing infrastructures, the combination of Densitron IDS and TFT touchscreens has long provided us with the reliable and flexible approach to studio & production messaging and display that we require at CBC.

“We have developed a really good partnership with the team at Densitron, and we look forward to continuing that when we begin work on a similar deployment in Toronto.”