Broadcast Tech News – Bannister Lake web widgets help drive Global News’ Alberta election coverage

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Bannister Lake web widgets and new results timeline feature helped drive Global News’ Alberta Election Coverage on Apr. 16. The broadcast featured two new data-driven tools designed to communicate the nuances of election results to viewers and editorial teams. A touchscreen-based series of web widgets incorporated live election results, historical results, and demographic data. Global used the widgets to illustrate the connections between election results and contextual data such as household income and family status. By using easy-to-read maps, viewers could comprehend and contrast regional and city-suburban voting outcomes. Bannister Lake’s election race software solution Elector also features a Results Timeline feature that helps analysts and reporters better predict race outcomes. Results Timeline displays a graphical timeline of election results per constituency or per party that is consistently updated as data comes in.

Riedel Communications has revealed that CBC/Radio-Canada will implement one of the largest installs in North America of its Artist and Bolero wired and wireless intercom systems in the public broadcaster’s new state-of-the-art headquarters in Montreal. Due to open in 2020, Montreal’s Maison de Radio-Canada (MRC) broadcast center will have an entirely IP-based communications infrastructure, utilizing the established SMPTE ST 2110-30/31 and NMOS IS-04/05/07 standards to create a future-proof communications environment. CBC/Radio-Canada will be one of the first customers to take delivery on Artist-1024. Providing 1024 non-blocking ports in a 2-RU frame size, Artist-1024 utilizes software-definable Universal Interface Cards (UIC) that combine networking, mixing, and management on one card. Bolero, the AES67-based wireless intercom system, seamlessly integrates with Artist to create a fully unified wireless communications environment, and has been selected for all wireless communications in the new facilities. The six-channel, 1.9 gigahertz system incorporates Riedel’s patented Advanced DECT Receiver (ADR) tech to deal with harsh RF environments that can create troublesome multipath reflections. Over 250 Riedel 1200 Series SmartPanels, first introduced to the market at the 2018 NAB Show, will be installed in the new CBC facilities. The SmartPanels are ST 2110-30/31-native and offer a flexible, app-based user interface for intercom, high-quality audio monitoring and integration of third-party control systems via the new SmartPanel Control Panel App, optimizing rack space and reducing costs.


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