By Vijaya Cherian
As part of Al Jazeera's expansion plans, the Qatar channel has ordered a new 4000 Series II matrix from Drake. The solution, which includes a 48 port 4000 Series II matrix and a combination of user panels, will be installed at the main studio complex in early Spring.
Al Jazeera, a long time user of Drake solutions, has plans to install the vendor’s new 4000 Series II matrix at its main studio complex in early spring. The solution, which includes a 48 port 4000 Series II matrix and a combination of user panels, is part of Al Jazeera's plans to expand its news channel services.
Al Jazeera has also ordered six FreeSpeak beltpacks to allow its operators to have fully integrated communications while on the move. The system operates using a cellular network of active antennae located around the production environment.
These are connected directly to the Drake matrix. FreeSpeak will continuously detect the best channel and automatically change to it without any user intervention. The inclusion of FreeSpeak in the system architecture will allow wireless users to communicate across the Hi-Que paths to other matrices and studio clusters as well.