Al Jazeera Sports chooses Trilogy?s Gemini Intercom

Trilogy Communications has announced that Al Jazeera Sports has become the first customer in the Gulf region to select the company’s Gemini distributed matrix intercom, as part of the broadcaster’s on-going expansion and development of the sports studios in Doha.

Supplied by systems integrator TEK Signals, this installation supports Al Jazeera’s expansion of four new sports studios and the revamp of one existing studio to meet their growing production needs. The project, which consists of nine Gemini Matrices forming a distributed network between the five primary studios, will allow Al Jazeera to develop and expand the on-going production of sports programmes, including coverage and commentary on the British and European football leagues through to the recently acquired rights to screen Champions League football.

The Gemini Intercom is designed to offer compatibility with the existing Commander Intercom systems that were installed last year. Furthermore, as the Gemini and Commander Intercoms are linked, it provides the fully networked solution that Al Jazeera required by facilitating the integration of all the broadcaster’s communications under one system.

By combining IP capabilities with the use of both a dual redundant ring of audio and IP failsafe routing, the Gemini system aims to ensure a robust intercom solution, which is vital for Al Jazeera’s live sports broadcasting.

Joseph Varghese, division manager at Tek Signals, commented: “Selecting the Gemini Digital Matrix Intercom from Trilogy was an easy decision to make. No other Intercom available was able to provide the ease of installation, flexibility and resilience required by Al Jazeera for this project. Having worked together previously, Al Jazeera, Trilogy Communications and TekSignals have forged a strong working relationship that has enabled us all to develop and tailor the design and implementation of this installation to the customer’s exact needs. Using our combined knowledge and skills we have been able to seamlessly integrate the system and provide the support and advice needed to meet the tight timescales on this project.”