Emerson College upgrades and expands intercoms with RTS ODIN
In higher education, keeping up with modern technologies is a challenging but necessary task. Like many schools, Boston’s Emerson College maintains a schedule of regular evaluation and replacement. Recently, Emerson hit the 15-year mark with its intercom systems, causing them to take a close look at their current systems and future needs. After a search that spanned two NAB shows and four manufacturers, Emerson chose the new ODIN digital intercom matrix from RTS.
- ODIN digital intercom matrix from RTS won approval over competitive offerings with optimal combination of advanced technology, reliability, scalability and economy of integration
- Upgrading to ODIN’s flexible architecture provided full compatibility with new and legacy keypanels and beltpacks for economical integration
- The Tufte Performance & Production Center (PPC) Television Studios are now seamlessly networked to two additional facilities across multiple buildings
By bringing in ODIN, we can now do talkback within the live broadcast, with wraparound from any of our studios if we wish.
“We were replacing the intercoms in two major facilities, plus a student sports studio that had a simple partyline system,” says Tim MacArthur, Associate Director, Media Technologies and Production. “Previously, we had two intercom systems, including an RTS ADAM. We knew we wanted an IP-based system to bridge all our facilities together, but we also wanted to repurpose as much infrastructure as we could. ODIN’s flexibility made that easy, and we also liked the fact that it uses AZEdit software, which our staff was already familiar with. So while we did a lot of homework to get there, ODIN was actually a pretty obvious choice.”
Working completely in-house on research, design, purchase and installation, Emerson invested in eight RTS ODIN frames, supporting both Dante and analog via OMNEO IP architecture. In addition, new KP-3016A and KP-4016 keypanels were installed in the primary studio facilities, with BP-325 hardwired beltpacks for mobile personnel and IFB-4030 beltpacks for talent. RTS headsets, earsets and gooseneck microphones completed the setup.
Housing five ODIN frames, the Tufte PPC Television Facility is Emerson’s primary production facility, home to two studios and control rooms, plus an audio suite. A truly professional video environment for live and recorded HD content creation, the Tufte complex produces original programming for the Emerson Channel – the college’s award-winning TV network – while also serving the college’s primary teaching mission.
Located in an adjoining building, the Journalism Production Center is dedicated to end-to-end news production, including classroom, production, and post-production facilities. Two more ODIN frames help journalism students learning multimedia, podcasting and live streaming techniques, while the final ODIN frame is installed in the Emerson Channel Sports control room, a student-run operation located in the nearby Bobbi Brown and Steven Plofker Gym.
“The sports facility broadcasts basketball and volleyball, both men’s and women’s,” notes MacArthur. “By bringing in ODIN, we can now do talkback within the live broadcast, with wraparound from any of our studios if we wish. Sports also inherited the RTS keypanels from the main studios, which is a huge upgrade for them at no cost to us.”
In addition to the obvious advantages of an IP-based comms network with the ability to use legacy keypanels, Emerson College was also impressed with RTS factory support throughout the design and integration. “I can’t say enough about the support we got from RTS as part of this process. They answered all our questions, both pre- and post-sale,” says MacArthur. “College facilities don’t get too many chances for big upgrades, so we needed something state-of-the-art that would last and give us room to grow. RTS ODIN gives us both. We’re just very happy with it.”