N1, a new news channel that will cover the Balkan countries of Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, has selected Trilogy’s Gemini distributed matrix intercom system.
Sold by Amisys, a broadcast systems integration company covering Serbia and neighbouring countries, to Balkan DTH and cable operator United Group, which will run N1, the Gemini system will provide critical communications within the channel’s main production facility in Belgrade, Serbia, plus local news centres in Zagreb, Croatia, and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Taking advantage of Gemini's integrated IP capability, the system will link production staff and presenters at each of the facilities, with backup circuits provided by the system for VoIP & PSTN telephone services.
Amisys, managing director, Dragan Vuletic said, “We chose Gemini because it’s a reliable, flexible communication platform with the ability to extend connectivity across multiple locations using a combination of IP and telephony services, which is ideal for N1’s requirements.”
Balkan DTH and cable operator United Group will launch N1 in 2014, targeting more than 15 million potential viewers in Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina and Serbia. United Group has signed a contract with Turner Broadcasting System Europe Limited, making N1 the exclusive partner of CNN International in the region.
N1, chief technology officer, Igor Jovi? commented, “We chose the Trilogy solution as we wanted technology that was cutting edge in terms of functionality and flexibility but that had the pedigree that meant we knew we could trust it to work first time, every time.”