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Absen LED central to RTÉ News studio upgrade

RTÉ News studio in Dublin has been upgraded with a range of AV solutions, designed and installed by Ion Solutions.

RTÉ is the national public service broadcaster, and its main news studio is home to the Six One News, Nine O’Clock News, One O’Clock News, News with Signing, news2day for young people, The Week in Politics, Leaders Questions, and other special events live programme coverage such as national commemorations. Studio 3 is the busiest television studio in Ireland, broadcasting over 1,700 news bulletins and programmes each year.

The new upgrade includes a 24m x 3m videowall, which spans three sides of the studio and utilises Absen LED technology, Sony HDC-P1 HD camera systems and a Viz MultiPlay videowall controller, all supplied and installed by Ion Solutions. Other features include a new set design and additional presentation areas, meaning content is delivered in a more visually engaging manner.

Ion Solutions’ in-house technical team designed the bracket system, which allows the videowall to be installed very close to the studio walls. Compared to a standard bracket system, this bespoke design increased space on the studio floor by 30sqm.

Kevin Moore, director of Ion Solutions, commented: “At Ion Solutions, we work with some of the most progressive, pioneering brands in the world to deliver top class results.

“We’re delighted that RTÉ News chose Ion Solutions to work on the upgrade of their flagship Studio 3 project. A lot of time and work has been put into this project, and we are happy that we were able to successfully meet RTÉ News’ requirements.

“This project is the only refurbishment of the busy RTÉ News studio in the last 10 years, and we’re proud to have designed and delivered sophisticated solutions which enhance RTÉ’s storytelling capabilities as it reports on Ireland and the wider world.”

RTÉ project manager, Myles Donoghue, said: “Ion Solutions were definitely the right choice for us when we chose to refurbish the studio – their design team were able to come up with innovative, fresh solutions to the challenges we faced. From concept to design and implementation, the team at Ion Solutions leave nothing to chance and it’s their commitment to achieving the best possible results for everyone involved that makes them the standout choice as our technical partner for the LED Wall in the studio.”

Alex Couzins, head of brand and marketing at Absen Europe, added: “We are delighted to have worked with Ion Solutions on this significant upgrade project for a leading broadcaster. The main challenge was to find an LED solution that would be able to meet the stringent requirements of a live broadcast environment, with enough brightness and contrast to help content stand out in a bright studio environment, while providing a high refresh rate to allow viewers to experience RTE’s ultra-HD and 4K content. Absen’s DV Series did just that, and was delivered within a very tight timeframe. We are very pleased with the result and very proud of our strong partnership with Ion Solutions.”

Alex Micallef, general manager, Vizrt UK & Ireland, said: “Vizrt were delighted to work with our partners, Ion Solutions, on the LED wall control system for this prestigious RTÉ Studio project. The importance of storytelling has never been greater and Vizrt empowers storytellers with powerful, intuitive tools that educate and engage audiences.”