Case study: Uni FM

Photo of the Echo FM studio

Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, more commonly known as the University of Freiburg, is among the leading universities in Germany, respected for its teaching of law, medicine, economics, history, German studies and biology, among other subjects.

A major part of life on campus is the radio station Uni FM (previously known as Echo FM), run by students for students. This was recently refitted and upgraded, with ARG switches providing the backbone of a distribution network linking several locations using RAVENNA audio over IP (AoIP) and AES67 interoperability technologies.

Systems integrator SLG Broadcast has used ARG products on other projects and technical director Simon Groll said the brand was the right choice for Uni FM.

“There are other switches available on the market, but none of them have PTP capability,” he explained. “Other brands also take some time to configure. The ARG switches are slightly cheaper and are easier and faster to commission and configure, which greatly helped us deliver this project on time.”

He added that the University of Freiburg project was the first time SLG Broadcast had carried out an installation of such complexity using RAVENNA. “Combining broadcast services for audio, video and data is critical and it’s quite impressive that a small student radio station is using a set-up like this to run every thing on the same network,” he said. “We needed the ARG switches to do that and they are working really well.”

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