Big Switch Lugano: AURUS and NEXUS in a flexible production landscapeLugano, Switzerland, )
The Big Switch itself consists of a NEXUS network with 22 Base Devices installed in the TV production studios and sound control rooms. Fibre-optic cables connect them to an optical router that controls the signal routing when switching studios. tpc already implemented the idea of a Big Switch using STAGETEC equipment in Zurich in 2012. By the end of 2014 the Lugano Big Switch is to be extended by another AURUS sound control room and will be patched to an outside broadcast vehicle also equipped with an AURUS console.
One basic requirement for such a complex system is that the various NEXUS networks being switched are completely identical in structure and all the mixing console systems and their configuration must be standardised. The upfront effort put into planning pays off with simple and seamless switching in everyday operations.