Frankfurt Airport to launch IPTV network

Frankfurt Airport's operating company, Fraport AG, has announced it will be launching an IPTV network which will include more than 90 television and radio channels delivered to more than 400 set-top boxes located across the network of terminals.

According to a story in Broadband TV News, the company has selected Teracue's DVB-to-IP gateways to handle streaming of DVB-S/S2 and DVB-ASI streamed IP channels via a multicast process.

"With our solution, there are DVB satellite signals, which we feed into the network in real-time as IPTV streams, sometimes in HD and sometimes in SD," Klaus Schultz-Fademrecht, networks department manager at Fraport AG, said in the story.

The IPTV network is part of a process that began in 2008 when the company started to convert its television and radio distribution for IPTV distribution.

"As well as the enormous cost advantage, the low maintenance requirements and high degree of scalability were decisive reasons for setting up an IPTV system," Schultz-Fademrecht said.

Now, he added, the airport is "discovering new fields of application for which IPTV can be used" including integrating a centrally controlled mute switch that can be automatically delivered to all set-top boxes in emergencies, such as when a fire alarm is sounded.

"The examples of Fraport and Frankfurt Airport show how a cleverly used IPTV system can not only contribute to a varied offering of infotainment, but also the safety of passengers," he concluded.

For more:
Broadband TV News had this story

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