Telex supplies Kanji keypanels to NHK

Telex/RTS has finalized the details of a major order of special intercom equipment, including key panels and displays, to NHK, the national, government-owned broadcaster in Japan.

Japanese broadcaster NHK has taken ordered hundreds of specially designed Telex/RTS keypanels (handset version pictured) as well as a 4-frame ADAM digital matrix intercom that can support more than 400 users.

The order includes hundreds of specially designed keypanels that incorporate eight-character Kanji displays, as well as a four-frame ADAM digital matrix intercom that can support more than 400 users. NHK has begun an effort to fully transition to HDTV by 2009, and this upgrade to its intercom and communications capabilities is part of that project.

Kanji is a complex set of characters that represents one-third of the Japanese writing system, used in conjunction with hiragana and katakana. The ability of the new Telex keypanels to display Kanji allows NHK not only to significantly streamline its production and communications operations but also to have more flexibility in displaying descriptive names for increasingly complex intercom assignments.

The new custom keypanels, which display eight Kanji characters per key, are made of extruded aluminum and metal, and feature state-of-the-art audio processors and drivers. The keypanels also display a mixture of hiragana and katakana characters, making them the first ever to display a complete set of Japanese characters, as well as English numbers.

The keypanels to be used by NHK are variations of Telex’s KP-12 series, and include a 1U-EIA rack-mount, a desktop and a desktop with handset configuration. Each features coax and remote IP interfaces, and all are expandable. Capabilities for advanced audio distribution and voice over Internet Protocol applications were key specifications of NHK.

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