Frankfurt Airport gets IPTV net
February 6, 2013 10.05 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Frankfurt Airport’s operating company, Fraport AG, has chosen Teracue for the launch of its IPTV networks across all terminals.

More than 90 television and radio channels are distributed over the IPTV network connecting more than 400 set-top boxes.

The streaming of television and radio channels is provided with the help of the DVB-to-IP gateways by Teracue. The signals, such as DVB-S/S2 and DVB-ASI are streamed via IP using a multicast process with the hardware plug-in cards designed for robust 24/7 operation.

“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,” said Klaus Schultz-Fademrecht, manager of the networks department at Fraport AG.

“Back in 2008, we started to convert the television and radio distribution at Fraport into an IPTV solution. 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.”

“We are discovering new fields of application, for which IPTV can be used. We are currently integrating a centrally controlled mute switch, which can be automatically sent to all connected set-top boxes in emergencies, for example when there is a fire alarm,” added Schultz-Fademrecht.

“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 to the safety of passengers.”