From its monitoring centre at Fornebu, Norkring operates and monitors all its services 24/7, making sure that the services stay on air and people can watch TV and listen to the radio all summer - and the rest of the year too, of course.
Christian Jacobsen, the head of Norkring’s operations centre at Fornebu, emphasised the importance of having an operations centre monitoring the network in Norway around the clock.
“One of Europe’s biggest networks - in a country with challenging topography and a fickle climate - stays in operation thanks to staff who possess considerable experience and expertise,” said Jacobsen. He went on to explain how his colleagues monitor 3,000 stations in Norkring’s network and how the latest technology is used for monitoring, problem-solving and maintenance. Experienced employees with a solid background in the industry work in the monitoring room and out in the field.
When lightning doesn’t strike
Lightning cracked across the skies of Norway throughout early June, with up to 60,000 discharges in Southern Norway. “The impact of that went almost unnoticed in our network,” said Jacobsen, comparing that period to 2016 where thunder and lightning caused considerable issues in Norkring’s network.
“Norkring is well-prepared no matter what our weather gods may have in store for us this summer,” he added, pointing to how the network has been made more robust as well as specific improvements that indicate Norkring’s measures have been effective and paid off.
Keeping an eye on the weather
While the summer weather forecast may leave much to be desired, it’s only clear skies ahead for the Norwegian broadcasting network, Jacobsen said with a smile. He pointed to how Norkring’s operational apparatus keeps a close eye on the weather and that according to the summer forecasts, neither heat waves nor autumn storms are expected.
Jacobsen also noted how last year’s high temperatures posed ventilation challenges at Norkring’s stations, as well as how lightning, thunder and rain has previously created headaches for the operation of the network.
“We’re prepared for the summer, at least,” he said, adding that neither Norkring nor anyone else could do anything about the dismal weather forecast.
A lot of people may choose to pack a pair of welly boots and an extra wool sweater for this year’s summer holiday. “At Norkring’s operations centre, we make sure that our support system remains in operation throughout the summer, and extra staff can be brought in if the weather takes a turn for the worse,” Jacobsen said. Effective notification procedures have been implemented, and Norkring has also ensured that there is a close dialogue between relevant parties and limited planned works over the summer to ensure great listening and viewing experiences.
“One of Europe’s biggest networks - in a country with challenging topography and a fickle climate - stays in operation thanks to staff who possess considerable experience and expertise,” said Jacobsen.