BCE is chosen to manage FEI digital archives
By: Fergal Ringrose
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 12:25 pm

BCE has been selected by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the world governing body of Equestrian sport, for the ingest, management and distribution of its archives. The FEI is the governing body for all international events in the Olympic sports of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing, as well as the non-Olympic sports of Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining. It also governs all international competitions for Para-Equestrian Dressage and Para-Driving.

Holding many thousands of hours of video from competitions across the world, going back some 30 years, the FEI was looking for a partner who would be able to digitise this dormant content, manage its legacy and upcoming assets and facilitate distribution among stakeholders.

“This project follows the strategy of our company by ensuring the perfect digitisation of their archives and at the same time enhancing content exchange thanks to a solid platform,” said Frederic Fievez, Projects Development Manager at BCE.

To do so, BCE will set up a complete management solution in its new headquarters in Luxembourg. This PaaS (Platform as a Service) will be built around three layers.

The ingest platform to ensure the digitisation of the remaining archives as well as new footage; the Media asset management system, including the MediaArchive Director (EVS) will manage the content, generate optimal metadata as well as user info, ensure media transcoding and delivery. The distribution platform using BCE’s file based delivery system, Movie2Me to receive the files from the FEI and distribute it worldwide.

FEI Marketing Director Ralph Straus said, “With this new solution the FEI and our stakeholders will be able to easily search online and exploit content from the most prestigious competitions, with some content from as far back as the 70’s. We’re very pleased to be able to open up and fully utilise such an amazing archive of Equestrian sport and we are looking forward to working with BCE to make this happen.”

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