IBC 2018: Arena Television presents OB truck with Lawo Smart platform

Arena Television, providing outside broadcast event coverage to their customers, has just installed Lawo’s System Monitoring and Real-time Telemetry Solution (SMART) for Broadcast Networks in their latest IP-based OB truck. The company is already an extensive user of the vendor-agnostic Lawo VSM IP broadcast control system to establish comprehensive unified workflows across the trucks’ all-IP infrastructure. With vsmSOUL, VSM introduces IP orchestration alongside traditional control functionality, such as vsmTally in a single, fully integrated solution.

Lawo’s SMART range includes the smartDASH System Monitoring and Real-time Telemetry, vendor-agnostic enterprise software for network and media visibility across an all-IP, all-SDI, or hybrid WAN/LAN broadcast infrastructure, and the smartSCOPE Deep Packet Inspection & Network Analyzer, a media-agnostic, high-density 24/7 analysis platform for IP flows in live production and delivery. smartDASH provides a complete overview of a network and media streams. smartDASH derives media network data, comprehensively documents network and supporting infrastructure. smartSCOPE processes data packets for service compliance and analyzes the condition of the delivery network for clear demarcation between delivery and processing, reducing “meantime to repair”.

“With the purchase of SMART, Arena Television now have a unique capability to extensively monitor and control our equipment while realizing significant operational benefits”, explains Dafydd Rees, Deputy Director of Operations at Arena Television. And he continues: “One of the challenges that we intend to solve using SMART is offering operators an ability to easily monitor IP media streams across the IP network. It will plug the gap between traditional, well understood, video and audio monitoring tools and network switch monitoring, coalescing the two in a simple dashboard and providing unique insight into the media streams as they pass through the network. It will also allow engineers to proactively detect and diagnoses faults before they occur thereby further increasing the quality of the service that we provide to our customers.”

Arena will demonstrate the truck, with SMART installed and working, at IBC at stand 9.A02

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