Nevion outlines involvement with new IP studio project

The EBU and Belgian public broadcasting company VRT have today unveiled the LiveIP Project, a multi-vendor system integration to showcase IP-based live broadcast production, featuring Nevion equipment and software.

The collaboration between EBU, VRT and a group of innovative industry partners including Nevion sees the implementation of a live TV production studio at VRT’s premises in Brussels. It uses state-of-the-art IT-centric hardware and software to enable broadcasters to produce programmes quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

A scaled-down version of the studio will be shown as a proof-of-concept demonstration on the EBU stand (10.F20) at this year’s IBC Show in Amsterdam.

The multi-phase LiveIP Project is part of Sandbox+, an international joint platform for collaborative innovation put together by VRT, EBU and iMinds. Industry technology partners participating in the project include Axon, Dwesam, EVS, Genelec, Grass Valley, Lawo, LSB, Nevion, Tektronix and Trilogy ,who provide all the elements of a live production chain driven by IP.

Nevion provided the infrastructure in the form of the IP network connecting the cameras, the monitors, the switchers and the mixers to demonstrate the implementation of a live TV production studio at VRT’s premises in Brussels.

Nevion’s technology is used to transport standards-compliant video (SMPTE 2022-6) and audio (AES67) IP signals transparently over 10 Gigabit Ethernet, as well as provide redundancy and clean switching on the IP layer. Nevion’s eMerge Ethernet media switches and Nevion media gateways transport and convert between baseband and IP when needed.

LiveIP is a software-defined network, with Nevion’s VideoIPath management software controlling switches and edge devices through the Openflow protocol. Nevion’s VideoIPath integrates with VRT’s existing VSM studio control seamlessly, meaning users can perform switching using the environment with which they are familiar.

Geir Bryn-Jensen, CEO, Nevion said: “This project has been instrumental in promoting the value of producing live content via IP, and we at Nevion have been very proud to work alongside such innovative partners in the broadcasting industry to help make it happen. We have demonstrated that some of the concerns broadcasters have, like performance, reliability, deterministic network behavior and clean-switching can be addressed now.”

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