Harris provides BBC with Olympic backbone

Olympic Logo - classic varietyA few more details on the news out of NAB that UK-based systems integrator, Dega Broadcast Systems, is building the BBC Production Centre for its coverage of the games in London this summer based on a Harris Corporation integrated broadcast solution.

Harris will supply a range of technology for the BBC Production Centre onsite at the Summer Games, including the Selenio media convergence platform and the new Harris HView SX Pro multi-display management system.

To help support it through the critical period leading up to the games, BBC has brought together an expert team of systems designers and integrators in which Dega Broadcast Systems is playing a leading role. In turn, Dega has designed a broadcast production workflow that incorporates system components from a single technology vendor, Harris, to simplify systems integration and product support.

Selenio will handle all video and audio processing requirements from a single, highly integrated platform that simplifies deployment and maximizes ease of use. Another space-saving Harris solution, the new HView SX Pro multiviewer, will live within a Harris®Platinum integrated routing solution to enable signal monitoring with top grade picture quality and control options. Harris 6800+ core processing and Videotek test and measurement products complete things.

“This has been two years in the planing,” says Dega’s Project Manager, John Cleaver. “What Harris had to offer was a package of new technology that allowed us to do pretty well what the BBC wanted in a very compact way. There will be about 70 equipment racks that we’ll put into the IBC for the BBC and we’ve got about 20 frames of Selenio, so all pretty full.”

“Our choice of Harris was based on the quality of their technology solutions, combined with their ability to provide a comprehensive package of products cost-effectively,” he continued. “Importantly, Harris works closely with us to ensure that the use of the facilities is maximized, that we understand their products and that the products are efficiently supported throughout the games in London this summer.”




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