Building IP based production Systems

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RTL Group is to consolidate all of its operations at its new headquarters: ‘RTL City’ in Luxembourg, including large television and radio studios. The development, dubbed ‘RTL City’, consists of seven buildings. The project to build new premises came around in 2013 when RTL Group needed to invest in more advanced technical equipment. RTL quickly realized that it would require a larger space in which to house the new technology. The building had to be future proof and it also had to be able to support customers and prospects alike for ten years post build, adapting to new workflow challenges as required.

SAM was selected as the main IP technology supplier to provide an end-to-end IP routing system for the ‘RTL City’ Project.

BCE were keen to evaluate the scale of vendor IP solutions as part of this process.

BCE started with 200 inputs x 200 output streams as a reasonable first step; whilst not being the final matrix size needed to achieve routing (nearly 900 video and over 500 audio end points). BCE wanted to see the same level of scalability, stability, propagation delays, synchronization and ultimately to see how vendors responded. It was critical that the IP solution would have the same quality of service and reliability that BCE was achieving with SDI.

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