sonoVTS serving as systems integrator for groundbreaking IP-based Plazamedia broadcasting centre
Based around a comprehensive IP production infrastructure, the new centre in Ismaning, near Munich, Germany, is due for completion ahead of the 2018-19 Bundesliga season.
AUGUST 29, 2018: Germany-based broadcast products, rental and systems company sonoVTS GmbH is delighted to announce that it is currently completing work on a landmark systems integration project for Plazamedia GmbH. The leading German media production company – which has a particular specialism in generating live and non-live sports content – is renowned for its use of cutting-edge technological infrastructures, and it is within this spirit that it has decided to implement a comprehensive IP production infrastructure at its new broadcasting centre in Ismaning, near Munich.
For more than 40 years Plazamedia has been at the forefront of production and delivery, latterly producing, managing, archiving and distributing content on a multitude of leading platforms. Having been among the first companies to adopt extensive file-based workflows nearly a decade ago, it should come as no surprise to discover that it is now embracing an entirely IP-based approach to production at its new broadcasting centre, which is scheduled to be operational in time for the start of the new Bundesliga season on 24 August.
The new centre – which was designed by Plazamedia – puts the onus on flexibility and the fast, efficient production and distribution of content. A maximum data throughput of 12.8 terabits per second sets a new standard in the broadcast sector, while the massive IP-based crossbar system based on Lawo and Nevion devices replaces the 17 formerly used video routers and manages the entire signal distribution and signal processing.
Plazamedia will be able to help broadcasters work the way they want to with production, workflow and media asset management capabilities from remote production to the cloud. A flexible, scalable media platform supports live streaming and broadcast-quality video-on-demand offerings, while virtual servers and high-availability storage systems – both on-premise and in the cloud – facilitate powerful and endlessly flexible media management, processing and archiving.
Incorporating a multi-functional design that allows rooms to be used in smaller or larger formations as required by the needs of each project, the new centre features systems from some of the most respected manufacturers in the business. Lawo’s VSM broadcast control system is integral to the specification, allowing user interfaces and control panels to be configured almost freely within the fully redundant system – making it possible for them to be adapted specifically to the various application areas and workflows of Plazamedia.
The centre has been developed with a watchful eye on emerging technologies that are set to dominate broadcast production over the next few years. As might be expected the facility is posied and ready to support UHD production, but attention has also been given to the rapid growth of online services with a renewal and extension of the existing streaming and OTT delivery platform. A powerful multi-CDN – deployed, if required, with comprehensive rights management – will ensure the cost-effective and high-quality distribution of the broadcast streams.
sonoVTS is serving as the systems integrator for the entire project, continuing a long and productive association with Plazamedia. Franz Olbert, Managing Director of sonoVTS, comments: “This is a truly groundbreaking facility with the capability not just to support the production workflows and requirements of today, but those of tomorrow and for many years hence. We believe it is the most flexible and powerful broadcasting centre of its kind, and we are proud to be playing such an important role in its delivery. Once again, the collaboration with Plazamedia has been brilliant and constantly creative.”
sonoVTS to focus on new three-tier structure and landmark projects at IBC2018
The company will emphasise the capabilities of its Products, Rental and Systems business units, and reflect on recent projects with Plazamedia and the football World Cup.
AUGUST 1, 2018: Germany-based broadcast products, rental and systems company sonoVTS GmbH has announced that it will be placing the emphasis on the extensive capabilities of its three business units throughout this year’s IBC (RAI Amsterdam, 14-18 September). The move is in accordance with the recent concentration of company interests into clearly-defined Products, Rental and Systems units – a development that has contributed to one of the most successful periods on record for sonoVTS.
“The pace of change in the broadcast technology market is accelerating, which means that customers are seeking both clarity from service providers about what they can offer, and reassurance that they will remain responsive to change,” says Tobias Kronenwett, Head of Business Development, sonoVTS. “By operating divisions for product manufacturing, product rental and systems integration it is evident that we can accommodate broadcast needs across the board. In addition, we are able to perceive all sides of a project – and anticipate potential arising issues – because we have this kind of multi-faceted approach.”
Each of the three business units will have their turn in the spotlight at IBC2018. The Products division will showcase some of the newest models in the HDQLINE series of modular videowall and IP-enabled products displays, including support for 4K/UHD and HDRpreview. Representing the latest generation of multi-standard broadcast display, the latest HDQLINE products are based around a powerful high-precision video processing engine – four times more powerful than earlier versions – with control from a fast embedded processor and extensive functionality courtesy of bespoke software design. In addition, sonoVTS will outline its HDRpreview concept, which delivers a more cost-efficient variation of HDR that can be readily integrated into existing workflows.
The Rental and Systems units will highlight their ability to support some of the biggest projects on the planet – and they don’t come any bigger than the recent footballing World Cup in Russia! For this event sonoVTS worked with the host broadcaster to integrate Equipment Room Containers (ERCs) that were located at each of the 12 venues and connected to theInternational Broadcast Centre. The priority with the ERCs was on delivering the utmost production flexibility, and as a result they were each able to accommodate simultaneous output in multiple formats.
sonoVTS is currently working on the integration of a comprehensive IP-based infrastructure at Plazamedia’s new broadcasting centre situated in Ismaning, near Munich. The new centre – whose capabilities will include a scalable network architecture with a total data throughput of up to 12.8 terabits per second – is scheduled for completion in time for the start of the 2018-19 Bundesliga season
“We are enormously proud of these references, which illustrate both the respected nature of our services and the full range of our capabilities,” says Franz Olbert, Managing Director at sonoVTS. “With many smaller and medium-level integration and supply projects in progress, we look forward to meeting new and potential customers at IBC2018, and explaining how we can be a primary partner in ensuring they always remain one step ahead of broadcast technology changes.”
To register to attend IBC2018, please visit https://show.ibc.org.
sonoVTS GmbH announces completion of Nilesat Central Monitoring Center project
Leading Egyptian communications satellites company Nilesat had engaged the company to integrate display, multiviewer and related sub-systems.
AUGUST 01, 2018: sonoVTS GmbH has confirmed the completion of a major integration project undertaken on behalf of Egyptian satellite company Nilesat. The project was initiated during 2017 when sonoVTS GmbH was contracted to deliver a new Central Monitoring Center (CMC) based around its HDQLINE display products and a purpose-designed video wall.
TV services in SD, HD and 4K
The HDQLINE displays provide colour calibration, a no-fan design to limit noise impact, central video wall control, and dynamic and static IMD (Internal Monitor Display) via ethernet connectivity. The video wall was purpose-designed and constructed by sonoVTS, which also integrated a receiving subsystem that is capable of decoding and carrying TV services in SD, HD and 4K, as well as radio services.
Optimised and multiple sources
Designed to optimise the flexibility of the CMC, the multiviewer subsystem can process inputs from multiple sources – including IP, SDI and HDMI – according to various broadcast specifications. Meanwhile, the measurement and analysis sub-system is based on monitoring downlink transport streams.
Rounding out the new Nilesat Central Monitoring Center, the furniture incorporated into the new CMC was also designed and manufactured by sonoVTS.
We are delighted
Franz Olbert, Managing Director of sonoVTS, comments: “We are delighted to have worked on this major international project with Nilesat, which takes place during a period of many high-profile references for our services. Once again, the experience we can offer as a systems integrator and a manufacturer of high quality monitors and other equipment ensured that we were the right partner to deliver and integrate this significant new facility.”