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Centralised, tapeless workflow at BT Sport studios


BT Sport (TV Bay article) - Case Study (pdf)

BT Sport studios achieve centralized tapeless workflow (pdf)
Part of the former International Broadcast Centre at the Queen Elizabeth
Olympic Park in London has been transformed into the new home of BT Sport with state-of-the-art production and broadcasting systems for BT’s new television broadcast operations. BT sport is a broadcasting station with 24-7 operational capability so equipment reliability is crucial to ensure instant and reliable delivery of critical digital assets throughout the extensive production facility.

Timeline Television, a leading provider of post-production, outside broadcast
and studio-based facilities for every major UK network, was selected by BT Sport to lead on the transformation programme. The company, in conjunction with a technical installation team from Megahertz, built and integrated a full broadcast facility in record-breaking period of 8 months to meet the launch deadline: achieving one of the largest and quickest broadcast installations in the industry. The centre houses three large flexible TV studios, sports production galleries, a master control room, 20 edit suites, dubbing theatres and an audience holding area.

To achieve this objective, IHSE KVM matrix switches provide the critical central data switching functionality throughout the building. They were selected after extensive technical evaluation by combined engineering teams. “IHSE’s combination of high video resolution, low latency and instant switching, combined with comprehensive interfacing to studio control systems and stored
confi guration capability made it the ideal choice,”

Two IHSE Draco tera KVM switches, each with 288 ports, connect editors,
designers and production staff to the banks of Avid editing machines, Omneon storage devices, EVS servers, Chryon production tools and the host of other essential broadcast components physically located in the central apparatus room. They provide the required delay-free switching between sources and workstations to create an end-to-end tapeless workflow.

Scene Double, IHSE’s UK distributor, provided technical and integration support to the project teams. Ray Gordon, managing director of Scene Double highlighted the complexity of the installation: “This is one of the largest single-system installations of the IHSE Draco tera switch in the world. When we were planning the system architecture for BT Sport, we were confident that the Tera’s inherent scalability and functionality would allow us to achieve a solution that would work immediately and provide a growth path in the future. The excellent system engineering capability and commitment of the integration teams, coupled with the flexibility and capability of the Draco Tera contributed in equal measure to the success of the project.

About Scene Double

Scene Double’s design and manufacturing experience and expertise in the professional KVM and video extension market stretches back over 20 years from its formation in 1991. Many products are manufactured under OEM relationships with some of the computer industry’s largest suppliers of computer systems and peripherals from Scene Double’s own state-of-the-art manufacturing facility capable of volume surface-mount and complete product assembly. Direct sales of KVM, DVI and video extension and switching devices are also undertaken from the headquarters site in Hertfordshire to major organisations throughout the world where they are renowned for their quality, innovation and reliability.

Scene Double has entered into a number of technology cross-licensing and marketing deals with other companies in similar markets. The company prides itself on a strong level of personal support, provided in most case by engineers responsible for original product design. This has culminated in the recent opening of a fully equipped and spacious training facility for all its own products, together with those of its partner companies. Scene Double also offers full system specification services to assist dealers and system integrators in specifying and using its KVM and DVI switching and extension product range.

About IHSE

IHSE GmbH was founded in 1984 in Friedrichshafen, near Lake Constanze, in Germany. In its early years, the company supplied software for industrial automation and technical data processing applications.
Today, the focus of IHSE’s business is KVM extenders, switches and video routers. KVM Extenders allow the remote location of computer consoles (monitor, keyboard and mouse) to be located at very long distances from the related computer. KVM crosspoint switches, enable different computers to be accessed through one or more consoles. IHSE’s high end DVI extension and switching solutions are unique in the market place and allow remote control over both copper and fibre optic media.