dB Broadcast starts work on major IP-based facility

This is a landmark challenge as will probably be the primary BBC facility to make use of Internet Protocol (IP) expertise throughout each its manufacturing and broadcast operations.

The new BBC Wales constructing will embrace numerous TV Studios and Media Production amenities, in addition to radio which types a separate challenge. dB Broadcast gained this major integration challenge by a aggressive tendering course of, and can full the work in 2019. dB and BBC Wales are working with Canadian firm Grass Valley on the implementation of the Live IP system. 

This challenge consists of 4 workstreams: Broadcast Infrastructure, Media Production, TV Studios and TV Playout. The BBC Wales challenge is adopting an IP core for sign routing primarily based on the SMPTE 2110 requirements and AMWA/NMOS for Control.

BBC Wales is shifting to a constructing within the centre of Cardiff that’s extra environment friendly and efficient than its present dwelling in Llandaff. The new broadcast centre can have house for round 1,200 workers, and the brand new expertise deployed is ready to adapt rapidly to new video codecs, greater bandwidth or higher video decision. It additionally gives less complicated manufacturing for a number of and new platforms, with much less time wasted changing between completely different video or audio codecs.

“This new centre will give us a greater level of creative freedom than we’ve ever had before”, stated Gareth Powell, Chief Operating Officer of BBC Wales. “We want to harness the benefits of IP technology to provide the best possible tools to our content makers, and to free them from many of the historical constraints we’ve faced at our current HQ.”

Tom Swan, Sales & Marketing Director of dB Broadcast, stated: “dB is at the forefront of the industry transition to the use of IP in live, uncompressed video and audio systems. We have already delivered several large systems based on current or precursor standards such as ASPEN, Dante and SMPTE 2022.”

dB just lately accomplished one of many largest IP initiatives in Europe, and is pivotal within the realisation of IP as a sensible platform.

Image: BBC Wales Central Square, Cardiff


About dB Broadcast

dB Broadcast (dB) is the UK’s largest and most profitable unbiased methods integrator, and is knowledgeable in options design, methods construct and integration, migration and assist for each conventional and new expertise broadcast methods.

dB is unbiased of and software program distributors and represents a centre of excellence for the supply of contemporary day, match for goal broadcast methods.  Consultancy and after-sales assist are an growing a part of dB’s portfolio of companies.

dB additionally designs and manufactures merchandise for the printed business together with: Cardinal vary of mains distribution models (MDUs), Hawkeye for switching and monitoring all varieties of broadcast indicators, MERlin DVB-T2 and DVB-T monitoring receivers, Showman multi-standard analogue TV receiver/demodulator and bespoke merchandise to a buyer’s particular necessities.

With purpose-built headquarters in Cambridgeshire UK, dB has roughly 20,000 sq. toes of house for prefabrication and check of buyer methods.


About BBC Wales

BBC Cymru Wales is the nationwide broadcaster for Wales, offering a variety of English and Welsh language programmes and companies for audiences throughout Wales, in addition to flagship programmes for the BBC community. It has the most important BBC newsroom exterior London, serving audiences throughout Wales with dwell information throughout tv, radio and digital platforms seven days every week


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