BBC Studioworks selects Imagine Communications’ IP3 Router

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Imagine Communications is providing its Platinum IP3 technology for the core routing infrastructure for the new technology platform at BBC Studioworks’ Television Centre studios. The recently redeveloped Television Centre, the BBC’s long-term home, will include three large studios and post-production facilities integrated into a mixed-use site. The new studios are a part of a greenfield development, providing BBC Studioworks with the opportunity to supply the technology behind a state-of-the-art modern production facility essentially from scratch.

BBC Studioworks, formerly BBC Studios & Post Production, is working with systems integrator Dega Broadcast Systems on the new infrastructure. They have worked closely to select equipment and technologies that are capable of supporting future production requirements. Recognising that television facilities will increasingly require complex signal management and support for multiple formats, BBC Studioworks selected the Platinum IP3 router from Imagine Communications as a flexible hub for managing SDI video and AES audio signals in the complex.

In addition to its core signal distribution functionality, the Platinum IP3 supports audio multiplexing and de-multiplexing, flexible, and integrated multiviewer, and discrete AES or MADI signals. It is designed to work in a hybrid SDI-IP environment, with transparent operations across the two signal formats, and seamless and synchronous switching between SDI and IP domains. It also supports a rich control layer through the Magellan SDN Orchestrator, a software control system for hybrid SDI-IP facilities that enables the IP3 to be integrated into a service-oriented architecture.

“From our technology reviews, we felt that the Platinum IP3 gave us important benefits in system design,” said Elom Bell, who is leading the technology procurement for BBC Studioworks. “The hybrid routing functionality eliminates the need for a separate audio matrix and the I/O processing capabilities simplify the system architecture and increase flexibility.

“Studio TC1 will be capable of producing 4K content from day one, and we see high dynamic range (HDR) production as an early opportunity. The Platinum IP3 is ready for that, and for IP connectivity, which we are also working on.”

The Platinum IP3 can be fortified with IP input and output modules based on the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) roadmap to seamlessly connect to IP networks. Its control layer can be software updated to support IP networks based on commercial off-the-shelf ethernet switches to provide a seamless control and management experience.

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