Following a technical upgrade of its Lisbon broadcast center with Lawo IP solutions, including V__matrix and VSM, one of Portugal’s private broadcasters, SIC (Sociedade Independente de Comunicação, an Impresa company) now boasts of Europe’s largest ST2110 facility to date, with data streams traveling several kilometers.
Lawo supplied and installed 15 V__matrix software-defined IP core routing, processing, and multiviewing devices, a total of 39 C100 core processing blades as well as vm_dmv multiviewer, vm_udx up/down/cross conversion as well as several other software modules for the V__matrix platform. The Lawo VSM Broadcast Control System (Virtual Studio Manager) was chosen to control both baseband and IP devices for lightning-fast patch and configuration changes via VSM user panels.
“In SIC’s setup, Lawo provided the processing power, Sony supplied its Live System Manager vision mixers and cameras, and Cisco took care of the spine/leaf network infrastructure,” stated Carlos Ladeira, TV Systems & Equipment Integrator, SIC.
VSM, Lawo’s brand-agnostic control system provides control over both IP-native and SDI devices. In addition, “ST2022-7 network redundancy, together with the control systems we have here, like VSM, make our life a lot easier,” added Miguel Inácio, coordinator - Infrastructure Management, SIC.
“We can use a production setup in one of our production control rooms and completely reconfigure it for the next program within seconds. In May, we covered Portugal’s EU election. For the first time in our history, change-overs no longer required physically repatching a bunch of cables—with VSM, all went a lot faster. We have a 24-hours news channel with a dedicated studio and production control room running almost around the clock," added Ladeira.