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Re-wiring The Future

cont'd...

System construction in progress at Lafayette London by SIĀ ATG Danmon

Russell Peirson-Hagger,
Managing Director, ATG Danmon

up-to-date and be ready to respond
to critical requests and the only way to
do that is through automation. "
dB Broadcast is still seeing
strong demand for physical newbuild projects and infrastructure
installations, although these are
increasingly inspired by IT-centric
approaches rather than traditional
broadcast technology. Next gen
broadcast centre builds, like the
one which dB Broadcast recently
completed at BBC Central Square in
Cardiff, are using IP rather than SDI
as their core routing technology.
According to Commercial Director,
Daniel Hipkin, this requires extensive
fast networking installations and
detailed configuration, " just the
type of services which dB has been
providing more and more frequently in
the past few years. "
Of course, there are only so many
greenfield projects on the scale of the
BBC Wales, or Bloomberg Television's
new HQ in London, but some smaller
facilities are being built and many
existing ones are still to be refreshed
and upgraded now that the standards
are maturing and IP technology for
broadcast is gradually becoming
easier and more stable to deploy. This
is just as true for vehicles - where
the potential savings in space and
weight are significant - as it is for fixed
installs.
" One of the challenges of the last few
years has been the lack of commonly

agreed standards and practices for
building IP systems, requiring SIs to
carry out additional detailed work to
design systems and test equipment
from multiple vendors, " informs
Hipkin. " Configuration and testing
can be extremely complex, and issues
can reveal themselves only during
extensive testing routines and often
after many software iterations. The
nature of the work brings about
changes to the skill sets required,
reducing
need
for
traditional
broadcast wiring technicians, but
an increased demand for software
specialists and networking engineers. "
This drives changes to recruitment
and training - the latter a field that
dB Broadcast has always taken very
seriously. One of its most recent
graduate
recruits,
a
database
specialist, is already wrangling with
the huge volumes of configuration
data which IP/IT projects are tending
to generate.
" In some cases, a private cloud
approach has been preferred, with
clients opting for an on-premise
data centre, driven by concerns
over security and data recovery, "
reports Hipkin. " But in others, huge
public cloud services such as AWS
and Microsoft Azure are proving to
be reliable and cost effective. dB
Broadcast is satisfying demand for
expert consultancy in how best to
deploy and navigate between these
options, as large broadcasters tend to
be highly risk averse when it comes
to their content but sometimes the
economics are hard to ignore. "
ATG Danmon sees a strong demand
for studios and production systems
at new sites for systems that include
both traditional technology and a
growing number of VR solutions. " We
are seeing how IP-based systems
are becoming a viable option when
deploying large greenfield newbuilds or major system upgrades, "

says MD Russell Peirson-Hagger.
However, for smaller scale systems,
IP infrastructure may not offer any
operational edge over a traditional
architecture, or a cost saving. It is a
matter of choosing the right solution
for the situation. Therefore, the
traditional skillsets are still relevant,
whilst ensuring that we keep up with
new emerging technologies. "
The company recently completed
a 4K production and live streaming
facility at the Lafayette London events
centre. Commissioned by the Venue
Group, the system allows for live
relay of stage performances as well
as studio-style recording. It includes
robotic cameras, an audio/video
production control room and a floorto-ceiling rack of auxiliary equipment.
Peirson-Hagger does not anticipate
the demand for on-premises facilities
changing any time soon. " With the
knowledge and expertise available
from across the Danmon Group we are
well positioned to help customers with
any level of hybrid mix that best works
for them. Our role as a long-standing
SI has always been to understand our
customers' requirements and to advise
them on the solution that best fits in
terms and functionality and cost. "
NEP Group says it's at a stage
where for new broadcast facilities it
is building, IP is a given. The company

says it's completely possible to build
an entire IP system from camera to
broadcaster. It's why the Andrews
Hubs in Australia have been so
successful.
" IP has made implementing large,
more flexible and scalable systems
easier, " says Joe Signorino VP,
Systems Integration & Design, NEP
US Mobile Units. " But, up to now, IP
is harder to configure, monitor and
trouble shoot. It requires training and
really skilled engineers. Luckily, we
have the best engineers at NEP and are
dedicated to developing our talented
team.
In the three years since the Andrews
Hub project launched network
switches have doubled in processing
power, port speeds have quadrupled
from 100Gbs to 400Gbs ports - and all
for less investment. In the next three
years we will see 1Tbs ports. Europe
is building a 400Gbs inter-capital
network and NEP is already working
with telcos in Australia on the next
generation of the Hub WAN.
" I am excited to see detailing and
adherence to the SMPTE and AMWA
standards, " says Signorino. " This
will help us make great steps to
interoperability so we can get to a
more 'plug-and-play' environment and
really help to reduce most of the issues
around integration. "
While the industry is definitely
moving towards centralised and
virtualised production platforms, OB
trucks will still be around, in some
form, for the foreseeable future.
" First, we will still need to get cameras
and audio to venues, " NEP says.
" Additionally, while some regions of
the world have the infrastructure and
the connectivity required to move to
these newer platforms, other regions
are still working to get there. That
said, we are definitely seeing a shift in
how OB trucks are designed and built
as IP technology has moved in and the
emphasis is shifting from hardware to
the software that powers it. "
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