News Production & Post

Dalet, BBC in framework agreement for news automation

12 May 2010

Dalet Digital Media Systems has signed a Framework Agreement with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to provide TV News Automation systems for Lot 2 of the Video Editing and Playout (VE&P) procurement.

As prime contractor, Dalet – together with its partners Mosart Medialab A.S. and IBM (UK) Ltd – will  provide a complete package comprising professional services, studio/gallery automation software, automation system monitoring and all IT hardware required for the automation systems. The first major call-off will be for the new W1 Complex, where multiple news studios will be built for the BBC’s main news channels. Over the course of the next four years, many of the news automation systems currently used may require a technology refresh, and the Framework Agreement means that Dalet can supply systems on a pre-agreed basis as required.

“Dalet has been providing TV news production systems together with professional services to the BBC since 2007, and this award is a major endorsement of Dalet’s capability to manage and deliver large-scale projects,” commented Chris Wright, general manager, Dalet UK. “The tender required extremely high standards during the demanding procurement process, not only for the functionality of the system but also for the quality of delivery and support services. We are delighted to have been successful and this win will strengthen Dalet’s long-term relationship with the customer, as it requires an ongoing support service well beyond the term of the framework contract.”

The integrated Dalet and Mosart system will control studio devices such as vision and audio mixers, video ingest/playout servers, A/V routers, graphics, plus camera robotics and lighting, and will also integrate with a number of third-party systems such as newsroom computer and MAM systems. The Framework Agreement includes the ability to utilise Dalet Dashboard from the Dalet Enterprise Edition for centralised monitoring of all automation systems deployed, and other broadcast devices may also be incorporated.

Dalet Professional Services and its partners will ensure the project management of this deployment, including workflow analysis and specifications, installation and configuration, testing of workflows and integrations. Training and round-the-clock support services will also be provided.

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