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VSC upgrades BT Tower TVOB operations

7 January 2013
VSC upgrades BT Tower TVOB operations

London-based VSC Design provided systems integration, project management and installation for BT Media’s upgrade to a Snell Sirius 830 routing system and three MV-Series multi-viewers to support television outside broadcasting (TVOB) operations for the BT Tower facility in London. The Snell equipment is a central component in BT’s efforts to upgrade its OB capabilities and maintain the high reliability of main video throughput for BT’s media and broadcast service. VSC Managing Director Martyn Hales explained: “We have worked with BT and Snell for many years having previously supplied and installed a Snell routing switcher for BT’s sports production facilities. The timescale for delivery of the TVOB routing switcher and associated infrastructure was very tight but Snell were able to deliver quickly. The close collaboration between the BT, Snell & VSC project management teams ensured the system was up and running on time.” Steve Bintley, TVOB Tower manager for BT’s TV, Media and Content division said: “In upgrading our routing equipment, we focused on technology that would be capable of providing carriage for a range of high-performance video services, such as 3G HD, HD SDI, SDI, and DVB ASI without impacting the signal. Based on our long-term experience with Snell equipment, we knew we could depend on the Sirius 830 to provide the reliability and power we need for live sports and other high-viewership programming.” Within BT Tower – the global communications hub and iconic UK landmark – BT maintains a multi-standard switching network infrastructure that provides routing capabilities for DVB ASI, SDI, HD SDI, analogue video, and audio signals. Replacing BT’s original TVOB routers, which had reached their end of life, the 3G-compliant, 288×288 Sirius 830 is used to manage OB feeds from BT as well as external clients for weekend sports programming including Premier League Football. Snell’s Centra Workbench provides a unified environment for control and monitoring of the routers as well as the three MV-Series multi-viewers. “With the Sirius 830, we’ve added high-performance modules that enable flexible routing of a wide range of signal types – a critical success factor in BT Tower’s TVOB operations. In addition, the router’s advanced hybrid processing takes audio routing and processing to a new level by allowing users to route any combination of embedded, discrete, and MADI sources and destinations,” said Alan Smith, product manager for routers, at Snell. “We look forward to extending our long-term partnership with BT in the future as the company continues to evolve its operations for delivery of top-quality programming to viewers.”www.vscdesign.com

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