On-site OB trucks at the Rugby World Cup in France are connecting to a nationwide fibre-optic network via Lawo .edge hyper-density gateways.
A dedicated fibre-optic SMPTE ST2110 network architecture has been deployed to connect the arenas in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Saint-Denis and Saint-Étienne to the International Broadcast Centre in Paris.
The .edge units handle all the bidirectional stream traffic between the venues and the IBC over Orange’s transport network, integrating with Host Broadcast Services’ existing IP core infrastructure. The IP streams are controlled by two separate VSM clusters.
HBS is also employing Lawo’s HOME Apps, which are running on 1U high-standard servers.
“Running in parallel with HBS’ existing vm_dmv solution, the HOME Multiviewer app with a freely configurable number of inputs and outputs is currently proving that it is ready to be released,” said Karlheinz Amberg, Lawo’s director global events. “The HOME UDX Converter app, which was already put through its paces in Australia and New Zealand, is being used for a host of format, colour space and other conversion tasks.
“We are extremely proud of our long-standing partnership with HBS. It has spawned so many ideas and products that have helped our customers produce more content with increasingly agile and intuitive tools.”
“The beauty of the HOME Apps and .edge is that they are incredibly powerful and integrate seamlessly with our existing IP set-up,” added Bart Lucassen, director of engineering at HBS. “They help us deliver on our promise to provide World Rugby with a unique viewing experience here in France.”