In order to make it easier to centralize production of live events from multiple venues, A1 Telekom Austria has installed T-VIPS’ TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway as its OB to IP contribution system, writes David Fox.
It has started using the system in its new fleet of OB vans for ORF at venues throughout Austria. The main use is to enable ORF to transport high quality, JPEG2000 video from 150 points of presence across the country over A1’s MPLS backbone, to ORF’s production facilities.
The project is designed to neatly integrate with A1’s fixed IP video transport network, which is also powered by T-VIPS’ JPEG2000 systems. This combination of OB Vans linked via IP to ORF’s central editing studios means greater flexibility, easy access to editing and production skills, and reduced costs.
“We are delighted with the flexibility, reliability and effectiveness of the IP-based OB Van solution operated by A1,” said Alexander Hetfleisch, ORF’s Project Manager, Planning. “In close cooperation with A1, we designed a solution for live event coverage that ensures robust video transport, low latency, and efficient use of our video equipment resources.”
The TVG450 is part of the T-VIPS’ Video Gateway suite – a compact unit designed for real-time contribution and distribution of broadcast quality video over IP. The TVG450 has increased density with up to one 3G-SDI, two HD-SDI or four SDI channels in the same unit. Combining the quality of JPEG2000 with the flexibility of IP provides A1 Telekom and ORF with an efficient, affordable and scalable HD contribution network.
“The flexibility, reliability and ease of set-up of the T-VIPS TVG450 enabled us to equip our new OB Vans to provide ORF with JPEG2000 video transport rather than having to purchase a Video Gateway for every live event facility in Austria,” said Karl Heinz Klocker, Head of Multimedia and Broadcast Solutions, A1 Telekom Austria. “The roving video contribution service for scheduled events, that T-VIPS technology enables, provides all the functionality of a fixed contribution solution at the venue and additionally delivers increased efficiency and cost-effectiveness.”
The TVG450 can use readily available Ethernet links to provide ORF with a flexible and cost-effective IP-MPLS video contribution network. It has built in Quality of Service and Forward Error Correction and error concealment, so that it can overcome packet loss or heavy jitter.
“A1 Telekom Austria’s innovative mobile contribution approach would not be possible without the flexibility provided by our IP video transport solutions,” claimed Janne Morstøl, Chief Operating Officer, T-VIPS (pictured).
“The industry now knows and fully understands the cost benefits of IP transport.
“We’re very excited to be driving the next level of innovation, which focuses on increased flexibility and robustness in IP video transport, of which the TVG450 and the A1 Telekom Austria project is a prime example.”