BBC Wales’ new headquarters will be the first BBC facility in the UK to deploy IP across both its production and broadcast operation.
The Corporation is working with Grass Valley and Cisco to introduce IP technology across the facilities at Central Square.
The BBC has chosen the Broadcast Data Center from Grass Valley. GV Node, a key enabler of the Broadcast Data Center, provides vertically accurate switching along with other signal processing and routing capability using the Cisco IP Fabric for Media networking solution, based on Cisco Nexus switches and SDN Controllers to enable the migration from SDI to IP.
“So much work is being done by the industry and by the standards bodies, making it clear that IP is the way to go for broadcasters moving forward,” said Roger Crothers, BBC Wales’s head of technology.
“With SMPTE 2110 on the horizon, we’ll see a clear set of standards specifying the carriage, synchronisation, and description of separate component streams over IP for the purposes of live production. The implementation of IP in broadcast is the next big step for our industry.”