VSN has supplied and installed a unified newsroom system for the Catalonian local network La Xarxa, and transferred all the technical equipment to the network’s new headquarters.
La Xarxa needed a solution to unify its radio and TV newsrooms in a single, multipurpose space, with all the shared resources available, and to boost collaborative workflows between all the different media outlets: radio, TV and digital media.
The project developed by VSN includes an automated ingest system; a studio playout system, VSNLIVECOM, which controls two Rhode and Schwarz’s DVS video servers with four bidirectional SD-HD Ch; EMC’s Isilon 20Tb centralised storage; 25 Adobe Premiere editor workstations; a virtualised Spider platform with four worker transcoders; and 75 VSNEXPLORER MAM licences for radio and TV journalists.
The multiple integrations required were an important challenge: asset integration between the existing Dalet Radio system and VSNEXPLORER to exchange contents between the TV and the radio newsrooms; MOS integration with Avid iNews text system, as well as with Tedial´s deep storage, both already present at La Xarxa; integration with XIP, La Xarxa’s content distribution and contribution platform, based on VSNIPTRANSFER, simplifying the workflow of publishing contents to webplatforms; and, finally, integration with the social networks and YouTube. All of it, thanks to VSN´s open SOA technology and VSNEXPLORER’s BPM module.
“VSNEXPLORER has become the centre of our whole installation, because it allows us to design a wide range of different workflows in an efficient and totally integrated way,” said Xavier Cabestany, CTO at La Xarxa. “Contents production is dynamic and we can distribute the finished news and Pprogrammes materials to our associated local media, to the news web platforms and to the social networks and YouTube.”