Italian national broadcaster RAI is to implement a nationwide news production network, covering 18 regional sites, based on a technology platform from Dalet. The News Pack system provides newsroom computers, content ingest, asset management and playout. The system is being implemented with CVE and MediaPower, and the first installation is ready to go on air at Campobasso.
Each regional site will be autonomous for its regional news, but is linked to provide a national resource. RAI was keen to find a very cost-effective solution, with all the necessary hardware as well as easy functionality for journalists. As each site is deployed, the built-in Dalet media asset management platform and exchange tools allow easy access for journalists in other regions to browse and share content from a centralised content catalogue. So while regional broadcasts remain autonomous, the content can be used throughout the entire country.
In each location there are four-channel Dalet Brio servers for ingest and playout. As content is ingested, Dalet automatically creates proxy versions, which users can immediately access via client workstations and on the web. Each of the regional sites has approximately 20 journalists provided with desktop editing, rundown management and playout control. A Dalet plug-in provides a simple MOS integration with RAI’s existing iNEWS system.
“Full, fast and easy integration with the enterprise-wide RAI media asset management system (T-Cube/RaiCloud), which is being deployed in the coming months, is surely another great benefit we are expecting from this new strategic business with Dalet,” said Ubaldo Toni, head of television engineering of RAI.