RTÉ has chosen TransMedia Dynamics' Mediaflex application suite to provide the content management, preparation and workflow platform for FAST, the File Acquisition and Server Technology project that RTÉ is implementing in its Dublin headquarters, writes David Fox.
The FAST project is designed to support current and future content preparation, production and post in SD and HD. Besides supporting file-based workflows it will incorporate storage and access to ensure that RTÉ's existing assets are made available to a much larger user base.
TMD and Eurotek, the Irish systems design and integration company, worked closely together on the project. The rollout is planned to take a year, and Eurotek will design, supply and implement the underlying infrastructure including the storage platforms, the network and broadcast equipment. TMD will be the prime contractor, and besides providing the core Mediaflex platform will deliver the overall systems design, workflow consultancy, systems integration and project management.
"FAST is a hugely important project for RTÉ, allowing us to boost our workflows and operational efficiency by using the latest file-based technology and providing much greater visibility to many more users across the production cycle, particularly for acquired content," said John Hunt, Director of Operations at RTÉ's TV Division.
"We chose TMD and Eurotek as our partners for this project not just because Mediaflex is a widely respected asset management platform but because they really understand the technical, creative and commercial pressures on a broadcaster and can develop the infrastructures and workflows that will help us move forward. Our experience working with Eurotek on other major infrastructural projects has been good: they understand our workflows and operation, which helps with a smooth implementation"
"Mediaflex workflows and management have been proven by broadcasters around the world, and RTÉ recognised that this in-depth experience would ensure we deliver against their specific requirements," said TMD Chairman and CEO, Tony Taylor.
"Eurotek is one of the most dynamic and skilful distributors and systems integrators anywhere in Europe, with a great track record in delivering this sort of file-based infrastructure. As a partnership we are confidently looking forward to tackling the challenging timescales of the RTÉ FAST project," he added.