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Consortium secures €2 million EU funding for 5G remote production project

Aims to demonstrate through real-life examples how 5G can be combined with virtualisation concepts

A consortium made up of Nevion AS, Mellanox Technologies LTD, LOGIC media solutions and Germany’s Institute for Broadcasting Technology has secured €2 million in funding from the European Union for a 5G broadcast remote production project.

The project, known as VIRTUOSA, secured the funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme Fast Track to Innovation.

The purpose of the project is is to explore scalable software defined Network architectures for cooperative live media production exploiting virtualised production resources and 5G wireless acquisition. In practical terms, this means demonstrating through real-life examples how 5G can be combined with virtualisation concepts to enable broadcasters to produce live content (such as sports or music coverage) more efficiently and cost-effectively across locations, to meet growing consumer demand.

VIRTUOSA project coordinator Thomas Heinzer, who is also EVP strategic projects, Nevion, commented: “We at Nevion are honoured by the European Commission’s acknowledgement of our VIRTUOSA EU project. After being at the forefront of the professional media industry’s move to IP for more than a decade, we look forward to working together with our consortium partners to take our proven SDN technology to the next level by leveraging the capabilities of 5G for live production.”