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VRT Sandbox LiveIP Studio delivers first on air broadcast

The VRT Sandbox vendor partners include Nevion, Axon, Dwesam, EVS, Genelec, Grass Valley, Lawo, Tektronix and Trilogy

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Belgian public broadcasting company VRT delivered the first live on-air broadcast using the VRT Sandbox LiveIP Studio. The broadcast took place on 20 June 2016 and was part of programming for Ketnet, VRT’s children’s channel.

The channel’s product team requested use of the LiveIP studio set up having seen it demonstrated during earlier phases of the LiveIP project. The set-up will continue to be used for Ketnet’s live and outside broadcasting requirements during the summer.

The VRT Sandbox LiveIP claims to be the world’s first proof of concept of a complete live production that relies exclusively on IP. It is driven by VRT and the EBU and is powered by group of partners which include Nevion, Axon, Dwesam, EVS, Genelec, Grass Valley, Lawo, Tektronix and Trilogy. Using existing open standards SMPTE 2022-6, AES67/RAVENNA, PTP and OpenFlow (for SDN), the venture demonstrates interoperability and how IP might create efficiencies such as remote production and automation.

Nevion’s software defined network (SDN) solution based on VikinX eMerge equipment and service management platform, VideoIPath, forms the backbone of the set-up used in the live production.

“A year into the project, we remain delighted to be involved and working with VRT, the EBU and other vendors to demonstrate the power and benefits of IP, particularly in a broadcast grade project,” says Geir Bryn-Jensen, CEO of Nevion. “This live broadcast is the ideal proof point for further adoption of IP throughout the broadcast workflow and in live production, and of course in promoting interoperability and the use of common standards.”

The VRT Sandbox LiveIP Studio project recently won the 2016 EBU Award for Technology & Innovation and is shortlisted for the prestigious IBC 2016 Innovations Awards, in the Content Creation category.

Click here for more information on the VRT Sandbox LiveIP Studio project.