Swiss broadcast service provider tpc has selected the VideoIPath orchestration and SDN control solution developed by Norwegian media production solutions provider Nevion for a new IP-based facility for Swiss public broadcaster SRG.
tpc is responsible for the production and technology of television, radio and multimedia for SRF, the SRG affiliate serving the German-language part of Switzerland. Together, tpc and SRF are in the process of creating a new news, sports and technology centre, with the objective of going on-air in November 2019.
The new building offers the opportunity for SRF to renew its technical infrastructure for signal management, broadcast operation and diverse production systems and to rethink and optimise its workflows from ingest to playout.
At the core of the new infrastructure is the full SMPTE ST 2110 IP media network built around a high-performance Arista Spine-Leaf data centre network. This is a Software Defined Network (SDN) controlled by Nevion’s VideoIPath software which also acts as orchestrator for the media flows between broadcast sources and destinations.
“The new facility has the potential to revolutionise how our employees work, as well as how all products in the SRF portfolio are created, and Nevion VideoIPath will play a big role in this,” said Andreas Lattmann, CTO of tpc. “Furthermore, full IP migration of the system will allow SRF to gradually start broadcasting in UHD/HDR, while the new system will also allow upcoming business areas, especially in the online section, to be adopted more easily than before.”