Belgian National Broadcaster RTBF Uses SGT´s VEDA Solution for Its New Multi-channel Playout System

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SGT, a leading global software vendor in the broadcast and media industry, and Video Promotion, SGT´s privileged systems integration partner for Belgium and the Netherlands, are pleased to announce that the Belgian national broadcaster RTBF (Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française) uses SGT´s VEDA™ solution for its new multi-broadcasting control room system.

SGT, a leading global software vendor in the broadcast and media industry, and Video Promotion, SGT´s privileged systems integration partner for Belgium and the Netherlands, are pleased to announce that the Belgian national broadcaster RTBF (Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française) uses SGT´s VEDA solution for its new multi-broadcasting control room system.

RTBF´s objective was to overhaul its media distribution system, to build a new, multi-playout control room solution digitalizing all media, and permitting strong interaction with the new postproduction control room. The requirements for the new system were as follows:

  • Guarantee optimized media management and efficient content delivery
  • Ensure high-security playout, and consequently maximum systems availability
  • Increase the flexibility and the reactivity of the system

"Our control room solution no longer responded to our needs in terms of scalability, reactivity and reliability", said Patrick Moulin, project manager, multi-diffusion at RTBF. "Therefore, we started to look for a system offering the performance, the flexibility and the creativity to grow our system without running any risks in terms of systems availability or security."

The new multi-broadcasting system at RTBF went on-air in September 2009. With VEDA™, RTBF now has a powerful, reliable and scalable solution that runs complex systems using a lot of equipment and protocols.

The system integrates various VEDA components offering functionalities from Media Management, to prepare the playout, to Automation for media transmission and interfacing with external systems.

"Our big strengths in this project derive from our broad experience in the automation of TV channels facing constraints in terms of security and scalability, and from our capacity to personalize and integrate solutions in the specific context and environment of the client", said François Chiche, Vice President Sales and Marketing at SGT. "The RTBF project was a highly ambitious one requiring powerful tools, new technologies and an in-depth IT-broadcasting expertise. We successfully faced this challenge thanks to a great team work between client, software vendor and systems integrator."

Flexibility and reactivity
As VEDA™ integrates the distribution and media asset management systems in one unique database, information exchange between the distribution and previous processes are facilitated, such as the receipt of files or synchronized and last-minute ingests.

Securing the playout
For broadcasters, such as RTBF, it is vital to ensure the continuity of playout. Consequently, the security of the system was one of the key requirements. RTBF, Video Promotion and SGT built a system´s architecture based on an active/active security cluster for 16 channels (8x2). Each channel should have a channel backup (a main channel and a synchronized back-up channel) to ensure highest availability of the system.

Scalability and adaptability
Other requirements were scalability and adaptability allowing new channels or further functionalities to be added at any time. "Thanks to our expertise and specific know-how in dealing with highly complex and challenging projects, we successfully helped RTBF to benefit from a most modern, reliable and scalable playout solution", said Michel Loiseau, Manager at Video Promotion. "As their privileged systems integrator and equipment provider we demonstrated our ability to adapt to various situations and respond to specific customer requirements in a very customized and personalized way."

About SGT:
With 20 years of experience in broadcasting, SGT is a leading global software vendor providing innovative solutions for the broadcast and media industries. More than 300 TV channels worldwide use SGT's award-winning software suite, VEDA™, such as Arte, BeTV (Belgium), Canal +, EPTV (Algeria), Eurosport, France Télévisions, M6, ProfMedia (Russia), RTK (Russia), RTL, SBS (Netherlands), SWR (Germany), TF1, TQS (Canada), TV5 Monde. The solution based on a service-oriented architecture (SOA) features high flexibility and modularity offering seamless integration into each client's environment.
The company was founded in 1990 in France. Today, more than 60% of its business is generated outside of France. For more information visit SGT´s website at http://www.sgt.eu

About RTBF:
Founded in 1977, the RTBF or Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française, (firstly INR, then RTB) began with radio broadcasts, moving then to the television business. The public organization develops increasingly diversified activities and differentiates itself by focusing on sustainability, cultural enrichment and citizenship of the community of its members. That is its raison d´être and added value. RTBF operates 4 TV channels for the French-speaking community in Belgium: La Une, La Deux, La Trois and Arte Belgique. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.rtbf.be (in French)

About Video Promotion:
Since 1975, Video Promotion has been a specialist in the distribution and installation of equipment dedicated to the television industry, mainly in Belgium, Luxembourg and France. The company provides its customers with all means allowing them to set up any type of equipment or project requested in the television industry. For this purpose, Video Promotion has established privileged relations with the most renowned manufacturers. For more information, please visit Video Promotion´s website at http://www.videopromotion.be

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