Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) August 2017 Volume 34, Issue 6 - Page 23

MANAGEMENT August 2017 23 Mediacorp equips new media centre As part of its move to the new Mediacorp Campus, Singapore terrestrial broadcaster Mediacorp required a way of connecting and managing an extensive portfolio of production equipment to spread staff widely throughout the facility. Three separate systems were required in the news, studio and media, and radio operations areas to ensure “instant and flexible” ac- cess to equipment for operators. To achieve this, Mediacorp chose a keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) switching system by IHSE. In the news area, a fully redun- dant KVM system comprising two Draco tera 160-port enterprise switches, as well as redundant variant CPU and CON units, provide reliable and secure connectiv- ity to a wide range of broadcast equipment using a mixture of DVI, DisplayPort, serial, analogue audio and USB data transfer. In the studio area, a similar albeit smaller set-up, was created with Draco tera 48-port compact switches, while in the media ope­ rations centre and radio studios, an eight-port compact switch is supplemented with several point- to-point KVM extenders. Connec- tion to the switchers from points around the facility is made using Cat X or fibre cabling, depending on the distance involved. IHSE’s KVM system serves as a core component in Mediacorp Campus’ daily TV and radio pro- duction, Wang Yin, project man- ager at Mediacorp, told APB. He continued: “The KVM system is Left: The Lawo team successfully installed a number of Lawo solutions at Mediacorp Campus, including the VSM control system, which provides the overall control layer across the facility. Below: A KVM switching system supplied by IHSE provides Mediacorp with the flexibility of assigning any production studio to any control room. used for live productions for both the studios and radio conties, where the separation of the work- station from the working place is required — with particular atten- tion paid to the noise level it emits and the central cooling benefits.” According to Wang, one of the key requirements of Mediacorp Campus’ broadcast infrastructure design is to allow flexibility of assigning any production studio to any control room. “With KVM, we can achieve this by pooling all workstations and servers in the studio equipment room and have KVM terminals at various locations connecting to the same matrix. This allows free assignment of any workstation or server based on user profiles,” he concluded. Also providing support to Mediacorp Campus is Lawo, who provided five Lawo mc²56 audio production consoles and an mc²36 audio console, one Nova73 HD router, two Nova73 Compact core routers, a large VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) control system, as well as other hardware. Critically, the VSM (Viable Sys- tem Model) provides the overall control layer across the facility, and when paired with Lawo systems, provide DSN (Distributed Studio Networking) and easy handling of workflows in the studios. The news editing area in Media­c orp Campus comprises four FlashCam positions covering the four main languages spoken in Singapore (Tamil, Malay, Chinese and English), and is equipped with Lawo A__mic8 audio-to-IP units that support up to eight micro- phones and four return lines. The TV production complex comprises two studios — one large and one medium-sized — equipped with Lawo mc²56 audio consoles. The large studio houses an mc²56 with 64 faders, 16 line I/Os and eight AES I/Os, eight GPIOs as well as four Compact I/O units. The medium-sized studio hous- es an mc²56 with 48 faders, 16 line I/Os, eight GPIOs and three Lawo Compact I/O units. Each Compact I/O provides 32 Mic/line in, 32 Line outputs, eight AES I/Os and eight GPIOs. Both mc²56 consoles are accompanied by a Compact Core with 270 DSP channels and three Ravenna 4 port cards. The signals from the mc²56 consoles are routed to a central NOVA73 HD, each with 256-chan- nel tieline capacity. The Nova73 HD is located in the studio equipment room and serves as the central router for I/Os across all of the studios while providing control of signal distribution, and is equipped with a redundant control system, 128 AES I/Os, and 16