Telefónica Servicios Audiovisuales updates RTPA’s production system

News 2 August, 2019


TSA will be responsible for renovating the MAM, network infrastructure, graphics and video servers of RTPA. The Asturian radio-television has begun the renewal of its production system since most of its technical infrastructure dates from 2006 consisting, among others, of an audiovisual content manager (MAM), network infrastructure, graphics systems and video servers that have become obsolete. In order to do so, it has relied on the partners who already integrated the original project.

The Asturian Public Radio Television has awarded Telefónica Servicios Audiovisuales an important project to renovate its infrastructure and equipment, which includes the updating of its current production system, composed principally of the MAM or content manager, graphics systems and video servers associated with the production system, as well as the necessary network electronics for the proper operation of the new systems.

In relation to the media asset manager (MAM), the Asturian company has chosen  the new version of Dalet manufacturer. The new update will incorporate News Room features with a capacity of 70 concurrent users that will manage all kinds of files (audio, video, text, images, title,…) and built-in audio and video edition softwares. The system will allow, in a unique integrated system,  radio, television and Internet programmes production. It will be able to group and manage all the content scattered among the different existing DaletPlus systems (news management and own production programs; third-party production content management; and content management and radio broadcasting) also allowing the content cataloguing and search in all the media. Thus, a user can have all the tools belonging to each  module of the overall system.

The new installation will speed up the management of play-lists for the production of radio and television programs and the orchestration of all the requiered actions for the broadcasting of those programmes.

Regarding the intake of audiovisual material, the RTPA will maintain the current storage system as the main one being the MAM in charge of managing all transfers to it. The new platform will include 3 Dalet Brio video servers for ingest and playout of the videos managed by the MAM that have 24 configurable channels. Eleven of them will be focused exclusively on the simultaneously ingest.

In addition, the content manager will be integrated through a plugin with the Adobe Premiere software already existing in the facitilies and it will work as an open platform supporting its integration with video servers, graphics systems, teleprompter, video transcoding (also included in this update with Dalet Amberfin), traffic management, quality control, automatic cataloging and cloud storage services.

TSA will supply to RTPA all servers (Dalet Brio) and other hardware and infrastructure required to support Dalet’s MAM system. All systems must be redundant in order to ensure 24/7 operation with dual power supply servers, as well as redundant network interfaces and extra hard drives.

The project aims to consolidate the three systemas that are currently operating in isolation into a single integrated system. In addition, with the aim of speeding up the training, the workflow and the operation will be the same RTPA professionals have been working with up to now.

As for network hardware, Telefónica will supply two 10GbE manageable switches with 48 SFP+ 10GbE ports and 6 QSFP+ 40GbE ports and 11 other 48-port 1GbE access switches. All of them from the manufacturer Dell and, connected forming a stack to make its management easier.

In relation to the graphics system, TSA will update current RTPA graphics systems used for the creation of animation and character generation in real time thus providing continuity to  the Vizrt solutions that are currently being used  in the two studios. Telefónica, in its new proposal, will go on relying  on this manufacturer with a solution based on design and playout equipment, control of playlists, mapping system and integration with the production solution.

Finally, it should be pointed out that TSA will also be in charge off the training for RTPA by teaching system administration courses, API usage as well as  edition and cataloguing operation, which will allow operators to make the most of the tools. The project also includes, during the first year, the support and the maintenance of the infrastructure provided by Telefónica with a specialized support department.