TSA starts the equipment renewal in Telemadrid Television Studios to IP technology

News 18 November, 2022


Radio Televisión Madrid (RTVM) awards the project to Telefónica Servicios Audiovisuales, which is responsible for the infrastructure evolution to IP-SDI for studios 1 and 3, thanks to the implementation of equipment capable of producing HD video and based on audio and video transport technologies over IP networks, according to SMPTE 2110 standards

RTVM currently has four control rooms of which, due to the high degree of equipment obsolescence, only two are operative, with HD and SD capacity in each case.

With the aim of having the latest generation equipment, capable of producing video in HD and with technology for transporting video and audio signal over IP, the project includes the renovation of studio equipment and camera system of the sets, as well as the renewal and adaptation of its infrastructure. Thanks to the flexibility provided by an infrastructure based on broadcast video over IP technology, the new production controls can be quickly and automatically assigned to the production of programs on sets 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The adaptation of the current RTVM infrastructure in base band, is carried out gradually in different phases, thanks to the installation of an auxiliary 3GSDI matrix. Together with conversion equipment or Gateways, controllable from the orchestration system, this matrix allows SDI signals to be incorporated into the new SMPTE 2110 network.

V_Matrix of Lawo, the central system and video over IP core, is in charge of generating multi-screen signals for its supervision and control, through PIP streams from the SMPTE 2110 network.

Cameras connectivity is carried out through SMPTE infrastructure concentrated in the main CPD and distributed through RTVM facilities to the image capture points.

Regarding the audio infrastructure, a backup Dante network joins RTVM’s current main Dante network, as a contingency and redundancy solution to the microphone system of each of the sets. Likewise, two new Yamaha audio consoles working as main and back-up are installed in each of the sound controls.

Sony cameras and mixers system, Cisco electronics for network traffic management, together with the updating of all studio equipment (technical furniture, monitoring bridges, adaptations and civil works, measurement and telemetry instrumentation, etc.), complete the integration of a project that represents the first big step in the evolution of RTVM to broadcast video over IP architecture, in all audiovisual infrastructures.

As an added value to the solution, in addition to its own integration, start-up and technical support services, TSA includes more than 700 hours of training that provide the client with the necessary knowledge and skills for daily operations and maintenance of the new infrastructure.