Articles You May Have Missed – January 3, 2018

In case you missed a day with The Broadcast Bridge, here are two popular articles that may be lost in your inbox. This week we highlight the construction of the new BCE at RTL City all-IP facility with two investigative articles. The first article reviews the overall design process for the entire facility. The second article examines the network’s routing infrastructure and technology installed at one of Europe’s largest broadcast networks.

At the start of 2013, BCE at RTL City was a hole in Luxembourg’s ground and in less than four years they were on air broadcasting 35 different channels across Europe and Singapore. 

Costas Colombus is BCE’s Special Projects Manager and gave The Broadcast Bridge a unique insight into how they made this mammoth installation work, including describing the issues that developed and how they overcame them along the way. 

The first in the two-part series can be found here.

In this second article in the series we look at the IP routers BCE’s Special Projects Manager Costas Columbus and his team chose, and why.

Because BCE engineers could now consider solutions from an IP standpoint, they opened up a whole new world of possibilities. No longer were they constrained by point-to-point single direction SDI connections with bulky cable, or esoteric, expensive hardware. Nor were the staff required to try and predict the next year’s technology trends just to maintain compatibility. 

IP technology gave the BCE engineering staff a reliable hardware platform to work from that is future proof and adaptable. 

Learn how BCE applied this philosophy to the design of its new facility in the article, “BCE Going Deeper - Part 2, Choosing Routers.”

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