R&S VENICE unveiled at IBC 2017
R&S VENICE unveiled at IBC 2017
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Venice helps to bridge hybrid SDI and IP operations

At IBC 2017 in Amsterdam Rohde & Schwarz introduced a range of new generation ingest, live production and channel playout solutions that bridge hybrid SDI and IP operations.

The centre-piece of the company’s offering was the new Venice software-based media processing and distribution platform. Venice can be used as a channel playout solution in 24/7 operation applications within medium and large-scale broadcasters. The integration of Rohde & Schwarz’s proprietary virtual storage access technology is designed to ensure reliable on-air operations even in the most mission critical applications.


The company said that Venice was developed with interoperability in mind, with open standards and new features, functionality and services, rather than being locked in devices and products. Venice allows communication and integration via the framework for interoperable media services (FIMS) standard.

Incorporating open standards rather than proprietary APIs also grants interoperability with a wide range of third party vendor equipment.

Works with SpycerBox Cell storage systems

When combined with SpycerBox Cell storage systems supported by IBM Spectrum Scale file system, the virtual storage access technology provides multiple layers of data redundancy from low-cost to enterprise-scale configurations capable of covering multiple system failures seamlessly.

Rohde & Schwarz’s modular storage approach enables users to select from different bandwidth, capacity and redundancy levels and for these levels to be modified in the future.

Posted by Chris Dickinson, technology journalist and editor of the Always On blog. 16th September 2017