Serbian state broadcaster RTS builds new MCR around R&S VENICE-S

RTS has placed Rohde & Schwarz R&S VENICE-S server system at the heart a new master control room (MCR) at its production centre in Belgrade.

Serbian state broadcaster RTS builds new MCR around R&S VENICE-S
Serbian state broadcaster RTS builds new MCR around R&S VENICE-S

The order from RTS includes eight R&S VENICE-S servers being installed to provide content ingest and channel playout facilities for the broadcaster's four national channels. Placed at the heart of the new control room, the server system will be fully redundant with each server having 7TB of local storage.

The project sees the R&S VENICE-S servers integrated alongside Aveco ASTRA media asset management (MAM) software, Orad graphics and the broadcaster's existing business/traffic management system. The Košutnjak production centre’s central storage facility is an Avid ISIS installation, which is also integrated alongside R&S VENICE-S. All content ingest and channel playout operations will be fully automated using Aveco's MAM system.

A full member of the EBU, RTS Serbia is among the first European broadcasters to adopt R&S VENICE-S, which was introduced last year. R&S VENICE-S has been developed with versatility in mind. It can be flexibly adapted to any workflow requirements thanks to its software architecture and scalability.

Software applications for ingest and production workflows, plus newly developed capabilities for automation driven channel playout enable the R&S VENICE platform to be deployed across the broadcast ecosystem.

The server system's flexibility comes from a new R&S VENICE-S microservice core paired with commercial off-the-shelf hardware and a video I/O board designed by Rohde & Schwarz. It uses a standard IT server whose reliability and performance has proven itself a thousand times over in data centres worldwide.

R&S VENICE-S has no single point of failure due to the redundancy of all system-relevant components and the unique Rohde & Schwarz virtual storage access technology, which virtualizes a single point of access for redundant storage repositories. Thanks to its unique board design, R&S VENICE can be switched from SDI to IP (SMPTE ST 2110) by simply exchanging the SFP+ modules.

R&S VENICE-S supports various communications protocols such as VDCP (serial and TCP/IP), FIMS, MOS and more, allowing its integration into any media value chain. It minimizes the need for transcoding by supporting a variety of software-based codecs. Also supported are one UHD p60 channel (bidirectional) and four HD p60 channels (bidirectional. R&S VENIC-S also handles HDR material with ease.

Posted by Chris Dickinson, technology journalist and editor of the Always On blog. May 8, 2019.

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