Georgian Public Broadcaster modernize its technological infrastructure with Broadcast Solutions Group

Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) has recently renewed technology and equipment in their MAM and playout infrastructure and they had counted on Broadcast Solutions Group. The assistance from Broadcast Solutions includes engineering, delivery and implementation of key production components. Today, 85% of the Georgian population receive the broadcaster’s programmes, which are also seeded by satellite and over the Internet in several European and Asian countries. The host two TV channels and several radio programmes.

As part of this modernisation process, Broadcast Solutions implemented a new traffic system, ingest, playout, content gathering, graphic systems, MAM and the company’s own developed hi human interface control solution. Broadcast Solutions’ hi human interface control system provides identifying signals in the On-Air part of the workflow and integrated with the new Grass Valley equipment, which was also supplied by Broadcast Solutions in this project.

Broadcast Solutions implemented a traffic system for future necessities. This included a particular localisation of user interfaces and metadata adaptation to the Georgian language. ETERE centralised ingest system and content gathering for the whole GPB complex allows for systematisation of archive materials besides performing operational tasks for file ingest and 32 channels baseband ingest simultaneously. With this upgrade, GPB works in HD, but all principal parts of the solution are ready for switching to UHD without essential investments.

As for graphics solutions, Georgian Public Broadcaster and Broadcast Solutions opted for ClassX used in GPB’s broadcast production, starting from creating graphics and planning up to automated playout under automation control.

The MAM and file-workflow management tool from ETERE streamlined the production workflows, thus allowing to combine several GPB departments into one single unit and fostering the interaction of the new infrastructure with the existing postproduction systems.

As part of the modernisation process, GPB updated their IT infrastructure with equipment from HP, Arista and several others that integrate with modular high-performance storage for Post Production & broadcast – dynamic drive pool, ARDIS.

George Kumsiashvili, CTO at Georgian Public Broadcaster, commented on the modernisation: “We replace our legacy production equipment with high-tech systems. This project pushes our Georgian First Channel programme to be one of the region’s most modern and high-tech media outlets. Additionally, the project design pays great attention to data protection and information security components.”

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