The Bovingdon Airfield, a former aerodrome located in Hertfordshire (UK), hosted the production of ITV Studios Entertainment’s Dancing on Ice for 10 weeks. NEP Connect (formerly SIS LIVE) was the company in charge of the installation of permanent media fibre connectivity. It already connects more than 150 sport, music and event venues throughout the UK.
NEP Connect installed a 1GB Anylive fibre as the main connectivity hub, with a satellite truck as backup. The project was carried out together with the host OB company Telegenic. This is how NEP describes the rest of the installation: “A high-speed managed link was established from the Bovingdon facility allowing a tailored workflow to ITV Studios’ specific post-production requirements for efficient and secure remote ingest. An additional Anylive hub which was installed, managed and monitored by NEP Connect provided permanent internet broadband for onsite wi-fi for production and the OB crew via a 10GB Anylive pipe. Telephony, corporate internet, security CCTV, comms, 4-wire talkback and connectivity for the crucial public vote team are also provided”.
David Meynell, Managing Director at NEP Connect, talks about the benefits of remote production: “The economic benefits of remote production are readily apparent, but the exciting part – the creative production possibilities – are only beginning to be explored and appear to be almost endless. Anylive’s ring network topology ensures that services are always provided by the most efficient route, which eliminate a major step – and potential point of failure – in live production.”