TAG’s MCM-9000 orchestrator has been part of the 5G Virtuosa project

TAG video systems has recently announced that is in partnership with 5G-Virtuosa. The agreement involves TAG’s MCM-9000 monitoring and multiviewer platform and it is being part of 5G-Virtuosa project. 5G-Virtuosa’s mission is to explore the potential of distributed IP production and how future technologies such as 5G and virtualization can provide further capability and flexibility in live production environments.

The three-phase project is led by Nevion (a Sony Group company), Mellanox Technologies (part of Nvidia), and LOGIC media solutions. These companies are using their experience to uild, test, implement and validate a network incorporating the latest scalable software defined architectures for collaborative live media production in real operational environments.

In Phase 1, the participants set up an IP-based system in a single LAN-only setting built on industry standards (SMPTE 2110 and NMOS). The system integrated solutions from multiple vendors, including an on-premises TAG MCM-9000 monitoring and multiviewer platform.

Phase 2 transferred the system to a three-site WAN-environment to evaluate latency and feasibility in remote multi-location production scenarios. German broadcaster ARD’s Sternpunkt was the central hub for connectivity in Frankfurt and facilities from other German broadcasters WDR and SWR were the two other locations. Each site has its own resources that are controllable by the others requiring a multiviewer capable of operating in the cloud and monitoring JPEG XS signals in a production environment.

The third and final phase of 5G-Virtuosa plans to further explore remote production processes over 5G connectivity. The result of the project will be a significant reduction in live media production costs and a sizable increase in live content production.

“The goal was to evaluate whether and how the new technical standards such as SMPTE 2110, NMOS and orchestration would be suitable for conventional as well as future production requirements. We had different sets of requirements for different aspects of the project such as dealing with compression in OTT formats, on-premises situations, or in the cloud for an interconnected system, and TAG’s multiviewer provided the functionality that we needed for the 5G-Virtuosa project”, said Haci Cengiz, Manager, Strategic and Business Development for LOGIC.

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