TVCenter at Moscow updates its infrastructure to IP with Lawo

TV Center, the state-run TV station from Moscow, Russia; has recently transitioned to IP with Lawo video, networking and control systems. The Moscow system integrator DNK was responsible to accomplish the task.

In a first phase for the transition to IP technology, TVC has embarked upon a major technical renovation of their central control room and two additional studios. DNK installed Lawo VSM (Virtual Studio Manager) IP Broadcast Control and Workflow Solution, as well as V__matrix software-defined IP Core Routing, Processing & Multi-viewing Platform. For network supervision, DNK installed Lawo smartDASH System Monitoring and Realtime Telemetry for Broadcast Networks, and smartSCOPE Deep Packet Media Inspection & Network Analyzer. A__digital64 units provide abundant I/O connectivity.

Lawo’s VSM brings IP-based control and workflow to OB, studio and MCR applications in TV and radio. Device-agnostic VSM controls all major video/audio routers and mixers, intercoms, UMDs and multiviewers, glue and other third-party baseband and IP devices. SMART System Monitoring and Realtime Telemetry software for broadcast networks provides network and data health transparency across all-IP, all-SDI and hybrid WAN/LAN infrastructures. For signal monitoring, the V__matrix based vm_dmv distributed IP multiviewer app provides functionality for 4k/3G/HD/SD. Lawo’s LVP LiveView Multi-Image Processor enables the vm_dmv multiviewer to show both production (SDI/ ST2110/ ST2022-6) and transmission (MPEG-2/H.264/HEVC/OTT-ABR) formats on a single screen for OTT/playout.

Lawo’s V__matrix software-defined IP platform uses multiple cores and a high-capacity COTS switch with redundant 10GbE/40GbE connectivity as a distributed IP routing / processing matrix for frame switching. C100 processing blades provide physical signal connectivity; virtual module apps with a VSM control layer allow remapping entire workflows. Virtual modules handle streaming, video processing and multiviewing, with the V__matrix vm_udx app providing SD, HD and 4K format conversion with HDR capability.

The A__stage64, a part of the A__line Audio-to-IP interface family, provides WAN capable transport of analog and digital audio compatible with ST2110-30/-31 and AES67/RAVENNA audio-over-IP standards.

TV Center’s CTO Alexey Brusnitskiy says: “We decided to transition to IP for our complete infrastructure in order to be ready for the future challenges of TV production and distribution. IP technology offers the highest level of flexibility and efficiency in workflows, and it provides best possible reliability and security for our productions and our network”.

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