Portuguese broadcaster SIC completes Europe’s largest ST2110 facility

Portuguese broadcaster SIC completes Europe’s largest ST2110 facility
Published: 6 August 2019 - 7:17 a.m.
By: Nikhil Pereira

Following a technical upgrade of its Lisbon broadcast center with Lawo IP solutions, including V__matrix and VSM, Portugal’s leading private broadcaster SIC (Sociedade Independente de Comunicação, an Impresa company) now has Europe’s largest ST2110 facility, with data streams traveling several kilometers.

The installation took four months.

Lawo supplied and installed 15 V__matrix software-defined IP core routing, processing and multiviewing devices, a total of 39 C100 core processing blades as well as vm_dmv multiviewer, vm_udx up/down/cross conversion as well as several other software modules for the V__matrix platform.

The Lawo VSM Broadcast Control System (virtual studio manager) was chosen to control both baseband and IP devices for lightning-fast patch and configuration changes via VSM user panels.

José Lopes, SIC’s director for operations and technologies said: “We studied what the industry was offering and what would be right for us in terms of technological platforms. We were especially interested in what Lawo, Sony and Cisco proposed.”

Carlos Ladeira, TV systems and equipment integrator with SIC said: “In SIC’s setup, Lawo provides the processing power, Sony supplied its live system manager vision mixers and cameras, and Cisco took care of the spine/leaf network infrastructure. The reason to choose V__matrix was mostly related to the flexibility, which no other contender was able to match.”

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