Germany’s Saarländischer Rundfunk picks Nevion IP media nodes and switches for signal distribution to transmitters

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IP-based solution replaces microwave links for transport of TV, FM and DAB signals

Oslo, Norway, 7 August 2017Nevion, an award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, today announced that Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR), the public radio and television broadcaster serving the German state of Saarland, has selected and deployed Nevion media nodes and IP-routers to connect their headend to their main transmitter sites. The deployment provides a more flexible, cost effective and secure solution than the existing STM-1 microwave systems.

As part of its roll-out of DVB-T2, SR decided to move the transport of signals to its main transmission sites to IP technology running on fiber. After careful evaluation, SR chose Nevion and local partner LOGIC Media to deliver the solution it required.

Nevion TVG425 media nodes now provide DVB-T2 ASI to IP conversion and vice-versa, with full dual path redundancy for protection. Nevion VS 906 media nodes provide a similar conversion for AES and E1 to IP. Nevion eMerge IP switches provide IP aggregation and routing for all IP flows, which include two DVB-T2 multiplexes, four FM programs, an ETI data stream for DAB and various E1 channels, as well as IT in-house applications.

The legacy microwave connection remains in place as a back-up solution, in the unlikely event the new fiber connection should fail. For this purpose, the IP signal is converted to STM-1 on a port of the eMerge switches.

Markus Kirst, engineer at SR, explains: “Nevion and LOGIC Media have a wealth of experience in IP technology, from simple point-to-point to large distributed networks, so they were the obvious partners for this project. The solution was delivered on time, and performs exactly as we expected.”

Fil Soares, Vice President of Sales Europe at Nevion, concludes: “We are delighted to add SR to our long list of customers who have chosen to deploy IP technology, and we are proud to deliver a solution that met the requirements in collaboration with our partner LOGIC Media.”

Nevion will be showcasing its digital terrestrial and other broadcast solutions on booth B71 in Hall 1 at IBC 2017, in Amsterdam, 15-19 September.

About Saarländischer Rundfunk

Saarländischer Rundfunk (Saarland Broadcasting – SR) is a public radio and television broadcaster serving the German Land (federated state) of Saarland. With headquarters in the Broadcasting Center located on the Halberg-Hill in Saarbrücken, SR is a member of the ARD consortium of German public-broadcasting organizations. <

About LOGIC media solutions GmbH

LOGIC is a German-based system architect and distributor of professional broadcast and telecommunication equipment. On the market for almost 20 years and very well connected into the German media companies is LOGIC one of the leading value-added-reseller not only in regards to IP based productions. Solutions based on traditional SDI technology as well as services within the cloud can be covered with the portfolio and team LOGIC provides to their customers.

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