SMPTE 2110: BBC Cymru Wales relies on Grass Valley technology

End-to-end, open standards-based IP infrastructure and workflows in Cardiff

BBC Cymru Wales is broadcasting live from its state-of-the-art Central Square facility in Cardiff, leveraging Grass Valley’s end-to-end, open standards-based IP infrastructure and workflows. The broadcaster’s new purpose-built national headquarters, which replaces the old Llandaff complex – home to the broadcaster for over 50 years – is the first BBC facility built completely around IP technology, and the world’s largest SMPTE 2110 IP routing system for broadcast.

Source: Grass Valley / BBC Cymru Wales

Featuring one of the largest newsrooms outside London, the new 150,000 square foot site – in which BBC Wales is co-locating with Welsh-language broadcaster S4C – will support content production in English and Welsh and playout across all platforms, from linear to mobile and social media. The facility is going live in stages, starting with a Grass Valley playout platform.

Selected after a rigorous testing and evaluation process, Grass Valley’s IP orchestration and routing system, lies at the heart of a network capable of carrying around 6Tbps of live media traffic around the building. Grass Valley systems are also central to the broadcaster’s new playout operation, supporting BBC1 Wales, BBC2 Wales and S4C.  IP enabled Sirius routers have been installed alongside a fully redundant Morpheus and ICEPanoplay system, with Morpheus deployed as a completely virtualised system.

BBC Wales has adopted a Spine and Leaf topology built around a Cisco network, relying on Grass Valley routing and control, Kahuna production switchers and IQUCP25 SDI to IP gateway cards.  Grass Valley’s iControl supports system monitoring with signal processing handled by the Densité 3+ FR4 Frame solution. The Grass Valley team worked closely with BBC Wales and systems integrator dB Broadcast throughout the project.






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