Vancouver 2010: EBU Awards T-VIPS Winter Olympic Gold

The European Broadcast Union (EBU) has deployed T-VIPS CP541 Seamless Monitoring Switches from T-VIPS, a provider of professional video contribution and distribution solutions, to provide error-free transmission of Winter Olympic footage to EBU members.

Eurovision, the EBU’s Operation Unit, manages the contribution links between the Whistler winter Olympic facilities, the Vancouver International Broadcasting Center (IBC), and onward to Brussels, Zurich and Geneva POPs. After extensive testing ahead of the event, the EBU installed a number of CP541 Seamless Monitoring Switches at the reception points at the Vancouver IBC, Brussels, Geneva, and Zurich. Moreover, the CP541s are managed and controlled by the Eurovision team in Vancouver and Geneva using a T-VIPS Connect Management system, a user-friendly management application.

“The EBU have a strict requirement to provide the highest possible service level on our transmissions to our members and customers,” says Puiu Dolea, Head of Resource Management, Eurovision. “A true seamless redundancy contribution solution is therefore critical to our business. We selected the T-VIPS CP541 Monitoring Switch for our Olympic transmissions since the CP541 is one of the few monitoring switches on the market that has demonstrated full seamless operation. T-VIPS has a reputation for high reliability and they were a natural partner for us for this important event. Our engineers were really impressed with the T-VIPS solution. Not only does it provide truly seamless switching, but it does it with the flexibility and robustness necessary for content that’s going to be watched by millions all over Europe. We’re confident that the CP541 is one of the best seamless switches on the market.”

The CP541 monitors the two incoming transport streams for any errors based on TRT101-290 parameters, and in the event of an error in the main backhaul line, it seamlessly switches to the back-up connection. The system went live two weeks before the Games started and has demonstrated high reliability from that point onward.

“The CP541 has been incredibly successful since its launch; I think that’s because it answers a real need and meets this need simply and cost-effectively,” says Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “It’s always great to win a contract from the EBU as its engineering team really knows how to find and test the best solutions available. I’m really pleased that the CP541 has played an important role in ensuring that viewers throughout Europe can watch error-free Winter Olympic footage.”

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