L-S-B: Powerful IP Routing Solutions

At IBC2014 L-S-B Broadcast Technologies was showcasing pioneering solutions for IP routing and control using the VSM system

As IP infrastructure becomes more prevalent in production and distribution in the broadcasting industry the changes to production units – whether studio, MCR or OB van – in terms of the way they look and how they operate will be massive. The IP technology suspends the previous direct connection between signals and the infrastructure, and increases flexibility in terms of workflows, the hardware used and complexity of broadcasting facilities.

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With its technology L-S-B offers customers a secure solution and strategy to master this transition to an IP based broadcasting world and to safeguard past and future investment.

Thanks to the VSM system the comprehensive control of broadcasting facilities is already a reality, irrespective of the hardware employed. Furthermore, the VSM system now has an added IP functionality enabling connection to the VSM system in IP-based networks, in a similar way to integrating a router.

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The VSM controls IP networks and signals through the direct connection and control of media converters, such as the Lawo V_Link4. The new VSM IP routing functionality ensures that the signals are routed within the IP-network.

Visitors to the IBC2014 were able to see a live demonstration of how signals are controlled and routed within the IP network on a demo-wall on the L-S-B stand. Multiple Lawo V_Link4 connections with the VSM were used to show functionalities including multiviewer switchovers and signal switching within IP networks.

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In the future it is envisaged that the VSM system will have even greater functionality, enabling customers to keep the workflows they have used up to now and implement them easily in a new IP based infrastructure.

L-S-B Broadcast Technologies GmbH, Wiesbaden (Germany), is the leading manufacturer of control systems for radio and television production. The company’s core product is the IP-based Virtual Studio Manager (VSM), a universal control system. As a single-source solution, VSM works independently of any single manufacturer and thus represents a flexible and powerful answer to technical challenges in the fields of production and broadcasting. Founded in 2003, L-S-B Broadcast Technologies can draw on an excellent worldwide sales network. A staff of 35 at Head Office in Wiesbaden is responsible for management, project implementation, services and software and hardware development.

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