Arena installs Lawo SMART in new OB Truck

Arena installs Lawo SMART in new OB Truck

Arena OBX is presented at the Grass Valley Stand at IBC2018 9.A02

Arena Television (Redhill, UK), providing outside broadcast event coverage to their customers, has just installed Lawo’s System Monitoring and Realtime Telemetry Solution (SMART) for Broadcast Networks in their latest IP-based OB truck. The company is already an extensive user of the vendor-agnostic Lawo VSM IP broadcast control system to establish comprehensive unified workflows across the trucks’ all-IP infrastructure. With vsmSOUL, VSM introduces market leading state of-the-art IP orchestration alongside traditional control functionality, such as vsmTally in a single, fully integrated solution.

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Lawo’s SMART range includes the smartDASH System Monitoring and Realtime Telemetry, vendor-agnostic enterprise software for network and media visibility across an all-IP, all-SDI or hybrid WAN/LAN broadcast infrastructure, and the smartSCOPE Deep Packet Inspection & Network Analyzer, a media-agnostic, high-density 24/7 analysis platform for IP flows in live production and delivery. smartDASH provides a complete overview of a network and media streams. smartDASH derives media network data, comprehensively documents network and supporting infrastructure. smartSCOPE processes data packets for service compliance and analyzes the condition of the delivery network for clear demarcation between delivery and processing, reducing “meantime to repair”.

Arena installs Lawo SMART in new OB Truck

Lawo smartSCOPE

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“With the purchase of SMART, Arena Television now have a unique capability to extensively monitor and control our equipment while realizing significant operational benefits”, explains Dafydd Rees, Deputy Director of Operations at Arena Television. And he continues: “One of the challenges that we intend to solve using SMART is offering operators an ability to easily monitor IP media streams across the IP network. It will plug the gap between traditional, well understood, video and audio monitoring tools and network switch monitoring, coalescing the two in a simple dashboard and providing unique insight into the media streams as they pass through the network. It will also allow engineers to proactively detect and diagnoses faults before they occur thereby further increasing the quality of the service that we provide to our customers.”
Arena will demonstrate the truck, with SMART installed and working, at IBC at stand 9.A02

About Arena
Arena continues to pioneer by introducing "the world's first IP-based Ultra HD High Dynamic Range OB fleet". Our new triple-expands (OBX, Y & Z) plus double-expand OB12 all feature ground breaking UHD/HD/SD multicast technology. They are based around a powerful IP core developed in association with Grass Valley and Cisco. This approach is much more flexible than traditional baseband. With IP technology data runs over fibre optic cables, whereas Quad-HD required 4 HD signals over copper cables bundled together to create a single UHD image.
Arena holds contracts with the nation's major broadcasters to provide coverage of events, music, large studio shows and sport. Arena is a Telegraph 1000 business that has remained in continuous family ownership for approaching 30 years.

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About Lawo
Lawo designs and manufactures pioneering network, control, audio and video technology for broadcast and post production, as well as live performance and theatrical applications. Products include control and monitoring systems, digital audio mixing consoles, routers, video processing tools as well as solutions for IP-based A/V infrastructures and routing systems. All products are developed in Germany and manufactured according to highest quality standards at the company’s headquarters in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany.

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