EVS Provides Multiple Systems for Ashgabat Olympics Complex


EVS, the leading provider of live video production systems, has been appointed by AKFA Technology to provide an extensive range of its solutions in the first of three development phases at the new 1.3 million m2 Ashgabat Olympics Complex in Turkmenistan. A wide range of EVS technology, including servers, editing, PAM and storage solutions, will be deployed across the new complex which includes two sports arenas, an indoor velodrome, three production studios, the IBC and an OB van. The installation is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, and expected to be operational by spring 2014.

Istanbul-based Polimeks was commissioned to develop the architectural concept and to build the various premises. Policom Technology, a subsidiary of Polimeks, is responsible for the supply and installation of multimedia systems to be used at the complex and is collaborating with the Turkish systems integrator specialist AKFA Technology to implement the live broadcast production infrastructure.

‘Ashgabat Olympics Complex is a major project that will have a significant impact on the region. The venue is designed to show – with the forthcoming Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in 2017 – that it’s a key contender for hosting major international sporting events and attract sporting federations,’ said Burak Dagdeviren, project coordinator at Policom Technology. ‘It was important that the live broadcast facilities matched the same brief.’


EVS XT3 and XS servers will be deployed at the arenas and velodrome as well as in the studios, IBC and in the OB van, while multiple IPDirectors will be used for content production and asset management. Xedio Dispatcher will be used to gather ENG material and Xedio CleanEdit, EVS’ NLE system, will be used for production editing with voice-over recordings. The OB van will feature an XFly portable storage platform, while EVS’ XStore SAN will be used to provide central storage.


All the production facilities at Ashgabat Olympics Complex will be connected to the central storage unit, allowing operators around the venue to browse through and access stored lo-res media files.
‘EVS solutions are scalable and future-proof, which was crucial to a project like Ashgabat Olympics Complex,’ said Dogan Sari, project and sales executive at AKFA Technology. ‘The city of Ashgabat is looking ahead to hosting major international sporting events in the future, so we had to ensure that any technology we installed can stand-up to multiple formats as well as to 3G and 1080p. There was zero margin for error or failure –a major factor when choosing the technology components, and EVS definitely delivers on that front.’


‘EVS’ long association with live broadcast production and in particular live sporting events, means we’ve developed rock-solid reliability across all of our systems – from servers to content management tools such as IPDirector,’ said  Luc Doneux, EVS EVP Sports. ‘Thanks to our widely deployed live production infrastructures, EVS is constantly collaborating with leading sports federations, rights holders, producers and broadcasters to meet the requirements of evolving media formats and the ever shifting patterns of consumer content consumption.’

EVS provides its customers with reliable and innovative technology to enable the production of live, enriched video programming, allowing them to work more efficiently and boost their revenue streams. Its industry-leading broadcast and media production systems are used by broadcasters, production companies, post-production facilities, film studios, content owners and archive libraries around the globe. It spans four key markets – Sports, Entertainment, News and Media.


Founded in 1994, its innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionised live broadcasting. Its reliable and integrated tapeless solutions, based around its market-leading XT server range, are now widely used to deliver live productions worldwide. Today, it continues to develop practical innovations, such as its C-Cast second-screen delivery platform, to help customers maximise the value of their media content.

The company is headquartered in Belgium and has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and North and Latin America. Approximately 475 EVS professionals from 20 offices are selling its branded products in over 100 countries, and provide customer support globally. EVS is a public company traded on Euronext Brussels: EVS, ISIN: BE0003820371.