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NBC Olympics picks Grass Valley’s IP solutions for its Tokyo IBC

Grass Valley is delivering a range of open standards-based IP systems for the Tokyo Summer Olympics, aimed at driving efficiency within NBC Olympics’ studios inside the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Tokyo.

From both studios and remote event venues, Grass Valley IP infrastructure will support the processing of live video and audio feeds, making them ready for delivery to NBC Olympics’ production and editing control rooms ahead of live broadcasts. 

NBC Olympics will deploy Grass Valley’s IP Media infrastructure at the Tokyo IBC, leveraging control of a Cisco Spine & Leaf switching topology through the GV Orbit NMOS compliant router control and configuration system.

The IP Media solution is SMPTE-2110, AMWA NMOS IS-04/05, SMPTE-2059, UHD and HDR compliant, leveraging the full interoperability of industry standards. The system consists of over 70 IQUCP modular gateways using both the 25GbE and 50GbE product versions, 170 Densite+ XIP-3901 IP audio/video, SDR/HDR, IS-04/IS-05 processing modules and 16 MV-820-IP multiviewers, underpinning a “robust, reliable and future-proof infrastructure”.

System management is enabled via the GV Orbit dynamic orchestration system, allowing production teams to leverage the power of IP using familiar SDI workflows. 

Todd Donovan, VP of Engineering Technology, NBC Olympics, explained, “Given our long-term relationship and trust in Grass Valley, and as we wanted to upgrade to a 2110 IP processing and routing core at the IBC in Tokyo, it quickly became apparent that Grass Valley was the right partner for this important upgrade in our critical infrastructure due to their experience and product breadth and maturity.

“Grass Valley partnered with us on designing solutions enabling our sophisticated venue and IBC facility workflows as we work to present the largest Olympic Games presentation ever.

“They have been deeply invested at all levels of their organisation to the continued success of NBC Olympics in Tokyo and beyond.”

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