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As it prepares to migrate from DVB-T SD/HD to DVB-T2/HEVC HD services by June 2022, regional Italian public broadcaster RAS has gone live with Synamedia virtualised Digital Content Manager (DCM).

RAS Synamedia Dimetis 31March2020RAS is using Synamedia DCM for satellite input and DVB-T transmissions and virtualised DCM for encoding in a private cloud. The catalyst for the deployment was the broadcaster’s office relocation in the fourth quarter of 2019 which required all of its technology systems to be moved seamlessly, without any disruption to TV and radio services or to the broadcaster’s public safety DTT emergency alert system for the Südtirol region.

German software house Dimetis integrated Synamedia’s hybrid DCM/virtualised DCM with the latest version of its BOSS Broadcast Manager (BBM) software platform and managed the technology move to the new office. BBM enables RAS end-to-end DVB and DAB+ service monitoring with a single pane of glass.

Since deploying Synamedia’s future-proof software-centric DCM solution, RAS is said to have has the flexibility to transition smoothly to the new standards. Virtualised DCM allows RAS to virtualise the entire video headend, providing encoding and statistical multiplexing capabilities in a single solution. It is also capable of handling DRM, packaging and advertising. Synamedia’s DCM design also offers a migration path to DVB-T2.

In addition, and orchestrated by BBM, the private cloud-based deployment has allowed RAS to automate workflows and streamline operations, boosting operational efficiency. The BOSS Stream Viewer optimised multi-viewer gives direct communication to its umbrella management system, operators gets real-time health status monitoring on service levels such as IP, transport stream and A/V.

“This deployment marks the beginning of our journey towards full DVB-T2 services in 2022,” commented RAS CTO Johann Silbernagl. “The powerful combination of Synamedia’s software-centric DCM solutionand Dimetis’ BOSS Broadcast Manager gives us a state-of-the-art solution that is flexible enough to meet today’s requirements while also giving us the freedom to transition seamlessly to the new standard at our own pace. As a public broadcaster, this futureproofing capability is particularly important.”