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Groundbreaking technology solution for breaking news production

Fri 20, 05 2022

Cologne/Riyadh, May 17, 2022: For maximum technical flexibility in live news coverage, Qvest designed and manufactured a fully equipped mobile TV station for the Arabic 24/7 multiplatform news service Asharq News. The end-2-end media architecture for contribution, content production, and distribution is based on latest media and IT technology. Asharq News benefits from versatile production options with unmatched fast set-up times, international deployment capabilities, and remote connectivity based on highest news broadcasting and live streaming standards.

The high-performance production setup covers all media workflows from ingest to playout and offers full connectivity into the corporate and broadcast network infrastructure. This allows the setup to be used on short notice anywhere on location for breaking news or to increase coverage at existing and new sites for the broadcaster. Therefore, the working environment for live news reporters can be assembled, disassembled, and shipped easily and quickly. After defining the complete workflow design, the TV production environment was initialized in its full function scope as a test setup in the premises of Qvest in Cologne, Germany.

Omran Abdallah, CTO for Asharq News: “This new mobile TV production setup means a major upgrade for our 24/7 multiplatform approach at Asharq News. Our team will benefit from the extensive features of the system, especially from the fact that we can now broadcast live at short notice from practically any location in the world in absolute top-end quality. Thanks to this latest collaboration with Qvest, we are taking the broadcasting experience for our audience to the next level.”

The media professionals at Asharq News benefit from a complete live news production setup and a studio environment with the integration of systems by industry-leading specialist companies. This includes Grass Valley cameras with Augmented Reality functions, a full production gallery with camera control, video, and audio mixing, and Avid FastServe studio playout. Qvest integrated XR Set Solution by Vizrt and the camera tracking technology stYpe for optional state-of-art Augmented Reality visuals.

Mohamed Hamid, Principal at Qvest Dubai: “Given the very short time frame and the very large technical scope, this was a special project. A key success factor was the excellent, international collaboration of our Qvest team with the partners at Asharq News. With our best-of-breed principle for media technology, we have together defined a new standard for mobile news production.”

The newsroom environment features up to 40 workstations for journalists, including an Avid PAM system with 480 Terabyte of usable Avid NEXIS media storage. In addition, the journalists at Asharq News benefit from the dedicated Avid iNews newsroom software, editing with MediaCentral | Cloud UX, voice-over capabilities, the software-based IP compliance solution Mediaproxy, and the full integration of the broadcaster’s news agencies. The setup also contains media composer edit suites as well as fully equipped workstations for creative graphics editing.

A fully equipped master control room is also integrated with full contribution, quality control, and distribution functions. IP-streaming functions were implemented with products from Ateme, Riedel, Skype, and TVU Networks. The extensive setup with more than 8,500 meters of cable on an area of 180 square meters was successfully initialized in March 2022.

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