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Lawo VSM Release 2020-2: World’s Leading IP Broadcast Control System Extends Lead with Further Enhancements for Live Broadcast Production

Wed 06, 05 2020

Lawo, German innovator and manufacturer of pioneering IP-based broadcast technology, introduces with the Release 2020-2 further control enhancements for VSM, Lawo’s globally leading IP broadcast control system.

The new Flow State Master functionality defines VSM as the master of the true flow routing status. With this functionality, Lawo’s IP Broadcast Control System ensures that an IP infrastructure is in a deterministic routing state at all time. In addition, it restores this state automatically after partial or full outages in the network infrastructure, bringing a new level of operational security to IP production environments.

A great add-on service for multi-studio facilities with frequent changes to the studio floor setup is the Wallboxing functionality, which allows moving devices across an API-controlled IP infrastructure and to maintain flow connectivity. In a large production facility, devices like stageboxes, monitors, teleprompters, etc., are likely to be moved around a lot. Wallboxing ensures that existing IP links are re-established when a device is connected to a switchport at the new location.

With Network Bridging, two or more independent VSM-controlled IP installs can share relevant sources. Whenever one network infrastructure needs to access selected sources of another network infrastructure, VSM facilitates this with minimal configuration efforts while preserving most of the functionality exposed to operational workflows. An operator working on the signal-providing system marks sources as “shared” so that operators on the signal-consuming system can access these signals for local use. The tielines between systems are automatically and silently managed by VSM, based on actual signal consumption across the connected installs. Typical applications are nationwide facility connections, truck-to-facility connections, and increasingly also truck-to-truck connections.

The new VSM Release 2020-2 will be available from summer 2020.

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. For additional information, please visit www.lawo.com.

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