ATEN solution powers video walls in the largest Latin American newsroom
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:01
ATEN video walls at Artear, Argentina
AV integration solutions provider, ATEN recently announced that its control system
VK2100, paired with modular matrix solution VM1600, is now powering the newsroom
TV walls at Artear, one of the biggest TV networks in Latin America. ATEN’s seamless
switching and flexible centralised control solution provides reliable support for the
requirements of the 24/7 newsroom to display real-time, high-resolution content
streams from live channels, social media platforms and outside broadcasting vehicles.
Headquartered in Buenos Aires, Artear is one of Argentina's longest-running and most
prolific television networks. As an innovator in the broadcasting industry in Latin
America, Artear decided to build a state-of-the-art newsroom to keep setting the pace
for regional news broadcasting and creative, high-quality content. ATEN, in
collaboration with its partner in Argentina, ProShow, completed the project earlier this
year - and Artear was extremely satisfied with both the solutions and the service,
which meets their long-distance transmission and seamless switching requirements,
“ATEN remains focused on providing the world with ‘Simply Better Connections’, and
as a solution provider, we are proud of our award-winning GUI and seamless switch
technology. We are delighted that Artear chose an ATEN solution, one that delivered
easy management and control, as further proof that our solutions are perfectly
suitable for any large-scale, high-end Pro AV environment,” said Kevin Chen, president
of ATEN International.
Artear’s top priority for their new 5x5 and 10x6 video wall installation was flexibility.
Challenges in this project included needing a customisable solution, with minimal lag
when switching. Also, the broadcaster needed the video wall layout control to switch
among different video wall layouts and content sources with ease. Reliable power
redundancy was critical for the 24-7 newsroom environment, and Artear needed
multiple video inputs and outputs to control a large 10x6 video wall and a smaller 5x5
video wall with 16 different SDI input sources. In addition, long distance transmission
had to be considered to extend the 5x5 video wall content up to 70 meters, to
account for the design architecture of the newsroom.
In response to these very specific needs, ATEN provided six VM1600 units, with
VM7404 3G-SDI input boards; VM8804 HDMI output boards; and VM8514 HDBaseT
output boards; sixteen VS146 splitters with two VK2100 control boxes; and twenty-
five VE805R HDMI HDBaseT–Lite receivers to fulfil the requirements.
The solution bundle provides customised flexibility and video wall confi¬guration
options. ATEN’s Modular Matrix Switches integrate different video input and output
interfaces and encodes the various formats to deliver flexibility and customised video
wall configuration options. ATEN’s Seamless Switch™ technology delivers stable and
reliable continuous video streams and instant real-time source switching without
delays. The control system is a standard Ethernet-based management system, which
connects all of the hardware devices in the news room, to provide centralised control
directly via a PC, notebook or any mobile device. Two power slots on the VM1600 that
can connect to two different power supplies provide the reliable power redundancy
that is critical for the 24-7 operations of a newsroom. The support for extended
HDBaseT transmission over a single Cat 6/6a cable ensures that the solution is easily
adaptable to the physical architecture of the newsroom while providing seamless
switching and video wall functionality.