AV System Integration

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, within budget.

“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.