The EU research project VIRTUOSA demonstrates how combining 5G with virtualization concepts can make the production of live content, such as sports or music reporting, more efficiently and cost-effectively across multiple locations.
The new generation of media networks is based on wireless 5G communication and on technologies which are already widely used in IT, but have so far not seemed suitable for media production: Internet Protocol (IP) technology, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) technology, Network Function Virtualization (NFV), High Performance Computing (HPC) and Cloud Computing.
IP-based production enables broadcasters to share media production facilities, equipment, resources, and personnel across multiple locations. Studios, control rooms and mobile outside broadcasts can be networked using 5G technology.
IRT is responsible for testing - including the creation of test methods and plans - and proof-of-concept implementations to ensure system suitability and interoperability for use by broadcasters. Three phases are planned: In the first phase, a complete IP-based production environment including studios, control room and equipment room will be set up at IRT. In Phase 2, this environment will be extended by a second, remote IP production studio and in Phase 3, mobile production using 5G mobile networks will be added.
With this project IRT demonstrates that an IP-based production with SDN control works in all planned phases and uses and complies with standards. Only products available on the market are used for the implementation.
Consortium members are IRT, Nevion AS (Norway), Mellanox Technologies LTD (Israel) and LOGIC media solutions GmbH (Germany). The VIRTUOSA project is funded by Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
The aim of the project is to develop a marketable IP-based live production environment.