The Catalonian Local Audiovisual Network chooses VSN's technology

VSN was the winner of the public tender launched by the Xarxa Audiovisual Local (XAL, Local Audiovisual Network) for the supply and installation of a unified newsroom system and the transfer of the technical equipment to its new headquarters.

The XAL is an organization created by the Barcelona Provincial Council which offers, among other services, a multimedia content and services platform to enable the collaboration and content exchange between local and regional Catalonian media outlets (TVs, radios and digital media).
La Xarxa needed a solution to unify its radio and TV newsrooms in a single, multipurpose space, with all the shared resources available, and to boost collaborative workflows between all the different media outlets: radio, TV and digital media.

VSNEXPLORER’s new interface

The turnkey project developed by VSN includes an automated ingest system; a studio playout system, VSNLIVECOM, which controls two Rhode Schwarz’s DVS video servers with 4 bidirectional SD-HD Ch; an EMC’s Isilon 20Tb centralized storage; 25 Adobe Premiere editor workstations; a virtualized Spider platform with 4 worker transcoders; and 75 VSNEXPLORER MAM licences for radio and TV journalists. VSN’s equipment replaces the existing GrassValley Aurora.

The moving of all the technical equipments from the old headquarter to the new one in Barcelona was carried out by NRD Multimedia, hired by VSN, without affecting the daily work of La Xarxa and Xarxa Radio.

The multiple integrations required were another important challenge: asset integration between the existing Dalet Radio system and VSNEXPLORER to exchange contents between the TV and the radio newsrooms; MOS integration with Avid iNews text system, as well as with Tedial´s deep storage, both already present at La Xarxa; integration with XIP, La Xarxa’s content distribution and contribution platform, based on VSNIPTRANSFER, simplifying the workflow of publishing contents to webplatforms; and, finally, integration with the social networks and YouTube. All of it, thanks to VSN´s open SOA technology and VSNEXPLORER’s BPM module.

Xavier Cabestany, Chief Technical Officer at La Xarxa, declares that “VSNEXPLORER has become the center of our whole installation, because it allows us to design a wide range of different workflows in an efficient and totally integrated way. Contents production is dynamic and we can distribute the finished News and Programs materials to our associated local media, to the news Web platforms and to the social networks and YouTube”.