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IHSE keeps Al-Mamlaka TV in control

IHSE keeps Al-Mamlaka TV in control

IHSE keeps Al-Mamlaka TV in control


Al-Mamlaka TV, Jordan’s first state-funded public service news broadcaster, has adopted KVM solutions from IHSE to provide centralised control at its new broadcast facility in Amman. Launched in 2018, Al-Mamlaka TV operates from a state-of-the-art new broadcasting centre in the capital city, with a 24/7 line-up of HD news and public affairs shows airing on both linear and OTT platforms. The facility boasts several firsts for the region. It’s one of the first facilities to embrace virtualisation, one of the first to feature a motorised video wall, and the first to make extensive use of augmented reality (AR). 

The Al-Mamlaka TV facility centrepiece is a 400m2, seven-camera studio with five sets and an open design connecting it to the newsroom one floor below. A second, four-camera studio features three predesigned sets, and a third smaller studio looks out on an impressive view of the Amman skyline.

“In order to manage such a complex broadcast infrastructure, we need full redundancy for all vital systems, including AV and broadcast IT equipment,” explained Sami Qouta, engineering manager, Al-Mamlaka TV. Centralised management of virtualised systems is critically important, as is 24/7 operation on all channels. That meant the ability to switch easily between the production control rooms of our two largest galleries, in case there’s an issue with one. We have this capability with the IHSE KVM technology, which provides a centralised controller for accessing all systems in either control room.”

The IHSE system consists of an 80-port Draco tera compact fibre-optic matrix switch with Draco vario extenders for dual-head DVI and DisplayPort. The vario extenders allow operators at remote workstations to gain real-time access to DVI, VGA, and DisplayPort computers, including the computers’ monitors, keyboards, mice and other peripheral devices. Al-Mamlaka TV also relies on a Draco vario ultra HDMI 2.0 extender to provide real-time access to the HDMI computers controlling the motorised X1.2 Barco LED video wall.

The IHSE solutions integrate with all of the other studio systems and allow for a flexible workflow where operators from any department can connect, disconnect and reconnect a variety of laptops at will without interruption or reconfiguration. For redundancy, numerous critical systems in the large studio are linked to the KVM network, including the robotic system controlling the cameras, graphics systems generating lower thirds, vision mixers, teleprompters,and VR/AR systems. If a problem develops with a piece of equipment in the first studio, operators can remotely log onto the vision mixer in the second studio and put it into play instantly.

“The IHSE solution is simple, reliable and highly flexible,” furthered Qouta. “It creates a familiar workflow for operators in different departments to access the broadcast tools and computers they need to do their jobs effectively right from their own workstation consoles, instead of having to change position or disturb other operators. The IHSE gear is so stable and reliable that we have not had a single issue with the KVM system in two and a half years. IHSE brings peace of mind to our operation.”

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