Applied Electronics Backs Up Groupe TVA’s LTO Library with Digital Archiving Solution, Rebuilds New Control Room


Le groupe TVA, a subsidiary of one of Canada’s largest media companies, Quebecor Media Inc., runs the two communication branches of television and publishing. Le groupe TVA owns and operates six out of 10 TVA networks. The TVA Network airs to almost all of Québec’s francophone audience and most of Canada’s francophone communities.

In 2009, Applied Electronics supplied TVA with a StorageTek SL150 modular tape library, which is expandable to fit up to 20 drives and 300 slots. The SL150 is an ideal backup and archive solution for ease-of-use, seamless scalability, and affordability.

In 2012, le group TVA launched the rebuild of the new control room with the installation of an overdrive automation system for the continuous new channels and the TVA primetime program channels.

Applied Electronics led many of the initial development stages, which started with assisting TVA with their technology choices and configuring the components of the systems. Several commissioning activities were completed to set up and coordinate the implementation with various technology manufacturers and suppliers.

The rebuild was a major change for TVA as there was a complete overhaul and redesign required to buildnew studios, control rooms and equipment rooms on another floor, while the existing studios and rooms still operated.

Both control rooms share a Nvision Miranda 8500 Series enterprise hybrid router, which routes all the signals and feeds to the Kaleido multi-screen in each control room. Applied Electronics’ technical team used Ross Video’s Vision 4 switcher, Vinten robotic cameras and Telex RTS intercoms to maintain the overdrive automation system to keep the TV shows up and running.

One of the shows that is produced by the TVA News control room with the new overdrive automation system is Montréal’s hit morning TV show “Salut, bonjour!”

In 2016, Applied Electronics expanded the SL150 modular tape library, with an additional 60 slots and two Oracle StorageTek LTO 7 tape drives, which move data at rates as high as 300 megabytes per second, uncompressed. The modular tape library was upgraded to accommodate the modified TVA workflow.

A Dell EMC Isilon X-Series scale-out NAS storage solution was added to speed access to massive amounts of data, which is an ideal solution for high throughput and highconcurrency applications. With SSD technology for file system metadata and file-based storage workflows, the Isilon X-Series also accelerates namespace-intensive operations.

In 2017, Applied Electronics added an IPV Curator MAM system to enable TVA staff to browse and retrieve content and files from nearline storage.

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