Networking At MediaCity

SIS Live, Europe’s largest outside broadcaster and uplink provider, has installed a large Optocore fibre ring on a 2Gbit network, and BroaMan Repeat48 SDI-to-fibre converter at MediaCityUK in Salford. SIS has occupied three floors of the Blue Tower within the complex. The 8th and 9th floors house new broadcast facilities including a master control room, production galleries, studios, voiceover booths, edit suites and data control centres, while the 10th floor has IT infrastructure and house monitoring system. SIS Live Broadcast Designer Alan Laird implemented the fully redundant network, with a hybrid design main router which generates the MADI sources for the Calrec and Yamaha sound desks. A monitoring router of similar size is used as a back up.