NBC Olympics has selected Cisco to provide IP video contribution and distribution solutions along with networking and security solutions for its production of the Brazil Olympic Games. Cisco will help with on-site production by streamlining the management and publishing of video content to consumer devices using solutions from the Cisco Media Blueprint, along with premium network protection. Cisco Media Blueprint is a new applications and converged IP infrastructure approach for producing, storing, distributing and securing broadcast media content. It is based on open standards and is directly supported by key media industry software providers.
Key components of the NBC Olympics deployment include : Wireless and POE-enabled (power over Ethernet) switching infrastructure; Network routing and switching technology via the Cisco carrier-class ASR9000 and Cisco Nexus portfolio; Virtual Private Network (VPN) services via Cisco ASA firewalls; Intrusion Prevention (IPS) and robust network security with the Cisco Sourcefire and Lancope solutions; Telepresence technology facilitating producer and talent communication.
Craig Lau, Vice President, Information Technology for NBC Olympics, says: â€œCisco is helping us transform how we scale the massive amounts of video content for events like this, for delivery to more distribution channels. As we continue to transition from SDI to IP in our network operations, we are able to better manage our workflows with precise timing and synchronization.â€
Dave Ward, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect at Cisco, adds: â€œWith a pervasive and highly secure IP network, they [NBC Olympics] can better scale video transport in the production environment to deliver all types of content, including more HD to the tens of millions of people watching on different types of devices.â€