Paris, France (September 4, 2012)-VRT, the Flemish-language national broadcaster in Belgium, has chosen Dalet Radio Suite HD to modernize its existing production systems for Radio 2 and its five regional stations.
When completed, the upgrade will provide advanced production and playout capabilities with redundant IT-based centralized storage, servers and database. The selection of Dalet Radio Suite HD was made after a tender process that included a proof of concept and on-site evaluations of short-listed systems. The Radio 2 project is the first project call-off under a four-year framework contract.
The Dalet Radio Suite HD installation for Radio 2 will include more than 200 Dalet production workstations and 33 Dalet on-air workstations in the broadcast studios. Dalet Radio Suite HD maintains a centralized MAM content catalogue that manages all programs and associated data while modular task-specific desktop tools handle production and distribution.
Content repurposing and delivery can be accomplished via the Dalet workflow engine, which automates many processes in the background to facilitate distribution-from on-the-fly delivery of Program Associated Data (PAD) for DAB, DRM, or HD Radio to transcoding for podcasts or for online or mobile uses. VRT has also acquired a corporate license for the Dalet One Cut editor, a multitrack audio editor.
The Dalet system will integrate with the Avid iNews system at VRT, allowing scripts and rundowns to be accessed and archived by Dalet together with audio clips. Production across the regional sites will be centralized; editing work performed at the sites will be sent directly to the central site in Brussels. At the Brussels broadcasting center, Dalet will handle broadcast scheduling and automated playout for the regional splits.
"This upgrade will advance our radio operations into the next generation," says Bart Lamberigts, project leader at VRT.