Having already provided the BBC with their internal communications system across their UK locations, the BBC had a new, unique business request they felt onemedia could provide the solution to.
With the recent move to the new, state of the art BBC Broadcasting House, BBC Tours has been setup to provide members of the public a unique opportunity to be shown around the multimedia broadcasting centre in the heart of London. With customers of the Tours keen to get an inside look at the studios in action; it’s not ideal to be taking tour groups into the studios during live performances.
An idea was put forward to use some existing Digital signage infrastructure of a large 100” plasma screen, with the placement of Webcams in each studio. The onemedia solution was then shaped around the BBC tours needs, which brought streamed IPTV footage to the 100” Plasma screen in a public area that wouldn’t disturb the live performances.
onemedia created a 2x signage player application, which includes;
So as not to display only a webcam stream, onemedia designed 14x branded screen layout designs, one for each studio. Each layout varies slightly, but all include the unique branding, webpage and the webcam stream of the studio webcam feed they are viewing to ensure a common brand experience.
This was a specific request from the BBC, and the reason the ONELAN NTB was selected, as onemedia were able to develop the NTB layout design that supported multizone display of all the required elements, along with accepting the live Webstreams.
With recent developments on the ONELAN NTB API, onemedia now have the capability to create bespoke user interface pages, hosted on the NTB itself. This allows the BBC, via the interface, to send certain commands to multiple players that will control the operation and behavior of applications.
The final requirement for the BBC was to develop 2x app’s that allowed simplistic control of the applications operation.
The technical team at the BBC weren’t initially thinking about using a signage player for this application, but when onemedia demonstrated the bespoke Apps they were able to develop to control the operation, along with the existing functionality of multizone arrangements and IPTV streaming capabilities, and upon their reflection, onemedia’s proposed solution using the signage player answered both creative and technical requirements.
Not only was this a more cost effective approach over using a Control System, but onemedia were able to offer more functionality and more flexibility on future changes to the application. The BBC seems very happy with the proposed solution, and it is currently in use and shown daily to 100s of visitors to The BBC Broadcasting House.