The European Parliament and Lawo are among the winners of a coveted AV Award, with the EP’s Mission Transparency project receiving the “Public Sector Project of the Year” award.
The AV Awards were held at London’s Battersea Evolution venue and the judges recognised the challenge of the project, which has resulted in a massive audio- and video-over-IP infrastructure with maximum scaling flexibility.
The entire network is managed via a custom GUI for secure control over thousands of audio and video channels. The project is based on an open-standards (ST2110, AES67, Ember+) and manufacturer-agnostic platform.
Changing the perception of the EP and encouraging citizens to take note of what goes on inside, and to cast their votes at election time, has become the central mission of the EP’s Audiovisual Unit. Its highly successful 2019 campaigns were only two highlights of an ambitious project that is now fully up and running, with more than 640 video streams and over 9,000 audio channels on the EP’s redundant IP network at any given moment, both on-premise and inter-city.
Any spoken word in any language is now available to anyone, anywhere, and the IP-based audio routing and mixing infrastructure is seamlessly connected to the conferencing systems of all 85 meeting rooms in Brussels and Strasbourg, complete with simultaneous translations into up to 32 languages.
In addition to the in-house staff, the European Parliament called in the help of outside service providers, including Lawo, an accomplished provider of network, video, audio and control solutions.