Macq develops satellite channel reservation software for France Télévision

La chaine française de télévision France3 a une vocation particulière : être présente et relater les événements locaux du territoire français.

Au moyen de décrochages régionaux, les différents centres de production de la chaîne peuvent relater des informations de proximité. Pour cela, les opérateurs possèdent un grand nombre de véhicules de retransmission par satellite sous la forme de camionnettes équipées d’antennes paraboliques.
France3 recherchait une entreprise capable de leur développer un logiciel central de gestion des réservations des canaux satellites pour permettre les retransmissions de n’importe quel point du territoire et selon les besoins multiples des différents centres régionaux.
Ce logiciel devait : - Etre parfaitement fiable, la bonne transmission d’événements en dépend
- Etre accessible en tout point du territoire, l’interface est proposée par page Web
- Etre simple d’utilisation, le nombre d’utilisateurs est important (non informaticien)
- Etre conforme à une demande très spécifique, les solutions commerciales existantes ne répondant pas à cette demande.
  • Etre parfaitement fiable, la bonne transmission d’événements en dépend,
  • Etre accessible en tout point du territoire, l’interface est proposée par page Web,
  • Etre simple d’utilisation, le nombre d’utilisateurs est important (non informaticien),
  • Etre conforme à une demande très spécifique, les solutions commerciales existantes ne répondant pas à cette demande.

Managing the bandwidth of the fibre optic network between Eurovision’s largest centres.

Eurovision is an international organization within the EBU (European Broadcasting Union); it provides its members with televisual transmission means by satellite connection.

In order to meet an increasing demand for bandwidth, Eurovision has begun to deploy a land-based fibre optic network between its largest centres; with this in mind, it asked Macq to develop software and install the hardware required for managing this DTM mesh network from Geneva (Eurovision head office).

The main functions of the DREAMSII-FINE software involve:
• Managing network equipment (Nimbra).
• Network information feedback (available bandwidth, available ports, etc.).
• Reserving transmissions according to real availability.
• Creating and managing link paths.
• Technical management

Eurovision manages its television broadcasts via the DreamsII-SAT server

Eurovision is an international organization responsible within the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) for coordinating television programme exchanges between member countries; its head office is located in Geneva. Grouping together both radio and television broadcasters, it counts for a total of 71 active members in 52 European countries, North Africa and the Middle East and 45 associated members in 28 other countries.
It fulfils two types of missions: representation and standardisation role, provides various technical means.
In order to fulfil this second mission, Eurovision owns satellite transmission and reception equipment that it can lend to any member looking to acquire trans-European links; the images broadcasted are transmitted in the MPEG2 digital format.
In order to configure and remotely control the transmission and reception channels, Eurovision has software for controlling this equipment from a single supplier alone. Looking to free itself from this supplier’s monopoly while widely developing the functions of this software, Eurovision asked Macq Electronique to create a new version known as DREAMSII-SAT.
This DREAMSII-SAT software controls a large amount of equipment (encoders, decoders, receivers, converters, modulators, IRD, etc.) from different suppliers.
Upon request by the EBU, Macq Electronique also provided the servers, sent the machines to the different members and assisted the latter with commissioning operations. The equipment was selected and produced in direct collaboration with the customer and taking into account the specific properties of each site.