The BBC has awarded Quantel a framework contract for supplying video editing systems for its news output.
The contract lasts until 2014 with an option for a further year’s extension and is potentially worth in excess of £10 million.
Quantel has also been awarded a framework contract to supply playout servers over the same period.
Quantel chief executive Ray Cross said: “No other company in this space has technology like ours. We’re delighted that the broadcaster has recognised that Quantel offers a path to the future that meets its needs for efficiency while fully supporting the ever-expanding horizons of the multi-media age.”
Quantel won the contract following a year-long bidding process and exhaustive technical and operational reviews.
Key system attributes required by the broadcaster included:
- Improved integration across all platforms - TV, mobile, web etc
- 3rd party integration including Final Cut Pro
- Complete integration between editing clients and video storage
- Intelligent technology that reduces overall system complexity and costs
- The ability to support fast turnaround programming, particularly in news
- Resilience, agility and ease of operation
- Intuitive, easy to learn interfaces for the Corporation’s journalists and production staff across its news and children’s news
- Modularity, interoperability and extensibility using standard protocols and architectures