Ideal Systems designed and built CNN Indonesia’s new turnkey newsroom solution. The channel launch was a collaboration between CNN International and CT Corp Indonesia, a diverse business corporation with core operations in media and entertainment. Ideal was the prime systems integrator tasked with designing and building the new facility located at the Trans Corp Headquarters, Jakarta, Indonesia.
“Ideal Systems is a renowned system integrator in the Asia Pacific region. We had clear milestones to achieve in order to successfully roll out the channel launch and gave Ideal the challenge to provide us with an integrated solution. With Ideal’s extensive experience and capabilities on providing system solutions for 24 hours news channels, I was confident in their competence to deliver the final turnkey solution for CNN Indonesia Newsroom.” as quoted by Johnny Yeung, Technical Director of Transmedia, the media group under CT Corp Indonesia.
The facility planning was of utmost importance given the complexity of the IT infrastructure and layout of the premises. The design needed to accommodate complex workflows, from handling ingest and content acquisition, editing and MAM, story creation, rundown generation and studio playout. CNN Indonesia is an Indonesian-language news channel with 80% of content generated locally and 20% coming from CNN International. It was essential the system supported multiple business entities in differing physical locations, all the while providing full access to the Newsroom Computer System for Transmedia users. A unified system was necessary for the channel to tap into CNN International’s pool of journalist material and to share content from global affiliate partnerships. This requirement and setup posed a particular challenge on many levels for the onsite wiring team during the installation phase in parallel with the tight deadline imposed by CNN for the critical launch date of the channel.
“We were very impressed with Ideal Systems professionalism and understanding of our requirements throughout all phases of the project, from our initial request to final deliverance”, said Eka Abraham, Head of IT Department, CNN Indonesia. “The support provided by Ideal was critical in minimizing disruptions and technical issues in order to fulfill our deadline for launch”.
A key component of the solution was implementing AVID’s News Production System complete with NRCS, studio playback, non-linear editing, transcoding, content archive management, and network-attached storage. CNN Indonesia needed a capable platform to streamline their news production workflow and safeguard their content and media assets.
The complete solution integrates best-of-breed technologies including SGL’s Flashnet, a resilient and scalable content storage management system for archive and recovery, and also an ingest solution with MOG Tech enabling an automated workflow with support for multiple-formats and resolutions to CNN’s ingest requirements. CNN Indonesia needed a completely interoperable solution to work seamlessly with the AVID workflow environment proposed by Ideal Systems. Integration of a digital MATV system was also implemented to broadcast digital television signals for free-to-view and subscription, FM radio and DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting).
“The CNN Indonesia project is a key tier one reference for Ideal Systems as we embark on further expansion in Indonesia,” said Fintan McKiernan, CEO of Ideal Singapore. “We are building up a local team in Indonesia who will be able to provide a wider range of products and services than has previously been available to Indonesian Broadcasters. Ideal has already deployed 4K broadcast systems in Asia, so we will be ready to support Indonesian broadcasters with expert knowledge when they begin to offer 4K services”.
This groundbreaking channel is a first of its kind for CNN in Southeast Asia, delivering a localized version of CNN’s unique brand of high-quality news. CNN Indonesia has plans to acquire licensing for free-to-air broadcast in the upcoming DVB-T2 switch over in Indonesia. The channel is currently aired through CT Corp’s DTH Platform, Transvision, in full 1080i HD.