The 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) was held in Ashgabat Olympic Complex, Turkmenistan, in September 2017. It was the first Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) games in a Central Asian country. The host city contract signing ceremony took place in Kuwait on December 19, 2010.
The Ashgabat Olympic Complex is a gigantic facility constructed by the Turkish construction company, Polimeks in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, across an area of 1.466.400 m2, with all details thoroughly considered from A to Z, and can be conveniently accessed from each and every corner of the city by virtue of its location at the junction of four main arteries.
An International Broadcast Centre (IBC) is built at every olympic games as the media headquarters for local and international media. It is the central operational, production, technical and administrative base for the broadcast operations. This facility includes production and broadcasting facilities, technical rooms, main press center, rights holding broadcasters' areas, offices, restaurants, studios, conference rooms and information technologies center, etc...
AVITENG was asked to build a technologically demanding and future-proof production and broadcasting system as the industry standards for UHD, 4K and beyond were still absent; in fact SMPTE 2110 standard was not brought to the real world at that time.
AVITENG designed and built one of a kind system in the world with a 4K and IP based SDVN capable facility which was interconnected to all over the Ashgabat Olympic Complex venues and locations.
The construction of the project's technical areas have been completed according to AVITENG's consultancy and technical infrastructure comments (Raised Floor, Cable Tray, Lighting, HVAC etc.).
The deployed architecture allows either centralized or local control according to each particular need, with no hardware modifications required.
The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) has the following technical locations;
- Multi Channel Distribution Services (MDS) (4 pcs. 1080p, 1 pc. 4K)
- Commentary Switching Centre (CSC)
- Production Quality Control (PQC)
- Ingest & Logger (15 pcs. for each sport event)
- Format Xchange
- Radio (4 channel)
- CATV Control
- Highlight Production (4 sets)
- Non-Linear Editing (5 sets one of them 4K)
- Graphics (5 sets)
- SNMP & Monitoring
- IBC Studio with 3 cameras
- Uplink & Downlink and Dish-Farm
- Media & Press Center (for 100 users)
- Central Apparatus Room (CAR)
|40RU SDVN Video Service Routing Platform||EVERTZ EXE-VSR|
|4K and HD Live Video Replay and Video Server||EVERTZ DREAMCATCHER|
|MV with 10GbE Interface||EVERTZ VIP|
|Master Control Switching & Channel Branding||EVERTZ EMC|
|SDVN Orchestration and Control||EVERTZ MAGNUM|
|Video Routers||EVERTZ EQX and EQT|
|Customizable User Interface/Widgets for Routers, Multiviewers and Infrastructure Devices||EVERTZ VUE|
|4K and 3G-SDI Glue Equipments||EVERTZ 7800 Series|
|Master SPGs and Change-over||EVERTZ 5601MSC and 5601ACO2|
|Encoding, Streaming, Fragmentation, Multiplexing and Stat Mux Controller||EVERTZ 3480 Platform|
|High-Density Stream Processing Platform||EVERTZ EV80|
|RF Router||EVERTZ XRF6|
|RF and Fiber Transmitters and Receivers||EVERTZ|
|SNMP Alarm Monitoring, with Graphics Mapping Support, Email Notification&Module Configuration Application Software||EVERTZ VistaLINK|
|Shared Storage||HARMONIC MEDIA GRID Logo|
|Live Broadcast Graphics||ORAD HDVG 4 - 8K|
|Studio Cameras||SONY HDC-2500|
|Production Switcher||SONY MVS-8000X|
|Broadcast Lenses||CANON HJ Series|
|Camera Support Systems||VINTEN|
|Digital Commentary System||AEQ OLYMPIA|
|Production Switcher||ROSS ACUITY 4K|
|Intercom Platform||RIEDEL ARTIST|
|Wired and Wireless Microphone Systems||SENNHEISER|
|4K Waveform Monitors||LEADER 5490|
|4K Up & Down Converters and Processors||AXON|
|MPEG Test, Analysis and Monitoring Systems||TEKTRONIX MTS4000|
|Core & Side Switches||JUNIPER EX Series|
|Network Streaming System||AVITENG|
|4K NLE Stations||AVID Media Composer|
|Digital Mixing Console||STUDER VISTA|
|Digital Mixing Console||CALREC SUMMA|
|Digital Audio Processors||JUNGER AUDIO|
|Loudness Processors||LINEAR ACOUSTIC|
|Suspension and Luminaries||ARRI Lighting|
|Servers, Workstations and Client PCs||DELL|
|Smart PDUs and Charge-overs||TSL|
|NTP Master Clocks||GORGY TIMING|
|Technical Furniture||LUND HALSEY|
|Encoders, Multiplexers and Receivers||ERICSSON|
|Antenna Systems||GD SATCOM|
|Spectrum Analyzers||ROHDE & SCHWARZ|
|KVM over IP||ATEN|
The EVERTZ EXE-VSR router was the core of the facility with 46Tb/s of switching capacity in 40RU. With 2304 10GbE ports, the EXE router provided unmatched flexibility and scalability for video transport over IP using SMPTE-2022-6 and non-blocking switch fabric support up to 13,800 uncompressed HD-SDI signals.
EVERTZ DreamCatcher IP-based production and replay servers were directly connected to the system over their 10GbE ports and they were the essential parts of the SDVN structure. They provided 4K zoom and Mosaic, as well as the standard expectations from the replay servers. DreamCatcher's rapid editing capabilities combined with enhanced production workflow allow replay operators to be true craftsmen in their profession. HARMONIC MediaGrid was an ideal fit for the systems's shared storage requirements.
The selected commentary platform was AEQ OLYMPIA thanks to its ability to cover large sports events (managing up to 5000 independent audio channels), its high reliability -featuring redundant options for each of its components- and its proven solvency in many similar events as demonstrated by AEQ references such as olympic events, football world and European cups, athletics world championships, etc. The complete system included 52 commentary positions, some of them deployed permanently in 10 fixed locations, while others were dynamically distributed among the rest of venues. These commentary positions were connected to 23 BC2000-D frames where the audio signals are concentrated, processed and distributed. Also, 40 AEQ Phoenix audio codecs were installed to transmit the commentary audio signals from the IBC to each broadcaster's central studio in Ashgabat during the competitions.