SDVoE Technology Bolsters Mission-Critical Content for the European Parliament with Over 1,000 Endpoints

The European Parliament (EP) is one of three legislative bodies of the European Union, a political and economic union of 27 member states. It’s also home to one of its seven institutions. Founded on September 10, 1952, Parliament is responsible for adopting European legislation. It is the European Union’s only directly elected institution. With 705 members, Parliament represents the second-largest democratic electorate in the world.

The Parliament is headquartered in Strasbourg, France, while the plenary session and committee meetings are held in Brussels, Belgium. In Brussels, Parliament gathers in a traditional chamber, similar to a large conference room, with over 100 seats. The chamber is utilized roughly twenty times each year for sessions, which last two to four days. During the sessions, the members of Parliament gather with the Council of the European Union, the European Commission, politicians, and spokespersons to discuss legislation. There are dedicated interpreters responsible for interpreting proceedings simultaneously into all of the official languages of the European Union.

Challenge

In the EP, there are 26 official languages. The Brussels chamber includes 19 interpreter booths to support the translation of the official languages. The interpreter’s booths are nestled in the back of the chamber, which creates a visualization challenge. The interpreters need to clearly see the speakers and the presented materials to accurately interpret.

Cameras are integrated to provide interpreters with a close-up visualization of the podium and presenters while remaining within the interpreter’s booth. Still, the interpreters at Parliament need the power to switch sources for simplified viewing of cameras and presentation content displayed inside the session. The interpreters need to have a solution with minimal latency and with clean and instant switching to ensure a single detail is not overlooked.

Parliament had an existing touch panel control solution, which was incredibly expensive and created a challenging user experience. The new solution required instant switching between sources to eliminate interruptions in interpreting the sessions. Additionally, Parliament required a cost-effective and intuitive control interface for simplified and seamless switching.

Solution

Parliament integrated IDK Corporations’ IP-NINJAR P-Series to provide simplified single switching and flexibility throughout the chambers. Each interpreter has their own display, which allows them to switch between four sources, including a chamber view, presentation view or media view and speaker view. Most importantly, the speaker’s view enables the interpreters to support their interpretation by closely lip-reading the speaker. The sources are distributed to each of the 19 booths, including two interpreters and two displays in each booth. The initial project phase included over 800 endpoints.

The second phase was heavily focused on the interconnection and control interface. IDK developed a four-button selector that enables seamless switching between the four sources available to interpreters. Each button has been programmed for simplified and instantaneous switching. The solution eliminated the traditional freeze frame and black screens between switching. The final solution includes over 1000 endpoints – a historic project with one of the most extensive AV-over-IP integrations worldwide.

IDK’s SDVoE-based AV-over-IP product, the IP-NINJAR, is designed to provide low power consumption with a smaller footprint by eliminating the need for an internal fan. The IP-NINJAR fits seamlessly under the interpreters’ booths and provides a reliable, low-latency solution for transmitting and receiving audiovisual content through Parliament chambers. The IP-NINJAR is available with both fiber-optic and Cat6A connectors for users to choose from depending on extension distance needs, existing infrastructure, or network switch configuration.

About IDK

IDK Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer headquartered in Kanagawa Japan with sales, fulfillment, service, and support operations in the USA, Europe, and Asia. For over 30 years, our market leadership and unwavering commitment to providing both exceptional and high-quality equipment has helped shape IDK to become a world leader in the Pro AV market.

IDK is not only committed to creating and developing best-in-class AV equipment, but we are also committed to our planet and environment. The entire IDK organization supports our social responsibility policy, and we are continually conducting activities based on the three “R’s”; Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. This way, we are doing our part to reduce our footprint ensuring that we leave a healthy, clean planet for future generations.

Benefits of SDVoE Technology

SDVoE reaches beyond existing standards to provide benefits no other technology can claim:

  • A complete ecosystem – SDVoE Alliance members are manufacturers with expertise in signal distribution, display manufacture, IT infrastructure, chip design and AV software. The integrator has dozens of partners to align with and products to choose from.
  • A flexible yet simple software platform – the SDVoE API allows rapid development of highly specialized software, custom-tailored to the needs of a vast array of end users.
  • A full OSI stack solution – only SDVoE offers the simplicity of a complete top to bottom solution, fully encompassing infrastructure, transport, processing, and a simple control layer.

 

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