Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

BFV's Big Interview: Qvest Media

News Image
Qvest Media is a leading international systems architect in the fields of broadcasting and media technology, specialising in the television, media and telecommunications industries but also providing services for governments and NGOs. With a team of more than 180 employees, the company group operates internationally from locations in Germany, Switzerland, Dubai and Singapore. Qvest Media offers 360° expertise in the design, development, implementation and operational support services of media technology infrastructures.

Peter Nöthen, CEO of Qvest Media, talks about the growing speed of demands in the ever-changing media landscape and the need for continuous innovation and flexibility to build high-performance, flexible and scalable technical solutions and services.

BFV: Based on your expertise, what are some of the ground-breaking market shifts in the media industry in the future?
PN: Today's broadcast infrastructures already consist of several widely differentiated components and new technologies that are increasingly IP-based and IT-driven. So, the industry is continuously shifting away from past infrastructures. Traditional hardware and service offerings were rather static, which is why the industry could only slowly adjust to the changing market conditions. Media asset management, workflow orchestration and automation, cloud-based production and content qualification, media intelligence, OTT and VoD are said to break these traditional rules, leveraging a completely new way of agility and flexibility in our industry.

How does Qvest Media address these challenges in the midst of this digital transformation?
As an internationally-operating systems architect, one of our most important tasks is to analyse the options that arise from the interaction between IT, broadcasting and audio-visual solutions and to link these with suitable operation layers and connectors for seamless integration. Our customers expect a full-service provider who works at the interface between the areas of technology, management, processes and applications and transforms the growing complexity of today's broadcast projects into systems they can work with. To support our customers along the entire media value chain, our business is based on three main pillars, namely Design, Build and Services. They combine our high level technical expertise as solution architect, comprehensive customer care and service and professional support on the management and operational level for our customer's technical infrastructures.

What are some of the major projects Qvest Media has realised recently around the globe?
We are currently working on more than 65 projects across nine countries. There are some larger projects that come to my mind in our core regions: For Sky in Germany we implemented the infrastructure for the first 4K live channels, including the design and planning of the fully redundant system architecture, the IT-relevant systems integration of the broadcast for the 4K live production infrastructure and Ultra HD broadcast management. As the master systems integrator, Sky Deutschland also commissioned us with the technical conception, design and construction of their new sports production centre “Cube” which will be one of the largest and most modern broadcast IT infrastructures for live sports productions currently available in Europe.

One of our clients from Spain, a globally-operating channel, asked us to build a new end-to-end file-based system architecture based on highly efficient workflows for linear broadcasting and OTT distribution. The focus of that challenging project is to create a high-end infrastructure for massive data file transfers, asset archiving, rights management and handling of disaster scenarios. For MediaCorp in Singapore, the biggest media company in the APAC region, we have been commissioned with the implementation of their new broadcasting centre. As a consultant and master systems integrator, we are in charge of setting up the system design and overall technical infrastructure for eight TV channels in different languages and 14 radio stations. The infrastructure will accommodate 3.000 employees with more than 700 journalists from MediaCorp's fields of TV, radio and print. In the MENA region, we realised a state-of-the-art media and training centre for the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) in Tunisia. In addition to several other projects for news and sports broadcasters in the region, we have also been commissioned to realise a completely new TV station from scratch, including the planning and implementation of disaster recovery.

Why did Qvest Media create new dedicated business units such as “Managed Technology”? What will it focus on?
Due to the rapid changes in technology and increasingly shorter product life cycles, we understand that media companies are refraining from investing large financial resources in long-term investments for technological infrastructures but rather prefer to pay as they go on their operating expenses according to their business needs. Our new approach for Managed Technology covers everything from technology infrastructure to services and operations offered within a streamlined payment model. Basically, we enable customers to run their business operations at all times and with lower costs – whether it is a matter of technology services and maintenance, Cloud Services, Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or up to Platform as Service (PaaS). This increased flexibility helps them to focus on and strengthen their core competencies in terms of creation, distribution and monetisation of content without the burdens of selection, integration, operation, maintenance and replacement of technology.

What are Qvest Media's future plans to develop their business and infrastructure in the UK/Northern European markets?
We have recently started assembling a dedicated team for the UK and Northern Europe regions to further expand our offer of services and operations in those markets. Daniel Url, Managing Director at Qvest Media, is currently building a new team of experienced experts, who are specialised in the areas of Business Development and Sales in these markets.

Only by working with a highly-skilled network of experts and professionals, in combination with our longstanding technical expertise and wide spectrum of services, can we ensure that we are always one step ahead and face up to the new technological challenges of today's media markets.

Which projects have you already implemented in these markets?
So far we have already worked with the BBC and helped them to implement projects in the field of sports productions. For SBS Broadcasting Network, we set up the infrastructure of a new playout centre. The project also included a 24/7-service agreement. Our AV & IT specialists took care of the maintenance and the further development of the playout infrastructure. A consulting project for Turner Broadcasting Systems in London involved the evaluation and formulation of appropriate strategies for the replacement of their broadcast-scheduling system and the creation of a detailed implementation plan.

Image: Peter Nöthen, CEO of Qvest Mediia.


Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

Disguise Opens New Production Studio In New York City
Disguise has opened a new office in the heart of New York City. Featuring a state-of-the-art virtual production space with both LED and green screen s
NUGEN Audio Unveils New NUtility Toolkit
NUGEN Audio unveils its new NUtility Toolkit, which comprises its SigMod, AB Assist, Jotter and Aligner plug-ins. Ideal for entry-level and profession
Adam And Ryan Thomas To Host New Game Show On ITV
ITV has announced that brothers Adam and Ryan Thomas have signed up to host the new game show, 99 To Beat. Since starring in the nation's most popular
Bridge Technologies Releases New Canvas Interface
Bridge Technologies has released its new Canvas interface, an innovative new way to organise and interact with the extensive functionalities of the VB
Digigram Releases New Sound Card
Digigram has released a new sound card, ALP-AES67, as part of its acclaimed ALP-X range. Available today through Digigram's extensive network of distr
OpenDrives Appoints New CEO
OpenDrives has appointed Sean Lee as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Lee recently served as the company’s Chief Strategy and Operations Officer
ITV To Produce New Post Office Documentary Film
ITV has commissioned Little Gem to produce new film, Mr Bates vs The Post Office: The Impact [WT], which will reveal how the ITV drama series [also pr
Channel 4 Sales Launches New Partnership With giffgaff
Channel 4 Sales has launched a new partnership with giffgaff, which will see the mobile phone network tying in with the universe of upcoming Channel 4
Visual Productions To Unveil New PoeSwitch
Visual Productions is to unveil its new PoeSwitch at InfoComm 2024 (ACT Entertainment Booth C8034). An unmanaged, DIN-rail mounted network switch, the
IBC2017: At The Core Of Global Media And Digital Industry Trends
With its Digital Tech Hub, Qvest Media is encouraging the exchange of global trends between the media and broadcasting industry at this year's IBC Sho
TNS MediaMarket Becomes Kantar Media
One of the world's largest insight, information and consultancy networks, has announced that the media assets of TNS, KMR Group and BMRB Media will co
Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation Acquires Riedel's Simplylive Production Suite
Riedel Communications has announced that the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation has acquired Riedel's cutting-edge Simplylive Production Suite to eleva
UTV Media Announces Acquisition Of Simply Zesty
A successful media company in the UK and Ireland incorporating Radio, Television, New Media and Publishing has revealed that they have bought a social
Red Bee Media Provides OTT Services For Spring Media
Red Bee Media has announced it provided OTT services for rights owner Spring Media to create subscription-based online access to live and pre-recorded
ATP Media Appoints Liquid Media Hub As Content Services Partner
Liquid Media Hub has been announced as the new content services partner of tennis organisation ATP Media. ATP Media, the global sales, broadcast produ