Global media services company Red Bee Media has opened “Red Lab,” a research and development facility in London.
While Red Lab has officially opened this month, the facility was being used late last year to test the control of remote platforms in other UK hubs and across mainland Europe, to achieve full integration between media management, playout, distribution and OTT platforms across 5 countries. The lab was also used to test the world’s first software-only playout deployment.
Red Lab houses a private cloud platform for remote testing. It also serves as meeting and collaboration space for broadcast and network engineers and solution architects. The facility is meant to formalize Red Bee’s R&D activities under one banner. Additional Red Lab facilities are expected to open in Sweden and the Netherlands later this year.
“We used to have engineers dedicated to each customer or project, but with the migration of all of our customers onto a shared software-based technology stack, we need to organize in a very different way,” said Alex Dubiez, head of playout solutions at Red Lab, in a statement. “London allows our multi-disciplinary teams to experiment and collaborate so that we can proactively drive innovation across our services.”
“We are transforming the way we are thinking as broadcast engineers,” added Iain Shields, technical product manager for playout. “We have never been able to experiment this quickly before and to come up with an idea and try it without worrying about impacting a running service is very liberating. Previously we could only test on individual system components or copies of an entire system, which is expensive and only applicable to one customer. All successful ideas can now be of benefit to all of our customers.”