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Leading performing arts centre installs “cutting edge” IP video technology from Exterity

The installation at Zorlu enables the streaming of TV and HDMI content to the backstage areas of the main theatre and drama stages as well management offices

IP video and digital signage technology specialist provider Exterity, has announced that its IP video system has been selected by Zorlu Performans Sanatları Merkezi (Zorlu Performing Arts Center) in Instanbul to support large-scale performances for international artists.

Zorlu Performing Arts Center is one of Istanbul’s most prestigious and influential cultural destinations and the third largest performing arts venue in the world. With capacity for over 2,000 people, Zorlu has established itself as a magnet for a diverse range of artistic talent and showcases a number of genres, from Broadway and West End musicals to jazz and opera. In order to continue offering arts lovers a powerful live experience, Zorlu recognised it needed a system that would allow its employees to better manage the distribution of video throughout the venue.

Installed by Atempo, a leading systems systems integrator headquartered in Istanbul, the Exterity system was chosen to provide the core IP video technology for the site-wide IPTV infrastructure. The solution complements broadcast systems including professional sound, public address and intercom system that includes simultaneous interpretation, stage lighting, automation and video systems.

“Exterity’s system was chosen because it is one of the most reliable solutions on the market. Exterity also provides a great deal of flexibility in terms of deployment use cases and integration with other in-venue systems,” said Volkan Konuralp, Istanbul Regional Director for Atempo Group of Companies. “Now stage managers at Zorlu can switch between channels to view live scenography camera feeds from backstage and office areas, ensuring shows are delivered without a hitch.”

The installation at Zorlu enables the streaming of TV and HDMI content to the backstage areas of the main theatre and drama stages as well management offices, enabling managers at the center to control both live and scheduled content across the site, including recording of live TV for later playback and Video on Demand. Additional benefits include the distribution of CCTV footage to the main monitoring room within the center.

“Running a live performance is not easy, so we’re proud that stage managers are using our technology to deliver cutting edge shows at such a prestigious venue,” explained Colin Farquhar, CEO of Exterity. “The installation of our system at the Zorlu Performing Arts Center is a fantastic example of how IP video technology empowers managers to easily shift between different sources and outputs while meeting a wide range of operational and security considerations that are vital for the delivery of a successful play, concert or exhibition.”