AFP maps out future with Quantel's sQ servers

DetailsEditor | 14 July 2015

As video becomes an intrinsic part of its global news production proposition, international news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) has invested in Quantel's sQ 1800 server range.

The Enterprise sQ system supports more than 50 simultaneous users at the Paris headquarters, an operation in London, ten further international bureaux and 100-plus roving journalists. The servers are 100% compatible with AFP's existing Enterprise sQ system, providing what Quantel claims will be a zero-risk system upgrade with more disk space for original footage and support for more editing workstations.

The new system is scheduled to go live in late 2015, by which time AFP expects to produce more than 100 unique video stories a day, with localised versions for six different markets, all in TV and Web formats, making a total output at least 1,200 media assets every day. In addition to daily news ingest, all system users will have access to the online archive, expected to accumulate up to 3,000 hours of media every year.

"The new servers are an investment for the future, allowing us to take maximum advantage of the latest generation of disk and processing technologies," revealed AFP deputy CIO Philippe SENSI. "We have developed a close relationship with Quantel and Snell over the past year, with our support team travelling to Quantel and Snell's Newbury, UK headquarters every two months to work with the development team to debrief and get an update on the project plan."