At EVS, we prioritize environmental protection in everything we do - from the ecosystem we live in, to the tools we use, and the products and solutions we design. We are dedicated to minimizing our environmental impact and strive to leave a positive footprint at every level. We are committed to creating return on emotion for our customers while also doing our part to create a great return for the planet too.
As a leader in live video technology, it is our duty to help reduce the carbon footprint of the broadcasting industry. We do this by using a variety of methods including the utilization of remote production technologies to minimize the travel of TV production staff, implementing cloud-native design, efficient virtualization and auto-scaling architectures to optimize the usage of existing hardware, and designing products that are robust and long-lasting.
MediaHub is a service that allows rights holders (e.g. broadcasters) to "click and collect" content that is produced under the control of the rights owner (e.g. league media office, or host broadcaster of a sporting event) and use it for various purposes, including TV programs, social media, and branding, etc. The service, developed and operated by EVS in 2021 for the major summer sports events, allows broadcasters to reduce on-site staff and travel-related carbon footprint while increasing content accessibility. Additionally,MediaHub has been optimized to run in the cloud, reducing the need to produce or buy equipment but instead reusing infrastructure that can be re-assigned to other purposes when the service is not used.
Combining multiple software, hardware, and web-based applications, MediaCeption is a comprehensive solution allowing broadcasters to ingest, manage and playout their content in a flexible and efficient manner. Thanks to its cloud-native design, it supports auto-scaling, meaning only necessary resources are used at a certain time and other HW resources are freed for other usage. That allows our customers to dimension their infrastructure based on overall peak of datacenter usage instead of the sum of peaks of any system. Not only does this save energy, it also prevents the production and deployment of additional data center resources. Moreover, MediaCeption supports remote production workflows, reducing the travel of production staff which lowers the carbon footprint linked to the travel of the production staff.
In certain situations, full remote production is not feasible due to limited bandwidth at the venue. In such cases, replay servers must be deployed on-site. However, thanks to the redesigned LSM-VIA replay system now supporting remote operations, EVS operators are able to create slow-motion replays from the location of their choice, from their own homes even. This can potentially save the travel of a third of the TV production staff typically deployed at large events. Additionally, LSM-VIA has been designed to be easily reprogrammed and support more workflows with the same hardware, unlike the previous version LSM which had a more limited coverage and often required additional hardware.
XT-VIA is a live video server used for the recording and instant replay of camera feeds. It can be centrally deployed when there is enough bandwidth to stream the content from the camera with sufficient quality, otherwise, it is deployed at the venue. Built to last and designed to respond to any requirement, the robust server can safely be moved from one TV production to another. In addition, XT-VIA is based on a dedicated set of components, a specific Operating System, and a non-standard PC architecture to achieve unparalleled density. This enables support for 12 HD and 6 4K channels on one machine, reducing energy consumption and wastage of electronic components.
Neuron platform is a dedicated HW product that can host different applications related to video and audio stream processing. The traditional equipment for stream processing are implemented as function dedicated boards where it’s only possible implement a single function per board. This leads to a lot of wasted resources with specific boards manufactured specifically to be used sometimes very rarely. Neuron platform has been designed to support 100G media flows, reducing the necessary cabling (1 100G cable replaces 10 10G cables), leading to less wastage of raw materials. Moreover, Neuron has been designed to support a form of virtualization and host several applications. A same Neuron can be used in the morning as a Bridge between IP and SDI and in the afternoon for media compression making use of JPEG-XS. This offers the flexibility to our customers to serve different purposes with the same HW equipment, also leading to less wastage of raw materials.
An environmentally-friendly workplace
Built in 2015, our HQ building in Liège, Belgium, gathers a large part of the workforce in 23,000m² of office space and production rooms and uses many energy-saving methods. These include adiabatic cooling (process of reducing heat through a change in air pressure caused by volume expansion) to cool the server rooms which are subject to significant temperature variations; low-energy lighting; thermally activated systems (cold water circulating in the slab, the basis of the air-conditioning system), recovery of heat produced by the servers and the installation of external blinds. Additionally, more than 2,000 solar panels have been installed since 2019, producing energy that accounts for approximately 10-12 % of our total annual energy consumption.
Several beehives have been installed on the grounds of our HQ, in order to support local ecosystems and reverse the decline of bees.
In 2022, we conducted a carbon assessment with Smart2Circle to understand our scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions. This has allowed us to identify areas for improvement and take action to reduce our carbon footprint.
EVS encourages the use of zero-emission vehicles. Our goal is to go 100% electric by 2026. As a result, charging stations powered by solar panels have been installed and a policy favoring the leasing of electric vehicles has been put in place.
Strict recycling and waste management procedures have been implemented in all offices and development centers.