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Videohouse modernises the European Commission’s digital archive with Object Matrix

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Videohouse modernises the European Commission’s digital archive with Object Matrix

Brussels, Belgium and Cardiff, United Kingdom, 12 December 2019 – Videohouse installed MatrixStore object storage, a media-focused private cloud platform developed by Object Matrix, to modernise the European Commission’s storage infrastructure.

Videohouse is a Brussels based company, part of Euro Media Group, offering services covering the entire production process to create television programmes to customers around the world with a wide range of media and broadcast solutions. Since 2009, Videohouse has operated and supervised the European’s Commission’s audiovisual infrastructure in Brussels.

The European Commission produces audiovisual material for citizens and media professionals worldwide in real-time. Live news images and a large audiovisual archive on the history of the European Union are available on their digital platform: https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu

With an ever-growing catalogue of assets, the European Commission was looking to modernise the European Commission’s storage infrastructure with one that would scale in capacity and workflow without compromising security, be AI-ready and offer instant access to users.

Belgium based VP Media Solutions, (a certified Object Matrix reseller) was awarded the tender to procure, install and support MatrixStore, the media focused private and hybrid cloud solution that was built on object storage technology. MatrixStore object storage allows media companies to keep content secure and protected, whilst ensuring easy access and discoverability at all times. Object Matrix is represented in Belgian and French markets by IVORY. 

Mohammed Bouzougarh, Project Manager, Videohouse, explains:

 “The installation and handling of the solution was very easy with the help of the VP Media Solutions team. Once the system was in place, we were impressed by the robustness and user-friendliness of MatrixStore. We had almost forgotten that we had changed the system, it has been completely transparent for users”. 

The European Commission also implemented MatrixStore Vision, a browser-based content search and collaboration tool allowing to quickly search, view and share media assets as well as manage metadata and tags without the cost or complexity of a full-blown media asset management system.

Nick Pearce, co-founder, Object Matrix commented:

“We are very proud to be supporting the European Commission as they create, archive and share large volumes of digital content, video and photography to a global audience. Object Matrix started in an attic room just a stone’s throw from this renowned institution in 2003. To see our footprint and presence in Belgium growing brings a huge amount of satisfaction to myself and the entire Object Matrix team.”


About Object Matrix

Object Matrix is the award-winning software company that pioneered object storage and the modernisation of media archives. It exists to enable global collaboration, increase operational efficiencies and empower creativity through deployment of MatrixStore, the on-prem and hybrid cloud storage platform. Their focus on the media industry gives them a deep understanding of the challenges organisations face when protecting, processing and sharing video content. Customers include: BBC, Orange, France Televisions, the NBA, BT, HBO, TV Globo, MSG-N and NBC Universal.

About IVORY

IVORY, set up in 2011, is a European media industry service provider with two activities: a strategic and operational consulting practice and a commercial representation service for foreign technology brands.

About Videohouse (part of Euro Media Group)

Videohouse is more than simply a provider offering the full range of audiovisual facilities in Belgium. For more than 30 years, Videohouse has significantly contributed to the maturing of the audiovisual sector in Belgium. All major Belgian broadcasters are and have been part of Videohouse’s client base for more than a decade. Moreover Videohouse is part of the Euro Media Group, a n°1 audiovisual partner in Europe.

Operationally, it offers the full range of audiovisual facilities available on the market: studios, outside broadcast trucks, SNG, broadcast RF, ENG and EFP crews, audio and video post-production, color grading, graphics, streaming, play-out & content operations, subtitling, production, etc.

Its ‘real assets’ however are the people. It employs over 330 professionals and is authorized to call on freelancers so as to increase its workforce around peak times. This enables the company to respond immediately to any service request 24/7 all year long.  In spite of the size of the company, Videohouse treats its clients in a highly personalized manner through dedicated project managers.

Its clients include not only all major Belgian broadcasters and production companies, but also foreign broadcasters, as well as European and several Belgian political institutions.

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