Current collaborations

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NEWS IN VR

‘De verhaaldoos.be’ wants, from an observating and coordinating role in the VR ecosystem, to mobilize both the media and the general public to the ultimate interactive experience that Virtual Reality can bring.

In mid-2017 an agreement had been reached between Nuntra bvba, VRT Sandbox and Mediahuis to submit a project together. The decision to team up for ‘de verhaaldoos.be’ was based on the achievements they saw rewarded earlier this year by the Google Digital News Initiative.

The project proposal for the "de verhaaldoos.be" was selected by the evaluation committee of the Department of Culture, Youth and Media as an innovative journalistic project, which will strengthens the pluralism within the sector and broadens the range of information available.

The call from Minister of Media Sven Gatz aimed to support initiatives that focus on sustainable future-oriented (digital) innovation and that not only benefit the sector, but also the public.

More information can be found on their website.

Koalect

Match: Canvas

Presenter Thomas Vanderveken takes on the challenge of learning an incredible difficult piece of piano music, which he will perform on the 7th December, accompanied by the Brussels Philharmonic. For this concert, he is still looking for an opening act. Those interested are able to send in videos of their personal musical challenges via a crowdsourcing platform that has been built by start-up Koalect. 281 people registered for the competition and countless videos have been sent in during this co-creation project.

Steambox

Match: Imec, VDAB & Proximus

What’s in a word? Science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. To prepare the next generation for the technological and societal challenges of the future, the Steambox-project aims to introduce a more practical way of education with more room for experiments. The project entails collecting content on a certain topic during different workshops, demonstrations and presentations at an event in an educational box. By means of the technology inside, teachers are able to simulate the event in the classroom and challenge the students creatively and technically.

Veset

Match: Ketnet

Everything is moving into the cloud! Is this seemingly unstoppable trend also valid when it comes to the playout of VRT’s linear channels? Not only do we face the challenge of live broadcasts and adhoc interventions, we also have to deal with very complex playout schedules. We currently depend highly on an intensive layer of manual quality control. Will this still be feasible in the cloud? We took on this challenge with the guys from Veset and their Nimbus cloud playout software-as-a-service solution.

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Selma.ai

Match: Eén online

Selma.ai is a Flemish startup which works on data-driven targeting of content. Together with the online-team of Eén, we investigate how we can raise the click through-rate from Eén’s newsletter.

To be concrete the newsletter is made 50% redactional, while the other 50% is chosen by the artificial intelligence of selma.ai. The personalized data together with Selma.ai choses which articles you’ll get in your personalized newsletter.

 

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Blockchain

Match: MNM

You know what happens when MNM plays a song from Bazart? They fill in a form, and this form needs to be passed through to the copyright institution. Then there is a formula that decides how much Bazart earns. Nine months after airplay Bazart gets paid. 

We want to investigate if it is possible with the blockchain technology to achieve a new manner for intellectual property payment. In comparison with the situation today, blockchain is more transparant, safer, faster and accurate.

After the test (this test is still running), we should have software that analyses data from the radio show and generates the matching blockchain, this can be monitored in realtime by the artist. 

Muuselabs

Match: Ketnet

After a first successful collaboration with Muuselabs, during which a jukebox for children was created, Sandbox is now coordinating a second track. The goal is to create a jooki for children with a visual impairment. Content provided by Ketnet and Luisterpunt.be will be placed on twenty jooki’s with fitting tactile components. Afterwards, these will be tested in three different environments.

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360video Live Streaming Radio 1 

Match: Radio 1 - interne keuken 

Sit down at the table together with Koen Fillet, Sven Speybrouck and their guests during the Radio 1 show Interne Keuken. An on location live radio broadcast hosting a dinner at the table conversation. 

Together with the audio technicians of Interne Keuken a live 360° video stream was set up in sync with the audio of the radio broadcast.

The studio is on location, hardware used was an Orah 360 camera and an older sound card which did the job for now (Edirol U-25), however Orah recommends newer devices on their site

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Dropbox

Match: VRT radio imaging

As VRT we make radio imaging for our own brands, such as MNM, Studio Brussel, Eén and Canvas.

Did you know that when they want to edit their work from home, they need to drag their hard disks all the way from work to home and back? With Dropbox business we want to seek how we can optimize that process. At the same time we investigate how the tool can help us to make it more easy to collaborate with each other, both with intern as extern customers from VRT. We also investigate if integration with our current systems as sharepoint are possible.

Past collaborations

2017

Solar Team KUL, Newtec, Network Innovations & Pacific Live Media

Description: In the second week of October 2017, the Belgian "Punch Powertrain" team participated in the World Solar Challenge in Australia.

Project: Together with satellite and contribution specialists Newtech, NI and PLM, VRT Sandbox provided the technology that allowed the Solar team to broadcast a multicam "report of the day" Facebook livestream during the five day solar race, from the middle of the Australian desert. In the lead-up, we followed their exciting adventure and helped out with media coverage.

Kiswe

Description: On September 1st 2017 Diamond League sports event, the Memorial Van Damme, took place.

Project: Kiswe offered 5 produced feeds via one OTT player on the Sporza website. This includes running, high-jumping, javelin throwing, long jumping and the main program. In the Kiswe player, you were able to watch different streams at the same time, play Diamond League trivia games and read additional info about the competitions, such as times, rankings but also social media posts and more. This created an "experience" that goes beyond classic OTT live streaming.

VRT Sandbox productions : Backpack multicam

Description: Capturing the 2017 Mechelen Manenblussers cycling race an after-tour criterium race on the 29th of July, in a remote multicam production.

Project: 4 ENG cameramen, including one motorcycle cameraman, were equipped with a LiveU 500 cellular bonding device that sent the HD signal to a control room in VRT Brussels. In this control room, the show was produced, including color correction, synchronization and communication with the (much more mobile) cameramen on-site. Shorter build-up and break-down times, and a smaller, much more flexible on-site team can unlock the production of tier-2 sports that are left unbroadcasted for the moment.

Thomas More

Description:Virtual Reality

Project: Will Virtual Reality survive its hype? How will lasting formats look of 360° video look like? The research department Memori at Thomas More aims to gather the various aspects of 360° video in a research project. VRT Sandbox is part of its user research group and will help in finding some answers during pilots and enquiries.

Appiness, Setkeeper & Limecraft

Description: With an app viewers are able to buy what they see on television.

Project: During a first track at VRT Sandbox, Appiness created an app called Spott. The app is now implemented with several programs on VRT. In a second track, Appiness aims to integrate the app with Setkeeper and create an automated workflow. The information gathered with the preparations for the production, such as clothing, will also be available in the app.

Hack Belgium

Description: From the 4th of May till the 6th of May, Tour & Taxis was the location of a large-scale hackathon with as goal to build a better Belgium.

Project: As VRT Sandbox, we built our very own studio at the event, in which we captured the main insights and recaps of every day, while sharing innovating ideas with a larger audience.

Wolftech, Microsoft & VRT NWS

Description: By means of their Wolftech news tool, you are able to increase efficiency by managing stories over multiple platforms.

Project: Coordinating the news according to the different themes across the various brands.

IBM & Kanaal Z

Description: Speech recognition helps in determining the topic, while the concept detector in turn determines what can be seen: persons, objects, etc. By means of optical character recognition, you are able to detect which text is visible.

Project: Coordinating the news according to the different themes across the various brands.

UXprobe & VRT NWS

Description: UXprobe offers a software service that measures the User Experience of apps. It provides real-life customer-based insights that help companies understand their customers’ feelings and behavior in order to improve their app.

Project: With the renewal of the website of VRT NWS, UXprobe provided VRT NWS with an easy to use tool to manage use cases and survey questions by capturing vides of the users in the browser. Using UXprobe, VRT NWS gained a lot of time and was able to use the video material to stir up the conversation.

2016

LiveIP project

Description: award winning project pionering in Live IP television technology

Project: Innovation to the floor: supporting the broadcast of the summer show for European Championship.

Pow3D Design

Description: Innovative design studio focusing on virtual reality and 3D environments.

Project: Building a 360° web videoplayer for the television program "Wonen.tv" that allows visitors to look into the houses and interact with content.

Eeyou

Description: Europe's premium platform for Virtual Reality.

Project: Getting knowhow and insights when utilizing VR for broadcasters.

Doohapps

Description: DOOHapps is the world’s first interactive application store for the digital-out-of-home and retail industry.

Project: Receiving news and weather updates at shops and restaurants.

Appiness

Description: The next generation of video commerce.

Project: Object recognition and interaction with video and tv content. By means of the app "Spott", viewers able to shop what they see in their television programs.

Moovly

Description: Professional free and cloud-based video animation software.

Project: Integrating automatic workflows for newsflashes in the newsroom.

Muuselabs

Description: Making the digital world tangible.

Project: Building a Jooki, a jukebox for children.

LimeCraft

Description: The Digital Production Hub For Creatives

Project: Optimizing the workflow of television production teams such as Loslopend Wild

Proximus

Description: The largest of Belgium's three mobile telecommunications companies.

Project: Streaming 4K sports braodcast signals.

Barco

Description: A Belgian multinational and global display hardware manufacturer.

Project: Processing 4K sports braodcast signals.

Unomaly

Description: Anomaly detection in logs.

Project: With the integration of anomaly in the systems of VRT, we tried evaluating how the new machine learning technology could benefit the operational side of a broadcast system.

Tinkerlist

Description: The first unified platform for creative television makers.

Project: Optimizing the workflow of the new tv-quiz 'De Allesweter'.

Azilpix

Description: Multi-camera video capture and production system enabling immersive broadcasting of complex events, at low operational cost.

Project: Multicam recording.

Kiswe

Description: Live streaming mobile app.

Project: Interactive app.

Extrema Noir

Description: Multi-angle video production in a driving car

Project: Multicam with small means

2015

Devoteam

Description: Innovative technology consulting for business

Project: User-generated content cloud processing.

Big Industries

Description: Hadoop and Big Data IT consultancy for Belgium and Luxembourg - Cloudera and MapR Hadoop - reseller and system integrator

Project: Rule-based recommendation.

Zeticon

Description: Media Asset Management Software

Project: Metadata and entity extraction.

Coscale

Description: Full Stack Monitoring of Containers and Microservices

Project: Cross-silo platform improvement.

Zentrick

Description: Online platform that drives measurable results for any video by introducing interactive elements that activate, engage and convert your audiences

Project: Interactive video.

OpenTelly

Description: Developer of THEOplayer, the world's most comprehensive HTML5 based video player for streaming content on the web

Project: Video playback.

SDNsquare

Description: To solve the storage and networking challenges faced by companies

Project: Creating a reliable network transfer

Fisheye

Description: A cross-media production company

Project: Immersive storytelling with small means

Yondr

Description: Immersive media agency

Project: VR storytelling

Sentiance

Description: Sensor Intelligence for Real-Time Context

Project: User journey capturing trough mobile devices

Cleverlions

Description: maximizing content strategies for big brands

Project: Octoplus: impact analysis and action recommendation

Adhese

Description: Independent ad server for publishers

Project: Content behavior mapping using dynamic spaces