NEP Australia Taps Imagine for IP Routing
Imagine Communications has supplied the Platinum IP3 routing platform to NEP Australia, Australia’s leading provider of outsourced television production services. The router will be deployed in NEP Australia’s new state-of-the-art HD broadcast trailer.
“We are constantly upgrading our outside broadcast fleet to ensure we always provide the most advanced and attractive capabilities to our clients,” says Terry Manley, chief engineer, NEP Australia. “The power of the Platinum IP3, in a relatively compact form factor, is a huge advantage when designing our new fleet. The fact that Imagine Communications has a direct presence in Australia is also important, providing us the reassurance of having support from an excellent engineering operation.”
According to Manley, NEP Australia benefits from the Platinum IP3 router’s ability to switch multiple signals in the same frame. Additionally, NEP Australia specified the MADI option on the IP3, allowing it to route multiplexed audio data as well as discrete audio. The truck also supports 32 cameras, multiple replay devices and a large number of auxiliary audio and video inputs. For major events, the truck needs to support as many as six transmission outputs.
In any outside broadcast project, the challenge for the designer is to minimize the rack space occupied by the technical infrastructure and to maximize the functionality while reducing weight. The Platinum IP3 provides a broad range of additional functionality including multiplexing and de-multiplexing, signal distribution, audio MADI and sophisticated multiviewer capabilities. Embedding all this capability in a single router platform saves space, power and weight.
Additionally, the Platinum IP3 Router helps broadcasters move to hybrid networks with IP broadcast infrastructure alongside traditional broadcast audio and video networks, making it an ideal platform for the transition to software-defined networks.
“We are delighted that the Platinum IP3 router has become a popular choice for outside broadcast trucks around the world,” says Joe Khodeir, senior vice president, Asia Pacific, Imagine Communications. “We designed it to be massively powerful, but also compact and power-thrifty – ideal for the confined space in a truck. We are pleased that our Australian engineering team could work with NEP Australia on this project, and we look forward to seeing the truck in action at some of the country’s biggest sporting and entertainment events.”
The new truck will enter service in the second half of 2015. It will be followed by another truck with the same design specifications, also incorporating an Imagine Communications Platinum IP3 router.