Asia-Pacific Broadcasting (APB) October 2016 • Volume 33, Issue 9 - Page 16

16 NEWS & VIEWS October 2016 IBC 2016 unveils latest media contribution, KVM and camera support solutions 15 8 Telstra is positioning itself to be more than just a traditional carrier, according to Trevor Boal, director, head of Telstra Broadcast Services, Global Enterprise and Services. At this year’s IBC, the company introduced Global Media Network, a professional media contribution solution designed to enable broadcasters and content developers to take their content global. KVM over IP: Is KVM technology playing an increasing role in the transition to IP? Companies such as Guntermann & Drunck (G&D) and Adder Technology certainly think so, as both companies showcased their IP-based KVM solutions. Jochen Bauer (above), marketing director, G&D, introduced the DP-Vision-IP, a KVM extender that provides access via IP structures, while John Halksworth (below), senior product manager, Adder Technology, highlighted the AdderLink XDIP, which allows users to transmit up to 1920 x 1200 video stream, analogue audio, USB2.0 and two-channel audio over a single CatX cable — using a standard IP network. modulator from the Maxiva XTE exciter into its architecture. This, according to GatesAir, eliminates the need to retrofit previousgeneration Maxiva air-cooled transmitters with additional gear to enable network connectivity. This, added GatesAir, gives broadcasters an out-of-the-box solution to simplify the input and output of multimedia services via a local — or wide-area — IP network. At the show, Telstra announced its new Global Media Network, a professional media contribution solution designed to enable broadcasters and content developers to take their content global. Custom-built for the media industry, the Telstra Global Media Network provides simple and efficient delivery of live and filebased video content by combining Telstra’s network of global submarine cables, satellite stations and broadcast operations into one solution. Global Media Network also represents Telstra’s move to position itself as more than just a traditional carrier, revealed Trevor Boal, director - head of Telstra Broadcast Services, Global Enterprise and Services. “More and more content is being moved around the world and we want to allow our customers to quickly deliver their content across the world, and to address the increasing convergence of IP into broadcast,” he said. In Asia, in particular, Boal sees an “explosion” of channels and ethnic, localised content being produced. Network reliablility, thus, is crucial when it comes to live broadcasting. This is the reason why Global Media Network is designed with a geographically diverse dual-path ring that allows traffic to be automatically diverted if there is an interruption to one part of the network, he explained. Interoperability is an important keyword when looking at today’s broadcast workflows and the related IP structures. When examining the various new system approaches, a great enabler technology is KVM (keyboard, video and mouse), suggested Jochen Bauer, marketing director, Guntermann & Drunck (G&D). “When it comes to common standards, the big benefit of a KVM infrastructure is its independence of any computer platform or ope­ rating system,” he added. G&D is now offering the DPVision-IP, a KVM extender that provides access via IP structures. It transmits signals via G&D’s KVMover-IP technology, and can be combined with other G&D systems to provide worldwide access, even in complex installations. Supporting Displayport 1.2, the DP1.2-Vision KVM extender supports the uncompressed transmission of 4K/UHD content at full 60Hz. According to G&D, the transparent transfer of image data guarantees lossless playback without any latency — even when signals are transmitted across large distances. Multi-monitor workstations can be supported, where they work synchronously with their sources. Two channels can thus be bundled for 4K@120Hz or four channels for 8K@60Hz, a product variant that G&D will soon be introducing. Another company highlighting IP-based KVM solutions is Adder Technology, whose offerings include the AdderLink XDIP. A high-performance A/V extender that offers USB and a udio over a single CatX cable, the AdderLink XDIP enables remote access to critical computing while flexibly extending the desktop experience. Using a standard IP network, users can transmit up to 1920 x 1200 video streams, analogue audio, USB2.0 and two-channel audio over a single CatX cable. Each node also has a feed-through port that allows a local user station the ability to switch between a remote computer and a local computer. Also featured at the show was the Adder C-USB LAN network extender, which can be integrated into the AdderLink Infinity Manager — or function as a sit-alone solution — to deliver high-speed USB 2.0 extensions at 480Mbps for file ingest from cameras or other USB devices. The AdderLink XD150FX is a point-to-point fibre extender with USB2.0 that can transmit highquality video — up to 2,560 x 1,600 — and analogue audio over fibreoptic cable. The extender enables users to locate critical computing hardware away from workspaces in an access- and temperaturecontrolled environment. A built-in level of IP control is assured with the inclusion of a network port, which enables the XD150FX to be controlled by other systems. To lend its support to the transition to video-over-IP, NewTek had previously introduced its Network Device Interface (NDI) technology, which has now been integrated into Brainstorm Multimedia’s Infinity Set virtual set application. This allows Brainstorm’s Infinity Set family of products to be recognisable as a source by other NDI-enabled applications and devices connected to an Ethernet local area network. Miguel Churruca, marketing and communications director at Brainstorm, added: “With the integration of NewTek’s NDI, A/V sources can be shared bidirectionally across a network, eliminating the need for costly direct connections, cable runs and infrastructure upgrades.” Another solution Brainstorm highlighted at IBC 2016 was the elections graphics solution, Aston Elections. It can be used either as a standalone solution, or can be combined with the Infinity Set 2.0 virtual studio application within a virtual environment to deliver graphics coverage for broadcast elections. Five years ago, Intelsat envisaged the creation of a satellite platform that will be able to deliver new types of services while setting a new performance and pricing standard for the satellite industry. Today, that vision is manifested in the Intelsat Epic high-throughput satellite (HTS) platform, which is already delivering on its design objectives of backwards-compatibility, open architecture and optimised spectral efficiency, reported Kurt Riegelman, Intelsat’s SVP, sales and marketing. Intelsat 29e, the first Epic satellite to be launched at the start of this year, is already servicing more than 30 customers, and was joined in August this year by Intelsat 33e, which is providing high throughput capacity in both C- and Ku-bands across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. According to Intelsat, the Epic platform is delivering 165% effi­ ciency improvement on current networking hardware, and up to 330% efficiency improvement on next-generation ground networking technologies. Riegelman added: “Being backwards-compatible and futureproof, Epic allows our customers to choose the platforms and services that best meets their needs, and provides performance levels that otherwise, would not even have existed. For the next 10 years, nothing is going to surpass Epic.” Operating on six different satellite data networks, the next addition to the Epic platform will be Intelsat 35e, which is scheduled to be launched next year. Renowned for its highly recognisable yellobrik range of modular brick products, green was the colour for Lynx Technik this year. Launching the greenMachine concept, Lynx Technik shared that it is offering a new approach to purchasing, upgrading and building of a foundation of signal processing solutions for any broadcast or professional video application. Adopting a three-pronged