Imagine Communications has delivered core technology for a major refresh of an outside broadcast truck for NEP Belgium. As well as providing state-of-the-art and future-proofed solutions, a key part of the challenge was the very tight timescale allocated to complete the refurbishment. Imagine Communications was able to deliver on the tough timetable with the support of its Belgian dealer and partner, VP Media Solutions. Imagine Communications was able to comfortably meet the requirements. The new infrastructure is built around the Platinum IP3 router. In a single 15RU chassis, this router provides very high-density switching of today’s SDI-HD signals. It is also capable of seamlessly integrating uncompressed video over IP, so is ready to form the basis of a migration to IP connectivity — for example, to introduce Ultra HD signals. In Unit 14, the Platinum IP3 router is also fitted with the Platinum SX Pro multi-viewer cards, adding functionality while reducing rack occupancy and power consumption.
Imagine’s Magellan SDN Orchestrator provides overall system control in the truck. It is specifically designed to provide unified operational interfaces in a hybrid environment, easing the transition between traditional, SDI-connected technology and software-defined, IP-connected architectures.
“This was a project that needed a lot of collaboration. NEP is a hugely skilled and professional organization, and knew exactly what it wanted. Our design, integration and implementation team — consisting of local staff working alongside our partner VP Media Solutions — had the skills to realize their requirements. The core functionality of our Platinum IP3 and the Magellan SDN Orchestrator for control has been proven — in outside broadcast applications, as well as fixed sites — for a number of years, so we were able to meet NEP’s needs right off the shelf. Together, Imagine and NEP delivered a technology refresh in an incredibly short time.”