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Axon’s Cerebrum completes the IP production infrastructure for NEP UK

Cerebrum from Axon Digital Design serves to control and monitor the IP workflow that NEP UK is implementing at the Wimbledon 2018 tennis tournament

NEP UK has been tapped to deliver technical host broadcast services for the Wimbledon 2018 Championships tennis tournament this month.

To support the broadcasting infrastructure, which is said to be the world’s biggest fully-IP sports production, the outside broadcast (OB) and broadcast facilities provider has chosen to deploy Axon’s Cerebrum platform to control and monitor its complex IP workflow.

This year’s tournament will also see the deployment of two NEP’s IP OB vehicles, paired with a fly-pack to provide the core IP infrastructure and technical facilities. Together, the systems can become a single integrated solution, allowing integration of multiple concurrent feeds and sharing of sources to broadcast the event to an audience in excess of one billion in more than 200 territories.

The complex IP infrastructure — which offers dual-level 4K/Ultra HD (UHD), HD-SDI and 4K/UHD in both standard dynamic range (SDR) and high dynamic range (HDR) — requires a control system to integrate and manage the technologies from GVG, Arista Networks, EVS, Phabrix, Calrec and Evertz in a unified IP workflow. Following extensive trials last year, NEP has selected Axon’s Cerebrum as its chosen platform.

Gareth Phillips, head of vision and VT for NEP UK, explained: “Cerebrum provides both power and flexibility, and scales effectively to allow multiple users on the system. It simplifies our workflow by minimising engineering bottlenecks and is easy to configure at speed.”

Three main Cerebrum systems will be deployed within the two trucks and fly-pack, featuring a total of 150 hardware control panels. The fly-pack will then be split into four configurable systems. Each Cerebrum system allows configuration and integration of third-party technologies with tally management — all through a customisable user interface.

“In a fast-paced production environment, familiarity and ease-of-use for our skilled operators is critical. This is where Cerebrum comes into its own,” Phillips continued. “It gives us a simple user-friendly graphical interface that enables the crew to get their heads around the workflow, to customise it and quickly pre-configure a show file to be pulled up later. They can get to work and focus on the production, without concern for the complex and changing technology layer underneath.”


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