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Sending the right signals to its destination

In any broadcast infrastructure, the cabling systems form the foundation for direct communication between one piece of equipment to another. How do these cables interconnect over distances while managing the ever-increasing bandwidth requirements?

Cables are important bridging equipment that link all systems and applications together within a network infrastructure. Besides its primary role of transmitting signals, these communication cords have to also be equipped with quicker speed while running across distances for the signals to ultimately reach its assigned destination.

In an attempt to reduce configuration issues and strengthen connections for fibre-optic transport for live event production, CP Communications purchased and installed multiple VF-9000 bulk fibre transport systems from MultiDyne Fibre Optic Solutions. The US-based solutions provider for live event production installed the VF-9000s in its HD-11 and HD-21 RF production trucks to address the per-show scalability and technical limitations of their previous fibre solutions.

The VF-9000 has enabled a host of new technical services for CP Communications, including support for native 3Gbps signal transport on HD-11 and HD-21. According to MultiDyne, 3Gbps transport is a requirement for sports productions that CP Communications routinely manages for US broadcasters such as Fox, NBC and The Golf Channel.

The installation of MultiDyne’s VF-9000 allows CP Communications to natively accept 3Gbps camera feeds over RF into its fibre transmission infrastructure, and is downward-compatible for HD feeds. Furthermore, the VF-9000 provides the flexibility to hot-swap, add or reduce small form-factor pluggable (SFPs) to meet specific production requirements.

The VF-9000’s value proposition is extended through automatic recognition of SFP module connections as inputs or outputs, as well as by format and application. The flexible architecture, MultiDyne adds, allows CP Communications to have an imbalance of inputs and outputs based on the needs of each production, instead of being limited to a certain number of each.

To read the full story, be sure to grab the APB November 2018 issue.


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