Houses of worship have increased their reliance on advanced connected systems to enhance engagement with their communities. Leveraging standardised and readily available COTS hardware, SMPTE ST 2110 systems provide a cost-efficient yet extremely powerful route to integrated broadcast and ICT technologies. This convergence of technologies brings communities together across linked places of worship, thereby enabling large numbers of worshippers to participate in a common experience.
To provide shared and immersive experiences, North Point Ministries has linked three of its seven churches across metropolitan Atlanta, USA, via 40Gb IP links and 100Gb Cisco switches. Designed by technology solution provider World Wide Technology (WWT), its five Imagine Communications Selenio Network Processors (SNPs) provide video and audio processing, as well as an interface between SDI and SMPTE ST 2110 standards-based IP.
The SNPs provide timing synchronisation, as well as SDI/IP interfaces, connecting Imagine Platinum routers at each location and at the multi-campus SMPTE ST 2110 IP network. The result is that North Point Ministries’ operators can route any signal from any location, to any location.
Furthermore, North Point Ministries has a global network of more than 90 partner churches and an online ministry. Its style of worship features vibrant stage designs and immersive production techniques to engage and galvanise its congregations.
“The SMPTE ST 2110 family of standards has allowed us to move away from a traditional TDM-based, SDI-over-fibre transport between our facilities to a purely IP-based workflow,” said Jeremy Lommori, senior engineer, NPM Productions, North Point Ministries. “Utilising the same dark fibre connection, we have more than doubled our capacity and can provide a significantly higher level of flexibility in transporting signals between multiple campuses.”