Argosy, a leading international supplier of broadcast cables and infrastructure products, is demonstrating a full range of signal distribution and intelligent networking solutions at BVE (stand C60). Their aim is to help broadcasters create more efficient, greener networks that support the ever increasing power and resource demands driven by data hungry online applications, streaming video, social media and customer interaction.
"Intelligent network management and smart, centralised network control are at the heart of smart systems management," said Chris Smeeton, director, Argosy. "While broadcasters strive to deliver the highest quality video in the fastest manner to viewers, their systems administrators are focused on the balance sheet and on the environmental impact of their operation. Because we’ve been strategically adding to our portfolio of ‘active’ products, we can now deliver end-to-end signal distribution solutions all the way from the rack to the network.”
Smart switch in small package
A newcomer to the Argosy catalogue, the eagerly anticipated 1RU x950 Series high capacity modular switch by Allied Telesis, is sure to be a hit for those BVE visitors whose growing networks demand the fastest speeds. The x950 is the ideal switch to place at the core of the high-performing modern enterprise network and is stackable to create a resilient local or distributed solution. Bandwidth can be increased at any time by adding more high speed ports. Other units can be added locally or over long distances to support distributed environments. These powerful switches come with in-built 100 Gigabit connectivity, delivering the capacity to enable today’s IoT networks.
Versatile fibre transport
Barnfind’s BarnMini plug and play fibre converters are described as the 'Swiss army knife' of converters. The range, implemented as small form-factor pluggable devices (SFPs), can be set up to achieve everything from a simple conversion to a complex solution. This allows broadcast system designers to connect more or less anything to anything, providing flexibility and therefore a cost saving to installers who wish to fit communication devices within a facility, making use of the existing legacy infrastructure that is already in place.
kvm-tec's rapid switching and resilient extenders are aimed at high pressure environments such as broadcast facilities. Quasi limitless matrix switching systems and up to 48 / 2000 endpoints can be implemented flexibly and cost-effectively without the need for central, expensive switches with limited endpoints.
The technology, developed in-house by kvm-tec, allows individual endpoints such as PCs, monitors, and so on, to behave passively when controlled via the software. This results in less data traffic on large systems, as the end point only requires information at the moment of switching. These extenders, combined with a standard network switch, reduce cabling requirements and therefore, networking costs.
Intelligent power management
The intelligent EMU line of IP-based mains distribution units (MDUs) by IPE is also on show. The MDUs include an internet connection, allowing engineers to be able to check, manage and restart systems from any location. Its sensor outputs provide constant feedback on the health status of the rack.
The new EMU3’s embedded intelligence allows a scalable power management solution with a low resource outlay. An intuitive web interface provides quick and easy access to control and configuration facilities. The health status of racks and every connected output can be easily monitored and advanced email alerting provides extensive reporting back to system administrators and engineering teams.
“Intelligent power management is about ensuring that you can monitor and manage your systems at all times," said Smeeton. "With facilities spread over different locations that contain multiple rooms, such as edit suites, studios and production galleries, being able to monitor equipment power cycles and manage access restrictions is crucial from a commercial and quality stand point. The need for a simple, centralised facility-wide control solution that can manage every aspect of performance, from controlling individual outputs to monitoring alerts, has never been greater.”
The full range of Argosy’s network and power management solutions can be seen at BVE, stand C60 at ExCel London, 26-28 February 2019.