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St. Petersburg’s Channel 5 is claiming to have ‘dramatically’ rationalised its core technology by updating to a Platinum IP3 router from Imagine Communications for its MCR and playout.
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The Russian broadcaster was already using an Imagine Platinum router, but found that continually increasing operational demands called for more inputs and outputs. The company took the opportunity to rationalise its infrastructure by bringing much more functionality into the new, expanded router, eliminating the need for external third-party devices.

The new 28RU Platinum IP3 router was specified, configured and installed by Imagine’s channel partner, MediaProject during the summer of 2019. In its initial implementation, the highly scalable device provided for 576 x 1024 video I/O in SD and HD, with fully redundant routing and both copper and fibre interfaces. The router also supports 64 TDM audio slots, each carrying up to 128 audio channels.

As well as resilient switching, the Platinum IP3 also offered video and audio processing without the need for large numbers of third-party devices which could consume extra power, cooling and rack space. At Channel 5, all the multi-viewer displays in the playout and master control area are driven by router-integrated Platinum SX Pro multi-viewer cards. This has enabled savings in outboard processors and has ensured faster and more secure operation. The router also integrates audio embedding and de-embedding with full level control and channel shuffling and video processing.

“We knew that the newest models of Platinum router, like the IP3, can host a huge amount of functionality within the frame, making system architecture much more logical,” explained Channel 5 technical director Sergei Volhin describing the implementation. “It meant we could do away with a lot of other equipment, making the installation neater and easier to understand. The new Platinum IP3 reduces the cost and complexity, maximises on-air security, and gives us the capability to quickly set up workflows and expand the I/O as our needs develop.”

“Every broadcaster wants a core infrastructure that is going to be absolutely secure and resilient, but is also compact, convenient and clear,” added Mathias Eckert, SVP and GM EMEA/APAC, playout and networking at Imagine Communications. “The fundamental design of the Platinum IP3 router allows us to configure very complex signal management, processing and monitoring in the same device, so a single command can fire multiple actions without the need to set each parameter. That makes for very secure operations, even in complex workflows.”