One of the world’s leading aeronautics and space research organizations needed a modern, reliable, and highly accurate solution for synchronizing operations across control rooms/centers, IT rooms, launch pads, and other mission-critical facilities. Such a solution will be vital for the organization as it moves toward IP-based synchronization and timing distribution for mission critical applications. The existing system relied on proprietary, legacy, and end-of-life components, presenting an opportunity for both modernization and standardization.
Artel Video Systems, a world-class provider of innovative real-time multimedia delivery solutions, today announced a new partnership with telemetry and instrumentation supplier AeroGear Telemetry. AeroGear will help sell Artel’s Quarra PTP Ethernet switches, FiberLink® IRIG devices, and all other fiber transport products to the aerospace, government, and military sectors in 27 states from Maine to Texas.
Known for its expertise in telemetry, surveillance, reconnaissance, and instrumentation products and systems, AeroGear has built deep and long-term relationships with military branches like the United States Air Force and with key defense contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, and Raytheon. By adding Artel products to its portfolio, AeroGear can offer a broad new range of solutions that can meet demands in more than one area for its customers.
For example, many military facilities are quite large and require fiber-based media transport. Artel products are ideal for transporting and monitoring video, audio, and data over long distances across a large military base or when fiber transport is a necessity for security reasons, as is the case in many military/government installations. In another example, Quarra PTP-aware managed IP switches from Artel and grandmasters from Masterclock (another company AeroGear represents) make the perfect combined solution for nanosecond-accurate timing over an IP network for rocket launches. AeroGear also represents some IRIG telemetry products that could work together with an Artel FiberLink IRIG fiber transport product.
“With its established relationships and expertise in the military and government markets, AeroGear is the best company to represent Artel products and help us increase our presence in those markets,” said Rafael Fonseca, Vice President of Product Management at Artel. “This partnership will offer AeroGear customers another quality product line to address their facilities’ needs from a representative they know and trust.”
Artel Video Systems, a world-class provider of innovative, real-time multimedia delivery solutions, today announced its product highlights for IBC2022 in Amsterdam. On Stand 1C99, the company will feature products that simplify broadcasters’ shift to hybrid IP/SDI and all-IP operations. Visitors can get hands-on demonstrations of the SMART Multimedia Delivery Platform in DigiLink/InfinityLink configurations and the award-winning SMART Multimedia Delivery Platform in openGear® (SMART OG).
“While IP networking opens up a world of possibility for innovative new broadcast workflows, it’s also inherently more complicated than traditional networking. Relying on purpose-built hardware that is not reprogrammable, means broadcasters have the expensive and time-consuming task of swapping out hardware every time they need to change functionality,” said Rafael Fonseca, Vice President of Product Management at Artel Video Systems. “Our modular, software-defined systems counteract that problem. At IBC2022, broadcasters will see how Artel products can greatly increase operational flexibility and reduce effort as they transition to IP and move to optimize their IP-based operations and workflows.”
Throughout the show, Artel will highlight the SMART (DigiLink/InfinityLink and openGear) platform’s JPEG-XS support and flexibility. Attendees will see how they can enable different functionality on the installed hardware system as needed just by selecting different software icons. Artel will show one SMART implementation running J2K compressed video and another (the SMART OG) running JPEG-XS compressed video so that attendees can appreciate SMART’s ability to support different personalities on the same hardware module. Artel’s SMART Media Delivery Platform is a software-defined, four-channel, auto-sensing 3G/HD/SD-SDI-over-IP multifunction gateway with integrated nonblocking Layer 2/3 switching and routing capabilities. The software-enabled solution features four video ports for transporting video, audio, and ancillary data and four GigE data ports bridged to one or two 10G interfaces. Designed to attach seamlessly to the IP network without the need for external network elements, the SMART platform supports SMPTE ST 2022-1, 2, 5, 6, and 7 (hitless switching); J2K compression; QoS; VLAN tagging; and traffic management.
A software-defined, four-channel, auto-sensing SD-SDI/HD-SDI/3G/4K-over-IP multifunction gateway, SMART OG is the first to bring the family of JPEG compression engines — including those specified in VSF TR-01, TR-07, and TR-08 — onto the openGear platform. With SMART OG, users can deploy hardware once and easily change the gateway function via a software update. The SMART OG is initially configured for a specific function, but it may be adapted thereafter for a growing array of functions, such as reformatting or encoding per JPEG2000, JPEG-XS, SMPTE ST 2110, SMPTE ST 2022-1/2/5/6/7, H.265, IEEE 1588, and more. The gateway provides four BNCs for SDI or ASI input/output and two 10GbE SFPs for trunking and aggregation.
Visitors to the stand will also be able to see Artel’s Quarra family of PTP-aware managed IP switches, which offer the industry’s most accurate IEEE 1588-compliant timing and synchronization. Quarra now features quieter fans and new software-based controls that vary fan speed based on temperature for less overall noise. Also on display will be Artel’s FiberLink® SMPTE ST 2110 gateway. Supporting nearly every type of video, audio, and data signal, Artel’s FiberLink media transport products bring much-needed flexibility to broadcast or corporate studios, OB vans, point-of-view cameras, rental and staging, auditoriums, stadiums and theaters, transportation hubs, distance learning, and other pro A/V environments. Devices in the family boast support for SMPTE standards to ensure interoperability and reliability.
In a busy broadcast operation, video and data signals are flowing around the facility at a feverish pace. Accommodating those different types of signals can be cumbersome and pricy.
Most IP gateways in the market “onboard” either video or data into an IP network, but not both. Because of that, facilities are forced to use an additional transport link to accommodate both types of signals or they have to add an external aggregation switch in order to combine general-purpose data and video into a single transport link.
In many instances, there aren’t additional transport links available, or if they are available, engineers end up having to take over a link that would be better used for something else. Inserting an external aggregation switch costs more and adds complexity into the solution because it’s just another network element that has to be purchased and managed.
Problems like this call for a robust architecture, requiring much more flexibility from the IP gateways. That’s the impetus behind Artel’s SMART Media Delivery Platform, which is available for both the Artel DigiLink/InfinityLink and openGear chassis.
The SMART platform’s architecture is unique in that it integrates a video gateway and a six-port IP switch in the same module. Initially, these ports were intended to transport general data from one point to another. But as the module gets deployed in more facilities, we’ve discovered that broadcast network engineers are coming up with ever more creative ways to take advantage of this architecture in the context of a video-over-IP gateway application.
Bridging video-over-IP traffic and data is one tangible example.
In this scenario, engineers use the SDI video ports to onboard SDI video into an IP network while using four general-purpose IP data ports to support general network operations, such as:
• Monitoring and controlling equipment and applications in remote sites
• Extending an audio over IP network, like Dante audio, to remote locations
• Extending the corporate network to remote locations
• General file- and data-transfer applications
Some engineers also use the IP data ports to extend control and monitoring of remote DigiLink/Infinity chassis by connecting the chassis’ local management port into the SMART data ports — thereby creating a hybrid in-band/out-of-band management scheme for the remote chassis.
By providing general data ports into what is typically known as a video module and aggregating them together, SMART extends general data along with video over a single transport link. This translates to more cost-effective signal transport, fewer network elements to manage, and the flexibility to get creative when solving problems and supporting remote facilities. We can’t wait to see what our users do next!
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IP networking has opened up possibilities for software and platforms not traditionally found in broadcast — such as switching and routing, asset management, and transcoding video for viewing on different mobile devices, editing platforms, and search engines. But while IP produces opportunities for creativity and innovation, it is also inherently more complicated than traditional networking … and thus potentially more costly from an operational perspective. Broadcast workflows and the inherent speeds/bandwidth of the content require real-time processing. In the past this could only be accomplished with specifically built hardware that is not reprogrammable — resulting in operational complexity for broadcasters that must change their environment’s functionality on a case-by-case basis.
This creates a dilemma for broadcasters that want to innovate but are always striving to save money, either by reducing waste, reducing effort, eliminating functions, or a combination of the three. Recent advances in the processing power of programmable components creates an opportunity for functional flexibility. To take advantage of IP, broadcasters need an easy way to leverage its power and flexibility while keeping operational costs down.
Say Hello to the Artel SMART Media Delivery Platform.
Artel’s solution sits at the confluence of three trends: the advent of software-defined functionality, the migration to IP workflows, and the ever-present need to reduce operational costs.
By addressing all three of those trends in one card, our SMART Media Delivery Platform counteracts the complexity while giving broadcasters a simple way to integrate IP into their operations. And simplicity can mean lower costs.
The SMART platform is essentially a media-over-IP gateway used mainly in contribution workflows or in video transport applications. It is a card that comes in either our DigiLink/InfinityLink form factor or in an openGear form factor. In both cases, the card(s) goes inside those chassis or frames as part of an overall solution. We call it a “platform” because the SMART technology inside any of those form factors is the same. It allows you to deploy features very easily across cards simply by programming the platform.
For example, broadcasters have used SMART to transport video from a main broadcast station to affiliates. Others have deployed SMART in contribution workflows in stadiums, transmitting live video from the venue to broadcast facilities. It is also being considered for deployments in OB trucks/vans for live sports. On the service provider side, telecom providers have been testing it to transport video to local hubs for eventual programming distribution.
In those scenarios and many more, users can monitor, control, and provision the SMART platform using element management or network management systems via northbound interfaces. In fact, the ability to program functionality remotely using software is one of SMART’s most important characteristics.
Traditionally, functionality is attached to hardware. For example, if the solution was transporting uncompressed video, and you wanted to change to compressed video, technicians would have had to physically swap modules or cards to reflect this change, which can be time-consuming and costly. This also means you must keep an inventory of cards/modules and all the possible functions you envision using. All cards/modules must have a one-to-one correlation with all the different pieces of hardware they work with. Different functions require different pieces of hardware.
But because of SMART’s software-defined nature, you need only install hardware once and then use software updates to change the gateway’s functionality as needed. The platform can take on the following personalities without changes in hardware: JPEG2000, JPEG-XS, SMPTE ST 2022-7, SMPTE ST 2110 ingestion, SMPTE ST 2022-1/2/5/6, and HEVC.
The Biggest Benefits — Simplicity Breeds Savings
SMART responds to the need for operational simplicity, flexibility, and ubiquity during the industry’s migration to IP. Because SMART is a software-defined platform, there is no need to replace cards to change functionality. Instead, you can use software to program a high degree of functionality and support a high density and capacity of video channels, which reduces power consumption, cabling, and space.
The SMART platform also allows for automation, reduces inventory (as you only need one module, which can take different personalities), eliminates the need to physically remove equipment, and provides for fast provisioning of new functionality.
For more information visit https://www.artel.com/media-transport-products/?swoof=1&product_cat=smart-media-delivery-platform.
Artel Video Systems, a world-class provider of innovative, real-time multimedia delivery solutions, today announced that Passion City Church is using two Artel Quarra 1G PTP Ethernet switches to support IP-based handling of audio signals being transported between its two main Atlanta church locations — “515” and Cumberland — and a third site in Trilith, Georgia, to support worship services, events, and other productions.
Swiss systems integrator SLG Broadcast provides radio and TV broadcasters with consulting, installation, and integration services. With experts in networked radio and TV production workflows, the company supports customers in migrating from baseband to IP-based real-time production environments.
Artel’s Quarra Switches Support SLG’s Install of IP-Native Lawo Diamond Radio Consoles for CH Media Group
Artel Video Systems, a world-class provider of innovative, real-time multimedia delivery solutions, today announced that Swiss systems integrator SLG has installed Artel Quarra PTP Ethernet switches to support seven Lawo IP-native diamond radio consoles installed in control and production rooms at CH Media Group. The Quarra switches facilitate an audio-over-IP workflow for this industry-first deployment of the brand-new Lawo consoles.8
“This was a large-scale implementation of media-over-IP, and we chose to work with Artel because we trust both the company and its Quarra switches,” said Francesco Mattuzzi, Project Manager at SLG Broadcast. “The install was straightforward, as we anticipated, and our customer was very pleased with how smoothly we were able to complete the project.”
“We knew going into the project that Quarra has enabled many successful migrations to IP,” added Steve Handke, Head of Technology TV & Radio at CH Media. “Given this track record, we were confident following SLG’s recommendation of the Quarra along with our new Lawo consoles.”
The IP-native diamond radio console is based on the open AES67/RAVENNA audio-over-IP network standards and complies with SMPTE ST 2110-30/-31 and ST2022-7 standards. Artel’s Quarra PTP Ethernet switch accommodates all of these standards, provides leading-edge PTP switch technology, and supports the CH Media Group’s implementation of the Lawo consoles by providing the breadth of essential features and functionality.
“SLG is a leading systems integrator specializing in IP migrations, and we’re proud to be trusted by the company — and innovative end users including CH Media Group — for these types of mission-critical implementations,” said Paul Seiden, Director of Sales at Artel.