Utah Scientific Welcomes Four Talented Individuals Into New Positions

Utah Scientific has promoted longtime employees Randy Rose, John Bell, and Jim Barnhurst, and welcomed Mario Moreno to the team as a field service engineer. Rose has been named the new director of sales engineering, Bell will serve as customer service manager, and Barnhurst will act as the company’s new field and technical service manager.

“I am thrilled to be offered this new position in a company where there are supportive people and continued growth,” said Rose. “I look forward to bettering relationships with our integrators and external dealers, as well as to helping the sales team create more streamlined tools and functionality that will help them become more successful.”

As the new director of sales engineering, Rose will act as the technical interface between sales and customers. He began his career at Utah Scientific in 1988, serving as a technician for 10 years and more recently holding the position of customer service manager.

Bell is replacing Rose in the role of customer service manager. In his previous position as the customer support manager, Bell provided award-winning customer assistance for 14 years, and he looks forward to continuing this success in his new role.

“It’s great to be part of Utah Scientific’s high-level customer service, which we have become known for over the years,” said Bell.

He also plays a major role in representing Utah Scientific at the industry’s largest technology trade show, the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas, as the booth manager.

Barnhurst is in his 29th year as a Utah Scientific employee. He spent more than three decades as a broadcast industry professional and is well-qualified to take on the role of field and technical service manager. His professional efforts will be focused on service calls, troubleshooting equipment, training customers, commissioning/implementing systems, and overseeing day-to-day technical operations in customer service.

Moreno, the company’s new field service engineer, will be headquartered in Utah Scientific’s Houston, Texas, office and report to Barnhurst. Moreno’s background with broadcast began in 1991, and over his career he has worked in a variety of positions at television stations.

“Mario’s experience at TV stations gives him a unique perspective as he extends his skills to the supplier side,” Barnhurst commented. “He is well-positioned to make an immediate impact in his new role at Utah Scientific.”

 

“At Utah Scientific, our customers are the priority, so we are proud to have a highly skilled team supporting them,” said Dave Burland, Utah Scientific president and CEO. “Our success over the years is made possible by dedicated individuals who uphold the company values. We are pleased to have experienced talent to promote within, which allows us to welcome strong new team members.”

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AIMS Introduces Updated IP Standards Roadmap, Adding the JT-NM Tech Stack

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) today released a significant update to the AIMS roadmap for a standards-based approach to applying IP technologies in broadcast operations. The latest roadmap includes an important addition: JT-NM TR-1001-1, also known as the JT-NM Tech Stack Part 1. Developed by the Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) to automate installation and eliminate complexity, JT-NM TR-1001-1 provides specifications and guidance designed to make SMPTE ST 2110-based systems easier to deploy and operate, leading to greater efficiencies for broadcasters.

The addition of the JT-NM Tech Stack Part 1 to the AIMS roadmap is the latest in a progression of IP-based standards that launched with SMPTE ST 2022-6, which established an SDI-over-IP baseline, then added AES67 for audio over IP, and followed with SMPTE ST 2110 for standardized transport of audio, video, and ANC. JT-NM TR-1001-1 enables the creation of network environments in which end users can take delivery of new equipment (compliant to the recommendation), connect it to their networks, and configure it for use with a minimum amount of human interaction. The JT-NM Tech Stack Part 1 summarizes relevant standards, specifications, and documents specific to additional constraints related to this domain of use.

JT-NM TR-1001-1 consists of four areas:

  • The network environment defines use of Precision Time Protocol (PTP) for time synchronization of IP flows in the network, DHCP for IP address assignment, LLDP for devices to identify themselves to the media network switches, and DNS-SD for service discovery when using AMWA NMOS IS-04.
  • Discovery and registration using AMWA NMOS IS-04 to discover compliant devices on a network and register them with a central registration server that will enable the control system(s) to know what devices are active and are compatible on the network.
  • Connection management using AMWA NMOS IS-05 to control switching between IP flows on the network.
  • System resource, specifying system-wide constants used by all devices on the network, such as PTP and IS-04.

At IBC2019 Sept. 13-17, the JT-NM Tech Stack Part 1 will be a highlight of the IP Showcase in Room E106/E107 at the RAI Amsterdam. Attendees will be able to learn more about TR-1001-1 and talk to experts about the capabilities it enables. In addition, the JT-NM Tested program will give visitors a firsthand look at vendors that have implemented aspects of the new JT-NM TR 1001-1 specification.

“The JT-NM Tech Stack Part 1 is a critical link in the continuum of standards that are easing the broadcast industry’s transition to IP operations. Now that the industry is seeing broader and more mainstream IP deployments, JT-NM TR 1001-1 will play a key role in making IP installation and operation easier and more straightforward,” said Andy Warman, board member, AIMS. “We’d like to encourage IBC2019 attendees to stop by the IP Showcase, where they can learn a lot more about the AIMS roadmap, including JT-NM TR 1001-1.”

VuWall Helps Security Pros Easily Deploy State-of-the-Art Command and Control Rooms at GSX 2019

VuWall, a leader in video wall control and AV network management solutions, will present an affordable and innovative approach to equipping command and control rooms with state-of-the-art technology in collaboration with Infragard and the FBI in Booth 1187 at Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2019, September 10-12, in Chicago. With the increased demand for video walls in the security market, especially within small- to medium-size control rooms, VuWall has simplified deployments, allowing security professionals to quickly and easily build a modular system that scales to their needs. At the show, the company will demonstrate its ecosystem along with partner solutions from TBC Consoles, AG Neovo, and Matrox Graphics Inc.

“Creating a control room has traditionally been an expensive and complex project considered only for the largest and most mission-critical applications. But as the need to monitor and interact with multiple sources has become essential to more organizations, we found a way to extend our technology in order to address smaller security deployments,” said Paul Vander Plaetse, CEO at VuWall. “Regardless of the room size or budget, security professionals can now leverage the same powerful features of VuWall that have been vital to these high-end installations but bundled in an easy-to-deploy kit.”

At GSX 2019, VuWall will demonstrate how it supports the security requirements of organizations through its high-performance technology and a fully integrated software platform. Attendees will see VuWall’s video wall control and AV network management ecosystem, which is comprised of the VuStation KVM control workstation, the VuScape video wall controllers, and the TRx AV network management system. Highly configurable, modular, and flexible, the platform allows operators to harness the capabilities they need to seamlessly monitor, analyze, and respond to incoming information from various sources across multiple sites and on multiple video walls.

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The company will display its complete control room kit that integrates VuWall products with the TBC SmartTrac Console and AG Neovo PN-55H video wall displays. TBC Consoles offers world-class modular furniture designed for 24/7 control rooms. AG Neovo is an international LCD monitor manufacturer for various vertical applications including IT, security, healthcare, industrial, and digital signage. Engineered to simplify the design, quoting, purchasing, and installation process, the control room kit includes everything customers need to deploy a state-of-the-art control room, despite the size.

VuWall has partnered with Matrox to demonstrate integrated solutions designed to deliver the highest quality visualization experience with the most advanced technology on the market. VuWall will demonstrate its VuStation visualization and control workstation with Matrox’s Extio 3, a high-performance IP KVM extender, across four full HD displays. The KVM solution for personal video walls, VuStation, enables operators to interact seamlessly with multiple sources from a single KVM station, having all critical controls and information at their fingertips.

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Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about VuWall’s video wall control system integrations with the world’s leading security surveillance and video management platforms, including Genetec, Milestone Systems, and ISS, also exhibiting at GSX 2019.

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Canada’s Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) Builds IP-Based Video Transport on Embrionix Solutions

The Embrionix solutions have been installed as part of CPAC’s shift from an aging CWDM system to a modern and more efficient IP-based video transport system.

“CPAC has built a tradition of using technology to build efficiencies that enable quality program creation and delivery,” said Eitan Weisz, director of engineering, IT, and technical operations at CPAC. “We leverage technology to enable creativity, and the innovative design of the Embrionix emSFP solution is optimal for creative, forward-looking infrastructure design.”

CPAC is a commercial-free, not-for-profit, bilingual (French and English) television service providing a window on Canadian politics and public affairs. CPAC is owned by a consortium of Canadian cable companies, namely Rogers, Shaw, Vidéotron, Cogeco, Eastlink, and Access Communications, who have invested more than $50 million to create and preserve this editorially independent voice. CPAC is available across Canada on basic cable and satellite, on the web at cpac.ca, and on the CPAC TV 2 GO mobile app.

CPAC studios are located just two blocks from the Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. CPAC’s CWDM system, previously used for daily live HD production, connects CPAC studios to the Parliament Buildings over a single dark fiber pair. In replacing that system, CPAC opted to implement a real-time media-over-IP system that would offer numerous and substantial benefits including inherent routing, increased capacity, improved operational flexibility, non-blocking architecture, and greater scalability for simpler future expansion.

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The new IP-based video transport solution is non-blocking with inherent routing capability, and it boosts capacity from eight signals in each direction to a maximum capacity of 50 signals in each direction over the existing single dark fiber pair. As built, the system uses only one of the eight 100 GE aggregation ports on the switches and only uses 14 of the 48 ports on each switch.

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Riedel Artist and Bolero Wireless Enable Integrated Comms across University of Georgia Sport Venues

The system now fully integrates multiple sports venues across the campus to streamline linear broadcasts and live streaming of sports events, video board presentations, and in-venue fan promotions.

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The University of Georgia is the flagship research university for the state of Georgia and one of the oldest public universities in the United States. As a Division 1 member of the Southeastern Conference of collegiate sports, the University of Georgia competes in 19 sports, and its teams have won over 40 national championships.

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A new Artist 128 mainframe was installed in the central core that services Sanford Stadium and the Stegeman Coliseum and is linked via fiber to frames at the Foley Field baseball facility, the Jack Turner Stadium, the Turner Soccer Complex, the Gabrielsen Natatorium, and the William Porter Payne and Porter Otis Payne Indoor Athletic Facility. In addition, a Bolero wireless intercom system comprised of 15 beltpacks and seven antennas (some antennas are routinely moved to handle various other requirements) replaced a wired solution that was in place at several venues. The new Bolero system integrates directly with Artist and enables all user groups, such as the band, cheer squad, DJ, operations team, and video control team, to communicate using a single system, without conversion or being on a party line.

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The solution has proven particularly valuable at the men’s and women’s basketball and gymnastics events where multiple wireless channels have replaced an existing party line setup.

“When it came time to upgrade our comms capabilities across campus, we knew we wanted to stay with Riedel and Artist. And then the introduction of Bolero made it a no-brainer,” said Mike Bilbow, Assistant Athletic Director, Digital and Production, University of Georgia Athletic Association. “Bolero gives us so much more flexibility, and its reliability and sound quality are bar-none – both critical factors for events with 90,000 cheering fans. With many of our users connecting wirelessly now, we’re able to save money on cabling infrastructure. And it’s great to be able to salvo presets for each event, which frees up our engineering staff for other duties.”

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“We were proud to partner with Alpha Video for all of the wireless and wired intercom for UGAA’s broadcast infrastructure expansion,” said Dave Caulwell, Regional Sales Manager, Northeastern U.S. at Riedel North America. “We value and celebrate the trust that the UGAA has put in Riedel Communications, making us the heart of their broadcast communications network.”

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