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System of LED screens renewal in the main sets of RTVE by Datos Media

System of LED screens renewal in the main sets of RTVE by Datos Media

Madrid, Spain, July 15th , 2021 –  Datos Media has completed the integration of an entire LED screen monitoring system for TVE's news set. High-end products have been chosen from Alfalite, a Spanish company with more than 20 years of experience in the sector, together with technology from NovaStar.

The project encompassed two separate locations: RTVE Torrespaña and RTVE Prado del Rey.

RTVE TORRESPAÑA

A total of 4 screens of different lengths (4, 7, 9 and 15 metres) with a height of 2.5 metres have been installed and configured, distributed across the main information services set. The largest screen has a length of 14 metres and a resolution of 9,830,400 pixels (7680 x 1280 active). The total screen surface area installed on this set is close to 90 square metres, using 350 ModularPix Pro 1 modules from Alfalite with corresponding processing and scaling systems from NovaPro from NovaStar. A NovaPro UHD integrates video processing, sending to LED screens up to 3840 x 2160 resolution and to the control system in a single product. The NovaPro UHD has multiple 4K inputs, and 4K send capability.

RTVE PRADO DEL REY

A total of 15 screens (curved and flat) have been installed across various sets used for producing “La Mañana de la 1”, “A partir de hoy”, “La aventura del saber”,“Aquí la tierra”,“ Corazón ”and“ España Directo ”. For the latter, the largest curved screen has been configured with a length of 14 metres and a total resolution of 6,414,336 pixels (5568 x 1152 active). The installed screen area is close to 200 square metres with a total of 769 Alfalite Modularpix Pro P2 2.6 modules and their corresponding processing and scaling systems such as the Alfalite LVP4K. The image processing and scaling system is made up of Alfalite’s LVP4Ks and NovaStar’s ‘all-in-one’ VX4s. In the case of the LVP4K, it allows a configuration of up to 4 HDMI 2.0 inputs with support for UHD resolutions and with up to 8 DVI outputs that feed the display controllers, a task carried out by the NovaStar MCTRL600 equipment which is capable of handling up to 2.3 million of pixels.

All the screens at both locations have a robust structure to support their weight and size. All are equipped with protected power supplies.

The entire installation has been carried out without interrupting the production of the news or programmes. It was necessary to carry out exhaustive planning and a deployment of important human and technical resources to guarantee seamless continuity of operation. “Alfalite technology was ideal for this demanding project," says Rafael Zapardiel of Datos' Media Sales department. We chose the company's ModularPix Pro 1 modules which have already proved an excellent solution to the needs that arose in other RTVE sets. They now providing a visualization and scenography system that, in one case, goes up to 8K horizontal resolution. This forms a superb visual solution giving for use during the broadcast of the RTVE news. ”

About Datos Media Technologies

Datos Media Technologies is a company dedicated to providing technology, consulting, integration, training and support to build and improve workflow for the broadcast industry. It was founded in 2013 by David Martínez and Tomas Nielsen, both professionals with a long professional career, and the Danmon group that has more than 35 years of experience and a consolidated position in different international broadcast markets.

About RTVE (Radio Televisión Española)

RTVE is the national public television of Spain. It was created in 1946 and currently broadcasts on a dozen channels between TDT and Satelite.It is based in Madrid in Torrespaña and Prado del Rey, in addition to having various delegations throughout the Spanish and world geography.

Contacts for further information:

Datos Media Technologies

Rafael Zapardiel
sales@datosmedia.es

Teléfono. +34 91 001 89 08

Datos Media

C/ Luís Buñuel 2, Bajo-C
28223 - Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid) Web: www.soundware.es

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ATG Danmon Designs and Integrates Latest-Generation Newsroom and Edit Suites for Alaraby Television

ATG Danmon Designs and Integrates Latest-Generation Newsroom and Edit Suites for Alaraby Television

Accompanying images show Studios 1 and 2 at Alaraby Television’s newly upgraded London headquarters.

London, UK, August 3rd, 2021 -  ATG Danmon announces the completion of a large-scale upgrade to the news production and editing facilities at the London headquarters of Alaraby Television. Based in Park Royal, Alaraby broadcasts via satellite to viewers throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, as well as globally via cable and online.

"News and documentary programmes form a core part of our output," comments Ali Husseini, director of broadcast operations & visuals at Alaraby. "Key objectives were to advance our news reporting, ingest, production and playout systems to latest-generation workflow, allowing staff at our headquarters and around the world to operate with maximum efficiency and creativity as a unified team. Our legacy infrastructure remained active until the new system was fully commissioned so that editors and their production colleagues could transition as easily as possible."

 

“Alaraby selected us to design, engineer and integrate a complete system from content acquisition right through to presentation," adds ATG Danmon project manager Howard Dixon. "The front end comprises 12 channels of news ingest capturing to a dedicated server with proxy file-generation capability. This feeds through to a 75-client news production platform with full asset management resources, 120 terabytes of production storage and cloud-connected browsing. Studio playout is fully automated and includes a multichannel MPEG gallery playout server. The graphics system provides a range of image generation capabilities including a scrolling text news ticker, virtual studio generation plus a video wall feed. We were also commissioned to upgrade eight craft edit suites, replacing a third-party installation with latest-generation Avid editors, plus network switching and transcoding."

ATG Danmon worked across the production control gallery and master control room, providing cabling, racks and interfaces where necessary. A new data centre was equipped which could be operated alongside the channel's existing data centre during the transition to the new system. This included designing and integrating KVM control interfaces allowing newsroom and edit suite operators to switch between the legacy and latest-generation systems.

"As is normal on projects of this kind, we partnered closely with Alaraby's management team and studio staff to ensure that full broadcast continuity was maintained throughout the entire process of upgrading," adds ATG Danmon managing director Russell Peirson-Hagger. "Programme rehearsal, live presentation, post production and playout all proceeded as normal throughout the upgrade. Much of the installation work was performed at night so that studio operation could proceed without disturbance. Precautions were also taken to ensure Covid-19 safeguarding."

About Alaraby Television

Part of the Fadaat Media network, Alaraby Television (www.alaraby.com) launched in January 2015. It broadcasts a variety of programmes and news shows in Arabic, focusing on news, politics  and culture. Based at headquarters in London, the channel has regional centres in Beirut, Doha and Tunis, in addition to offices in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, Palestine (Ramallah and Gaza and Jerusalem), Russia, the United States and Yemen. These and other offices are supported by more than 60 correspondents around the world. Alaraby programmes are supplemented by an online web service including on-demand video. Alaraby Television broadcasts can be viewed via satellite and via various regional service providers. Live broadcasts can also be seen via the Alaraby website or using smartphone applications.

Contacts for further information

ATG Danmon: Russell Peirson-Hagger

Email: russell.peirson-hagger@atgdanmon.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1462 485 444

Danmon Group United Kingdom, Unit 5, Oakfield Business Corner, Works Road, Letchworth SG6 1FB, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1462 485 444
Fax: +44 (0)1462 485 777

Web: www.atgdanmon.co.uk/ | Twitter: @ATGDanmon

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Hiltron Completes Multi-Antenna Satellite Link System for German Broadcast News Network

Hiltron Completes Multi-Antenna Satellite Link System for German Broadcast News Network

Backnang, Germany, May 25th, 2021 – Hiltron Communications, a globally active satellite system integrator, manufacturer and distributor, announces the completion of a satellite uplink and downlink system for one of Germany's largest television news broadcasters. The project includes six antennas and related control infrastructure which will be used to communicate with the network's associate organisations around the world.

"Following successful acceptance, we created a solution which integrates fully into the news production workflow," says Hiltron managing director Antonio Monteverde. "Easy and efficient operation were essential requirements. The antennas are located on a city-centre rooftop earth station and operated via remote links from the network's master control room. Hiltron software allows the system to be supervised via a single browser-based display screen showing all relevant performance parameters, confidence lights and alerts. Most important of all, de-icers in the antenna panels can be activated automatically if the rooftop temperature creates any risk of freezing."

 

"All six of the new antennas will be used to capture incoming signals", details Hiltron project manager Guy Van Bambeke. "Five of the reflectors are from General Dynamics, one being 3 metres in diameter and four being 3.7 metres. The sixth is a 2.7 metre Laminas dish which we have equipped to capture simultaneous feeds from three orbital positions, in this case 7 degrees east, 13 degrees east and 19.2 degrees east. Each antenna is on a fixed mount.

"We have also refurbished three existing antennas which will function both as uplinks and downlinks. That part of the project included the provision and integration of Hiltron ACU antenna control units which are used to control the dish azimuth and elevation. Each comprises a standalone unit contained in a weatherproofed outdoor housing, remotely operated via an IP data stream from a standard PC. Once a satellite is selected, precise access parameters can be determined by pressing a single button.

"Last and not least, we have integrated 13 Swedish Microwave low noise block downconverters. These are high-performance units which ensure the received data conforms fully to broadcast specification."

Hiltron ACU antenna control units are designed to control three-axis motorised antennas. The antenna control unit and associated motor-control electronics are contained in an IP65-rated weatherproof outdoor housing with a hinged front access port secured by dual key screws. Each control unit can be operated from a PC running a graphic user interface compatible with standard web browsers. The control GUI displays all the information required to set and maintain azimuth, elevation and polarisation, including current and target positions plus a database of potential accessible satellites.

About Hiltron 

Hiltron Communications (www.hiltron.de) is a globally active system integrator, manufacturer and distributor in the field of satellite and wireless communication. The company operates from modern purpose-built headquarters at Backnang near Stuttgart. On-site facilities include a large technical operations area with high access doors and ceiling, capable of accommodating satellite-link vehicles and their roof-mounted antennas.

Contact for further information at Hiltron 

Antonio Monteverde

Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570 | Email: antonio.monteverde@hiltron.de

Hiltron Communications, Emil-Rathenau-Str., 71522 Backnang, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570 | Fax: +49 (0)7191 3435 750 |

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Chris Nairn Joins ATG Danmon as Sales Director

Chris Nairn Joins ATG Danmon as Sales Director

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Accompanying image of Chris Nairn.

Letchworth, Hertfordshire, UK March 5th, 2021 – Reporting to Managing Director Russell Peirson-Hagger, he joins from Bang & Olufsen Pro AV where he was Sales Director, Strategic Enterprise Partner Programme.

Chris Nairn began his broadcast industry career at Quantel followed by seven years in sales management roles with Sony Professional Solutions Europe. In 2016 he joined Grass Valley as Regional Sales Manager, Northern Europe, before joining Bang & Olufsen.

"We are very pleased to welcome Chris into the company," Russell Peirson-Hagger comments. "His long career in sales roles with some of the most innovative companies in the industry has given him an ideal professional background for this position. The role includes prospecting for new clients across the broadcast, post production, corporate, educational and wider AV sectors. Chris will also be responsible for gathering information on business trends with a view to developing new services, products and distribution channels."

"Advances in the quality, versatility, functionality and cost-efficiency of video and audio production equipment during recent years have created great opportunities right across the media business," Chris Nairn adds. "Remote production technology and IP-connectivity are in greater demand than ever. This became more evident during 2020 as organisations implemented new working practices allowing them to operate under the changing conditions. Our focus as system integration specialists is on partnering with our customers to create solutions which meet their current needs while at the same time allowing expansion to accommodate future operational or technical requirements. I look forward to building on ATG Danmon's proven experience and its well-earned reputation as a company which delivers on time and on budget."

Contacts for further information

ATG Danmon: Russell Peirson-Hagger

Email: russell.peirson-hagger@atgdanmon.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1462 485 444

Danmon Group United Kingdom, Unit 5, Oakfield Business Corner, Works Road, Letchworth SG6 1FB, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1462 485 444

Fax: +44 (0)1462 485 777

Web: www.atgdanmon.co.uk/ | Twitter: @ATGDanmon

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Hiltron Communications Expands Product Portfolio

Hiltron Communications Expands Product Portfolio with Formation of ESA Microwave GmbH

Backnang, Germany, January 25th, 2021 – Hiltron Communications, a globally active satellite system integrator, manufacturer and distributor, announces the addition to its product portfolio of microwave feed systems for ground station antennas and high performance microwave components.

Having recently purchased the assets of the former ESA Microwave Solutions GmbH, Hiltron has acquired the know-how to design, develop, manufacture and test feed systems and microwave components for the bands from S to Ka, including band combination for multi-band feeds. Hiltron can now offer multi-band feed systems for new antennas as well as retrofit and upgrade of feeds for existing antennas.

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"ESA's customised feed systems and high performance microwave components complement our own range of products for the ground station market sector," comments Hiltron's managing director Antonio Monteverde. "With our in-house design and development capabilities, we are now able to offer motorised antenna mounts, antenna control units, tracking and feed systems for nearly any type of antenna reflector. We have relocated development and manufacturing of the new product line into a newly stablished subsidiary, ESA Microwave GmbH. My colleague Joachim Kaercher will supervise the corporate activity of ESA Microwave GmbH as managing director in addition to his role as Hiltron's financial director."

About Hiltron 

Hiltron Communications (www.hiltron.de) is a globally active system integrator, manufacturer and distributor in the field of satellite and wireless communication. The company operates from modern purpose-built headquarters at Backnang near Stuttgart. On-site facilities include a large technical operations area with high access doors and ceiling, capable of accommodating satellite-link vehicles and their roof-mounted antennas.

Contact for further information at Hiltron 

Antonio Monteverde

Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570 | Email: antonio.monteverde@hiltron.de

Hiltron Communications, Emil-Rathenau-Str., 71522 Backnang, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570 | Fax: +49 (0)7191 3435 750 |

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ATG Danmon Completes Studio Relocation and Modernisation for International News Agency

ATG Danmon Completes Studio Relocation and Modernisation for International News Agency

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Accompanying image shows the multiscreen display and operational desks for master control.


London, UK, February 3th, 2021
 – ATG Danmon (www.atgdanmon.co.uk) announces the completion of new broadcast television production facilities for one of the largest and longest established global news agencies. The project included the design and integration of two new studios plus associated galleries and a master control room.

"This assignment coincided with a relocation to new premises in London's Canary Wharf financial hub," says ATG Danmon Managing Director Russell Peirson-Hagger. "The new studios form the UK core of a global service the agency offers to television and radio broadcasters in addition to its role as an international news provider. We partnered closely with the studio management team from the initial design phase through to system completion, testing and staff training. Cable prefabrication was performed at our Letchworth headquarters prior to the onsite build. New equipment installed included power-efficient LED lighting, Ross routing and RTS talkback. We also integrated cameras from the agency's former location."

"We have installed a 12G SDI routing core which is configured for HD but can also handle UHD if required at any time in the future," adds ATG Danmon Head of Systems Integration Jonathan Hughes. "At its core are a latest-generation Ross Ultrix router and Ross Carbonite Ultra vision mixer which we recommended to replace ageing third-party equipment. Representatives from the agency came with us to Ross Video's UK facility in Reading and were greatly impressed by the demonstration. Carbonite is an HDR-capable 3 M/E UHD mixer with a versatile control panel and a very compact processor. We have also upgraded the graphics and character generation to a Ross XPression which supports perspective-based image manipulation and real-time animation. This includes a MOS software gateway with an offline render engine."

Audio infrastructure includes Dante audio-over-IP networking which ATG Danmon recommended and integrated. This is bridged to the Ultrix router which performs the embedding and distribution switching. ATG Danmon upgraded the intercom system to an RTS Odin which can handle up to 128 ports in a single 1 U chassis with support for up to eight such units.

Being very news focused, the agency has many incoming audio contribution feeds so ATG Danmon integrated a SIP-based server from Broadcast Bionics with Dante emerging from the other side. This is currently configured for eight lines which are used for IFB talkback and contribution to live on-air shows.

For the Studio A gallery, ATG Danmon integrated a main production desk with an embedded Ross Carbonite Ultra. Behind this is a journalist desk with Avid iNews terminals and Autocue teleprompt control. Both desks face a wall-mounted array of NEC UHD video monitors in multiscreen configuration. A desk with an integrated Allen & Heath audio mixer was also populated and connected into the system. This faces a NEC multi-screen monitor.

Studio B is the smaller of the two studios. For its production gallery, ATG Danmon integrated a desk equipped for graphics, vision mixing, newsroom-computer and Panasonic robotic camera control. An audio mixer is located on the right. The monitor wall display has essentially the same configuration as that in the Studio A production gallery.

The project was completed on schedule and within budget.

Contacts for further information

ATG Danmon: Russell Peirson-Hagger

Email: russell.peirson-hagger@atgdanmon.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1462 485 444

Danmon Group United Kingdom, Unit 5, Oakfield Business Corner, Works Road, Letchworth SG6 1FB, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1462 485 444

Fax: +44 (0)1462 485 777

Web: www.atgdanmon.co.uk/ | Twitter: @ATGDanmon

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Apantac appoints Danmon for representation in Denmark, Norway & Sweden

Apantac appoints Danmon for representation in Denmark, Norway & Sweden

Apantac appoints Danmon for representation in Denmark, Norway & Sweden
The distribution agreement officially starts on the 3rd of november 2020.

Apantac, an internationally recognized manufacturer of multiviewers, video walls, extension and signal processing solutions is boosting its presence in Denmark, Norway and Sweden with the appointment of its new distribution partner, Danmon Group.

Apantac’s award-winning multiviewers and signal processing solutions are suited for both the broadcast and the professional AV markets and the company’s entire range of products will be represented by Danmon in the Scandinavian region.

Danmon’s services include system design, installation, technical services and support delivering solutions for a vast range of applications including traditional broadcast, film, post production, as well as the globally expanding ProAV market including educational institutions, control rooms, houses of worship, medical and more.

“Danmon embodies our commitment to our customers and we are looking forward to working with the team. Their experience and breadth of localized teams will be a great asset in helping to build Apantac’s presence in the region,” comments Michel Rudelle, EMEA Regional Manager of Apantac.

 “We are very pleased to be joining Apantac’s global distribution network and integrating its technology and solutions into our projects,” comments Christoffer Kay, Chief Operating Office of Dan Technologies A/S. “Apantac’s vast range of products fit neatly with our system and integration work and our customers will benefit from their reputable products.”

About Apantac LLC

Apantac LLC (www.apantac.com) is a leading designer and developer of high quality and cost effective multiviewers, video walls, matrices, extenders, openGear solutions and signal processing equipment. The Apantac product line has been specifically designed to provide users with flexible and innovative technology solutions for the broadcast and ProAV industries.

Apantac was founded in 2008 and is a privately held company with its headquarters located in Portland, Oregon, USA.

For more information about Apantac’s products & services please visit: www.apantac.com. For sales, please visit the website, or email thomas.tang@apantac.com. More information: Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.

About Danmon

Established in 1981, the Danmon Group has developed to be a long-established broadcast and media solutions provider combining in-depth experience with the ability to implement new technology quickly and efficiently. With local offices in several countries they operate globally and act locally.

The group covers a wide range of competencies and skills required in today’s advanced broadcast and media sector within traditional broadcast, IT/IP, RF, satellite, audio over IP, virtual studios, archive & storage, OTT and streaming platforms as well as API and workflow management software and high-end AV solutions for corporate and institutional customers. For more information please visit: https://www.danmon.com/

Contacts for further information

Danmon Group

Email: info@danmon.dk

Tel: +45 4596 8800

Web: www.danmon.com

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NTP Debuts Penta 721s Compact Dante Multiformat Converter and Router Series

NTP Debuts Penta 721s Compact Dante Multiformat Converter and Router Series

Penta 721s 1RU solutions all provide routing, AES, MADI and Dante I/O with either additional Dante capability, SDI embedding/de-embedding I/O or an open option card slot —

Gentofte, Denmark, September 24, 2020 — NTP Technology’s Enterprise-class Penta family of versatile, flexible and feature-packed digital audio multiformat converter/routers has expanded with three new compact models. Developed to bring Penta solutions to specific applications including broadcast and AV Install, the cost-effective 1RU Penta 721s, 721s-DNT and 721s-SDI allow multiple audio formats to co-exist with Dante networks.

All Penta 721s units offer over 400 connection and configuration options, seamlessly bridging AES, MADI and AES67-compliant Dante I/O with an onboard 512 x 512 router. The Penta 721s model has an open slot accommodating any of seven Penta I/O option cards which include additional AES, dual MADI, analog input, analog output, speaker DSP and delay for lip-sync processing modules that can be purchased as best suits a given application. For A/V, the new Crestron Module™ offers associability to routing and volume of all individual channels. NTP Technology’s DAD and Penta hardware is aligned around its DADman software, where control becomes fluid and transparent, including interleaving NTP solutions to expand AVID MTRX and MTRX Studio I/O (both built for AVID by NTP with DADman control) and also providing monitor control and I/O capability to AVID Dock, S1, S4 and S6 consoles, via the EUCON™ 3 protocol.

The Penta 721s-DNT is a Dante-to-Dante converter with onboard sample rate conversion on all inputs, which makes it ideal for connecting individual IP Audio networks that may run on different sample rates and digital clocks. While all 721s models natively include Dante connectivity in the form of a 64-channel Brooklyn II module, the 721s-DNT model is pre-fitted with the Penta 128-channel Dante module, also with onboard sample rate conversion in and out.

The Penta 721s-SDI adds Dual 3G SDI embedding / de-embedding to the package and is ideal for broadcasters with the need for combining SDI signals with Dante, MADI or AES. The SDI side of the model also has built-in sample rate conversion.

“The new Penta 721s models build on the legacy of the modular Penta 720 unit, which has proven its reliability in countless enterprise audio solutions throughout the world,” says Mikael Vest, Sales Director, NTP Technology. “So, we’re obviously excited to now add these new, compact and more cost-effective siblings to the Penta universe of audio-routing and conversion interfaces. We already know that AoIP will increasingly become the backbone of any larger enterprise audio facility, yet older audio formats will remain part of the systems for some time. With Penta 721s and Penta 721s-SDI we’re covering any existing audio format around, while Penta 721s-DNT is ready to engage any Dante/AES67-based system today or in the future.”

The new Penta 721s models, bringing affordable, Enterprise-level multiformat conversion and routing to a broader range of applications where the full flexibility of the Penta 720 is not required, will be available worldwide in October 2020. The Penta 721s has a MAP/MSRP USD price of $2799, with the 721s-DNT priced at $4320 and the 721s-SDI priced at $4620. All NTP products come with a two-year warranty, extended to three years upon product registration.

For more information, visit: ntp-us.com/penta/penta721s/

North American distribution via plus24: plus24.net

About NTP Technology

NTP Technology (www.ntp.dk) produces high-reliability audio routing and signal processing systems for major international broadcasters, audio mastering, editing and post-production studios under its Penta brand. DAD – Digital Audio Denmark (www.digitalaudio.dk), NTP Technology’s second brand, is renowned worldwide for analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog audio converters delivering outstanding sonic performance. Based in Copenhagen, NTP is part of the Dan Technologies Group, one of Europe’s leading suppliers of audio, video, transmission products and digital media solutions.

Contact for further information at NTP: 

Kurt Howell

National Sales Director, North America

kurt.howell@ntp.dk

Tel: (813) 422-1289

or

Mikael Vest

Sales Director, Denmark

mikael.vest@ntp.dk

Direct phone: +45 4596 8882

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Hiltron Completes Fully Integrated TVRO Platform Control System for Nilesat

Hiltron Completes Fully Integrated TVRO Platform Control System for Nilesat

Hiltron Communications, a globally active satellite system integrator, manufacturer and distributor, announces the completion of a custom-designed turnkey TVRO satellite platform for Nilesat, one of the largest Middle East telecommunication networks. The new installation is a fully L-band-over-fibre integrated downlink which covers all mediator satellites in the range from 30° west to 100° east, operating in C and Ku bands simultaneously.

"Located at our ground station in Giza, the new downlink gives us the reliability and flexibility we needed for backing up our existing fixed TVRO antennas," says Nilesat Head of Ground Segment Engineer Osama Tantawy. "Incoming signals from all antennas on the new platform, 32 feeds in total, are connected to the master control room via fibre-optic links. Hiltron has produced and integrated a complete solution including its HMCS monitoring and control software. The company worked closely with us from initial design right through to factory acceptance test, onsite installation, commissioning and training. The project was completed successfully and on time thanks to the experience and teamwork of everyone involved."

"We are very pleased to have been chosen to work with Nilesat on this project," adds Hiltron Managing Director Antonio Monteverde. "The infrastructure we have provided includes a 3.7 metre motorised antenna with a Hiltron HMAM motorised mount and Hiltron HACU antenna control unit, RF-over-fibre links from RF Design, plus an LNB power supply and L band switch from ETL."

Hiltron’s HMCS monitoring and control application is designed to control all relevant satellite equipment in a master control room. It allows operators to control equipment from multiple vendors within a unified graphic display. HMCS also provides an SNMP interface to a high-level system. Advanced alarm message handling is included plus the ability to select stored profiles, transponders and slots from a database.

Hiltron's HMAM is a motorised satellite antenna mount designed for two-way satellite communication or receive-only downlink applications. It can be used in a wide range of roles including broadcast and telecommunication downlinks. An optional motorised feed changer allows the head to be moved quickly to a new position for switching between frequency bands. HMAM comes complete with professional-grade drives for azimuth and elevation plus a high-precision polarisation drive. The combined head and drive form a three-axis motorised mount with more than 270 degrees of azimuth adjustment, 90 degrees of elevation adjustment range and fully adjustable polarisation.

About Hiltron 

Hiltron Communications (www.hiltron.de) is a globally active system integrator, manufacturer and distributor in the field of satellite and wireless communication. The company operates from modern purpose-built headquarters at Backnang near Stuttgart. On-site facilities include a large technical operations area with high access doors and ceiling, capable of accommodating satellite-link vehicles and their roof-mounted antennas.

Contact for further information at Hiltron 

Antonio Monteverde

Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570 | Email: antonio.monteverde@hiltron.de

Hiltron Communications, Emil-Rathenau-Str., 71522 Backnang, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570 | Fax: +49 (0)7191 3435 750

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ATG Danmon Builds UHD Video Production Studios for Fidelity International

ATG Danmon Builds UHD Video Production Studios for Fidelity International


Accompanying images show Studio 1 at Fidelity International in London with its dynamic rear screen plus the production control gallery. 

ATG Danmon announces the completion of a UHD video production facility for the London headquarters of Fidelity International. The project was prompted by Fidelity's recent relocation to a new office building at 4 Cannon Street in the centre of the city's financial district.

"As a flagship location, the Cannon Street office needed to be a future-focused space," says Adam Sheldrake, Head of Studios at Fidelity International. "Good communication is essential to our business so we make full use of video media for internal communication, podcasting and participation in finance-related broadcasts. ATG has worked very successfully with us in projects at our previous London headquarters as well as designing and equipping studios at our Hong Kong offices. I have always been happy with what they have provided and how they have supported us. They responded to a proposal based on our initial specification but, because of their experience in past projects for us, were able to suggest a more cost-effective approach which also provided more functionality and included kit of superior specification. The result meets our highest expectations."

"We have designed, integrated and configured a full TV studio and production control gallery plus a podcast studio with its dedicated control room, edit suites and a green room," adds ATG Danmon Managing Director Russell Peirson-Hagger. "The project also included cabling through from the control areas to a technical apparatus room."

"The TV studio, Studio 1, is equipped with three broadcast-quality Blackmagic Ursa UHD cameras including Fuji lenses. These were chosen on the basis of their excellent value in terms of price and performance. Three of the cameras are mounted on Vinten robotic pedestals. Additional studio facilities include Kino-Flo and Dedolight luminaires, Autoscript on-camera prompting and Sennheiser wireless lavalier microphones. The studio backdrops are from Cirro Lite, mounted on Doughty supports. Audio monitoring is via Genelec powered loudspeakers."

"We have also installed a Panasonic UHD camera equipped with remote pan/tilt/zoom control. This can be used to capture wide angle or closeup images from a high, medium or low viewpoint to supplement the main studio cameras. An additional Panasonic camera with remote pan/tilt/zoom control is located in an outdoor housing on the roof to capture views of the City of London, primarily for use as scenery wall displays behind the studio participants. This level of robotic control allows the production process to be controlled very creatively and efficiently."

"At the core of the Studio 1 production control gallery is a Blackmagic ATEM UHD switcher with advanced chroma key capabilities that can be used to deliver a wide range of graphic effects. We have also integrated powerful titling software which can accept still or moving content in various industry standard file formats. Recording is to a Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio 12G capable of operating at up to 2160p60 UHD resolution over a single cable. This is supplemented by Apple iMac Pro graphics, a Yamaha QL1 audio mixing console and a Custom Consoles main control desk. We also recommended and integrated Custom Consoles MediaWall multiscreen video display mounting grids."

"The podcast studio, Studio 2, is fully equipped with lighting and prompting plus a Panasonic remote pan/tilt/zoom camera. The podcast control room has similar facilities to the Studio 1 production gallery, including a Black magic ATEM UHD vision mixer, a HyperDeck Studio 12G recorder, Autoscript prompting and a Custom Consoles control desk.

"For the green room, used primarily by guests prior to their studio appearance, we have integrated a 55 inch UHD video display with Genelec loudspeakers and RTS room-to-room audio communications."

"Much of the detailed processing equipment is housed in the primary technical room which includes Axon glue, Ross distribution amplifiers, Unifi networking, SNS EVO storage servers, a Quantum tape library with LTO-8 drives, Ross routing and NTP DAD audio interfaces."

"In summary, we have been able to deliver a sensibly costed and versatile production facility of very high quality, complete with staff training and all supporting documentation. We are confident that this system will have a long working life."

April 14th, 2020

About ATG Danmon

ATG Danmon (www.atgdanmon.co.uk), part of the Danmon Group (www.danmon.com), has been at the forefront of the transition to the file-based technology now used throughout the broadcast media industry. It has also assisted many clients in the construction of IT-based automated file workflow systems, high-definition studios, master control rooms and playout facilities, as well as the upgrade of existing SD systems to HD and UHD.

ATG Danmon also offers a comprehensive range of products and services including transcoding and automated workflow management, accelerated global file transfer, media workflow-design, project-planning, equipment installation, software-configuration, commissioning, documentation, on-site training plus ongoing support and maintenance.

With offices in Asia, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, the Danmon Group thinks globally and acts locally to support customers with its highly experienced sales and engineering teams.

Contacts for further information

ATG Danmon: Russell Peirson-Hagger

Email: russell.peirson-hagger@atgdanmon.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1462 485 444

Danmon Group United Kingdom, Unit 5, Oakfield Business Corner, Works Road, Letchworth SG6 1FB, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1462 485 444

Fax: +44 (0)1462 485 777

Web: www.danmon.com

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