IBC 2014: A technology demonstration of Grass Valley’s SDN–based (software defined networks) system for managing an IP network will sit at the heart of the company’s IP kit on display in Amsterdam.

Grass Valley senior vice president of strategic marketing Mike Cronk said the non-proprietary, SDN system would allow broadcasters to use third-party routers and switchers within an architecture they are already familiar with, controlling SDI and IP routing using the same control panel surface.

He said: “This flexible platform will evolve into our integrated configuration and control system for future-proof performance, expansion and reliability as customers embrace IP.”

In addition to the technology demonstration of its SDN-based application, Grass Valley’s other IP-enabled products making their European debut at IBC include current modular and router products like the Nvision 8500 IP Gateway and the IRG 3401 IP Gateway module for Densité.

The Nvision 8500 IP Gateway converts and packetises real-time, uncompressed, baseband video using SMPTE 2022-6 for transport over 10 GbE Ethernet networks.

Once SDI signals are packetised they can be distributed rack-to-rack, truck-to-truck and between floors of a facility and between buildings or campuses over IP networks, the company said.

Grass Valley added that all signals support frame-accurate switching for use in live production environments.

The IRG-3401 IP Gateway is a high-density, bidirectional DVB-ASI/IP gateway card, which runs on the Densité modular platform.

The company said the card makes it possible for broadcasters to keep incoming DVB-ASI signals from remote locations fully operational—and jitter-free—while connecting them to IP networks.

Other solutions in Grass Valley’s IP portfolio include IRD-3802/3811 MPEG decoders, SME-1901/11 streaming media encoders, Axino-400 IP transport stream loudness processor and the Kaleido IP series of multiviewers.

“The road to IP is just now being paved,” added Cronk.

“Customers can expect to see a steady stream of IP-enabled solutions from Grass Valley as we deliver on the promise to keep our customers future-ready.”

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