NEP Australia Selects Tektronix to Monitor Hybrid IP/SDI Video Production Infrastructure
NEP Australia is transitioning from an SDI infrastructure to an all-IP infrastructure for outside broadcast and live production. The catalyst is the construction of two IP enabled centralized production hubs and four new all-IP OB trucks. During the transition NEP will run a mix of all-IP OB trucks and legacy SDI trucks with an IP layer allowing connectivity to either hub. The need for a gradual transition to IP created a significant challenge for NEP to efficiently monitor and troubleshoot this complex hybrid environment – a challenge solved by PRISM.
Tektronix PRISM is the first monitoring solution of its kind to combine ST-2110 analysis with full SDI support, making it ideally suited to NEP’s requirement. It gives NEP’s broadcast and network engineers real time monitoring and analysis of IP streams and the associated content, enabling early identification and diagnosis of network or content issues including intermittent loss of video, audio, or data content. PRISM’s IP capabilities including analysis of PTP synchronization timing, support for SMPTE ST 2022-7 redundancy and SMPTE ST-2110, IGMP V3 and API support for easy system integration into network management systems, and IP stream capture for deep dive analysis.
“We have relied on Tektronix instruments for monitoring and QC for many years and see them as an important trusted partner,” said Marc Segar, director of technology, NEP Australia. “With local support from their Australian channel partner, TekInsite Video Technologies, Tektronix has played an important role in our decision to move to an ST-2110 infrastructure, going so far as to send a principal engineer to Australia to conduct real operational testing with PRISM on site in our Sydney facilities. Currently, PRISM is the only monitoring solution fully capable of meeting our requirements.”
Alongside PRISM in NEP’s build out will be the SPG8000A hybrid master sync generator and PTP grandmaster clock that provides PTP (SMPTE ST-2059) timing for its ST-2110 compliant IP video network.
“Even for broadcasters such as NEP that are committed to a modern all-IP infrastructure, the transition to IP will take several years before it’s fully implemented,” said Charlie Dunn, general manager, Video Product Line at Tektronix. “With support for both IP and SDI in the same platform, PRISM is uniquely positioned to help broadcasters make a smooth transition to IP while preserving their legacy investments. And, as a software-enabled platform, it can support their needs well into the future as standards and technologies continue to evolve.”
For over 30 years, NEP Group, Inc. has been the leading production partner supporting premier content producers across the broadcast and live events industries—and across the globe. We provide the technology and know-how to support the most prestigious sports, entertainment, music and corporate events worldwide. Our technical services include remote production, studio production, audio visual solutions, host broadcast services, premium playout, post production and innovative software-based media management solutions. NEP’s 3,000+ employees are driven by a passion for superior service and a focus on technical innovation. Together, they have supported productions in over 85 countries on all seven continents.
Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix delivers innovative, precise and easy-to-operate test, measurement and monitoring solutions that solve problems, unlock insights and drive discovery. Tektronix has been at the forefront of the digital age for over 70 years.