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Utah Scientific Promotes From the Sales Team and Hires Industry Veteran as Replacement
SALT LAKE CITY — March 27, 2018 — Utah Scientific today announced that Michelle Maurice has been promoted to director of sales operations from her previous position as regional sales manager, and John Schilberg has been hired to fill the role of U.S. Central regional sales manager.
Maurice has been with Utah Scientific for 28 years and has worked her way up from technician to regional sales manager and now director of sales operations. In her new role, she will be able to continue driving sales growth while cultivating new client relationships.
“Michelle’s strong technical background and quick thinking make her uniquely qualified to fill this important position,” said Brett Benson, vice president of strategic accounts, Utah Scientific. “Her ability to always find a client’s best available options is invaluable and shows true talent.”
Maurice will be will be working alongside Benson and Utah Scientific’s Troy Davis, vice president of sales, to consult and direct support for regional sales managers across North America.
Schilberg has been hired as U.S. Central regional sales manager. Schilberg has broad industry experience, having worked as director of engineering and operations for TV stations, as vice president of technology for a station group, in sales at the dealer and manufacturer levels, and most recently as a researcher looking into where IP and OTT might take the industry. Schilberg will be covering 13 Central U.S. states from his office in Allen, Texas.
“John has an immense amount of experience in broadcast engineering and sales,” stated Benson. “His previous success in these capacities tells us he will be an asset to our team while providing a high level of understanding and satisfaction for any client needs.”
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About Utah Scientific, Inc.
Utah Scientific is the world’s leading specialist in routing switchers, master control switchers, and related control software. Utah Scientific set the benchmark for the broadcast industry with the first no-fee 10-year product warranty. Since 1977, the company has provided industry-leading products and best-in-class service and support as recognized three times by Frost & Sullivan with its global Customer Service Leadership Award. Additional information about the company can be found at www.utahscientific.com.
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Utah Scientific and NVerzion Announce Strategic Partnership
SALT LAKE CITY — March 14, 2018 — Utah Scientific and NVerzion proudly announce a partnership that combines the industry’s leading router, automated playout, and master control systems to offer users a complete solution.
“Combining the expertise of Utah Scientific with NVerzion forms a powerhouse alliance for broadcasters and the industry as a whole,” says Reed Haslam, director of sales and marketing, NVerzion. “With NVerzion focusing specifically on automation and video servers and Utah Scientific providing its master control and routing expertise, the partnership is a win-win combination for the entire broadcast market.”
Utah Scientific and NVerzion will work together to integrate their respective product lines, including automation systems, video servers, master control switchers, and video/audio routers, to facilitate a traditional master control environment.
The partnership covers all media markets worldwide. Together the companies will offer three special packages dubbed, Uinta. These packages merge the offerings of the two companies and are available now. With the scope and intent to address PEG, low-power, and full-power markets, the Uinta packages can be easily integrated into existing infrastructures. The name Uinta is in honor of both companies being headquartered in the state of Utah. The Uinta mountain range is home to Utah’s tallest peak. King’s P
eak stands 13,534 feet.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to form this partnership with two local companies that have served the broadcast industry for decades,” says Dave Burland, Utah Scientific president and CEO. “Collaboration between the companies will offer our customers the quality and established products they’ve come to expect with an eye on the future of IP.”
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NVerzion is a leading provider of digital broadcast automation tools and video servers that streamline an operator’s entire workflow from acquisition to distribution and playout of content, reducing opex and capex. Based on a Component Level Automation System Solutions (CLASS™) concept that supports easy implementation into any existing infrastructure, NVerzion solutions offer users scalability, reliability, redundancy, and guaranteed interoperability with third-party systems. Powered by 27 years of engineering excellence, all NVerzion systems are also backed with worldwide training, superior customer service, and life-time engineering support. More information about NVerzion can be found at www.nverzion.com.
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Utah Scientific is the world’s leading specialist in routing switchers, master control switchers, and related control software, and it set the benchmark for the broadcast industry with the first no-fee 10-year product warranty. Since 1977, the company has provided industry-leading products and best-in-class service and support as recognized three times by Frost & Sullivan with its global Customer Service Leadership Award. Additional information about the company can be found at www.utahscientific.com.
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At the 2018 NAB Show, Utah Scientific will demonstrate its new 400 Series hybrid digital router, a flexible platform designed to accommodate next-generation IP signals along with today’s high-density SDI. All within a common frame, the 400 Series can handle any number of IP and SDI signal formats along with audio and data. The new SMPTE ST 2110 and SMPTE ST 2022-6/7 IP formats are supported, along with 3G-SDI, analog, HD, SD, and audio signals including analog, digital AES3, MADI, TDM, and AES 67.
Additionally, the world’s first SDI/IP hybrid “pass-through” card will be available only in the 400 Series. The pass-through card will change how broadcasters look at the SDI/IP transition. The router also handles all major digital and analog audio formats, features advanced signal processing for embedding and de-embedding, and is backed by the industry’s only no-fee 10-year warranty.
SynView – 4K and IP Multiviewer
The Utah Scientific 400 Series Hybrid Router integrates with the SynView 4K and IP multiviewer. SynView from Axon is a powerful, modular multiviewer that can handle both 4K and IP video formats. SynView is the industry’s only single-field latency multiviewer system to offer external looping for an unlimited number of input channels.
UHD-12G Digital Routing Switcher
Utah Scientific will feature its UHD-12G digital routing switcher at the 2018 NAB Show. The UHD-12G is the industry’s first enterprise-class router to enable distribution of a full range of SDI video signals, from SD data rates up to 2160p60, in a single-link interconnect. Ideal for live acquisition of UHDTV content, the UHD-12G simplifies installations, reduces the rack space and cables needed to process 4K signals, and lowers operating expense. Ideal for enterprise broadcasters that need to meet growing consumer demand for UHDTV content, the UHD-12G is able to receive, route, and distribute SDI signals up to the latest 4K/60 standards on a single cable. The router is fully compliant with SMPTE ST 2081 and ST 2082 standards for SDI video and compatible with the full line of Utah Scientific products. In addition, the UHD-12G can be controlled by any version of Utah Scientific’s current family of routing control systems, including the SC-4, SC-40, and SC-400.
Cerebrum – Full Facility Control System
In modern broadcasting, multiplatform delivery and multipurpose repackaging of content demand mastery of multiple workflows. Cerebrum software makes the control and monitoring of a traditional or IP broadcast infrastructure easier, more efficient, and cost-effective than ever. Cerebrum provides comprehensive tools with which to configure, control, monitor, and maintain products from any manufacturer within and beyond the broadcasting industry.
“With the industry focus shifting to IP and the next-generation SMPTE ST 2110 standard, our customers are worried about the huge investments they’ve already made in their SDI workflows. That is why our new 400 Series hybrid router has been met with so much enthusiasm. But we are more than just routers. Visitors to NAB will see that we are multiviewers, signal processing, full facility control, automation, servers, and more. They’ll also learn how our hybrid approach offers a future-proof and cost-effective solution for broadcasters making the switch to IP.”
— Dave Burland, President and CEO, Utah Scientific
Utah Scientific Promotes Troy Davis to Vice President, North American Sales
SALT LAKE CITY — Jan. 10, 2018 — Utah Scientific today announced that Troy Davis has been promoted to vice president, North American sales from his previous position as sales manager, Western region. While continuing to manage the Western region, Davis will now have oversight for the entire Utah Scientific sales operation in North America.
“Troy is the perfect choice to lead our North American sales operation into our company’s next growth phase as we continue to trailblaze the delivery of hybrid IP routing solutions. He has covered every territory in the U.S. and Canada at some point in his career, and he has an outstanding track record for turning territories around from slow producers to top producers,” said Dave Burland, president and CEO, Utah Scientific. “He understands the ‘language’ of customers and has a solid understanding of their needs in every corner of the continent. He’ll be able to draw on a deep reservoir of technical knowledge and experience to take our sales to new levels.”
Since rejoining Utah Scientific in 2003, Davis has managed sales territories across North America and currently covers the nine-state Western region — with responsibility for direct and dealer/reseller sales to call-letter broadcasters, as well as educational, telephony, corporate, and government customers. Previously, he served for almost six years as regional sales manager at Vela Broadcast. Prior to that, Davis began his career at Utah Scientific/Dynatech Video Group, where he held progressive engineering and sales engineering roles for almost 10 years.
“In the 15 years I’ve served at Utah Scientific, I’ve seen the company progress through many key product and technology advances to support our customers’ evolving requirements. Today, broadcast and media customers are facing new challenges as they plot a course to all IP-operations, which translates to big opportunities for our hybrid IP/SDI routing systems that use the new SMPTE ST 2110 and SMPTE ST 2022 protocols,” Davis said. “It’s an exciting time to be taking over the helm for North American sales, and I’m looking forward to leading the sales team and driving a new era of growth for Utah Scientific. Another top priority will be to stay on top of customer needs to help drive senior management on new product directions.”
More information about Utah Scientific is available at www.utahscientific.com.
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David Burland Takes Over as President Tom Harmon to Retire
COO and EVP of Finance Dave Burland to Take Over as President on Jan. 1; Harmon to Serve as Board Chairman
|SALT LAKE CITY — Dec. 13, 2017 — Utah Scientific today announced that Tom Harmon, president of Utah Scientific, has announced his retirement after 15 highly successful years at the helm of the company. Dave Burland, current chief operating officer and executive vice president of finance, will assume the role of president, and Harmon will remain active with Utah Scientific as chairman of the board. The changeover will be effective Jan. 1, 2018.
Under Harmon’s leadership, Utah Scientific has expanded its global leadership in video routers, master control switchers, and related control software and built on its reputation as the thought leader in those areas. Harmon oversaw many technology milestones as president, including the latest advance in SDI/IP hybrid routing, the recent launch of the industry’s first enterprise-scale, single-link 12G routing switcher, and the first no-fee, 10-year product warranty in the broadcast industry. Also, during his tenure, Utah Scientific was a three-year winner of Frost & Sullivan’s Global Customer Service Leadership Award in the video switcher category. Today, with its line of hybrid IP routing solutions, Harmon has positioned Utah Scientific to help broadcasters make a smooth transition to IP-based operations.
“It’s been a fantastic ride, with the best team in the industry,” said Harmon. “And I can’t think of a better professional to take over the reins than Dave. After more than 20 years of working closely with Dave, he really understands what makes our company tick, and I’m completely confident he’ll be able to take Utah Scientific to new levels of success in the coming years. I look forward to working with Dave, the board, and the rest of our executive team to ensure a smooth transition.”
“Tom needs no introduction in the broadcast technology community. Over his 40-year career, he has not only earned the admiration and loyalty of his team members, but he’s respected by chief engineers and key industry influencers across the country,” said Burland. “During his tenure here, Tom has shepherded Utah Scientific through plenty of changes in the broadcast landscape — from analog to digital media and now the migration to all-IP workflows. We’re delighted that he’s agreed to stay on as chairman and continue to serve as a valuable consulting resource for our team.”
Dave Burland is a 28-year veteran of the broadcast industry, having served in senior management roles for Quanta Corporation, Dynatech Video Group, and Vela Corporation prior to his 16-year tenure at Utah Scientific.
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High Rock Mobile Television Chooses UTAH-400 Series 2 Router for Brand-New 40-Foot Production Truck
SALT LAKE CITY — Nov. 28, 2017 — A UTAH-400 Series 2 hybrid enterprise router from Utah Scientific is the signal distribution anchor aboard High Rock Mobile Television’s first-ever production truck, High Rock 1. The compact yet powerful multiformat router is the ideal complement to the 40-foot, dual-expando vehicle, designed to offer big-truck production capabilities in a smaller footprint. Bennett Engineering sourced the UTAH-400 Series 2 and provided installation and integration for all systems on High Rock 1, which was manufactured by Gerling and Associates.
“We’re very glad we went with Bennett’s recommendation on the UTAH-400 Series 2,” said Jim Carr, president, High Rock Mobile Television. “Of course, Utah Scientific is well-known for its outstanding router technology, with a large share of the production truck market — and the no-fee, 10-year warranty is a huge incentive. But the router also offers great flexibility and a really outstanding feature set in a compact package, with high density, extremely low power consumption, and cool operation. All of these are important in the tight quarters of a mobile truck.”
Since its launch in September, High Rock 1 has covered several horse racing and equestrian events, as well as track and field competitions, including NBC Sports’ coverage of the 5th Avenue Mile. High Rock 1 can cover productions using up to 12 cameras, and it is designed for all levels of production, with specs similar to a traditional 53-foot production truck. The UTAH-400 Series 2 frame offers 528 inputs and outputs, configured as 254 x 456 for High Rock 1.
“High Rock Mobile Television has built a real name for itself, especially for high-profile live sports productions for major television networks,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “The launch of High Rock 1 is a big step for the company because it’s an asset they can rely on not only to bring consistency to their own workflows, but also to rent out to other productions. We know High Rock was looking to build as much firepower and flexibility as possible into the truck, which makes our UTAH-400 Series 2 a great addition. It’s also a future-proof choice since it offers a single platform for all signal formats, including those used in IP networks.”
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In an article in the August issue title “Ethernet Basics for Studio Video Over IP,” I gave an overview of studio video over IP (SVIP) in the uncompressed domain using Ethernet. That article covered Ethernet basics such as subnets, multicasting, virtual local area networks, bandwidth considerations, and the Open Systems Interconnection model. Now we’ll look at the essential components of elementary audio, video, and data streams in an Ethernet network, and I’ll present some approaches to network design meant to help you get started building an organized Ethernet architecture.
It Starts With Multicast
Unicast refers to a one-to-one transmission from one point in the network to another; that is, one sender and one receiver, each identified by a network address. Unicast is common, but this simple point-to-point connection isn’t practical in broadcast because, by their nature, broadcast plants rely on many different receivers or endpoints listening to the same source.
Multicast, on the other hand, is when a single video or audio transmitter connects to many different video or audio receivers. It’s ideal for a modern broadcast environment because it acts like an SDI router, connecting a single source to multiple destinations.
Making multicast work requires first connecting the transmitters to the receivers. There are many ways to make that connection, but for the sake of simplicity, the most important elements are:
A common subnet — The transmitter and receiver must be connected within the same subnet. Many refer to this foundational connection as the “source port,” since the multicast traffic being emitted into the network must originate from an IP port using an IP address.
IGMP — The protocol for joining the receiver to the transmitter is called Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP), which exists in the Ethernet switch. The protocol enables communication between multiple receivers, not only notifying the transmitter that the switch will be joining receivers to it, but also making sure that the transmitter is aware that the switch is listening. What’s important with IGMP is that the Ethernet switch manages this connection. By monitoring which receivers are listening and breaking connection with receivers that are no longer accepting packets, the Ethernet switch can manage multicast traffic to network endpoints.
Packets: The Foundation of All Ethernet Data Streams
UDP for transport — The Universal Datagram Packet (UDP) is the most common means of transporting video in Ethernet environments. UDPs lack functions such as error correction, sequencing, duplicate elimination, flow control, and congestion control, but that simplicity is what makes them so common. Since they don’t require any direct connection management, they’re versatile for data such as essence video. In Ethernet, the maximum amount of data in a frame is approximately 1,500 bytes. With around 28 bytes reserved for headers, that leaves about 1,472 bytes for video data — just enough to avoid fragmentation.
UDPs have their downfall, however, because there’s no way to number them. When it comes to video, that’s problematic because video gets played out according to the number of frames per second. It’s critical that the frames are in the correct order, and UDPs are incapable of sequencing. Thankfully, there’s RTP.
RTP for sequencing — Real Time Protocol (RTP) is ideal for video because it handles the vital task of sequencing the packets. Even better, RTP packets are small enough that about seven of them can fit within a single UDP. Furthermore, RTP packets can be time-stamped, with the timecode existing as a separate data stream rather than a marker placed on the video.
PTP for time-stamping — Precision Time Protocol (PTP) is the method used to time-stamp the RTP packets, and while its use in the uncompressed-video-over-IP domain is a bit complex, the basic concept is straightforward. The idea is that the transmitting device reads the PTP packets on the network and stamps the RTP packets as they are emitted to the Ethernet network. In this manner, PTP packets serve as a synchronization source. PTP packets are very small compared to RTP packets that are carried by UDPs, but PTP and RTP packets exist together for different purposes.
PTP isn’t used in all video Ethernet transmissions; for instance, the SMPTE 2022 family uses clock rates based on a common SDI clock of 27 MHz. But PTP, as a pure Ethernet timing method, is the ideal synchronization centerpiece of the new SMPTE ST 2110 standard — itself built from the ground up on Ethernet.
All these packets in various combinations form audio, video, and ancillary data streams — some of the threads that flow through the fabric of a SMPTE ST 2110 Ethernet network. Understanding how those components work together goes a long way toward understanding new video- and audio-over-IP topologies — and how to approach your own SVIP network architecture.
Designing an SVIP Network
An Ethernet-based architecture is often described as a fabric. In that analogy, all the connections in an Ethernet design are woven together just as tiny threads of fiber are woven to create textiles. In the end, a fabric can take many different shapes, but its underlying structure is consistent and, if woven correctly, builds a strong composite. Likewise, Ethernet fabric is the composition of similar and dissimilar data flows that define a set of functions in and around themselves.
Keeping all the threads organized is the secret to any well-managed Ethernet fabric, and that requires planning. Figure 1 offers an example of how various components can be woven like threads to create a strong Ethernet fabric for a simple video network.
Figure 1. While real-world networks might be much more complex, this example is useful for showing how an Ethernet network could be fundamentally constructed. Note that the Management subnet is at 22.214.171.124 and all of the essence sources emit from the 192.168.10.0 subnet. The multicast now ‘rides’ within this subnet at 239.1.1.X:5000.
When creating your own Ethernet fabric, consider these approaches:
Manage video on 10 Gigabit switches and audio on 1 Gigabit switches. With SMPTE ST 2110, it’s possible to save bandwidth by transporting different types of data through different sizes of pipes. Video demands 10 Gb/s pipes, while audio and data require much less bandwidth (100 MB/s and 1 Gb/s, respectively). Keep in mind that 10 Gb/s ports can be rather expensive, so use bandwidth accordingly, and ensure that six HD signals can fit within one port when aggregating payloads.
Group signals according to workflow. Given that SDI workflows have tied routers together for years, keeping signals in groups according to workflow is something to consider. Take the example of two studios, in which the IP source port addresses and multicast addresses for each must be kept together logically in order to distinguish the studios from each other. Studio A might use a subnet of 192.168.15.0 with 126.96.36.199:X for multicasts, but Studio B might use 192.168.16.0 and 188.8.131.52:X. This scheme gives us a general sense of addresses for both studios. It doesn’t mean we can’t route the signals between subnets or gather the signals into a common pool. It simply gives us some architectural context for where the signals belong in a common address scheme.
Keep device control and management separate. It’s important to keep device control and management addresses and their associated signaling away from the “business end” of the audio, video, and data essence flows. In other words, separate the device control network from the signal network. They should exist on separate 1 Gb/s Ethernet switches and be wired separately.
Plan for security. Good network design is imperative for tight security, so as a security measure, keep signals in manageable subnets so that signal flows are carefully connected. Every port and every connection within the Ethernet fabric must be accounted for.
As professional video over IP continues to evolve, early network designers will face plenty of challenges. No matter how you approach your own network design, the most important thing is to keep it organized. As the network gains complexity, an organizational structure that is well-planned from the beginning will help make life easier for those who must manipulate all the video, audio, data, and control subnets.
Editor note: Part 1 of Mr. Barella’s Ethernet tutorial can be found here, “Ethernet Basics for Studio Video Over IP”.
Utah Scientific at SMPTE 2017
Hybrid Routing Switchers
At SMPTE 2017, Utah Scientific will show its IP/SDI hybrid solutions including multiviewing and new integrated playout offerings. With the new SMPTE standards now ratified, solutions for the transition to IP are more important than ever. Utah Scientific will have experts on hand to answer routing, multiviewer, distribution, and playout questions, whether SDI, 12G, or IP.
“Our customers have huge investment in their SDI workflows, so with the industry focus shifting to IP, our new hybrid solutions give them a feasible migration path. SMPTE visitors will see firsthand how our hybrid approach offers a future-proof and cost-effective solution for broadcasters making the switch to IP.”
— Tom Harmon, President and CEO, Utah Scientific
The Studio-B&H Will Supply Utah Scientific’s Routing Solutions to Its Growing Customer Base
SALT LAKE CITY — Oct. 11, 2017 — Utah Scientific has entered into an agreement with The Studio-B&H, the professional video and production division of B&H Photo, Video, and Pro Audio, to sell Utah Scientific’s digital hybrid routing switchers to B&H’s broadcast, production, postproduction, and corporate customers.
The Studio-B&H has installed a Utah Scientific UHD-12G router for client demonstrations, and it will form the backbone of The Studio-B&H’s live, multiformat signal-distribution presentation at the upcoming 2017 NAB Show New York, where the company will also showcase its system design and custom integration services.
“The addition of the Utah Scientific routers to our portfolio is a tremendous asset both to B&H and to our customers. Utah Scientific has outstanding brand recognition in the studio and mobile broadcast markets and a stellar reputation for reliability, longevity, and customer service,” said Michel Suissa, managing director of professional solutions at The Studio-B&H. “Our Studio division customers have high technical requirements because the router is often placed at the core of their production operations. The Utah Scientific systems will allow us to support these traditional clients fully. In addition, our partnership with Utah Scientific will help us penetrate new markets, such as enterprise customers, where we can leverage our joint knowledge and experience.”
Suissa added, “It’s also a huge plus to have a partner that can help us engage effectively with our customers on the IP migration. Hybrid solutions are in great demand at present, and there are very few other products on the market that can match Utah Scientific’s ability to handle all types of signals — from traditional HD on up to full UHD 12G — in a single router frame.
“As the new SMPTE standards for IP transport streams continue to mature, we can offer our customers a nearly seamless upgrade path that won’t require them to pull all their legacy systems out of the rack and replace them overnight. In addition, the affordability of Utah Scientific solutions is a big advantage. Now entire market segments can have access to the technology they need and meet their budget parameters.”
Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific, commented, “The B&H brand needs no introduction to the world of imaging and audio, and the The Studio-B&H division has a large and growing customer base in the professional video production and broadcast market. While The Studio-B&H will offer installation and support services in New York and New Jersey, our partnership includes all of B&H’s national accounts.”
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