AIMS Votes in Scott Barella and Andy Warman as New Board Members
BOTHELL, Wash. — Dec. 1, 2016 — The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) today announced that AIMS members have elected Scott Barella and Andy Warman to the organization’s board of directors. As board members, Barella and Warman will help lead the AIMS effort to foster adoption of one set of common, ubiquitous, standards-based protocols for interoperability over IP in the media and entertainment industry.
Barella, the chief technology officer of Utah Scientific, has served as deputy chairman of the AIMS Technical Working Group since January 2016 and was instrumental in organizing the IP interop at the Arista booth at the 2016 NAB Show. Barella has been in the broadcast industry since 1977 and has held several high-level technical management positions throughout his career. He has a strong background in broadcast systems design and architecture, OEM manufacturing and design, systems integration, and operations, with particular emphasis on IT video. In addition to his role on the AIMS board, Barella continues to serve as deputy chairman of the AIMS Technical Working Group. He also serves on the SMPTE 32NF60 DG group, currently working on the new SMPTE 2110 standard.
Warman is the director of production and playout strategy and market development at Harmonic, where he provides business development and strategic direction for Harmonic’s line of playout-enabled solutions. Warman has deep domain knowledge in the production and playout arena and experience in automation, news production, content creation, and infrastructure common to broadcast workflows. Before joining Harmonic, Warman spent 11 years at Harris Broadcast (now Imagine Communications) in various product management roles. Besides serving on the AIMS board, Warman will continue his role as the AIMS Marketing Working Group chair, a position he has held since January 2016. He will also lead the newly formed AIMS Policy and Procedures Working Group.
“Several existing standards bodies and other groups are working hard to create technical recommendations, standards, and architectures around IP signal transport. At AIMS, our role is to support those organizations by encouraging adoption of their work and cultivating IP interoperability,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS board chair. “Like all of our members, Scott and Andy are passionate about this effort because they believe that the only way to make progress is by working together. Clearly our members are confident that these two will bring that passion to their roles on the board.”
AIMS board members and working group chairs are selected annually. Barella’s and Warman’s board terms start immediately. Existing board members Cronk, Deputy Board Chair Steve Reynolds, and Chief Financial Officer Andreas Hilmer all were re-elected to their positions.
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The Alliance for IP Media Solutions
The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the education, awareness, and promotion of industry standards for the transmission of video, audio, and ancillary information over an IP infrastructure, as well as products based on those standards. The group represents the interests of both broadcast and media companies and technology suppliers that share a commitment to facilitating the industry’s transition from SDI to IP through industry standards and interoperable solutions that enable the rapid evolution to open, agile, and versatile production environments.
SALT LAKE CITY — August 10, 2016 — Utah Scientific today announced that KSPS-TV, the Spokane, Washington, PBS affiliate, has upgraded its broadcast operation with a new UTAH-400 Series 2 router. The UTAH-400 Series 2 will bring new levels of signal flexibility, modularity, and signal-processing power to the 45-year-old broadcaster, well-known for its award-winning national programming.
“With our previous router nearing its end of life, we needed a robust and future-proof replacement. We selected the UTAH-400 Series 2 after speaking with other broadcasters that have had outstanding results with Utah Scientific solutions,” said Steve Covert, studio engineer, KSPS-TV. “Another big reason we chose Utah Scientific was its 10-year warranty and no-contract support — practically unheard-of in this industry.”
In additon to its three broadcast channels, KSPS-TV operates six educational cable channels and provides master control operations for two other stations. Expected to be fully operational by September, the new UTAH-400 Series 2 router will be the heart of the KSPS operation, switching signals from every video device and for the entire programming lineup. The new router is a 144 x 144 frame configured for 96 inputs and 72 outputs, with Utah Scientific’s SoftPanel-2 software and UCP-Series panels providing router control.
“Our UTAH-400 Series 2 uniquely addresses the complex signal-processing challenges of today’s broadcasters by providing a single platform for all signal formats, including those found in IP networks,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “With its programming reaching more than 2 million households, KSPS-TV is a major force in public television and a prime candidate for the increased flexibility and power of the UTAH-400 Series 2. We welcome KSPS-TV as a new Utah Scientific customer and look forward to helping them realize maximum success with our products.”
About Utah Scientific Inc.
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 atwww.utahscientific.com.
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Photo Caption: KSPS-TV in Spokane, Washington
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Photo Caption: The UTAH-400 Series 2 Routing Switcher Installed at KSPS-TV
Uses State-of-the-Art Fiber Solutions From Utah Scientific
SALT LAKE CITY — July 25, 2016 — Utah Scientific’s UTAH-100/XFD fiber-distribution frame with Norwia fiber-transport technology played a starring role in WDRB-TV FOX 41’s all-HD live coverage of the 2016 “Thunder Over Louisville” event in Louisville, Kentucky. Over a single bidirectional fiber, the UTAH-100/XFD supplied key content elements and the main program feed for WDRB’s sprawling 22-camera coverage of Thunder Over Louisville, an air show and fireworks extravaganza that marked the official opening of the Kentucky Derby season on April 22.
“For 28 years, Thunder Over Louisville has been delighting our citizens with an explosive kickoff for the biggest annual celebration in our region. WDRB’s coverage of the 2007 show marked the event’s first-ever all-HD broadcast,” said Gary Schroder, chief engineer, WDRB-TV. “When we were chosen for the broadcast again this year, we decided to up the ante on our coverage — going from 12 strategic camera locations to a record-breaking 22.
He added, “Without the UTAH-100/XFD, together with the other Utah Scientific routing and master control gear in our operation, we could not have produced a show of this magnitude. When push comes to shove, we know we can count on Utah Scientific to provide equipment with bulletproof reliability for even the most complex productions and fantastic customer service in the rare event that problems do arise.”
Working with F&F Productions, WDRB-TV established fixed shooting locations on both sides of the Ohio River. In addition, the production included a drone-mounted camera for bird’s-eye-view live footage (marking the first time the FAA approved flying a drone during an air show), a roving HD camera among the spectators, and a camera mounted atop the 300-foot-tall Humana Corporation skyscraper for footage of the F16 fighters in the air show. In another first for the event, WDRB-TV also deployed Live-U cellular bonding transmitters at two local airports, enabling producers to cut in exciting live footage from GoPro cameras mounted in the cockpits of the aircraft participating in the air show.
The stream of the entire Thunder Over Louisville show traveled through Utah Scientific equipment. The UTAH-100/XFD enabled a seamless fiber link between the production truck, located at ground zero for the fireworks, and the WDRB-TV studio about three miles away. All over one single-mode fiber, the on-site production team was able to cut in a wealth of extra show elements, including weather graphics, traffic updates, and the two Live-U feeds from the airports. As a bonus, the UTAH-100/XFD provided an Ethernet connection to the truck, giving the production team access to any content on the WDRB network.
Using the same bidirectional fiber, the UTAH-100/XFD carried the program feed back to a UTAH-400 Series 2 router in the studio, where it was routed to a Utah Scientific MC-400 digital master control processor for playout to air. WDRB-TV also used one of its three Utah Scientific GS-4000 graphics systems to generate time/temperature and station IDs for the live broadcast.
“Thunder Over Louisville was a marvel in live TV production using fiber, with more than 15,000 feet of fiber cable supplying footage from challenging locations, such as the top of the Humana Building. We’re very proud of the role Utah Scientific equipment played in this monumental broadcast,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “WDRB-TV has proven once again how flexible and powerful the UTAH-100/XFD is for digital signal distribution and conversion. For instance, the unit delivered pristine HD signal quality — a remarkable feat considering that the main production feed had to be patched through the cable provider’s central hub 10 miles away.”
About Utah Scientific Inc.
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 atwww.utahscientific.com
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Photo Caption: Utah Scientific’s UTAH-100/XFD was used for WDRB-TV FOX 41’s all-HD live coverage of the 2016 “Thunder Over Louisville” event.
SALT LAKE CITY — June 7, 2016 — Omega Broadcast Group, a professional audio/video sales, rental, and design/integration company based in Austin, Texas, has chosen Utah Scientific’s all-new UHD-12G router for its upcoming 4K-capable mobile broadcasting vehicle. The new truck, the first in its market designed to provide a complete infrastructure for 4K/ultra-high-definition television (UHDTV), will be used for live broadcasts of high-profile local events including the Austin City Limits and South by Southwest music festivals and the Circuit of the Americas, home of the Formula One Grand Prix, Austin.
“The high-pressure broadcast environment for events such as Formula One, which often have a national and even international viewing audience, demands equipment that can provide the ultimate in reliability,” said David Fry, vice president, Omega Broadcast Group. “As one of Utah Scientific’s newest systems integrator partners, we knew we made the right choice with the UHD-12G for our new truck. Not only does the system provide cutting-edge technology in a quarter of the space that other 4K routers need, but it also delivers the reliability for which Utah Scientific is well-known. Plus, the UHD-12G can handle any kind of 4K SDI signal in a single link, giving us the scalability to support 4K operations well into the future.”
Ideal for live acquisition of UHDTV content, the UHD-12G is the industry’s first enterprise-class router to enable distribution of a full range of 4K SDI video signals, including data rates from SD up to 12G, in a single-link interconnect. This simplifies installations, reduces rack space and cables needed to process 4K signals, and lowers opex. Configured as a 144 x 144 chassis, the UHD-12G in Omega Broadcast Group’s new truck will initially be used to route quad-link 4K signals with an expansion path for switching single-link 12-Gbps 4K signals in the future.
“As a new member of our integrator partner family, Omega Broadcast Group is on the forefront of the emerging 4K/UHDTV broadcasting landscape with its groundbreaking new truck,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO, Utah Scientific Inc. “In addition to providing a new revenue stream for Omega, the truck is a showcase of the latest 4K broadcast equipment – and it’s an ideal demonstration of the single-link capabilities of our new UHD-12G.”
Two of the industry’s most prestigious names join together in a Global Alliance
SALT LAKE CITY — March 23, 2015 — Utah Scientific, a worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers, today announced that they have joined forces with Axon Digital Design in a global strategic partnership to jointly promote each other’s products. Under this agreement, the two companies will cooperate closely on technology, product development, marketing and sales.
“We are extremely excited about this unique opportunity for us to bring together two of the industry’s leading infrastructure suppliers,” said Tom Harmon, Utah Scientific CEO. “We are looking forward to being able to offer best-of-breed solutions in both switchers and modular products to our customers and we have already started working with Axon to integrate our existing products and accelerate our development of products for the emerging segments of our industry such as IP video and UHD-TV”
Effective immediately, Utah Scientific will become the exclusive North American distributor of Axon’s Synapse line of modular products and Cerebrum facility control solutions. Axon will assume responsibility for world-wide distribution of Utah Scientific’s product line including the UTAH-400 Routing Switcher family and the new UTAH-100/UDS line of low-cost, high-performance routers.
“We are very pleased that through this agreement we can extend our product offering to our customers.” comments Jan Eveleens Axon’s CEO. “Utah’s router product line is a perfect match to our signal processing and monitoring & control product lines. This new partnership is a good strategic and cultural fit for both companies, enabling us to bring together our expertise to develop next generation solutions and reach new markets.”
At this year’s NAB both companies will showcase each other’s products on their stands (for Utah N4824, and for Axon SU5405).
About Axon Digital Design
Headquartered in The Netherlands, and with offices across the world, Axon develops, manufactures and markets high quality broadcast equipment for the conversion, processing and compliance recording of audio and video signals. Products integrate advanced signal processing techniques, innovative engineering and modular flexibility and provide high quality, affordability and reliability within mission-critical broadcast applications.
For more information please visit axon.tv
About Utah Scientific, Inc.
Utah Scientific is the world’s leading specialist in analog, digital, and HDTV routing switchers, master control switchers, and related control software. For more than 30 years, the company has provided industry-leading products and best-in-class service and support as recognized, again in 2009, by Frost & Sullivan with its global Customer Service Leadership Award and demonstrated by the industry’s first no-fee 10-year warranty. Additional information about the company can be found atwww.utahscientific.com