Harris secures landmark Iraq broadcast contract

Harris Corporation has secured one of Iraq's largest ever private broadcast infrastructure deals, tying up a complete modernisation project with Iraqi Media Network.


Harris Corporation has secured one of Iraq’s largest ever private broadcast infrastructure deals, tying up a complete modernisation project with Iraqi Media Network.

The deal will see Harris supply automation technology, servers, core processing, multiviewers, test and measurement, branding and routers.
“The broadcast market in Iraq is in full expansion,” commented Said Bacho, managing director of Harris Broadcast Middle East.  “As the IMN is building its broadcast infrastructure around the Harris ONE approach, they will be able to achieve operational efficiencies that provide real business benefits."
The Harris broadcast solution includes the ADC automation system featuring device control over six Harris NEXIO transmission servers and six NEXIO storage arrays providing a total of 720 hours of storage capacity in each system. 
In addition, IMN will use the Harris AutoSat automated satellite programme acquisition system, which controls steerable satellite dishes, tunes receivers and enables recording right from the ADC automation system, providing control of six integrated receiver/decoders simultaneously.
Harris equipment will also feature in three new Master Control Rooms (MCRs). Each MCR will control two studios simultaneously and include an IconMaster master control switcher, a Predator II HD32 multiviewer, a Panacea router, Videotek test and measurement units, 6800+ core processing products, channel branding equipment, the Inscriber G-Store media management solution and 10 Harris X75 SD converter/synchronisers. 
IMN also is building a master satellite feeding room, with the capacity to control 13 professional decoders. The room will include a 32x32 Panacea router, test and measurement equipment and 6800+ core processing products.
“We evaluated a number of systems on the market and decided on an integrated solution from Harris,” commented Emad Azzez, assistant to the CEO of the engineering department at IMN. “We see the installation of a full solution from a single vendor as a great advantage.”
The installation will be handled by Kholoud Telecom & Broadcast System Solutions (KTBS), a local Harris dealer.

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