UK outside broadcast specialist Cloudbass has become the first outside broadcast company to transform an existing OB truck from HD-SDI to UHD IP.
Axon claims its technology has enabled Cloudbass to become the first OB company to do so.
The transformation allows Cloudbass to offer broadcasters all the flexibility and speed of a fully IP workflow.
It also cements the company’s position as one of the most technically advanced broadcast providers operating in the UK.
Upgrading the 20 camera vehicle took five weeks to complete and involved a total refurbishment of all working areas, as well as the installation of a full IP solution based around Axon’s recently launched Neuron Network Attached Processor (NAP).
This gateway product, which was designed to address the needs of IP and hybrid-IP environments, supports the latest industry standards by handling uncompressed SD, HD, 3G and UHD signals based on the ST2022-6 and ST2110 specifications.
Michael Beaumont, technical director, Cloudbass: “From the outset we were looking for a future proof scalable solution we could use to effectively ‘add’ an IP layer into any of our existing or future fleet. As soon as Axon showed us the initial ideas for the Neuron we knew it would be an exciting product.”
Adrian Richmond, director of sales for the UK, Ireland and Africa, Axon said: “Neuron is packed with features like edge synchronisers and converters for processing streams before they enter the core router. It also offers a 200 Gb/s and 64 1080p signals or 16 UHD channels with up to 80 SDI connectors, all in a single 1RU.
“By acting as a bridge between SDI and IP, Neuron allowed Cloudbass to decide what equipment it wanted to keep and what it wanted to replace. Anything that couldn’t be connected directly to Cloudbass’ new IP switchers could be easily channeled through Neuron and brought into the IP domain.”
It also installed an Axon Cerebrum monitoring and control system, which is rapidly becoming the de facto standard for complex mobile production, news and studio live production, master control and remote production.
Cloudbass unveiled its new IP-ready Outside Broadcast vehicle at the UK Speedway Championships in May 2019, which it is under contract to broadcast for the BT Sport channel.
Cloudbass is now deploying the truck at various other events for customers such as BT and looking forward to learning what can be achieved with this new technology.