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www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 5 - Issue 9 | September 2015

InStudio

Looking Ahead At
Systems Integration
Roger Henderson, CEO, TSL Systems, discusses technology
transitions and the future of system integration...

I

t has been clear for nearly two
decades that the world of the
Broadcaster will alter, and like all such
changes, it will happen slowly at first
and then very quickly.
Deregulation, re-assessment of
the role of Public Broadcasters and
the rise of new entrants into the
media delivery space - witness BT
and latterly Amazon - means that the
customer base is both developing and
fragmenting. The world of a regular
10 million viewers of a programme is
a thing of the past. And the lifeblood
of broadcasters - public funding,
advertising and subscription - is
changing. Public funding in the main
is being dramatically reduced,
stunting the capabilities of Public
Broadcasters. New methods of
targeted advertising have appeared,

largely thanks to Internet technology.
Targeted advertising is threatening
the traditional broadcast-to-all model.
There are more ways to reach the end
consumer than ever, and so revenue,
although increasing in some quarters,
is spread ever more thinly. Amplified
by the focus on content creation,
efficiency in production and delivery is
the name of the game.
On the technology front, the
broadcast industry is going through
a fundamental transition to the world
of IP that is greater than analogue to
digital, and SD to HD, but analogous to
it in the process by which it will occur.
It is a step by step transition for
most customers - leading ultimately
to a broadly "software only" universe
where functions are provided from
suites of software residing in local

or remote, customer owned or
outsourced "clouds".
However, the path will be lengthy -
the next few years for the innovators,
three to five years for the early
adopters and perhaps five to 12 years
early majority. Additionally, the
process for most will be islands of IP
functionality, and/or adoption of the
technology for specific components in
an infrastructure - after all, for perfect
integration, rather than just media
transport, there needs to be a shared
control architecture too and that is a
long way from happening.
We also believe that this world
promises greater efficiency and
capability but not a utopian existence.
It is certain that in this new world,
integration and workflow issues will
remain. File, format, file movements,

timing and metadata incompatibility,
amongst other issues, will demand
people and companies who are able
to manage complex and sometimes
bewildering issues, and tracking down
the source of these in the "cloud"
environment will be a specialism. And
of course, signals and metadata have
to be captured into any system and
delivered from it.
In this world, there will be
demand for trusted specialists who
are able to craft market leading
solutions, many of them with mixed
technologies, implement them and be
able to manage them over the longer
term for those operators who do not
have the capacity to do so.
There is much talk of convergence of
IT, Computer and Broadcast, but the
opposite is the case. Over decades,
these sectors have diverged into each
other's market sectors, increasing
the complexity of solutions, offering
a plethora of channels to customers,
formats of delivery and methods of
production, making our universe an
exciting and challenging one to be part
of - and a long way from the simple
world of PAL and NTSC that used to
exist.
This is the world of the system
integrator in 2020s.

Clear-Com Offers Complete
IP Connectivity
B

roadcast teams today need to
work across multiple floors,
multiple sites, and geographies. To
effectively collaborate, they need to
extend communication to all these
locations. However, many existing
venues don't have the internal
infrastructure to support an intercom
expansion across these areas without
a considerable upgrade or further
system construction.
With the addition of the new LQ-R
to Clear-Com's LQ Series IP interfaces,
broadcasters have a complete IP
connectivity solution that can help
them achieve an expansive intercom
and audio deployment quickly and with

fewer resources. Clear-Com's LQ Series
IP Interfaces link or extend industrystandard 2-wire or 4-wire intercoms
and audio systems to remote locations
over LAN, WAN or IP networks.
Clear-Com initially launched the
compact LQ throw-down devices which
offered two ports of connectivity.
The newly introduced LQ-R rack
mount devices expand port capacity
for connecting more intercom and
audio devices over IP networks. LQ-R
provides either four or eight ports
per rack unit. LQ-R devices have
the options of either eight 4-wire
connections, four 2-wire connections,
or four 2-wire and four 4-wire

The new
LQ-R rack mount

Clear-Com's LQ devices

connections in a single unit. All LQ
devices are compatible with any
industry-standard intercom system. A
maximum of six LQ IP interfaces can
be linked together in any 2- or 4-wire
combination.
LQ Series utilises the low latency
audio CODEC OPUS, which features a
range of different settings to provide
high quality audio on the network
bandwidth available. This means that

LQ Series can be used for intercom
conversation, and for audio signals
that need to be transported between
floors or buildings, or across cities or
countries.
LQ Series can operate in both point
to point and partyline modes giving
users flexibility of connection to meet
their workflow needs.
This combined with the efficient use
of IP data rates makes LQ the smart
choice compared to other data rate
hungry IP protocols.
Broadcast teams around the
world can benefit from LQ Series
devices, which make connecting
and extending intercoms over IP
much easier, quicker, and more
affordable.


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