Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Sky NZ Gets Largest Router in Southern Hemisphere with Magna

Sky NZ Upgrades to Largest Router in Southern Hemisphere with Magna Systems and Engineering

NVision NV8576-Plus router with full systems integration

Auckland, 3 February 2014 – SKY is the leading pay television service in New Zealand, entertaining over 2 million Kiwis. Listed on NZX and the ASX SKY's principal business activity is the distribution of both local and international programme content to its customer base, predominantly through a digital satellite network. Recently this innovative broadcaster went through a major technology upgrade which saw Magna Systems and Engineering supply and install the largest router of its kind in the southern hemisphere at SKY’s Auckland headquarters.

Magna Systems and Engineering NZ Sales manager Keith Brewer explained, “SKY has been using NVision routers as their main switching solution since their major SBC (Sky Broadcast Centre) rebuild in 2006. They had four NVision router systems (a Network Operations Router, Production Router, Studio Router and Lab/test router) working flat out but due to the rapid growth of their services, Network Operations and Presentation had been approaching a point where they were unable to expand the routers simply by installing additional cards. Essentially they were full with no room for any additional expansion so a major router upgrade was required.”

Due to the size and complexity of the router installation, SKY needed a solid router that they could rely on to maintain control of their growing, complex facility plus versatile, operator friendly control panels. The broadcaster knew that the Miranda NVision Routers had proven very reliable over many years.

Brewer continued, “Although SKY needed initially only to expand their Net Ops router to 876 crosspoints, they also wanted to allow plenty of room for future expansion. Replacing router systems is not an easy undertaking, and thus they needed to futureproof themselves as much as possible. The 3G-ready NV8576-Plus which offered a maximum of 1152 crosspoints fitted the bill perfectly. The added bonus with these routers is that their cores are 3G compliant so should SKY require this functionality in the future they can enable it by simply upgrading their HD-SDI I/O cards.”

In addition SKY required timecode and machine control switching upgrades. They previously used small individual switchers to take care of these functions but now wanted to amalgamate these signals into a single router. The broadcaster also needed to significantly expand both their production and studio routers.

Magna Systems’ successful proposal was comprehensive. According to Brewer the router was key but the level of service and support offered was also critical. He added, “At the centre of the Magna offering was the NV8576-Plus router with its maximum of 1152 crosspoints and easy upgrade pathway to full 3G signal capability. In addition to supplying the router Magna was able to offer the option of incorporating the old and soon to be replaced Network Operations NV8256-Plus router into SKY’s existing Presentation and Studio routers. This gave the benefit of expanding the routers and maintaining a common control system without the requirement for additional hardware purchase. Based on our 45 years in the industry Magna was also able to offer full system integration and project management of the installation and all associated cabling of the new plant – something that was key in SKY’s final decision making process.”

With Magna Systems and Engineering their chosen equipment supplier and systems integration partner SKY purchased an NV8576-Plus router populated to 876x876 HD-SDI, an NV5128 populated with 64 RS422, data ports and 32x32 timecode, an NV8144 populated with 72x72 DH-SDI for lab use, two NV967 dual redundant NV9000 control systems and multiple NV9462 LCD control panels to augment their existing control panels.

The project, one of the largest of its kind also saw the Magna team assist in the presale, configuration and technical design of the router system.

Keith Brewer concluded, “We were also heavily involved in the SI proposal, assembly and management of the install team and associated installation design and testing. Without question what was critical to the installation’s success was our professional service and fully committed first-class support.”

About Magna Systems and Engineering
Started in 1968, Magna Systems & Engineering is a seasoned company, originating from the early days of television in Australia bringing together high-level expertise from senior engineering professionals. The company has a very select position in the marketplace of suppliers to the broadcast & communications industry.

Magna Systems & Engineering supplies individual products to plug into existing systems from a prestige range of over 60 quality brands and operates in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia with a common philosophy for all entities “a company big on experience but with the attention to detail of a specialist operation.”

The engineering and operation expertise of Magna Systems & Engineering extends to broadcasting, telecommunications, satellite earth stations, post-production facilities and station automation. Magna Systems & Engineering also provides complete service support for all hardware and software products supplied either as one-off or complete turnkey systems.

For more information visit www.magnasys.tv

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Scoop Business: Govt Resisting Pressure To Pump More Cash Into Solid Energy

Prime Minister John Key says it is “not the government’s preferred option” to make a fresh capital injection into the troubled state-owned coal miner, Solid Energy, but dodged journalists’ questions at his weekly press conference on whether that might prove necessary... More>>

ALSO:

Lagest Ever Privacy Breach Award: NZCU Baywide Accepts “Severe” Censure In Cake Case

NZCU Baywide says that once it was found to have committed a breach of a former staff member’s privacy, it had attempted to resolve the matter... the censure and remedies for its actions taken almost three years ago are “severe” but accepted, and will hopefully draw a line under the matter. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: PayPal Stops Processing Mega Payments; NZX Listing Still On

PayPal has ceased processing payments for Mega, the file storage and encryption firm looking to join the New Zealand stock market via a reverse listing of TRS Investments, amid claims it is not a legitimate cloud storage service. More>>

ALSO:

Housing Policy: Auckland Densification As Popular As Ebola, English Says

Finance Minister Bill English said calls by the Reserve Bank Governor for more densification in Auckland’s housing were “about as popular in parts of Auckland as Ebola” would be. More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: NZ Government Deficit Smaller Than Expected In First Half

The New Zealand government's operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first six months of the financial year, as the consumption and corporate tax take rose ahead of forecast in December, having lagged estimates in previous months. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news