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|Harris Corporation Introduces Digital Broadcasting System to Brazil
CINCINNATI - Harris Corporation announced the sale and installation of an
end-to-end digital studio to transmitter link (STL) and 10 kW UHF Atlas™ transmitter to Universidade Luterana do
Brasil (ULBRA). The link provides ULBRA with a bi-directional audio, data and video network between its studios and
transmitter site. ULBRA can now transport video and audio digitally within its network, delivering a higher quality
picture to viewers. The technology also prepares ULBRA to deliver a digital broadcast signal at such time as they
move to a full DTV platform.
Founded in 1911 and based in Canoas RS, ULBRA hosts more than 78,000 students and
runs its own television network. The university sought a way to more flexibly transport live digitized video, audio,
and data between its main studio in Porto Alegre, its studio in Canoas, and the transmitter site on Morro da
Policia. ULBRA also required a method to digitally backhaul video from its electronic news gathering (ENG) link at
its transmitter site in Morro da Policia to its main studio. By combining NetVX™, Harris' integrated high-speed
networking platform, and a digital microwave link from Harris Microwave Communications Division, ULBRA was able to
meet its need for bi-directional transport of multiple digital video streams at a price close to what traditional
video links cost.
As part of the upgrade, ULBRA also implemented the Harris' ReCon® remote
control and facility management system, which enables station personnel to remotely control a diverse set of
broadcast, network and facility equipment by IP. An individual at one studio can now request video from the second
studio without the need for additional support at the remote location. Harris' NetVX™ networking platform and
digital microwave radio provide the IP link.
"Our ability to go to one company, Harris, for this
solution, helped us to remove a lot of the complexity in our transition to a digital broadcast infrastructure," said
Pedro Menegat, administrative director for the university. "Further, we found that the NetVX™ platform, when
combined with digital microwave technology, was a cost-effective way to meet our current needs for audio and video
transport, while giving us flexibility in moving to a digital broadcast platform."
approach to providing digital video networks is ideally suited for ULBRA and other groups in South America that
broadcast an analog signal today, but plan to move to a fully digital platform in the future," said Nahuel Villegas,
regional sales director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Harris Broadcast Communications Division's Networking
& Government Solutions business unit. "We look forward to continuing to support broadcasters throughout the
"This upgrade by ULBRA is an excellent example of the synergies that can be achieved
with the proper combination of Harris' industry leading broadcast and microwave radio equipment," said Juan Diaz,
Latin America sales director for Harris' Microwave Communications Division. "Harris' line of digital microwave
radios provides the performance and reliability that allows for easy transmission of video links at a price point
that makes this upgrade attractive."
Lunes, 11 Julio, 2005 - 07:00