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This customizable control and monitoring system, which is fast becoming the control solution of choice for many of the world’s top broadcasters, offered the advanced functionality and broad range of features that TF1 needed to manage its audio/video processing, multiviewer and tally/UMD management.

Cyril Bernard, TF1’s Support & System Manager, says: “When we planned to replace our traditional central router with a new Riedel distributed audio/video router, we realized that we needed a versatile control system that could handle incoming feeds and audio returns for our control rooms. We looked at various systems on the market but chose Cerebrum because it met all our criteria and was so simple to use that even non-technical staff such as journalists could easily get to grips with it.”

By acting as the nerve centre for all routing Cerebrum simplifies multi device monitoring and control onto one easy-to-use interface. It supports a wide range of devices from different manufacturers – including routers, production switchers, servers, receiver decoders, multiviewers and waveform monitors – using either SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) or third party protocols.

TF1 operate five television channels in France as well as several special interest pay-TV channels and their digital offshoots. Part of the TF1 Group, the broadcaster has an average market share of 20.3%, making it the most popular domestic network in France and its channels among the most viewed in Europe.

“Intuitiveness and responsiveness were key to the success of this project,” says Richard Couzon, Axon’s Business development manager for France and French-speaking countries. “TF1’s set-up requires complex switching to take place in a very short timeframe, so they needed a system that could be customized to meet their exact needs. Although router control was the main requirement, TF1 also wanted a system that could be expanded to other devices such as multiviewers, intercom systems and tallies. Cerebrum met all of these criteria and was also very cost effective.”

TF1 will expand the system in early 2019 so that it can control more devices.

For more information on Cerebrum.

Neuron is a fantastic complimentary processing platform for our large scale centralised production environment, the virtualised platform fits in very well with our all IP facility and our resource sharing vision, says Marc Segar, Director of Technology at NEP Australia. The new frames will be spread across our data centres and processing available anywhere on the network and with its 100Gbs architecture it’s one of the most efficient and dense products to date. Eventually we will extend this to other geographies creating one of the largest private production clouds in the world’, according Segar.

NEP Australia is a part of the NEP Worldwide Network, the leading production partner supporting premier content producers in the broadcast and live events industries across the globe.

His appointment took effect from September 11th. With more than 25 years of experience in Technical Management and Sales, Derks is an industry veteran; starting out at broadcaster RTL and most recently focused on delivering live IP streaming solutions. Derks is not new to Axon, having worked with the team from 1998-2014.

Derks commented on his new appointment: “It’s fantastic to return to the Axon team, which was my second home for almost two decades, at this pivotal stage in the company’s development. With the upcoming introduction of Neuron, Axon’s new Network Attached Processor, it’s an exciting time. I’m very motivated to help Axon remain an industry leader and passionate to help our customers succeed in revolutionising their operations.”

“The need for in-depth technical knowledge in the sales process has become more important over the years, especially as the industry moves to IP” added Karel van der Flier, Axon’s CCO.  “Customers want our sales people to be credible sounding boards on a technical level. With Marc expanding our team we have this covered.”

Marc Derks will be at this year’s IBC with the Axon team on stand 10.A21.

Axon Digital has announced the latest release of its popular Cerebrum control and monitoring platform, which provides the most comprehensive 3rd party device control available.  New protocols featured include support for Audinate Dante, Ross Ultrix, Harmonic, Wohler, Vislink and Blackmagic.

At IBC, stand 10.A21, Axon will demonstrate why this highly-advanced control and monitoring platform is fast becoming the de-facto solution for mobile production, news and studio live production, master control and remote production. Scalable and fully-customizable, Cerebrum streamlines workflows and removes engineering bottle-necks, enabling operators to undertake complex tasks with ease. With a powerful and user-friendly GUI, it shields operators from ever-changing technologies and complexity (particularly in evolving IP environments) so that they’re free to focus on the action.

Adopted by numerous broadcasters and OB companies worldwide, Cerebrum has been at the heart of recent major sports events including the FIFA World Cup, The Open, the Asian Games and NEP’s landmark fully-IP production of Wimbledon where it seamlessly integrated and managed the latest technologies from GVG, Arista, EVS, Phabrix, Calrec and Evertz in a unified IP workflow. It has also been selected by French broadcaster TF1 and UK’s ITV where it is the nerve centre for Europe’s most modern network of regional news centres.

The latest release of Cerebrum extends 3rd party device control to make it the most comprehensive available, with new protocol support for:

  • Audio routing for Audinate Dante compatible devices
  • Router control for Ross Ultrix and Kramer routers
  • Harmonic CiAB control
  • Wohler iAM monitor monitoring
  • Vislink MVL-HD2 control
  • Blackmagic multiviewer routing

For a solution demo or more information, please visit us at IBC 2018 on Stand 10.A21.

Axon, leading broadcast infrastructure specialist, will use IBC 2018 to unveil Neuron, the world’s first Network Attached Processor (NAP). Developed to address the needs of complex IP and hybrid environments, this next generation signal processing platform packs a powerful punch to support 200 Gb/s and 64 channels or 16 UHD channels in a single rack unit.

“The move to IP is causing many in the broadcast industry sleepless nights, particularly the challenge of integrating and controlling increasingly complex technology layers whilst providing guaranteed bandwidth performance for new formats such as UHD,” says Axon’s CTO Peter Schut. “To resolve these issues, a NAP is required: a Network Attached Processor! And with our new Neuron NAP, Axon is setting the standard.”

For those heading to a pure native IP infrastructure, Neuron is extremely efficient ‘modular glue’ in a centralised and virtual environment, capable of processing all the tasks needed in a live and baseband video domain. It enables multiple channels in a single device and eliminates physical cascading of products to offer the possibility to interconnect in any order desired, without actually running different cables.

New formats such as Ultra HD and 8K use up an exponentially growing amount of bandwidth. This is where Neuron comes into its own. Within a single 1 rack unit, it can impressively process 200 Gb/s and deliver 64 1080p channels or 16 UHD channels in that same rack space.

As media production increasingly moves from a hardware-centric to an application-based approach and mixed CAPEX/OPEX business models are adopted, the scalability and performance offered by Neuron will enable the flexible delivery of different types of production – opening up further opportunities for broadcasters and delivering significant savings both in terms of space and budgets.

For those taking a hybrid path to IP, it is clear that deployment of COTS switches and CPU-based hardware has failed to provide the functionality present in SDI routers such as embedding, de-embedding, up, down, cross frame synchronization and multi-viewers. Neuron seamlessly bridges that gap by providing impressive FGPA-based processing power with efficient connection to legacy SDI I/O. By bundling SDI technology into an IP platform, all audio and video processing tasks are managed with ultra high bandwidth. Up to 80 SDI connectors can be added in that same 1RU, making it one of the most space-efficient, cost-effective and energy-efficient processing devices available today.

“We’re delighted to launch Neuron at IBC and demonstrate this disruptive technology to visitors,” concludes Schut. “It has already been enthusiastically welcomed by our clients, many of whom are pioneers in IP production, and they have been blown away by its spectacular performance.  We are confident that Neuron will both ease and accelerate the move to IP – particularly in sports production where its guaranteed bandwidth performance will support the rollout of new formats including 8K.”

Visitors to IBC can learn more about Axon’s Neuron on Stand 10.A21.

When it comes to live sports production, Axon’s Cerebrum control and monitoring platform has once again proved to be the ultimate team player during an epic summer of sporting action.

At the heart of numerous major sport productions – including the FIFA World Cup for BBC Sport, Wimbledon, The Open and The Asian Games – Cerebrum has enabled broadcasters and OB companies to eliminate engineering bottlenecks and create efficient unified workflows; serving up the most comprehensive third-party device control available and helping to deliver ground-breaking IP productions and UHD HDR coverage.

With a user-friendly GUI, Cerebrum provides powerful multi-device control and simplifies complexity to shield operators from ever-changing technologies so that they’re free to focus on the action. That’s why Cerebrum is trusted worldwide to keep broadcasters & OB providers at the top of their game.

“We chose Cerebrum as the best way to get complete control of the production and simplify the workflow,” commented John Cleaver, director of Dega Broadcast Systems, who was responsible onsite for BBC Sport’s IBC facilities at the FIFA World Cup. “With Cerebrum, multiple operators were able to hit the ground running, and quickly customise the set-up to help them work as they wanted.”

BBC Sport’s extensive IBC facilities in Moscow, which were also designed and built by Dega, deployed the Cerebrum platform to control and monitor GVG routing, processing, MADI audio routing and tally management – all through 12 hardware and 11 software customisable panels.

Cerebrum was also at the heart of BBC Live Studio operations in Red Square delivered by Timeline’s UHD2, the award-winning IP 4K HDR OB vehicle. In addition to delivering coverage of the matches in HD and UHD HDR, Timeline provided a simultaneous UHD Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) output for the BBC iPlayer platform.

Control and monitoring inside the triple-expanding truck were extended to the on-location cabins, allowing the team of operators and editors to share tally and UMD information over the network between the BBC Sport IBC operation and easily navigate around the many sources arriving from the IBC and Host Broadcast Services. “Cerebrum was able to handle the mix of HD and UHD formats with ease,” said Quinn Cowper, Timeline’s Head of Vision. “It offers robust control and supports a hassle-free, flexible creative workflow.”

Over recent weeks, Cerebrum has also been deployed by NEP UK for its acclaimed fully-IP production of The AELTC Wimbledon Championships, where it seamlessly controlled and managed a complex IP workflow featuring GVG, Arista, EVS, Phabrix, Calrec and Evertz.  Following the The Open and the Asian Games in Jakarta, the next stop will be the Ryder Cup, where CTV will once again use Cerebrum as the production nerve centre linking together all the main broadcast equipment from numerous manufacturers, to deliver a highly efficient workflow encompassing routing control, tally, UMD, multi-viewers, remote colour balance and camera control.

Visitors to IBC next month will be able to see Cerebrum in action on Axon’s stand 10.A21 and experience its broad range of features and comprehensive multi-device control that make it perfectly suited to complex production environments – from mobile, remote, news and live studio production to master control.

NEP UK, leading OB and broadcast facilities provider, has confirmed that it has deployed Axon’s Cerebrum platform to control and monitor its complex IP workflow, which will deliver technical Host Broadcast Services for The AELTC Championships at Wimbledon this month.

This year’s tournament, which is believed to be the world’s biggest fully-IP sports production, will see NEP’s two new state-of-the-art IP OB vehicles in action paired with a huge modular custom-designed fly-pack to provide the core IP infrastructure and technical facilities. Together the systems become a single integrated solution, allowing greater integration of multiple concurrent feeds and sharing of sources to broadcast the event to an audience in excess of 1 billion in over 200 territories.

The complex IP infrastructure, which simultaneously offers dual level UHD, HD-SDI, SDR UHD and HDR UHD, required a reliable and comprehensive control system to seamlessly integrate and manage the latest technologies from GVG, Arista, EVS, Phabrix, Calrec and Evertz in a unified IP workflow.  Following extensive trials last year, NEP selected Axon’s Cerebrum as its chosen platform.

“Cerebrum provides both power and flexibility and scales effectively to allow multiple users on the system,” says Gareth Phillips, Head of Vision and VT for NEP UK.  “It simplifies our workflow by minimizing engineering bottlenecks and is easy to configure at speed.”

Three main Cerebrum systems will be deployed within the two trucks and fly-pack, featuring a total of 150 hardware control panels. The fly-pack will be later split into four configurable systems. Each Cerebrum system allows rapid configuration and wide integration of 3rd party technologies with comprehensive tally management – all through a customizable user interface.

“In a fast-paced production environment, familiarity and ease-of-use for our skilled operators is critical. This is where Cerebrum comes into its own,” Phillips explains.  “It gives us a really simple user-friendly graphical interface that enables the crew to get their heads around the workflow, to customize it and quickly preconfigure a show file to be pulled up later.  They can get to work and focus on the production, without concern for the complex and changing technology layer underneath.”

Adrian Richmond, Sales Director UK, Ireland and Africa concludes, “IP offers true interoperability and scalability for production but it requires a control system capable of managing the complexity.  We’re delighted that NEP has chosen Cerebrum to deliver control and management within their IP infrastructure.  With operational familiarity and such ease of use, Cerebrum is becoming the de facto standard in production worldwide and will help ease the adoption to IP and the benefits that move delivers.”

The two 24-camera multi-cast trucks – Venus and Ceres – have already been successfully deployed at major events including The Royal Wedding and will be in action at various prestigious sporting events this summer.

Leading broadcast infrastructure specialist, Axon Digital Design, has today announced the appointment of Michiel Van Duijvendijk as its Chief Executive Officer. Van Duijvendijk, whose appointment will take effect from 2 July, succeeds Jan Eveleens.

Van Duijvendijk brings to Axon nearly 20 years of experience in the broadcast industry, being the co-founder and co-owner of NEP the Netherlands. He will work closely with Axon’s international team including new Chief Commercial Officer Karel van der Flier, also formerly of NEP Netherlands, DutchView and Infostrada , who took up his leadership position in May.

Commenting on his appointment, Van Duijvendijk said: “Axon’s reputation for reliability and customer-focus is second to none and over the next 12 months our strategy is to become much closer to our clients.  The team has some phenomenal talent, providing cutting-edge solutions that deliver real competitive advantage to our clients. I’m thrilled to lead the company as it helps broadcasters and media companies to evolve their services, especially in the adoption of IP infrastructure.”

Axon’s CTO Peter Schut says, “We are really excited to have both Michiel and Karel on board at this pivotal stage in Axon’s development. Their experience, particularly of live sports production, will help us to strengthen our focus on providing solutions upon which our customers can rely as audience expectations become more demanding.”

Today’s announcement coincides with news of continued global success for Axon with the deployment of its celebrated Cerebrum control and monitoring platform by major broadcasters, including ITV, TF1 and F1 and the rollout of its latest generation of IP solutions by industry-leaders Sky, Arena TV and Euro Media Group.

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Peter Schut | CTO