“This tour follows on from the success of our IP Innovations Tour, which took place last summer,” says Axon’s CCO Karel van der Flier. “We are focusing on two applications – Live Production and MCR/Playout – for which our Neuron IP processor and Cerebrum Control and Monitoring software are extremely suitable. Customers will have the opportunity to see how these innovative, off the shelf products can bring more efficiency, convenience, flexibility and quality to their workflows. They can also talk to our Product Managers and Solutions Architects and get expert advice on how these new technologies can be adapted to their own needs.”
A truck equipped with Axon’s powerful technology will visit eight different countries, giving broadcast professionals the opportunity to see the company’s latest developments in action ahead of this year’s NAB Exhibition that takes place in Las Vegas in April. The truck, which will also feature products from partner companies Sony, EVS, Arista, Meinberg and Calrec, will travel to 16 different locations around Europe from March 2nd to 24th.
The Axon PRE-NABSHOW TOUR 2020 allows broadcasters to experience tomorrow’s workflows by getting on board today. The products demonstrated on the truck will be exactly the same as those on display at Axon’s booth at NAB, so this will also provide a perfect opportunity for people who are not going to Las Vegas to get up-close and personal with Axon’s solutions.
“The worklows in the truck show that Axon Neuron and Cerebrum work seamlessly together with all current standards such as SDI, ST2110, 2020 etc, and also with leading brands such as EVS, Sony, Arista and Meinberg,” Karel van der Flier adds. “We really value the opportunity to work with our partners on this tour and we are delighted that they, too, will be showing new products. EVS, for example, is integrating its new S-CORE Master with Cerebrum, which will highlight how the two products can work together for IP Orchestration.”
The final destination is Las Vegas, where the exact same set up will be on show at Axon’s booth C1325.
Find all tour locations and information here.
Before Jeroen joined Axon, he spent 9 years with Viacom CBS as Director of Broadcast projects and development where he was responsible for portfolio management, building a playout of over 60 channels in Amsterdam (using Cerebrum), implementing complex systems as well as managing a team of project managers.
Jeroen brings a wealth of broadcast experience and started his professional career in 2000 when he joined Mediakabel which was the first company in The Netherlands to develop and distribute Digital TV using DVB-C. He joined Tele2 as a technical product manager to support the rollout of their IPTV platform to monetize their acquired soccer rights and moved to Technicolor, now Red Bee, as a project manager to implement various broadcast related projects for NPO and other Red Bee customers.
OB9, a 20 camera truck built from the ground up with help from systems integrator ES Broadcast, brings together best of breed products from many different manufacturers including Arista, Evertz, GVG, Ross, Calrec, Riedel and Sony. It uses Axon technology to seamlessly integrate them into a fast and highly flexible workflow that is perfectly suited to live sports coverage that forms the bulk of Cloudbass’ business. The sophistication of Axon’s technology also allows Cloudbass to future-proof its facilities and stay at the top of its game.
“Neuron’s processing power means that it can do a lot more in just one box,” says Cloudbass Technical Director Michael Beaumont. “As a result, we need less hardware and external glue, which reduces the weight of the truck and makes is cheaper and easier to move, without impacting on workflow.”
One of the main technical challenges of this project was integrating the ST2110 standard because different manufacturers use different block packing methods to transmit and receive data. Michael says Axon’s onsite support team helped identify these challenges during the build phase and worked hard to overcome them.
Michael adds that combining Neuron with Axon’s Cerebrum Control and Monitoring software was key to best of breed integration and guarantees an unprecedented level of control, all in one GUI.
OB9 was officially unveiled this Autumn and has already been deployed on major projects for Sky Sports, including the UEFA Football Euro 2020 Qualifiers, and for the RugbyX Tournament on ITV.
“We covered eight major OBs in the truck’s first 40 days, which is a very tall order for a truck build that only commenced in August,” Michael says. “Without Axon technology this would have been a very different truck. My hope is that, once even more new features for the Neuron are released and IP connectivity becomes standardised on other items of equipment, OB9 will continue to evolve to keep up with new requirements not even dreamt of yet.”
If you would more information about this exciting project, please visit this link where you will find an indepth Q&A with Cloudbass’ Michael Beaumont.
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 solutions providers operating in the UK.
Upgrading the 20 camera vehicle took just 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 complex 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, Cloudbass Technical Director outlined the reasons why the Axon Neuron/Cerebrum solution was chosen: “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. Our relationship is one of trust and innovation that allowed us to research and develop the build. We now have an outstanding product and concept that can be transplanted into ANY of our trucks. That will help us continually deliver our services cost-effectively for our clients and help future-proof our UHD services. The knowledge. skill-set and determination of Axon has ensured that our partnership is a highly successful one.”
“The build was achieved by using a core infrastructure of seven fully populated Neurons to provide IP Gateway, routing and processing” adds Adrian Richmond, Axon’s Director of Sales for the UK, Ireland and Africa. “Neuron is packed with features like edge synchronizers and converters for processing streams before they enter the core router. It also offers an impressive 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.”
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.”
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.
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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.