Cloudbass Places Axon Technology At The Heart of Its First Multivendor, Fully UHD IP HDR Outside Broadcast Truck
Cloudbass Places Axon technology at the heart of its first multivendor, fully UHD IP HDR Outside Broadcast Truck
Axon’s Neuron processing and Cerebrum Control & Monitoring platform make light work of a complex integration task featuring best of breed IP broadcast equipment.
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.