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dB Broadcast to launch improved range of MDUs

IBC 2018 will see the first showing of a newly upgraded range of mains distribution units (MDUs) from dB Broadcast, the UK’s leading systems integrator.

The Cardinal range now includes remote power monitoring for maximising operational efficiency and early detection of faults within a rack. This includes monitoring of power, input voltage, energy (kWh), input current and power factor.

To provide for future developments, a further upgrade is ‘local download’ so that new software versions can be uploaded in the field, without needing to physically remove the unit.

Software control allows monitoring and control of equipment, even at remote sites. Web-based, the Cardinal range features an intuitive user interface, SNMP MIB based control and monitoring, e-mail messaging and alerts for conditions such as loss of input mains power, blown fuses and changed output status on or off.

Dual input versions of the MDUs enable main and back-up power sources to be connected, with automatic switching to the back-up in the event of a power fail. Even non-phase coherent inputs can be switched, and non-critical equipment can be switched off by shedding a number of MDU outputs. Users can reset the MDU internal control system without interrupting any of the controlled outputs.

“We are very pleased to offer this improved Cardinal range”, says Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing director of dB Broadcast. “These are very popular products, and the latest enhancements result from our extensive contact with clients on real applications, and so address real needs in the market.”

The new range will be on show at IBC at stand 10.A28, with first customer deliveries expected by the end of the year.

dB Broadcast delivers Bloomberg flagship broadcast facility

dB Broadcast has delivered a state-of-the-art broadcast facility for Bloomberg Television at its new European HQ in London. The studios have gone live and feature cutting-edge technology in an IP-based solution that provides a flexible, dynamic platform with maximum versatility.

The new facility includes a central circular television studio in the heart of the newsroom, along with a number of alternative broadcast positions across the building, including one with a live backdrop of St Paul’s Cathedral. In addition to two fully featured Studio control rooms, the Master Control Room handles contributions from across the EMEA territory, in addition to controlling seven regional variants of the Bloomberg TV channel.

The central circular television studio is made up of programmable LED surfaces – including the floor, anchor desk and a series of large hanging LED panels – which together act as a single electronic canvas on which to feature graphical and moving content. The panels are automated to synchronise with video and can move independently or together to create flexible set elements that vary between segments and shows.

The project was driven by a vision to embrace the latest in IP technology now replacing more traditional SDI approaches across the industry. Bloomberg and dB Broadcast worked together to blend this IP-based solution with a global workflow. A major design feature of the new broadcast facility is the uncompressed end-to-end video-over-IP solution.

David Bird, founder of dB Broadcast, commented: “The standards based design and implementation future proofs Bloomberg Television for current and next-generation formats, including UHD-1 and beyond. We have completed installations for all the major UK broadcasters and internationally, and this is by far the most technically advanced and agile studio facility we have seen. We are delighted to have been part of this flagship project.”


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