New Turnkey Systems from VSG Built Around Harris Corporation’s Leitch Product Line to be Showcased at NAB2006
CINCINNATI, April 20, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that Venue Services Group (VSG) has chosen Leitch routing, processing and video server products to create two single-rack profile, turnkey systems designed to drop into any existing broadcast facility. The first two VSG Value Systems® — the RTR-200 routing system and the MCR-200 master control system — will be introduced in VSG booth OE 200 B at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention April 24-27 in Las Vegas.
VSG chose a range of products from the Harris portfolio for its new systems, including the Leitch Integrator® Gold wideband digital multi-rate router and Panacea™ compact routing switcher; 6800+ modular processing products; master sync pulse generator; and a NEXIO™ standard-definition, baseband video server with integrated storage.
“Because we pride ourselves at VSG on the quality of service we provide to our customers, we selected only top-of-the-line products from established broadcast equipment manufacturers for our VSG Value Systems®,” said Craig Taylor, vice president of sales and marketing, Venue Services Group, Inc. “We wanted to provide customers with rock-solid, tried-and-true technology, ease of operation and the ability to interface seamlessly with legacy systems — which is exactly what Harris’ Leitch products deliver.”
The MCR-200 is a pre-engineered, complete master control system that provides a cost-effective solution for adding channels to any broadcast facility. The system features a self-contained, SDI 16x16 router, analog-to-digital conversion of video and audio, audio embedding and de-embedding, wired patch panels with cords included, a 24-port gigabit switch, all redundant power supplies, downstream keying, 140 hours of variable-bit-rate video at 12 Mb/s server storage and an uninterruptible power supply to maintain on-air system operation during a power changeover. Interfacing with all industry-standard automation systems, the system provides robust control features that can seamlessly control a single standard-definition channel and can even be set to mirror a customer’s current programming — ready to switch over in an emergency. The MCR-200 is ideal for a supplemental digital channel or as an emergency backup master control system at a station or a transmitter site.
The RTR-200 is a fully functional, multi-bit rate digital routing system, preconfigured to drop into any television facility, which can be used to help upgrade a facility from analog to digital or from standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD). The Integrator Gold router can route signals from 3 Mb/s to 1.5 Gb/s and comes preconfigured for 16x16 SD and 16x16 HD usage. System expansion is easily accomplished by adding more cards to the frame, which is pre-wired for full 128x128 capability. All connections are made via a high-quality ADC HD jack field, and even patch cables are included. Also offered as standard are redundant logic and power supply boards and a 24-port gigabit switch, which ensures compatibility with any network connection. Router control is provided via an included industrial-grade personal computer (PC) with a full-sized 17-inch LCD screen and Leitch software. The router also comes with a standalone control panel, enabling quick front-panel switching.
“We are pleased that VSG has chosen Harris products for its new systems, which not only offer significant value and convenience for small-to-mid-market broadcasters, but also some of the industry’s most advanced technology,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of the Harris Broadcast Communications Division.
Both VSG systems feature a pre-engineered, pre-built, pre-tested and warranted system frame, which arrives with full documentation and on-site installation and training.
Venue Services Group (VSG) is a systems integration/engineering/consulting firm with extensive knowledge in the television broadcast industry, concentrating heavily on High Definition Television (HDTV). VSG is specifically experienced in many facets of systems integration, including: building new HDTV mobile units; retro-fitting older trucks to become ready for HDTV broadcasting; building new and upgrading television stations; cabling new, or re-cabling, of stadiums and arenas; designing new, or re-designing, in-house venue television control rooms; staffing operations and consulting with television groups, arenas and stadiums on the newest television technology. VSG is a wholly owned subsidiary of National Mobile Television (NMT), a leading provider of mobile analog, digital, and high definition television facilities for the production of television and Internet broadcasts from remote locations, such as stadiums, arenas, and conference halls. For more information on VSG, please visit: www.vsg.tv.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of over $3 billion and more than 13,000 employees — including 5,500 engineers and scientists — dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, and services. The company’s operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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