Axon’s Neuron Processor Makes OB Debut

UK Outside Broadcast specialist Cloudbass is the first outside broadcast company to transform an existing OB truck from HD-SDI to UHD IP using Axon Digital Design’s signal processing technology.

Upgrading the 20 camera vehicle took five weeks and involved a refurbishment of all working areas, as well as the installation of a full IP solution based around Axon’s Neuron Network Attached Processor (NAP). This gateway product 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, explained, “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. 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.”

To complement the Neuron system, Cloudbass also installed Axon Synview IP Multiviewers in the truck’s main gallery, with additional Synapse UHD processing for the final output path. It also installed an Axon Cerebrum monitoring and control system.

Adrian Richmond, Axon’s Director of Sales for the UK, Ireland and Africa adds, “The build was achieved by using a core infrastructure of seven fully populated Neurons to provide IP Gateway, routing and processing. Neuron 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.”

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