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The Roar of the Crowd

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When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020, there was a general feeling that it would all be over in six months. Few expected the global shutdown of live events and professional sports. Concert tours were postponed and sports arenas stood empty as the effects of the pandemic rolled on into the year. I had bought tickets to see the My Chemical Romance reunion tour in September 2020, for my son Max’s 18th birthday. But of course, it’s been postponed (twice) and it looks like I’ll be taking him for his 20th birthday instead! Pro sports are starting to open up in many countries, and people like me are itching to go to concerts to see our favorite bands, comedians and theater productions, and be immersed in the collective cheers and applause of the audience again. In the immortal words of the late, great Freddie Mercury, “the show must go on!”

BlueRiver® for Stadiums

Software Defined Video over Ethernet (SDVoE™), powered by Semtech’s award winning BlueRiver® technology, is changing the way we transport content in Professional Audio/Video (Pro AV), providing software-defined workflows and greater flexibility using standard IP-based infrastructure. In Pro AV verticals, where low latency performance and pristine, artifact-free image quality really matters, SDVoE is the ideal solution for AV distribution over high performance networks. When it comes to live sports and events, it is critical that the fidelity of video content is maintained when shown on the big screens, and the audio remains synchronized, not only with the video on the screen, but to the actual event itself. Keeping latency to a minimum is key to a flawless presentation; avoiding unnecessary processing such as compression will ensure that there is no perceptible delay between what you see live and what’s on the big screen.

Let’s take a look at the AV infrastructure in a typical large venue or sports stadium, illustrated in the diagram below. At the heart of this AV distribution system is a high performance IP network, utilizing standard Ethernet equipment and infrastructure. All AV sources and displays connect to this network via SDVoE endpoints, or through direct integration of the BlueRiver chipset. The SDVoE stadium delivers:

  • Crystal clear live action up to 4K resolution
  • All AV sources throughout the venue, inside and out
  • Near zero latency which means everyone cheers at the same time
  • Configurability to meet the needs of sports, live music and exhibitions
  • Flexibility to support stunning, customized digital signage
  • Simple centralized software management and control via a single application programming interface (API)
  • Centralized AV production
  • Unified advertising and billing systems
  • Integrated security, control and building management

The SDVoE Stadium

The SDVoE™ Stadium

Advanced Digital Signage and Displays

The use of advanced signage and displays is commonplace in today’s stadiums and arenas, whether it be your “center ice” display cluster, where you have multiple high resolution displays showing the game live, scoreboards, player stats, or promotional content in between the action. All these displays can be driven from a centralized production center. If you think about a typical sports game, there’s a live production occurring in parallel, with a dedicated crew who is determining what everyone in the stadium is seeing on each of the displays, not only at center ice, but also on the ribbon displays around the arena.

Of course, playing surface projection is very popular in many sports venues, with the ability to project team logos and player information directly onto the ice surface or basketball court. Most modern stadiums also provide very high quality digital signage around the exterior of the venue. You can watch pregame events outside, in the parking lot or while lining up for tickets before entering the stadium itself. All this is tied into the AV distribution system powered by SDVoE.

Don’t Miss a Thing

Outside the seating area of the main arena, there are concession stands and merchandise kiosks where screens are provided, so you can continue watching the live action while ordering food and drinks. How many of you have experienced the roar of the crowd when a player scores, but the display you’re watching above the concession stand is a few seconds behind the live action? You want to be cheering at the same time as everyone else, and you don’t want to miss a thing while queuing for refreshments! Only an AV system with near-zero transmission latency, such as SDVoE, can deliver this experience.

Many stadiums provide private suites and boxes where you are given access to a variety of AV content; not only the video production of the live game itself, but other games in progress around the league, unique programs advertising upcoming events, even regular TV channels to keep guests entertained during breaks in the live action. Again, all this can be sourced and distributed using the power and flexibility of SDVoE.

In large venues, safety and security of both staff and guests is paramount, especially when attendance can be in the many thousands. By giving security staff access to the high quality live camera feeds throughout the stadium, displayed on state of the art control room displays, emergency response teams can be better directed and informed. The advanced multiview processing feature of BlueRiver provides display systems the ability to show many video feeds, placed in custom layouts on a single display.

Why Live Events Need SDVoE™

The key features of SDVoE that are critical for high performance AV distribution systems in stadiums and for live events are:

  • Low latency: essential for lip sync and audience reaction at live events. There’s nothing more annoying at a concert when the big screens at the side of the stage are not in sync with the music. It can be very off putting to hear an amazing drum solo but see the drum sticks hit the drums a second after hearing it.
  • Lossless video performance: large venue displays are getting bigger, with higher and higher resolutions up to 4K. With the size of displays used for stadiums and live events, it is essential to maintain the fidelity of a high quality source when scaled up to the size of these displays. Distribution systems that need to employ video compression will introduce artifacts that will be very noticeable (and objectionable) when blown up on the big screen.
  • Fiber transmission medium: optical fiber is the only way to distribute AV over IP in stadium-scale installations. Fiber is critical to meeting the transmission distances in a distributed AV over IP system which benefit from a centralized source equipment room that may be kilometers of cable distance away from the remote displays.
  • Leveraging existing infrastructure: many large venues and sports arenas are pre-wired with optical fiber cabling, which is typically provisioned for broadcast signal distribution, where the broadcast team rolls up to the venue and hooks in to this fiber network. This same fiber network can be utilized for SDVoE, so when event crews using SDVoE-based equipment arrive at the venue, they simply plug directly into the stadiums AV network and take advantage of all the displays within the venue, saving time and rental costs.

SDVoE is the only fully interoperable AV over IP standard that delivers pristine visually lossless image quality, up to 4K resolution, with imperceptible latency. Join the growing team of SDVoE adopters today and reap the benefits of a rapidly expanding ecosystem of products and services that enable the next generation of AV distribution systems for stadiums.

The Roar of the Crowd

As lockdown restrictions ease, many will feel the need to gather and experience that sense of community that can only be derived from cheering for our favorite sports team, or pumping our fists into the air collectively to the musicians—who need our support more than ever. At the same time, providers of Pro AV systems for live events are poised to take our entertainment to another level, with ever more sophisticated displays, sound systems and lighting displays, and SDVoE as the backbone of their AV distribution solution.

You can learn more about the power and flexibility of BlueRiver solutions for SDVoE in the webinar, “BlueRiver ASIC: Enabling a New Class of SDVoE Products,” and why key Pro AV verticals such as entertainment and live events require the power and flexibility of SDVoE in the “Spotlight on Key Verticals for BlueRiver” webinar.

Source: Semtech

Cradlepoint launches New COR IBR350 and Secure VPN

 

 

Cradlepoint COR IBR350: Perfect for digital signage, kiosks and ATMsCradlepoint have launched the latest model in their COR IBR range of products, the COR IBR350, as well as their latest Software-as-a-Service product, Secure VPN.

The new Cradlepoint COR IBR350 provides a low cost option perfect for machine-to-machine applications, enabling the essential remote monitoring and management of digital signage, ATM, and kiosk estates. Compact and high performing, the IBR350 gateway has been designed for reliable enterprise connectivity and, when coupled with Cradlepoint’s Enterprise Cloud Manager, is a fully cloud-managed solution.

Providing reliable and high speed cellular connectivity, the IBR350 is able to support a range of uses:

 

Parallel networking

Many organisations require and rely on the advanced technologies available today to improve consumer and worker experience. Taking retail as a prime example of this, retailers deliver digital signage across their stores to help guide and enhance their customer’s shopping experience to build loyalty and value. Digital signage systems however rely on a connection to the Internet for remote management and content delivery, which is generally managed by a third party.

Allowing this third party, however trustworthy, on to the primary network is often not an option though, as it potentially weakens the retailer’s network security and performance. By installing a cellular device such as the IBR350 however, the digital signage provider can establish their own independent network which runs parallel to the retailer’s, keeping it secure, while also enabling a dedicated remote monitoring and management service.

 

Primary connectivity

In addition to cases where a parallel network is required, the IBR350 also enables primary connectivity in areas where fixed lines cannot physically reach or are not a financially viable option to install. For example Kiosks are placed not for optimised Internet reach, but instead for optimised usage by consumers – and often the two can conflict. By installing the IBR350 a cellular connection can be delivered to any location though, providing instant remote access to the terminal.

 

Securing your connection

With a constantly expanding network edge, IT Managers need to be able to secure the network using architectures that scale quickly and are easy to maintain – Cradlepoint’s Secure VPN release delivers a virtual private data network, minimising both the cost and complexity of achieving this. It allows you to:

  • Deliver secure/private access to your corporate Intranet from branch offices
  • Set up and maintain networks in minutes – no special skills required
  • Support any access transport (Wired/Wireless/Metro-E/Satellite)

Secure VPN is a simple console integrated with Enterprise Cloud Manager, and is instantly and infinitely scalable to suit your business needs.

 

 

For more information on the Cradlepoint COR IBR350 please follow the link below or call Co-Star on: +44 (0) 1423 340066

http://www.co-star.co.uk/prod/4040/cradlepoint-ibr350lp3-router.html

 

 

Image provided by Marco Govel / Shutterstock.com

 

CradlePoint solutions Power YESCO Digital Signage Networks

 

YESCO Digital Signage Powered By CradlePoint  

 

  • DEPLOYMENT: CradlePoint COR IBR600 Series Router, Enterprise Cloud Manager3G/4G
  • INTERNET CONNECTION: Primary
  •  MARKET: Digital Signage

SUMMARY
YESCO, one of the world’s largest signage and digital outdoor display manufacturers, has pioneered the creation of connected digital signs. YESCO digital signs operate using several applications like heat monitoring, air conditioning, and a selfcontained security and surveillance systems that all require network connectivity. Using the CradlePoint COR IBR600 and Enterprise Cloud Manager, CradlePoint’s cloud-based management platform, YESCO deploys network-ready digital signs for placement virtually anywhere. Using Enterprise Cloud Manager YESCO can activate, configure, deploy, and manage the connectivity of signs from a central location.

“With Enterprise Cloud Manager we have each sign’s network at our fingertips,” said Justin Montalto, Network and Wireless Communications Administrator for YESCO. “We can configure and activate the CradlePoint routers as groups or independently. We have greatly improved the speed to deployment and the ability to troubleshoot once a sign has been deployed.”

COMPANY PROFILE
Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, YESCO designs, fabricates, installs, and provides ongoing maintenance for signage ranging from traditional vinyl and neon signs for small businesses to landmark digital signs like the largest digital sign in the world on the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. In the 1930’s, YESCO made its mark by pioneering the creation of neon spectacular signs. Today, YESCO is at the forefront of creating network connected digital signage that is literally changing the face of advertising.
BUSINESS NEEDS
YESCO wanted to offer its customers a connected digital signage solution with “plug and play” networking capability. Previously, customers provided their own Internet connection, which may have required them to trench for a wired line or provide expensive antennas at their own costs. As YESCO’s digital signage solutions have grown in size, more and more operational functions of their signs like the air conditioning unit and security systems have required network connectivity. With the deployment of thousands of signs, YESCO’s IT operations required remote management capability of every sign from a central location. YESCO signs needed a highly reliable, robust, and easy to integrate network solution that could, be managed through the cloud, accommodate wired and wireless connections, and improve YESCO’s overall end product by simplifying the customer experience.
SOLUTION
Turning to CradlePoint, YESCO selected the CradlePoint COR IBR600 series router for its small form factor, two Ethernet ports, its cloud-based management capability, and its resistance to 140 F temperatures on the Las Vegas strip. With two Ethernet ports, the CradlePoint COR IBR600 can support a converged infrastructure with wired and wireless connections. All of the signs’ operations that rely on network connections are assigned their own static IP addresses run by the CradlePoint. 4G speeds allow surveillance cameras to stream video to monitor the sign’s operations and for security purposes. YESCO also uses Enterprise Cloud Manager CradlePoint’s remote management application platform to activate, configure, and manage the network connectivity of signs making IT more productive.
BENEFITS
Reliability
YESCO needed a networking solution that was small enough to fit in its signs, yet robust enough to power the network connectivity of the signs’ supporting functions like surveillance cameras, heat monitoring, and the security system. The CradlePoint COR IBR600 managed remotely through the cloud with Enterprise Cloud Manager for dynamic management allowed for easy integration into the sign, reliable operations, and flexible networking through wired and wireless connections.

“We make some of the largest digital signs in the world, so downtime is not an option,” said Montalto. “Coupled with Enterprise Cloud Manager, the CradlePoint COR IBR600 provides the most reliable network solution for the multiple applications that require connectivity to function in our signs.”

Cloud-based Network Management
YESCO deploys and manages thousands of signs to remote locations. Using Enterprise Cloud Manager, YESCO’s IT team can more rapidly configure and deploy the connectivity of those signs. Remote monitoring and management also means uptime is maximized and data usage is optimized resulting in fewer truck rolls and increased productivity for IT.

“With Enterprise Cloud Manager we have each sign’s network at our fingertips,” said Montalto. “We can configure and activate the CradlePoint routers as groups or independently. We have greatly improved the speed to deployment and the ability to troubleshoot once a sign has been deployed.”

Flexibility
The CradlePoint COR IBR600 Router provides YESCO and its customers with the flexibility to connect through wired or wireless networks (3G/4G/WiFi), which allows for the placement of signs wherever a cell signal is available.

“The flexibility to connect with wired and wireless connections provides us and our customers with a sign that is network ready and easier to deploy,” said Montalto. “If a wired line is not available, customers no longer need to assume the costs of trenching to find a wired line, which translates into a much smoother installation process.”

Co-Star supply CradlePoint Wireless routers for all types of M2M applications

http://co-star.co.uk/range/610/wireless-routers/cradlepoint.html

Source: CradlePoint