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October 10, 2012

Artel Video Systems Introduces Enhancements to DigiLink Video Platform

By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor

Artel Video Systems, a global provider of broadcast-quality video transport solutions, introduced enhancements to its DigiLink Video Platform, known for its reliability and ease of implementation. The company is going to showcase the new capabilities at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Orlando FL on October 17-19, and SMPTE Conference & Expo in Hollywood, CA (News - Alert) on October 23-25.

At the same events, Artel will also showcase updated HTTP and SNMP management software designed to simplify deployment and provide enhanced status and logging capabilities.

The DigiLink Video Platform features a modular architecture and leverages Artel's 30 years of carrier class video transmission experience. Its innovative design features include multipurpose, single piece function modules, compact rugged stackable chassis, external SFP transceiver optics, front panel accessible status LEDs and a video monitor port for each module.

This video transport platform also boasts a passive backplane with internal module-to-module interconnectivity and NEBS Level 3 certification. Known to be one  the most rugged and dependable video transport platform ever developed, the DigiLink Video Platform  has been successfully deployed all over the world by major TELCO1s, CATV operators, and video service providers for mission critical applications.

In its enhanced version, the platform is equipped with an innovative new chassis and a series of new function modules.

The new chassis integrates video and Ethernet transport capabilities with internal traffic routing. The chassis holds up to twelve function modules with each of the twelve slots supporting up to ten video services of any format from 3G-SDI to DVB-ASI, five Gig-E ports, multiple 10Gig-E ports, or a combination of both based on the installed module.

A comprehensive set of function modules integrates video and Ethernet transport, video routing and trunking, Ethernet aggregation, optical multiplexing, JPEG2000 compression, audio embedding, signal generator and circuit verification functions into a single integrated platform.

The enhancements are designed to allow technicians and network engineers to combine what has in the past been a multiple platform solution, into a single, compact, 3 RU, ultra-low power, high-reliability solution, the company explained in a news statement.

“This approach eliminates the need for external cross connects, and significantly simplifies routing and re-routing of video and Ethernet traffic to meet changing requirements,” president of Artel, Richard Dellacanonica, noted in a statement.

“This innovative design creates a truly unique platform for contribution quality video transport,” Dellacanonica added.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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