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Bill Smith, Business Development Specialist, Optical Cable Corporation (OCC), answers the InBroadcast questions…
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InBroadcast: How is your company changing to meet client demands? Bill Smith: There are only a handful of industries that feel the impact of rapid technology changes as much as the broadcast industry. Vastly increased bandwidth requirements of HD, 3D and other high-quality video and audio signals require higher data rates. Optical Cable Corporation is currently addressing many of these technical challenges. Advances such as high-definition video and multi-channel audio have created a greater demand on broadcaster’s data transmission systems. Reliable, high-performance cabling and connectivity has never been more important in this industry. OCC’s products can play a major role in improving reliability, reducing costs and enhancing workflow. OCC Broadcast solutions start with tough fibre optic cables. Our stadium and arena cables are optimised to withstand the rigours of difficult cable pulls, high tensile loading and severe crush occurrences and can repeatedly endure the abuse associated

with the extreme demands in rapid deployment and retrieval applications. Where standard fibre optic cables are likely to fail, OCC’s broadcast cables are particularly well-suited to the harsh environment associated with outside field broadcast applications. To complement our broadcast cables, OCC manufactures a variety of rugged multi-channel fibre optic and electro-optic connectors. One such family of products is our compact Mini-Hermaphroditic Connector (MHC II). These connectors are available in both multimode and single-mode versions as well as electro-optic design, and, along with many of OCC’s harsh environment connectors, are hermaphroditic. Power or control signals for the cameras may be supplied using hybrid connector options that add electrical and optical signals within the same connector body. These connectors withstand extreme environmental demands and they are specifically designed for reliable HD signals. OCC has also addressed weight and durability of reels for the broadcast industry. Our broadcast system would not be complete without our Modular Advanced Reel System, or MARS, a lightweight, durable system constructed of a high-impact enforced polymer that is easily transported and ideal for applications where cable needs to be deployed and reeled in quickly and s t o re d e ff i c i e n t l y. The MARS cartridge system was specifically designed for deployment, retrieval and storage of fibre optic and copper communications cable. MARS offers the most advanced, self-contained reeling and storage system for broadcast deployable

communication environments. Customers demand change rapidly and with the minimum of down-time. OCC has proven to be a solution provider for over 30 years. InB: What criteria does the market use to make decisions for your services BS: OCC employs well-trained specialists that deal directly with our customer base, whose needs vary from application to application and across the geographical spectrum. Our corporate engineering teams are currently addressing tomorrow’s application challenges. We work hand in hand with market leaders who advise us on their current and future needs, and allow us to address their concerns when developing new products. InB: Which territories are showing particular activity? BS: OCC has the ability to adapt to applications and customer requirements around the world. We currently are seeing strong activity across the Western Hemisphere, both North and South. Europe has been strong this year because of the Olympics. InB: Any innovations ahead that you can discuss? BS: As stated earlier, our new MARS Reels and Cartridge System are seeing some success throughout the Broadcast market. Both of these items are unique and solve current cost issues due to weight. Earlier this year, we introduced our new MHC-II connector, which is the only hermaphroditic connector system that allows both copper and fibre connectivity. This connector is lighter and smaller than current products in the market. Packaging of fibre optic cable is always on the front of new designs. In the near future, we will be offering new products that address reliability issues of standard enterprise cables. InB: Give some examples of your services in action. BS: OCC engineers and business development representatives recently attended the 2012

Compact Mini-Hermaphroditic Connector (MHC II)

Daytona 500 in Florida to view our fibre optic cable performance in a real-time application. The track and compound area was extremely busy with many technicians and engineers from different companies preparing equipment. They have thousands of connections both in copper and fibre to prepare and many hours of connecting and retesting until the day of the event. The area around the track and the grandstands was where all of the broadcast equipment and installation activities occurred and it took days to become fully operational. It was exciting to see OCC fibre optic cables being placed around the track for the key shots of the event. The cable being routed through and over the track areas to be installed in suites at the top of the grandstands provided communications for owners or TV Stations doing live video productions. Present that day were crews from ESPN, FOX and the Speed Network. There was over ten miles of cable in and around the track. The longest run was 1,500 feet with hermaphroditic connectors on each end. The fan outs were set at 250 feet. The job of broadcasting one of the largest racing events in the world demanded experienced personnel and extremely reliable and rugged products. And remarkably, after the race, the equipment and team travelled thousands of miles to the next event to repeat the procedure for the entire race season. OCC is honoured that our quality products are a part of this American tradition. InB: Thank you for taking time out to answer our questions.

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Contents
PO Group Invest in 4k SGO Mistika Solution
BBC Entertainment Launches in Malaysia
AJA KI Pro Eases Elton John Show Workflow Transition
Bolshoi Theatre Install RTS System
Canal+ Sports Opts for Orad Power Wall
SIS LIVE Rolls Out OB 14 HD Truck
OCC’s Bill Smith Answers on the Technical Challenges
4KTV? Not So Fast!
ChyronIP Powers Graphics on Newtek Tricaster
Take Control With Rascular’s Helm
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In Broadcast - October 2012 - OCC’s Bill Smith Answers on the Technical Challenges
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In Broadcast - October 2012 - 4KTV? Not So Fast!
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In Broadcast - October 2012 - ChyronIP Powers Graphics on Newtek Tricaster
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In Broadcast - October 2012 - Take Control With Rascular’s Helm
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