In Broadcast - July 2017 - 46
www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 7 - Issue 6
Argosy Managing Director, EMEA, Chris Smeeton,
urges broadcasters to maximise investment by finding
the right infrastructure solutions providers...
reathing new life into legacy
equipment has become a constant
challenge for most engineers. Whether
they are moving to 4K or a new fibre
backbone, the bottom line has become
more important than ever, meaning
every component of the system
becomes a critical decision, including
the cable. But, it is possible to maximise
Take engineers for the Outside
Broadcast (OB) market, who are
routinely tasked with providing the
highest resolution picture and sound.
It is simply not possible to design an
entirely new signal foundation with
every new technological advancement.
So, skip the fibre upgrade. While it
is often the preferred foundation for
4K, standard coax is actually adequate
for 4K signals over shorter cable runs.
Using the Omnitek 4K tool box to
evaluate performance, we have been
recording error-free transmission via
coax up to 65m using an Image 1000
and 4K Patch panel.
The money you save going this route
can be applied elsewhere, upgrading
an additional piece of equipment, for
for OB trucks
Distributors like Argosy experience
these challenges daily in many
different forms. Companies like us
deal in infrastructure all day
and routinely field questions
of this nature - Does it
need replacing? Do certain
lengths need to be re-run?
What cable options are
Sticking with the OB
market, our clients share
their problems, and in return
help us solve their problems.
does just that. This simple change
- deployment of a different cable -
decreases the customer's procurement
and operating costs.
Distributors are generally known for
consolidated suppliers and stocking
products so you don't have to. But
much more than that, we're solution
providers. Consultation? We're there
for you. Need something tomorrow?
We're there for you. Need a solution
customised for your specific design?
Again, we're there for you. The best
of us can terminate cables right in our
facilities. Once again, this is important
for maximising those investments.
A recent OB company we worked
with reduced rigging and de-rigging
times at events through deployable
case assemblies with pre-terminated
cabling. Most of these integrators
don't have the capability to terminate
for all jobs, let alone the scale to
make it affordable. As we all know,
manpower is generally going to be the
largest cost of a project. That's why
you partner with your distributors,
you work together to maximise the
investment by reducing cost.
To state the obvious, technology
is changing at a rapid pace. It's no
Their needs: take up less room, make different for broadcasters. You need
it lighter, and make it cheaper. These not navigate these waters alone.
discussions led to the development of Companies like Argosy have the sole
the Image 360 cable, a product that purpose to improving your bottom
line. Sometimes, it's simply
lengthening your current
investments, like cleaning
and repairing damaged
cables and enabling reuse
instead of the old scrap
and purchase cycle. Win
your battle over costconsciousness.
Fibre optic is not
necessary for shorter
your investment by finding
cable runs in 4K
your solutions provider.