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No Robot is an Island
James Eddershaw, Managing Director,
Shotoku, considers the importance
of interoperability...

A

ny system forming part of a
modern broadcast infrastructure
must inevitably interface with other
systems, usually with many other
systems. Robotics are no exception.
On the simplest level, the robotic
system is there to support the
camera and position it wherever
required.
This
requires
basic
standards like mechanical fixings and
counterbalancing. Similarly, the lens
requires support but also electronic
interfacing which might be analogue
(positional or velocity signals), digital
(RS232 or RS422) with the appropriate
protocol for the lens model.
And that's the easy bit!
Much more sophisticated is the
requirement for the control systems to
interface with third-party equipment
for preview routing, on-air tallies,
VR graphics and of course studio
automation.
Legislative
systems

may require interfaces to the audioconferencing system and the vision
switcher itself. As anyone in the
broadcast technology industry knows,
there are a plethora of 'standards'
when it comes to controlling or
signalling to other devices. No robotics
system can deliver a customer's
integrated
requirements
without
supporting a very wide range of these
protocols and physical interfaces.
Shotoku has always held to the
principles of open interoperability.
We support a wide range of
protocol specifications from GPIO to
nationwide-networked TCP remote
control for countless third-party
products and systems. We strongly
follow the 'best-of-breed' principal.
We won't 'advise' clients to consider
a particular related product just
because that might be easier for us,
and especially not because we will

make money selling our
own system. Use any
switcher you prefer, any
graphics or VR system,
any automation system,
any
teleprompting
device and of course
any camera and lens.
But it's not enough
to simply say we
interoperate;
it's
necessary to work on those interfaces
and to ensure developments in
other spheres are monitored to
confirm our own developments are
in alignment. This requires open
dialogue with other manufacturers,
formally and informally, to keep
current. For example, we recently
joined the Grass Valley Technical
Alliance (GVTA) - a group of totally
independent companies who realise
that interoperability with other
leading manufacturers makes sense
commercially and technically for our
clients. The alliance is just that, an
alliance, not a conglomerate or a 'onestop-shop' where choice is limited, and

Shotoku TR-XT control system

decisions are forced upon customers.
With so many years' experience
installing within diverse systems we
have most likely interfaced with a
customer's chosen partner before,
but even if we haven't that's not
a problem. We will implement the
necessary interfaces for a new system
and we almost certainly won't charge
you a penny for it.
The approach we take truly is the
best of both worlds: confidence in
interoperability along with complete
freedom of choice.

TV Bandeirantes Chooses Pebble
For Agro+ Channel
Pebble Marina and Dolphin systems
are at the heart of Agro+ channel

B

razilian
broadcaster
TV
Bandeirantes (known as Band)
has launched its new Agro+ channel
with Pebble's Marina and Dolphin
systems at the heart of its operation.
Agro+ is a specialised channel aimed
at the country's vital agribusiness
industry and was launched on 22 June.
With programming covering all aspects
of the industry, the fully file-based
channel is split across two sites, with
its main headquarters in Brasilia and
Master Control based in São Paulo.
Pebble's flagship Marina automation
solution controls Dolphin integrated
channel
devices
which
handle
branding, graphics and loudness
control for the channel. The original
technology was installed by Pebble's
local reseller, Videodata, who also
carried out the remote commissioning
for this new launch.
"The system must be fast and
responsive as we have operations
in two cities; all our engineering is
based in São Paulo while the Agro+

studio and newsroom are in Brasilia,"
comments Thiago Perrella, CTO
at TV Bandeirantes. "It was also
a project with an extremely tight
turnaround, which, of course, was
given added complexity by having
to be accomplished under lockdown
procedures."
Despite the obstacles due to
lockdown restrictions, the installation
was complete in record time. There
was less than 10 days between
the date the order was received,
to the automated playout channel
transmitting live, which is a significant
achievement under current economic
circumstances.
All
installation,
commissioning and training for the
new channel was also successfully
carried out remotely by the
experienced Videodata team who were
working from home.
"Agro+ was a unique challenge
because of the limitations of the
ongoing health pandemic" says
Marcelo Blum, Architecture and

Technology Manager at Videodata.
"By utilising the existing hardware
platform already installed at Band,
and implementing NDI outputs for the
preview signals, the implementation
could be completed in record time with
no need for new hardware on premise.
This is certainly the first time we have
taken a new channel to air completely
remotely & the experience proved to
be a great success thanks to Pebble."
The Bandeirantes Network has been
a Pebble Beach Systems customer
since 2008 and has a large playout
automation system including more
than 30 master control playlists and

nine news and production switchers,
with MOS integration for newsroom
systems.
David Russin, VP of Sales for the
Americas at Pebble Beach Systems,
says: "The remote operations that
Agro+ is based on are becoming more
commonplace as organisations look
increasingly to distributed workflows,
and we are delighted that Marina and
Dolphin were so vital in taking it to air
with such speed, ease and simplicity."
In 2019 it launched the Smithsonian
Channel in Brazil, fully based on
Pebble's technology, with local support
also provided by Videodata.


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