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Bridge Technologies: Intelligent redundancy switch added

A new addition to the company’s line of Intelligent Redundancy Switch products is being introduced by Bridge Technologies at IBC.

The VB243 follows on from the VB273 for DVB-S/S2, and employs the same concept in a version for ASI, with advanced analysis and decision engine technology providing what the company claims is a highly autonomous redundancy switch capability.

The VB243 benefits from the array of analysis technologies deployed in Bridge Technologies’ range of digital media monitoring probes, coupled with a decision engine that can operate according to rules defined by the user for any operating conditions. A wide range of system metrics and rules can be set for validation of the input status on both sources, together with switch-back rules to allow for any combination of fully or partially autonomous scenarios, or manual switching.

It is delivered in a robust chassis with redundant power supplies, and the switching module features magnetically-latched relays, guaranteeing signal pass-through even if the card is removed with intact cabling. The signal from each input source is transferred to its own ASI interface and then to the controller module with its ETR290 analysis engine.

Designed to provide a more reliable autonomous switching capability than the previous generation of products, the VB243 can accommodate semi-manual or completely manual operation if required.

“The intelligence embodied in this line of redundancy switch products allows operators to make much more effective provision for any failures in the signal channel,” said Bridge Technologies’ chairman Simen Frostad. “By including the very nuanced and powerful analysis capabilities of our core technologies in the VB243 and the other products in the series, we have been able to take redundancy switching to a new level.”