The first order for the new Orca IP-enabled integrated channel device under Marina automation control has been made by Amsterdam-based DMC, for use in a new multichannel playout system. DMC recently undertook a full technology review, staging a detailed proof of concept exercise to evaluate and test a variety of IP-based playout systems. At the conclusion of this, Pebble Beach Systems was awarded the contract for a Marina automation solution controlling multiple channels, which will be played out on completely virtualised Orca integrated channel devices. It represents the first implementation of Orca, which was unveiled at IBC2015.
Orca is Pebble Beach Systems’ completely virtualised IP-enabled software-defined integrated channel. Running in a VM on a virtualised platform, it optimises a software-only implementation of the company’s Dolphin platform to run in a private cloud with IP inputs and outputs.
The implementation deploys standard IT hardware which DMC will source and maintain, with the company delivering the virtual images for each channel based on DMC’s pre-defined transmission chain or ‘pipeline’ requirements.
“This contract represents our first large scale deployment of an IP-only solution for a major service provider,” said Tom Gittins, Pebble Beach Systems sales director. “We have worked closely with DMC to architect a solution capable of playing out all channel types from highly reactive prime channels with frequent late schedule changes and high degree of live content, to regional insertion channels, from a unified user interface.”