The new broadcast centre for the Sha Tin racecourse has been equipped with an IHSE Draco tera KVM matrix switch system. The extensive installation is capable of connecting all broadcast and data servers and presentation computers located in the first-floor central equipment room, to workstations, edit suites and control desks in the broadcast studios and other areas throughout the building.
IHSE’s Draco tera switch delivers latency- and artefact-free video and audio, enabling the centre to keep visitors abreast of racing events and deliver live feeds to broadcast transmission networks in the region. A 160-port Draco tera switch provides access from the studios and other locations to the central equipment room over single mode fibre laid throughout the building. XV (eXtreme Velocity) KVM extender units were selected, to provide the high image quality and futureproofing.
The integral redundant capability and back-up of the Draco tera KVM switch, combined with its hot-swap component ability provides confidence that equipment can be maintained and replaced without disruption to live broadcasts: an essential feature for live horse racing broadcast services.
“The Draco tera switch delivers instant connection to computers and a good operator experience, with no latency in signal transmission,” said Patrick Wong, engineer of Hong Kong Jockey Club. “This is a prerequisite for live events which cannot tolerate delays of any kind. From the engineering viewpoint, features like dual fibre ports, redundant power supply and SNMP capability offer flexible and effective ways to create systems with total reliability and zero downtime that can send system alerts when necessary.”
Hong Kong Jockey Club’s engineering team completed the system integration of the full system themselves, with support from local solution provider JPT Global Solutions Ltd.