Portuguese production company EMAV has installed a Vega routing platform in one of its midsize OB vans. The system was supplied and installed via Snell's Portuguese channel partner, Amperel.
Snell’s Vega is a flexible asymmetric routing solution in a 4RU 192-port chassis. The new router will allow the EMAV OB production team to configure any signal port independently for fiber or coax connectivity and to configure any signal port as either an input or output. EMAV technical engineers already work with Snell's Kahuna multi-format production system, IQ Modular infrastructure, and RollPod control panel. The addition of the Vega routing platform, integrated with the OB unit's RollCall control and configuration software, will enable the team to employ ports more cost-effectively according to the demands of any given application.
"Snell's Vega platform gives us a great deal more flexibility in routing configuration and fiber/coax connectivity, in turn enabling our staff to meet even the most complex customer requirements," said Miguel Amorim, technical director at EMAV. "We can add only the fiber connections we need, with different 'flavours' of wavelength, thus making the most of our I/O ports. The ability to increase our routing capacity without the higher costs and space demands of conventional routing solutions gives us a critical competitive advantage in the OB marketplace. We also benefit from the reliability of Snell equipment and the availability of support throughout Europe."
The fully asymmetric I/O port designation of the Vega routing platform allows it to be configured with just one input and 191 outputs, or 191 inputs and one output, or any combination in between. To ensure maximum redundancy, the system offers dual crosspoints, dual controllers, dual power supplies, and dual fans all of which are hot-pluggable or replaceable. Each pair of ports consists of a receptacle cage that accepts a very small plug-in module supporting either fiber (LC-type small form-factor pluggable or SFP) or copper coaxial (HD BNC) connectivity.
"Vega offers OB operations such as EMAV an unprecedented degree of routing versatility while enabling them to deliver the highest quality of SD and HD content," said Kim Francis, senior product manager at Snell. "The Vega routing platform in both 2RU and 4RU models is becoming a popular choice among Europe's leading production companies."