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Grass Valley focuses on networking solutions
that streamline broadcast production at IBC 2016

The broadcast network--the core of all production environments--has undergone significant transition in the past year. More users are turning to networks based on proven data center IT capabilities, such as distributed IP switching and virtualization. The primary appeal of this technology is its open, IP-based approach, and Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, has embraced this shift with its Broadcast Data Center model for networks that takes the best of a data center structure and adds the features and interoperability required for content creators and broadcasters. Grass Valley's networking solutions at IBC offer customers business agility with efficient scaling of resources, virtualization of network assets and lower equipment costs.

"Grass Valley is already an infrastructure leader in content and distribution. Our innovative approach to today's broadcast networks is making it possible for our customers to build a stronger business ready for the demands of the future," said Neerav Shah, senior vice president of strategic marketing, Grass Valley. "The promise of IP is becoming a reality in the industry and professionals are looking for solutions that seamlessly integrate IP from creation to delivery. Grass Valley is the only supplier to offer IP-ready solutions throughout the entire production chain, making customers more efficient and more successful."

With the current approach, Grass Valley customers enjoy the benefits of a virtualized, media-aware network while benefitting from industry-leading broadcast production capabilities. Grass Valley's solutions combine all that's good about IT data centers with all that's required by broadcasters.

At IBC, several enhanced networking solutions will be featured:

§ The GV Node Real-Time IP Processing and Edge Routing Platform v 1.1 now includes full hybrid routing with an audio matrix of up to 2304 x 2304 sources, MADI embed/de-embed and quiet switching. Version 1.1 also expands the integrated Kaleido multiviewer with scalability up to 36x4 outputs for larger systems. Coming in November, version 1.2 will add ASI audio as well as support for SMPTE 2022-7 seamless switching for redundant IP streams.

§ The GV Convergent IP Router Control and Configuration System 1.3 now provides IP network edge-device control including Densité IPG-3901 IP gateways for SDI to IP conversion. Control of the GV Node IP aggregation ports and tieline routing allow detailed management of larger router switch fabrics. And implementation of SMPTE 2022-7 provides seamless switching for redundant IP streams.

§ SDI/IP Gateway 2.0 includes SMPTE 2022-7 redundancy and TR-04 with AES-67 support.

§ Virtualized Kaleido IP provides highly scalable playout applications.

§ The NV9000 Control System 8.1.0 now includes support for GV Node and other edge devices when paired with GV Convergent 1.3. Enhancements for virtual panels and SE Utilities continue to provide a user experience that is adaptable to any workflow.

Grass Valley is unveiling a new global strategic alliance with Cisco to collaborate on IP networking, virtualization and security. As a Cisco STI partner, Grass Valley will also sell proven networking packages that include Cisco switches. High-functioning IP solutions for broadcast are not generic--this alliance between two leaders in their respective markets provides customers with a tightly integrated and tested system along with a single point of contact for all network and edge-device questions.

Grass Valley's commitment to world-class networking solutions extends beyond support for direct-IP interfaces in all products and encompasses a fundamental philosophy of open industry standards. As a founding member of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), an independent trade association founded to ensure that all IP solutions brought to market offer complete interoperability, Grass Valley is dedicated to open standards that will integrate seamlessly into current workflow environments.

Shah concluded: "With Grass Valley's fully integrated networking, routing and control solutions, broadcasters are finding new levels of efficiency and productivity. Whether they choose to deploy a complete Grass Valley solution or one that includes third-party components, the open-standards approach ensures that all pieces of the workflow speak the same language and deliver the best results possible."

Grass Valley will showcase all of its powerful networking solutions at IBC 2016 on stand 1.D11.

At IBC 2016, Grass Valley will debut its new company vision of "Content Your Way," which features bold new integrated solutions that make it easy for customers to create, control and connect content wherever, however and whenever it is consumed. Key application areas include live production, news, content delivery and networking.

Grass Valley in profile
The new Grass Valley keeps broadcasters, content owners and service providers future-ready as they navigate the changing landscape of television. With the most comprehensive collection of workflow solutions in the industry, Grass Valley delivers end-to-end television production and content distribution workflows that enable the efficiency and flexibility broadcasters need to stay competitive today--while offering technological foresight they need to keep pace with consumers' desires for more content on more devices. Grass Valley, headquartered in Montreal, leverages the collective expertise and depth of the Grass Valley Group and Miranda Technologies, each having been acquired by St. Louis-based Belden Inc. Belden delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today's applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world.

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