NAB 2018

NAB 2018: Arista, Axon To Demonstrate Live Sports IP Infrastructure

Axon Digital Design and Arista Networks will use NAB 2018 to demonstrate a proven live sports IP infrastructure. The showcase at Arista’s booth, in which a traditional SDI router has been replaced with an IP infrastructure, features Axon’s Synapse IP control solutions and Synview IP multiviewer, all managed by the Cerebrum control platform.

NAB 2018 visitors will experience a scaled down live demonstration used by a leading production company for a recent major international sports event. This original set-up consisted of multiple Arista 7050SX-64 switches in a leaf-spine configuration, combined with Axon’s Synapse IP bridges (NIO440) to convert to and from SDI, and controlled through Axon’s Cerebrum control and monitoring system. To feed IP signals directly to Axon’s Synview multiviewer, Synapse MNU100 modules were equipped with Synapse NIO440 converting SDI signals to IP for display on the multiview wall.

Demonstrating the agility and flexibility offered by IP, when combining Axon’s solutions with Arista’s software driven cloud networking platforms, the broadcast infrastructure on show can replace 6x72x72 routers (1080i –S2022-6). Flexibility, control and flow path awareness, while reducing the overall equipment footprint, enables new business models.

“We are delighted that our products performed as expected in this ground-breaking proof-of-concept and we’re proud to share this experience at NAB,” says Axon’s CEO Jan Eveleens. “As broadcasters look to move to a fully IP environment for live sports production, it’s great to be able to demonstrate our technology with confidence based on a successful real-world IP deployment.”

“This live proof-of-concept in a major international sporting event proves that by deploying IP broadcast networks with Arista Networks, media companies can take advantage of the same network management, performance, reliability and scaling efficiencies realized by cloud service providers.” says Ed Chapman, vice president of business development and alliances, Arista Networks.”

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