AXON kits out ANO trucks for Sochi

We’ve been writing about ANO Sports Broadcasting (Panorama)’s nine new OB trucks destined for work at Sochi 2014 for some time, and AXON Digital Design is the latest manufacturer to get on the radar as being selected to provide kit for them, in this case Synapse modular processing equipment.

AXON modular processors will be used in a broad range of applications with the OB vehicles, including the up-conversion, down-conversion and cross conversion of 3G signals. AXON modules will support the distribution of video and audio signals throughout the vehicles as well as the embedding and de-embedding of audio signals. Also, AXON miniaturized technology will control the synchronizing, legalizing and keying operations within the fleet. Finally, AXON’s SynView will form the standard multi-viewing platform on the vehicles.

In response to customer needs on this demanding project, AXON has developed two new Synapse modules for this project. The first sees an adaption to the company’s GQW220 3Gb/s, HD, SD-SDI to QWXGA converter to provide advanced 4:3 masking capabilities. Meanwhile, the GDL200 is an entirely new dual standard legalizer for digital signals with full framesync capabilities.

Panorama selected AXON because of its proven ability to meet customer needs by extending its Synapse modular AV processing range. The attraction to AXON was further increased by the company’s opening of a local office in Russia this year, which will enable AXON to provide top quality technical and operational support to Panorama as it progresses through what is both an exciting and demanding project.

Another key factor was AXON’s proven track record to provide high quality, robust and reliable technology for OB application. These vehicles will be used within a live sports production environment so there is an absolute need for efficient and reliable production resources. Not only does AXON provide this across 3Gb/s, HD and SD platforms, but the functionality of Synapse modules is so advanced that less processing modules are required in each vehicle, reducing rack-space, power and cooling requirements within the vehicles. Furthermore, Synapse’s internal bus structure reduces the need for external cabling and further easing the technical demands on each vehicle.

“We are very proud to be associated with this ground breaking project and look forward to working closely with the team at Panorama,” commented Harry Kanters, Director of Sales & Marketing at AXON. “The international sports market attracts massive audiences and we are extremely pleased that our reputation as a leader in the provision of modular AV processing technology to HD and 3Gb/s OB vehicles has been further enhanced through this important contract.”

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