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Egyptian National Media Authority upgrades master control

Egyptian National Media Authority upgrades master control

Egyptian National Media Authority upgrades master control


Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA) has recently upgraded its master control and playout platform with the help of Imagine Communications as part of its move towards a software-centric, IP-based broadcast architecture. The installation, which included Platinum IP3 router and multiviewers and the manufacturer's Nexio+ AMP Advanced Media platform deployed, reportedly delivers operational resilience that integrates with the national broadcaster’s existing infrastructure.

‘Our master control and satellite rooms are mission-critical parts of our operation,’ said Rafaat Younes, chief director of the studio projects department at Egyptian National Media Authority. ‘As ENMA is the national broadcaster and transmits the leading television channels to Egyptian audiences, we recognised the need to install equipment that is operationally well-proven by major global broadcasters. It was crucial that we invested in our facility to bring it up to date with the latest robust and reliable technologies, as staying on air is paramount. Imagine Communications showed us how we could take advantage of the latest technology to expand our operation, with the reliability and resilience we sought.’

The installation from Imagine Communications includes the Platinum IP3 router with integrated Platinum SX Pro multiviewers. The Platinum IP3 will change uncompressed video over IP that will let the multiviewers take advantage of multiplexed IP streams to monitor stacks. This installation also included the Nexio+ AMP Advanced Media Platform which changed digital content from ingest to playout as well as signal processing and conversion using Selenio MCP and Selenio 6800+ modules.

Anas Hantash, head of MESA and North Africa at Imagine Communications, added: ‘ENMA wanted to expand its capabilities through improved operations. We discussed how best to implement their requirements in a way which would integrate with the rest of their operations without disruption. The new master control room and satellite room, for example, communicate with other legacy systems over SDI, and will allow ENMA to create new efficiencies and expand capabilities when they take the next step on their IP migration path.’

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