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University of Arkansas Leverages Telecast Fiber Systems

Extensive Telecast installation enables more efficient campus broadcasts (May 03, 2005)

Telecast Fiber Systems today announced that the University of Arkansas recently purchased a large package of equipment for moving video, audio, intercom, data, and tally signals between various buildings on campus and the Department of Media Services' studio and mobile production truck. With the Telecast installation, the university now benefits from longer cable runs, faster set-up and tear-down times, no electrical interference, and better video quality.

"We chose these particular Telecast units because they were really the only systems that were this compact and featured the many options required to meet the university's needs," said Gary Hodges, technical manager of SNG operations at the University of Arkansas' Division of Continuing Education, which includes the Department of Media Services. "From day one, this equipment has been easy to use, and if there are any issues, we simply make a phone call and assistance is provided immediately."

The new Telecast equipment already has been used to record a number of events on campus including the recent performance of a comedy troupe arranged by the University of Arkansas Student Activity Committee. The long cable runs made possible with the gear resulted in a quicker, less labor-intensive installation.

A trio of stand-alone Viper systems allows the University of Arkansas to connect any building on the fiber infrastructure on campus to the studio and its fixed uplink dish. These systems also can be used to set up a teleconference between any buildings connected to this network.

The university's production truck holds the largest package of Telecast gear, with six Cobras, two Adder 322s, and two Viper II systems all installed on rolling racks. The Cobra units connect six triax-based cameras to the production truck with runs of fiber up to 3,000 feet. Cobras allow camera placement up to 20 kilometers away from the base station and provide all two-way camera/control signals. The transmit-and-receive pair of Adder 322 units connects every channel of incoming 24-bit audio to the production truck. Sixteen return audio channels support transmission of house feeds or confidence monitoring back at the venue.

Each of the two Viper II racks is configured with four 5122 card sets for four composite video feeds, four stereo audio transmits, and data and contact closures; one TR5900 Ethernet card for network connectivity between the production truck and venue; and one TX5292 card set for transmission of HD/SDI digital video. The Viper II system is used for generic audio feeds between the production truck and venue and for video feeds to house monitors, projectors, and mult boxes.

The University of Arkansas also uses two RingNecks to feed telephone lines from the venue to the production truck and from the production truck back to the venue. This arrangement enables personnel in the production truck to monitor all phone calls through a PBX phone system.

"The Telecast system has helped to improve the services we offer to the campus community," said Hodges. "As with any campus community faced with rapid technological developments, things can change quickly, and Telecast Fiber will be a valuable resource for assistance with any of our fiber optic equipment needs."

About the University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas is a student-centered research university serving Arkansas and the world.

About the University of Arkansas' Dept. of Media Services in the Division of Continuing Education
The Department of Media Services in the Division of Continuing Education is the major provider of professional broadcast technological services in helping the university maintain its achievement of being a student-centered research university serving Arkansas and the world.

About Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc.
Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc. is a leader in portable and fixed fiber optic systems for television broadcast production. The company's video, audio, and communications systems are used worldwide by TV networks, teleproduction companies, telecommunications providers, and private and government institutions and facilities to extend range, simplify cabling, and reduce labor costs and set-up time. The company's systems accommodate all television production signals, including NTSC/PAL video, 601 and HDTV SDI, analog and AES/EBU audio, triaxial wideband camera interfaces, and intercom and data signals.

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