The multi-channel HD solution incorporates a number of SoftCast modules including multiple channels of SC-AutoPlay for HD channel-in-a-box automation and playout. The SC-AutoPlay also includes integrated CG graphics and subtitles. The solution also includes multiple channels of SC-Ingest running under the control of the SoftCast Media Asset Management module, SC-MAM. All of the SoftCast modules run on standard Dell workstations and servers, and the solution has redundant Dell Force10 network switches to connect to the highly resilient Titanium Z60 NAS from SmallTree for secure content storage with high bandwidth. Ideal Systems is building the system using baseband glue and infrastructure from Evertz, which includes master clock and sync pulse generators, re-clocking distribution amplifiers, and frame synchronizers.
“We are delighted to have been selected for this project as it shows the implementation flexibility of the SoftCast Technology platform which can be used as a primary broadcast solution or, as is the case with this project, integrated into complex primary broadcast systems to provide a fully redundant and diversified solution,” said Ms. Sing Yee Lee, product manager for SoftCast at Ideal Systems Singapore.