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DoD Extends JITC Certification to Include PESA Video Distribution System (VDS) Product Upgrades

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced the U.S. Department of Defense has approved upgrades to its Video Distribution System (VDS), which includes several products in its Cheetah large-scale digital router product line. After initially receiving certification in January 2013, the company submitted a number of software and firmware updates for evaluation and testing.

The most significant upgrade is the new series of Vidblox 2K DVI dual link PESA Video Distribution Systemextenders, which transport video resolutions up to 2560×1600@60Hz over coax and/or fiber. “Vidblox 2K provides an inexpensive multi-path solution for distributing ultra high-resolution graphics over long distances,” explained Col. John T. Wright (U.S. Army, Retired), PESA senior vice president, sales and business development. “It’s a significant step forward in functionality, and with JITC certification, now the DoD can install an even wider range of PESA products in a variety of applications.”

PESA was the first company to achieve listing on the Department of Defense Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL) as a VDS, and remains the industry leader for large-scale VDS solutions. It is the only listing of such equipment approved by the DoD to be fielded in DoD networks. The APL is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

The upgraded products received Interoperability Certification (IOC) and Information Assurance (IA) accreditation from DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), which is responsible for certifying joint and combined interoperability of all DoD information technology and national security systems. With an array of software and hardware-based testing procedures, JITC evaluates technologies that provide warfighters with high-tech advantages in both peacetime and war. JITC certification ensures that a technological device or system meets the full standards to operate in a UC environment.

PESA offers a complete portfolio of secure video switching and distribution solutions that deliver up to 4K resolution. With robust features that support continuity of operations, command and control and emergency preparedness and response, the Cheetah product line has proven to be a solid foundation for many government and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and NASA.

“JITC certification is very important because it ensures that DoD officials can rely on our products to deliver high-quality imagery for C4ISR between distinct video chains,” added Wright. “PESA is proud to continue to provide our military and other government agencies with mission-critical products for video and audio distribution.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. >From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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PESA Delivers New Cheetah 4K Routing Solutions, Retrofit Kits

Huntsville, Alabama  – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced its new Cheetah 4K routing solutions. Built to manage the expanded bandwidth requirements of 4K signals, new routers are available in multiple configurations, while retrofit kits provide a simple plug-and-play upgrade solution for current 3G-SDI Cheetah routers.

“4K is quickly becoming the display norm for today’s tech-savvy audiences, and PESA is now delivering a key component to any operation’s 4K infrastructure,” Cheetahsaid Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “With our easyPORT technology, existing Cheetah installations can be partially or completely upgraded to 4K in the field to support data intensive workflows. New Cheetahs can be dedicated 4K routers or partitioned and converted later as your 4K needs grow.”

Built on PESA’s proven Cheetah digital video routing platform and easyPORT converter module technology, each I/O card includes four SC-style fiber CWDM connections carrying up to 12 Gbps (4xSDI) for each port. An outboard easyPORT module converts the signals from each CWDM port on the router back to conventional HD/3G-SDI video lines. Both UHDTV (3840×2160) and DCI (4096×2160) are supported, and the router can mix and match between 4K CWDM and traditional copper or fiber I/O in the frame.

The 4K I/O card is a direct drop-in replacement for the standard 16-channel HD/3G-SDI card found in current Cheetah frames. Any size Cheetah 3G-SDI routing switcher can be retrofitted with the new Cheetah 4K I/O card system by replacing any existing 16-channel I/O card set and reconfiguring the software to accept the new 4K cards. Once the control software is configured for 4K, the router system can run both 4K and 3G-SDI signals in parallel.

With the built-in crosspoint switch circuit on each easyPORT module, users can send four independent SD/HD/3G-SDI signals over a single wire interface, which saves valuable cabling space, and can extend coax I/O an additional 260 feet using the built-in equalizing and reclocking circuits in each easyPORT. The compact easyPORTs can be rack mounted with an optional 1 RU frame that holds up to four media converters or installed with an optional under-the-table mounting plate.

For mission critical operations, redundant power and control modules can be added without using additional rack space. The Cheetah router is controlled through traditional RS-232/422 or Ethernet connections, and its built-in SNMP MIB simplifies integration to third-party network system management software. With hot swappable matrix and I/O cards, as well as internal power and control, the need for additional power and external cabling is virtually eliminated.

Cheetah 4K routers can be configured and controlled via PESA’s intuitive Cattrax network GUI or optional Cattrax Web network server software using PESA’s powerful PERC2000 or PERC3000 system controller hardware. Visit PESA’s newly redesigned Web site at www.pesa.com for more information.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. >From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

 

New PESA Xstream C22 Compact Streaming System Offers Flexible AV Configurations for Sharing Content

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, will introduce its PESA Xstream C22 compact streaming system at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C6014), which runs June 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev. The latest addition to the PESA Xstream family of multi-channel HD IP streaming devices, the C22 includes I/O options for standalone streaming applications or as part of a larger hybrid broadcast system.

The C22 can be configured as a two port video encoder or two port decoder, orXstream - 6.6.14 can include one of each. It includes HDMI, coax and Ethernet (for an IP-based camera) video inputs, and optional SFP modules allow multiple configurations (fiber, HD-BNC, A-to-D, D-to-A and other SFP modules) for expanded connectivity. The C22 also supports two external audio sources, which can be synchronized to either or both video streams during an event.

With built-in genlock, video signals can be locked to an external source for glitch-free video switching in broadcast and pro AV applications. An HDMI out allows for local preview, while an integrated Web server allows full remote control, so no personnel are required on site for streaming content to a production facility.

“The PESA XStream C22 is an affordable streaming solution for so many markets, including medical or educational applications, justice and government, security and first responders, and sports and entertainment production. The dollar-to-stream value is significant, especially compared to other products that only offer one video stream,” said Chris Thomas, PESA vice president of engineering and CTO. “It’s a great standalone solution or it can be used with other routing equipment to share content between facilities.”

Multiple C22 units can be used to allow AV professionals to compress, stream and share high-quality content between locations and enable streaming in existing video distribution. The C22 is also an ideal bi-directional content sharing solution. Two C22 units can be configured with one encoder to send video and one decoder to receive video, allowing live interaction between sites.

The PESA Xstream C22 will be available this summer.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

PESA Expands Enterprise DRS Audio Distribution System to Accommodate Growing I/O Needs

Huntsville, Alabama – Audio channel capacity requirements have grown significantly for live event production, with the increased use of multi-channel surround sound and multi-lingual broadcast support. PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced its Enterprise DRS audio distribution system can now support up to 7,680 inputs and 7,680 outputs, making it one of the industry’s largest audio routing systems. Available now, the upgraded system will be demonstrated at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C6014), which runs June 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev.

PESA’s DRS Enterprise Exchange Engine (EDXE) has been enhanced to support up to five interconnected units. Each EDXE chassis supports up to 1,536 inputs Enterprise DRS-June 2014and outputs of various formats connected directly to its CAT5 I/O ports, and each unit can now connect with up to four additional EDXEs in a star topology with full duplex communications between units. Previously limited to 4,608×4,608 I/O, existing systems can be expanded in the field with a firmware upgrade and the addition of two SFP fiber transceiver modules.

“Consumers continue to demand more audio channels and more elaborate audio presentations for their home viewing experiences,” explained Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO. “As the art of capturing sound at a sporting event continues to evolve, you need larger and larger I/O capacities at the venue. Mics on officials, mics on players, game commentary in multiple languages – all these audio sources add up quicker than you’d expect. Our Enterprise DRS audio distribution system can now accommodate 7,680 audio inputs and outputs, and they can be expanded in the field.”

A wide variety of audio signal formats are supported, including unbalanced, 75 ohm AES over coax, balanced 110 AES over twisted pair with individual plug connectors, and mass terminated ELCO-style connectors. For interconnection to popular audio consoles, analog mono or stereo over twisted pair and MADI over coax are also available. Plus, time code is offered over coax or twisted pair terminations.

The Enterprise DRS system integrates seamlessly with PESA’s Cheetah video routers, which provide access to the full 256 audio channels available in the video signal. Low latency eliminates lip sync errors associated with embedding or de-embedding audio to the video signal path. Embedders and de-embedders provide Level B and ASI pass through for maximum compatibility with installed solutions. Other audio processing tools – including delay, gain control, audio swap, sum and difference signals, and invert on individual input and output channels – are included with the Enterprise DRS and can support the embedded signal path.

Available in a variety of cost effective system configurations starting at 128×128, the Enterprise DRS system can support new system elements as audio needs grow while maintaining the original equipment investment. It supports full EDXE redundancy, and the distributed architecture provides greater protection against individual unit failure. Automatic error detection with built-in CRC checksums determines signal validity and supports seamless operation between redundant signal paths.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

PESA Recognized for International Sales with NAITA’s 2014 Global Trade Award

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distributionsolutions, today announced it has received the prestigious 2014 Global Trade Award from the North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA). The award was presented on April 29 during NAITA’s 31st annual World Trade Day Luncheon in Huntsville.

PESA, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013, has been involved in NAITA JPEGinternational sales for more than 35 years, and sells its routing and processing equipment in more than 20 countries. While Europe has historically been PESA’s largest international market, the company is positioned for increased sales in Southeast Asia, South America and the Middle East in 2014.

For years, PESA has promoted its products internationally through an extensive dealer network led by an international sales manager. PESA maintains an office in Canada and recently established an office in China to promote sales and business development. The company will also exhibit at three international trade shows this year, including IBC2014 in Amsterdam in September.

The NAITA Global Trade Award honors local businesses and organizations for pursuing and penetrating global markets. By recognizing these efforts, NAITA hopes to encourage other companies to explore or expand their international business efforts, as well as strengthen the network of businesses involved in international trade. PESA is a corporate NAITA member and actively participates in NAITA programs.

In March, PESA was also a recipient of the 8th annual Governor’s Trade Excellence Award, which was presented by the Alabama Department of Commerce and the Export Alabama Trade Alliance. The award acknowledges Alabama-based companies that excel in overseas sales and service.

“It is very gratifying to be recognized for our international sales efforts, and NATIA’s Global Trade Award is a huge honor for us,” said Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO. “At PESA, we are developing new products and expanding our current product lines, and international sales remain an important part of growing our business.”

About NAITA

The North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) is a business-driven organization committed to increasing knowledge, interest, and activity in international trade in North Alabama. NAITA’s mission is to promote economic growth through international trade education, training, and networking. Further information on NAITA is available at www.naita.org.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

 

New PESA Xstream Live App Enhances Game-Day Experience with Customized Video Streaming

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced PESA Xstream Live, a new streaming app for iOS and Android smart devices that works in conjunction with the PESA Xstream C58 streaming appliance to allow users to view customized streaming video during live events.

PESA Xstream Live delivers a video stream that allows users to quickly change between four available camera views without lip sync disruption. In portrait PESA Live JPEGmode, the “main view” displays one of the four sources on the top of the screen, with smaller windows of all four sources grouped below it. Users can touch any camera view to instantly change the main view. Landscape mode features a quad view layout with all four sources on the screen – tap any source to select it as main view, and all four sources move to a mini view window in the top-right corner.

An intuitive user interface makes it easy for attendees to add or select sources during the event. The chat-enabled app also allows users to interact with others through Twitter and other social media sites during the event without missing any of the audio or video presentation.

Ad insertion capabilities allow content producers to promote local businesses, upcoming events or in-stadium services. Logos or other branding can be easily added to the video stream as well. PESA Xstream Live can also be used to drive on-site kiosks using an iPad’s Guided Access mode. Content can be distributed locally by limiting access to the venue’s Wi-Fi or published globally to a content distribution network (CDN).

“Today’s attendees want to access relevant content during the game and other events on their smart phones and tablets. PESA Xstream Live is a great way for sports venues and other entertainment complexes to package customized video coverage for on-site consumers,” said Chris Thomas, PESA CTO. “It enhances the attendee experience while creating additional revenue streams through advertising or special offers.”

The PESA Xstream product family rewrites the standards for affordable streaming. The rear panel of the compact, 1 RU, PESA XSTREAM C58 is filled with connector options, which simplifies integration and configuration of audio and video sources. Video formats including NTSC/PAL, SDI, HD-SDI and 3G-SDI can be combined with decoded IP video sources to create up to five simultaneous full-screen streams and one quad view stream. PESA Xstream also allows up to eight audio input sources to be combined, synchronized and mixed in real time with any or every video stream, which eliminates timing and latency issues.

PESA Xstream Live will be available in late 2014.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

New PESA Xstream Live Wins NewBay Media Best of Show Award at NAB 2014

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced the PESA Xstream Live streaming mobile solution received the NewBay Media Best of Show Award presented by Digital Video magazine at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev.

Developed for iOS and Android smart devices, PESA Xstream Live integrates the PESA Xstream with a downloadable mobile app to produce a unique viewingPESA Xstream Live Award JPEG experience. With access to four independent viewing choices and synchronized audio sources, the user controls a personalized viewing experience. Social networking is tightly integrated into PESA Xstream Live, allowing users to interact real time during an event. The solution also includes revenue generating ad insertion capabilities for targeted advertising and messaging.

PESA Xstream Live can be fully managed either locally or remotely. A built-in Web server utilizes a management console for complete control. Streaming distribution can implemented thru PESA Xstream Live – or for large venues, content can be distributed through a content delivery network (CDN).

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards were evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and were based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Only a small number of products were chosen for the award from among hundreds of new products in competition.

“We received a lot of interest from potential customers at our booth when we introduced PESA Xstream Live at NAB, and we are very pleased it was recognized as a Best of Show product by NewBay Media,” said Chris Thomas, PESA CTO. “PESA Xstream Live is a great way to enhance the attendee experience, and its ad insertion capabilities allow stadiums and other venues to see immediate ROI.”

PESA Xstream Live will ship this summer, and venues are encouraged to contact PESA to sign up for the early install program.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. >From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.