|The Evertz EQX router
PITTSBURGH, PA.—Last year, ESPN came
to our design engineering team at NEP
with a challenge—develop a brand new
outside broadcast truck designed to meet
the massive production needs for their major
live remote broadcasts, including Monday
As the leading provider of solutions for
remote and studio production, we were
up to the challenge and designed this next
generation outside broadcast truck—the
EN1—which will be the nation’s largest
when it’s launched in early fall. Due to the
massive production requirements that this
truck will need to support, EN1 requires
the best-in-breed technologies and an extremely
dense and reliable infrastructure. A
key part in this infrastructure is Evertz’ EQX
routing core. It’s based on the strong technology
development relationship we’ve had
with Evertz, and also previous successful
EQX router implementations which operate
throughout the worldwide NEP outside
broadcast fleet of more than 60 HD trucks.
In planning the architecture for EN1, our
NEP team worked closely with Evertz to develop
a very large matrix with massive audio
support that fits within our size, weight,
and budget constraints, yet would meet the
scale, infrastructure and I/O requirements
that the truck’s design demands.
REALLY LARGE ROUTING CAPACITY
With the Evertz EQX high-density core
router at the heart of the system, NEP’s
EN1 has the ability to route a staggering
500 inputs and 3,000 outputs in just two
frames. On top of this, it has the added capability
of routing and processing up to
16 channels of embedded audio, including
shuttling of tracks.
The truck’s routing infrastructure is extremely
dense, flexible and scalable, and
even at its current massive capacity, it has
the ability to expand even farther as ESPN’s
needs grow. One of the ways in which
the immense scale of routing was accomplished
in this project was through a mix of
standard I/O and Evertz’s Xlink technology.
This is not just for multiviewing, but also for
interconnecting the routers.
In addition to the EQX router, NEP’s
EN1 employs a wide range of Evertz routing
and multiviewing systems. The truck
design incorporates more than 160 advanced
control panels, the Evertz Magnum
unified control system, VIP-X multiviewer
system, tally interface, an EMR router for
audio routing, and more.
Though we required a massive infrastructure,
space and weight are always big
issues for outside broadcast trucks. The
Evertz system provided us with major routing
capability in a very small footprint, allowing
us to integrate their technologies
easily into our design, thus helping us to
maximize usable production space and
keep the truck’s weight in check.
We have a great relationship with
Evertz, and time and again have selected
their technologies for our outside broadcast
trucks as their products have proven
to be extremely scalable, reliable and flexible.
As we continue to push the design and
capacity of our trucks further along, we
know Evertz will be able to keep pace and
meet new demands.
George Hoover is the chief technology
officer at NEP Broadcasting. He may be
contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, contact
Evertz at 877-995-3700 or visit www.evertz.com.