DST delivers automated master control center to Arizona PBS affiliate

Centralized workflow enhances KAET-TV’s automation, multichannel monitoring capabilities and signal path control of one HD and four SD channels
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DST installed a crescent-shaped console made by TBC to house all master control and ingest equipment.

Digital System Technology (DST) has completed a new automated multichannel master control system for KAET-TV, a PBS affiliate on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. KAET serves as the primary PBS facility for the northern two-thirds of Arizona, including the Phoenix metropolitan area with one HD and three SD channels.

DST’s scope of work included all design, systems integration and equipment installation work associated with the master control center, as well as systems training for KAET technical and operations staff.

DST upgraded KAET’s Microfirst automation system, with a version that controls the on-air switcher, satellite IRDs and routing system. The new Microfirst system also adds full redundancy with switchover capabilities.

DST installed a crescent-shaped console made by TBC to house all master control and ingest equipment. An Evertz MVP multiviewer feeds two 42in LCD displays above the console, allowing one staff member to monitor on-air sources, as well as cable and satellite feeds. The centralized workflow allows the same staff member to ingest on-air materials into servers for later on-air playback while monitoring multiple sources at the console. Ten 17in flat panel displays surround the LCD screens for monitoring automation control screens and transmitter functionality among other sources.

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