ABC equips new HD switching center with Ross openGear

The ABC Television network has placed a major order for 3Gb/s-capable equipment from Ross Video for the network’s new HD central switching center (CSC) facility in New York City.

The network has selected Ross Video’s openGear 3Gb/s-capable fiber interconnect, frames, distribution amplifiers, audio/video multiplexers and demultiplexers (mux/demux) with Dashboard control and monitoring for the new CSC facility, which will serve as the primary central routing and signal processing installation for all of ABC’s inbound feeds, internal routing and distribution, and quality control monitoring.

The 3Gb/s products include a new series of copper to fiber and fiber to copper receive and transmit modules that include a high-density, dual unit as well as 3G single card mux-plus, fiber and fiber-plus demux. The new openGear DataSafe feature stores all card parameters on the local frame network card. In the event of a card change, settings can be automatically restored, minimizing costly downtime.