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Harris Corp. has the tools to deploy much of an entire television network. And it’s doing so in Iraq, providing an integrated large-scale broadcast solution to the government-run Iraqi Media Network as part of a major facility upgrade.

The Harris solution includes automation, servers, core processing, multiviewers, test and measurement, branding and routers.

Among the new assets for IMN is the Harris ADC automation system, with control over six Harris NEXIO transmission servers and six NEXIO storage arrays for a total of 720 hours of storage capacity in each system.

IMN is also using the Harris AutoSat automated satellite program acquisition system, which controls steerable satellite dishes, tunes receivers and enables recording right from the ADC automation system, providing control of six integrated receiver/decoders simultaneously.

Harris is also deploying three complete Master Control Rooms (MCRs) at IMN. Each will control two studios simultaneously and include an IconMaster master control switcher, a Predator II HD32 multiviewer, a Panacea router, Videotek test and measurement units, 6,800-plus core processing products, channel branding equipment, the Inscriber G-Store media management solution and 10 Harris X75 SD converter/synchronisers.

IMN also is building a master satellite feeding room, with the capacity to control 13 professional decoders. The room will include a 32x32 Panacea router, test and measurement equipment and 6800+ core processing products.

"We evaluated a number of systems on the market and decided on an integrated solution from Harris that included some of the best-in-class products available on the market today," said Emad A. Azzez, assistant to the CEO of the engineering department at IMN. "We see the installation of a full solution from a single vendor as a great advantage. We look forward to reaping the benefits of the Harris ONE solution in our new facility, including greater flexibility and workflow efficiency across our master control operations, as well as the superior integration between the Harris automation products and servers."

The installation is being handled by Kholoud Telecom & Broadcast System Solutions (KTBS), a local Harris dealer. Harris and KTBS will train 49 IMN engineers, technicians and operators in the benefits of the new technology.

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