Auburn University’s Media Production Group installed a Utah Scientific UTAH-400 video routing switcher and a UTAH-200 router as part of a renovation that included a transition to HD operation. The facility’s mainstay is distance-education classes produced for the university’s College of Business, but the staff also produces content for public television including documentaries and musical performances, informational and promotional programming for the university, public service announcements for the state of Alabama, and contract work for the industry.
“We have had Utah Scientific routers since 1985, and the last one ran from 1990 until this year with never a problem,” said Larry Shaw, manager of the Media Production Group. “That’s why, when it came time to get an HD router, I wanted one from Utah Scientific. The whole system relies on the router every day, and you don’t want a failure there. With Utah, you can be sure the router is consistently working the way it’s supposed to.”
Construction delays pressed the Utah routers into service in a closet-sized space that served as the control room. The 144-frame UTAH-400 router (loaded 64x80) takes up only one-third of a rackframe. Besides being compact, the UTAH-400 uses minimal power while producing very little noise and heat.
Other features of the UTAH-400 include a 10-year no-fee warranty and a GUI, which allows the operator to copy settings from one control panel to another without reentering all the information. The router is also easy to expand and upgrade.
“Longtime customers such as Auburn University recognize that Utah products combine our well-known reliability and durability with up-to-date, user-friendly innovations,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific.
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