WNIN-TV Upgrades Utah Scientific Routers

WNIN-TV a PBS member station in Evansville, Ind., has purchased a Utah-400 SD/HD router along with an SC-4 control system from Salt Lake City manufacturer Utah Scientific.

The Utah-400 replaces a 13-year-old analog router, also from Utah Scientific, and is part of a complete master-control rebuild that will upgrade the station from analog to digital. WNIN's Utah-400 will interface with five Miranda ImageStore Intuition HD/SD channel branding co-processors and an Omneon Spectrum media server, with everything controlled by a MicroFirst Digital Automation System. WNIN, which serves the tri-state (Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois) area, anticipates its major facility upgrade will be complete and online in May.

The Utah-400 is designed with a scalable matrix architecture that allows users to expand from 8x8 to 1152x1152. It also features redundant power supplies, crosspoint cards, and controller cards. The SC-4 allows interfacing with many third-party switching systems.

"Our current Utah Scientific router has been rock solid for more than 13 years," said Glenn Puder, assistant chief engineer at WNIN. "So when it was time to switch from analog to digital, we naturally went back to Utah. We're also really impressed with Utah Scientific's service and support, primarily with the 10-year, no-fee warranty."