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Smart Switch 3G

What is it?

Smart Switch 3G 3G/HD/SD intelligent routing switch3G/HD/SD intelligent 2 x 2 routing switch.

Reason to choose it...

This auto changeover switch is a price-competitive way to get immediate notification of signal problems – perfect for large systems or unmanned automatic playout facilities. With its ability to monitor an amazing 20 different video and audio parameters, you can customise Smart Switch 3G to your own needs: it will decide which of the two inputs is better based on the signal errors that are significant to you. You can trust it to always make the best decision, while it includes relay bypass protection.

Ideal for...

Automatic monitoring of servers or other equipment where minor disruption to the output doesn't matter – such as before other processing equipment or before an MPEG encoder which is protected by a synchroniser.

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  • Main features
  • Details
  • Specs
  • What outputs do I get?
  • What do I order?
  • Who's using it?

Main features

  • 3G/HD/SD 2 x 2 intelligent routing switch
  • Monitors two video inputs with up to four groups of embedded audio - can switch between sources if specified fault condition arises (and standby is free of that fault)
  • Select from 20 different parameters to trigger a switch, and choose to monitor any number of parameters in any combination
  • Video parameters are input missing, input video standard incorrect, EDH missing, EDH full field error, EDH active picture error, line CRC error, active video black and active video frozen
  • Audio parameters are audio group 1 missing, audio group 2 missing, audio group 3 missing, audio group 4 missing and audio silence in a selected group
  • Also includes four Boolean parameters, where all conditions must be met simultaneously
  • Will work to the most significant feature to decide which input to select, with error priority rating
  • Inputs and outputs accessed by using an appropriate rear module (either RM53 or RM54)
  • Relay bypass protection available on RM54 frame rear module
  • Housed in Indigo rack frames
  • Space-saving: 100mm x 266mm module allows 12 Smart Switch 3G in 2U (six in 1U and two in desk top box)
  • Flexible control: board edge, GPI, frame integrated control panel, Ethernet remote control panel (REMIND-E), SNMP or PC software
  • Five year warranty (with product registration)

Details

Intelligent and automatic 2 x 2 switching

Smart Switch 3G is ideal for securing the video output in systems that demand high reliability.

This auto changeover switch provides intelligent 2 x 2 switching to a backup signal source by monitoring two 3Gb/s, HD or SD video inputs with up to four groups of embedded audio, and switching between the sources if a specified fault condition arises – no matter how subtle the fault.

If you need immediate reaction to large system signal problems or you want peace of mind for your unmanned automatic playout facility, Smart Switch 3G is a product you can trust to keep you on air.

Choosing the best input

Smart Switch 3G extracts information about various parts of the video signal to decide which of the two inputs is better, based on the engineer’s selection of which faults are significant.

It features an unrivalled number of switching criteria, with the monitoring of 20 video and audio parameters on both the primary and standby inputs – and with any number of these criteria able to be selected.

Smart Switch 3G is used with the Statesman Lite PC software to select the switching criteria.

One GPI can be configured using Statesman Lite to show an alarm condition for any individual or group of error conditions.

Select from 20 different fault conditions

The parameters which can be selected to perform a switch, and which are listed in order of priority, are input present, input video standard, video frozen, video black, various EDH errors (SD only), line CRC error (HD only), audio group 1 missing, audio group 2 missing, audio group 3 missing, audio group 4 missing and silence on a specific audio channel.

There are also four special ‘combined conditions’ parameters which only flag an error if all the conditions are met simultaneously.

Further flexibility comes from the option to set a time period of between 2 and 60 seconds before the video black, video frozen and audio silence parameters trigger a switch.

Trust it to always make the best decision

Smart Switch 3G will switch away from an error on the main input only if the backup is free of that fault, while should the main and standby inputs have different alarms set Smart Switch 3G will work to the most significant feature to decide which feed to select.

Choose when to switch back

Following a switch it can either reselect the main feed automatically (with the option to set a time period for which the signal must be good before switching back) or by user intervention.

Or...use it as a manual switch

Smart Switch 3G can also be switched manually, either immediately or in the vertical blanking period to enable a cleaner switch, with the Smart Switch 3G taking timing information from input 2 to determine the correct time to switch.

Save rack space - and protect your output

Crystal Vision frameSmart Switch 3G combines intelligence with space-saving benefits, with this 100mm x 266mm module fitting in Crystal Vision’s standard frames which allows easy integration with any other products from the range.

The inputs and outputs are accessed by using the RM53 and RM54 frame rear modules, which give two outputs of the main signal and one output of the standby.

The RM54 includes relay bypass protection for the main feed on power failure or board removal, giving your system that extra layer of security and preventing signal loss.

Choose your control

Control can be from board edge switches, front and remote panels, SNMP, GPIs and PC software.

 

Specs

MECHANICAL

Standard Crystal Vision module 266mm x 100mm

Weight: 155g

Power consumption: 11 Watts

VIDEO INPUTS

Two 3Gb/s, HD or SD inputs (1 and 2)

270Mb/s or 1.5Gb/s or 3Gb/s serial compliant to EBU 3267-E, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M and SMPTE 424M

The video formats supported are 625, 525, 720p50, 720p59.94, 720p60, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 1080p50, 1080p59.94  and 1080p60

3Gb/s cable equalisation up to 80m using Belden 1694A. HD cable equalisation up to 140m with Belden 1694A or equivalent (approx. 100m with Belden 8281). SD cable equalisation >250m Belden 8281 or equivalent

Input return loss: - 15dB for 50MHz to 1.5GHz

Auto 50/59.94/60Hz and video format selection

VIDEO OUTPUTS

Two independent ports with two outputs of the main input and one output of the standby using RM53 and RM54 frame rear modules

270Mb/s or 1.5Gb/s or 3Gb/s serial compliant to EBU 3267-E, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 292M and SMPTE 424M. Output follows the input format

The RM54 frame rear module provides relay bypass protection. An electromechanical relay switch needs power to hold the switch in one state and will revert to the other state (board bypass) on loss of power. It prevents signal loss by mechanically connecting the Smart Switch 3G’s main input to its main output 1 on complete frame power failure or board removal

DELAY THROUGH BOARD

10us max

SIGNAL CHECKS

Smart Switch 3G performs checks on the following parameters (listed in order of priority) which can trigger an automatic switch or activate the GPI output, with the user able to select a number of parameters in any combination:

* Input missing: Based on correctly positioned valid sync words in the data stream. If a valid input is not present then an alarm will be raised

* Input video standard incorrect: If a specific video standard is selected, then an input of a different standard will be treated as an error condition

* EDH missing (SD only): No EDH packets

* EDH full field error (SD only): Received EDH value does not match the data

* EDH active picture error (SD only): Received EDH value does not match the data

* Line CRC error (HD only): Received CRC value does not match the data

* Audio group 1 missing: If embedded audio group 1 is missing, an alarm is triggered

* Audio group 2 missing: If embedded audio group 2 is missing, an alarm is triggered

* Audio group 3 missing: If embedded audio group 3 is missing, an alarm is triggered

* Audio group 4 missing: If embedded audio group 4 is missing, an alarm is triggered

* Active video black: If all the luma samples within the active picture area are less than 13mV from nominal black value then an alarm will be triggered. The period of time for which the picture must remain black can be set from 2 to 60 seconds. The entire active picture must be continuously black for the full period – a single non-black sample restarts the delay period

* Active video frozen: An active picture checksum is calculated, and if it remains unchanged then the video is considered to be frozen and an alarm condition will be set. The period of time for which the picture must remain frozen can be set from 2 to 60 seconds. The entire active picture must be continuously frozen for the full period – a single non-frozen frame restarts the delay period

* Audio silence (channels 1, 2, 3 or 4): A separate audio level check is performed for each of the four channels in the selected group. If the audio signal level falls below -56dBFs for a period of time from 2 to 60 seconds, then an alarm is triggered. All four channels share the same silence time setting. The audio on the channels must be continuously silent for the full period – a single non-silent sample restarts the delay period

* Black AND channel 1 silent AND channel 2 silent: A logical combination of conditions, which only flag an error if all the conditions are met simultaneously

* Black AND channel 3 silent AND channel 4 silent: Only flags an error if all the conditions are met simultaneously

* Frozen AND channel 1 silent AND channel 2 silent: Only flags an error if all the conditions are met simultaneously

* Frozen AND channel 3 silent AND channel 4 silent: Only flags an error if all the conditions are met simultaneously

SWITCHING

The switch timing can be either immediate or timed and will apply to both outputs

Timed switching as defined in SMPTE RP168-2002 or immediate switching if primary input is faulty and standby is free of that fault. Smart Switch 3G will not switch away from the primary source if it detects that the standby source contains an error with a higher priority rating than the error detected on the primary source

A timed switch will occur in the correct time period according to the reference input (input 2 if valid)

Smart Switch 3G can be set to switch back automatically or by user intervention

Automatically: the board will switch back if the original input returns to a valid state. A programmable delay can be added to ensure the previously faulty input remains good for the selected time period

User intervention: if the board auto switches away from an invalid input it will stay on the new selection until the routing is changed by the user, or the new input becomes invalid

LED INDICATION OF:

Power supplies

Configuration progress

Input 1 valid

Input 2 valid

Main output source

Aux output source

GPI INPUT LEVELS

Active pull to ground, pulled up to +5V through 4700 ohm

GPI OUTPUT LEVELS

Electrically: Open collector transistors 48V, 270 ohm current limit resistors. Pulled up to +5V through 6800 ohm

GPI INPUTS

Five GPI inputs

Used to control input selection/routing, plus tally out

GPI control allows for direct connection to lamps and switches or to an automation system

GPI OUTPUTS

One GPI output

Will be asserted whenever a monitored error is encountered on either of the inputs

Can be configured to show an alarm condition for any individual or group of error conditions by ticking check boxes on Statesman Lite

LOCAL CONTROL

Intuitive board edge interface with two select buttons, shaft encoder and ten character alphanumeric display

REMOTE CONTROL

RS422/485

19200 baud, 8 bits, 1 stop no parity

Control from integrated control panel on AE frames and remote panel

Statesman Lite allows control and status monitoring from any PC on a network

SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option

 

What outputs do I get?

Signal inputs and outputs are accessed by using an appropriate rear module.

The rear modules slot on to the back of the frame and typically feature BNC, D-Type, 'easywire' DIN 41612, RJ45 and optical connectors. The single and double slot rear modules can be used with all three frame sizes, while the quad slot rear modules just fit the 2U frames.

There are two rear modules available for the Smart Switch 3G...

RM53 rear module label and connections

More about the RM53

Connectors: 6 BNCs

Frame slots used: 1

Boards in 2U: 12

Boards in 1U: 6

Boards in desk top box: 2

Why use it: You're looking for the most cost-effective rear module for Smart Switch 3G and don't need relay bypass protection

Also used for: Dual 3G-DL and SW221 3G

Real RM53 rear module

RM53 rear module label for Smart Switch 3G

Smart Switch 3G inputs and outputs with RM53 rear module

 

RM54 rear module label and connections

More about the RM54

Connectors: 6 BNCs

Frame slots used: 1

Boards in 2U: 12

Boards in 1U: 6

Boards in desk top box: 3

Why use it: You want relay bypass protection

Also used for: Safe Switch 3G and SW221 3G

Real RM54 rear module

RM54 rear module label for Smart Switch 3G

Smart Switch 3G inputs and outputs with RM54 rear module

 

For more visual technical information, download the Smart Switch 3G block diagram.

What do I order?

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Items for quote

First you need the 100mm x 266mm module...

Smart Switch 3G
3G/HD/SD intelligent 2 x 2 routing switch

Next choose your frame size and power supplies - from 2U to desk top box...

Indigo 2AE
2U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel for up to 12 Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 2SE
CoolFlow 2U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to 12 Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1AE
1U frame with active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1SE
1U frame with active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1AE-DP
1U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU and integrated control panel for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Includes two fixed PS-80i power supplies. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo 1SE-DP
1U frame with power supply redundancy and active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to six Crystal Vision modules. Includes two fixed PS-80i power supplies. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
Indigo DT
Desk top box with passive front panel for up to two Crystal Vision modules. Includes fixed power supply
Indigo DTSE
Desk top box with active front panel featuring smart CPU for up to two Crystal Vision modules. Includes fixed power supply. Allows Ethernet connection to a PC
PSU-160i
160 Watts power supply for 1U (non-DP) and 2U frames. 1U frames require one PSU-160i (no redundancy). 2U frames require either one PSU-160i (no redundancy) or two PSU-160i if power supply redundancy is required

You need a rear module to access your inputs and outputs...

RM53
Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of Smart Switch 3G in frame (12 in 2U, six in 1U, two in desk top box). Gives access to two 3Gb/s, HD or SD inputs (main and standby) with two outputs of the main signal and one output of the standby
RM54
Single slot frame rear module. Allows maximum number of Smart Switch 3G in frame (12 in 2U, six in 1U, two in desk top box). Provides relay bypass protection of the input. Gives access to two 3Gb/s, HD or SD inputs (main and standby) with two outputs of the main signal and one output of the standby

Finally - control. Use board edge switches, the integrated control panel if you've selected one of the 'AE' frames, or alternatively order one of the items below...

REMIND-E
19" Ethernet remote control panel (control an unlimited number of Crystal Vision frames over an Ethernet network)
Statesman Lite
PC Control System
SNMP
SNMP monitoring and control available as a frame option

 

Who's using it?

Users of Crystal Vision's routing switches include...

  • Accelerate Global Sales (USA)
  • Advanced Broadcast Services (UK)
  • Advanced Media Trading (UAE)
  • Airborne Mobile (Canada)
  • Al-Mawaddah Channel (Jordan)
  • Anxi Cia Ltda. (Ecuador)
  • ATG Broadcast (UK)
  • AVB Ltd. (Georgia)
  • AVC (UK)
  • BBC (UK)
  • BBC Studios and Post Production (UK)
  • BFE Studio (Germany)
  • BSkyB (UK)
  • Caracol Televisión (Colombia)
  • Chello Central Europe (Hungary)
  • Closed Caption Latina (Colombia)
  • Corporacion Ecuatoriana de Television (Ecuador)
  • Czech TV (Czech Republic)
  • dB Broadcast (UK)
  • Dega Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • Det Danske Filminstitut (Denmark)
  • Dynacord Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
  • Elektronika (Czech Republic)
  • Ericsson Hellas (Greece)
  • ERT (Greece)
  • ESPN Star Sports/Fox Sports (Singapore)
  • Fedex TV (USA)
  • FOR-A Italia (Italy)
  • Fox TV (USA)
  • Gunk TV (Belgium)
  • Hodhod TV (UAE)
  • INX News (India)
  • IQ Broadcast (UK)
  • ITV (UK)
  • Magic TV (Cyprus)
  • Megahertz Broadcast Systems (UK)
  • Ment TV (Belgium)
  • Mitcorp (UK)
  • Music Choice (USA)
  • News 24 (Albania)
  • Nine Network (Australia)
  • OKNO-TV (Russia)
  • ORF (Austria)
  • Playbox Technology (UK)
  • Playbox Technology Asia Pacific (Malaysia)
  • Princess Productions (UK)
  • ProSiebenSat.1 Media (Germany)
  • Rentak Setia (Malaysia)
  • Sono Pro Inc. (Canada)
  • Studios A/S (Denmark)
  • Sunil Tech (South Korea)
  • TBS (USA)
  • TCM (USA)
  • TCS Telecom e Serv. Srl (Italy)
  • Telecolor (Italy)
  • Telefonica O2 (Czech Republic)
  • Television Media Network (Pakistan)
  • Teltechco (Vietnam)
  • The London Studios (UK)
  • Travel Channel (UK)
  • TRT (Turkey)
  • Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. [Network Operations Division] (USA)
  • TVP (Poland)
  • TV SYD (Denmark)
  • Universal Media Services (USA)
  • University of Central Florida (USA)
  • University of York (UK)
  • Videowork Srl (Italy)
  • Viettel (Vietnam)
  • Vizrt (Austria)
  • Vizrt, Inc. (USA)
  • VSC (UK)
  • VTC (Vietnam)
  • William Hill (UK)
  • WJHG-TV (USA)
  • WMBB-TV (USA)
  • WPCH-TV (USA)
 

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