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Comux UK and Techex select Sencore for the UK’s latest DTT Monitoring Solution

After a rigorous selection process carried out by Techex, the community owned local TV multiplex operator, Comux UK, has chosen Sencore’s VideoBRIDGE to provide its remote monitoring solution for remote local TV DTT (L-DTPS) transmission.

Key factors in this decision included field-proven reliability and Sencore’s RDP (Return Data Path) functionality over IP. This enables Comux to have significantly greater visibility of its entire network than traditional methods offer. Comux will use the VideoBRIDGE system to monitor DVB-T transmissions on a full-time basis, enabling transmission errors to be quickly detected and corrected before they impact viewers.

Comux UK’s system integration partner Techex will integrate the Sencore IP Distribution Monitoring Blade (VB120) and DVB-T/T2 RF Interface (VB252) monitoring into Comux’s NMS system. In addition, the equipment will interface to Spotlight™, a dedicated user portal designed to allow Comux’s broadcast customers to see at a glance the ’health‘ of its entire transmission chain. This portal will be available on PC’s, tablets and mobile telephones.

“We needed to find a reliable and dedicated monitoring platform. Winning the Ofcom licence to build, operate and manage the local TV multiplex is an important and long term endeavour for Comux and we look to partners such as Techex and Sencore to assist in our success over the next 12 years,” said Chris Romilly, Chief Technical Officer at Comux UK.

Commenting on the choice, Richard Scott from Techex said, “We are highly excited to partner with Comux on such a new and important platform. The stability and quality of the transmitted signal will be critical to local TV. On behalf of Comux, we reviewed the monitoring solutions available on the market and truly believe that Sencore’s solution will deliver a lasting, high quality service for the L-DTPS licensees and the national broadcasters. Combined with Comux’s next generation, IP centric distribution network and other class leading components, Comux will have one of the most advanced DTT transmission networks in the UK.”

The VB252 is available as a blade that fits into a Sencore VB200 chassis and is controlled by either the VB220 or VB120 probe. These components, working in tandem with other blades and probes that make up the VideoBRIDGE monitoring system, enable operators to gain a unique insight into their video delivery systems from ingest to the end customer.

About Comux

Comux UK was created by chief executive Ed Hall to meet the demand from potential local TV operators for an equitable, efficient and co-operative approach to providing a cost-effective distribution infrastructure for local TV in the UK.

In 2013 Comux was awarded the licence to build, operate and manage the UK’s local TV infrastructure by communications regulator Ofcom. The team behind Comux has previously worked with most of the UK’s local broadcasters providing physical and commercial services. The team has unique experience in assisting smaller channel operators to create realistic business plans.

The Comux UK approach has been developed to provide a commercially sustainable and robust solution to the unique challenges facing local TV operators, whilst providing an attractive return to stakeholders, the licence holders themselves, and the local TV industry as a whole. www.comux.co.uk

About Sencore

Sencore is an engineering leader in the development of reliable, cost-effective signal transmission and content monitoring solutions for the broadcast, cable, satellite, and IPTV markets. Backed by world-class customer service and support, Sencore's portfolio includes video contribution and distribution equipment, system monitoring and analysis solutions, and test and measurement instruments. Designed to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry, Sencore solutions ensure the efficient delivery of high-quality video from the source to the home, including the latest IP-based video delivery and multiscreen OTT technologies.

About Techex

Techex's core business is assisting its partners to benefit from the advantages brought about by IP transmission. It has unrivalled experience in implementing IP based solutions and has built up an impressive list of clients including BSkyB, BBC, Arqiva, Globecast, Disney and Discovery.