Alabama has awarded Billerica, Mass.-based Vislink an order worth nearly $4 million for the replacement and upgrade of the Alabama Public Television (APTV) microwave network.
Vislink’s new DXL series fixed link radios will be used by APTV to distribute full 1080i HD programming between its studios and transmitters, and the DXL radios’ high-capacity IP connectivity will be used by multiple Alabama government agencies for communications, VOIP and remote control purposes.
The network has been designed with a fully redundant configuration, and an SNMP remote monitoring and control system will be installed at the APT Network Operations Center (NOC) for state-wide network management. Vislink will deliver a full turnkey installation using Vislink Services, its professional services division, for project management and engineering.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with Alabama and APTV on this important infrastructure project,” said Ben McLeod, Managing Director of Vislink News & Entertainment. “This contract award is the result of Vislink’s commitment to deliver state-of-the-art microwave products supported by advanced technical services.”
Vislink’s DXL5000 radios operate in 6, 7 and 13 GHz bands, and support throughput capacities up to 170 Mbps. The flexible design supports a wide range of video and data links including ASI, SMPTE 310M, Ethernet and DS3 / E3. These radios provide full remote monitoring and configuration, and are plug-compatible with existing waveguide infrastructure.
PBS-affiliated APTV operates nine public TV stations across Alabama, each broadcasting three separate digital channels.
The APTV model has been replicated by many other public broadcasters—25 states have adopted Alabama’s mode of operating multiple, linked TV stations.
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