NEUTRIK ANNOUNCES opticamSWITCH® FIBER OPTIC CAMERA SWITCH

The ultimate solution for fiber optic camera routing in broadcast applications
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Charlotte, NC – August 2014… Neutrik USA, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, is pleased to introduce opticamSWITCH, the ultimate solution for fiber optic camera routing within broadcast studios. opticamSWITCH eliminates the need for high-maintenance, risky SMPTE matrix patch fields by automating camera-to-CCU connections, routing both fiber and power.

Historically, camera-to-CCU routing has been performed manually, with a studio engineer patching various configurations by hand. The process is cumbersome, error prone, and high maintenance. Neutrik’s opticamSWITCH delivers a powerful, elegant, maintenance-free, and safe solution to these challenges.

Each opticamSWITCH has the capacity to switch 8 cameras to 4 CCUs. Units can be stacked and cascaded to route dozens of simultaneously active cameras and CCUs in even the most complex distributed studio layouts. opticamSWITCH can be controlled via front panel buttons or LAN-based Ethernet remote control. Sizable reconfigurations can be instantaneously triggered either from a computer or via a custom hardware panel. Complex studio routing can be saved for immediate recall. System status (cameras live, CCU connections, etc.) is also available via software.

Neutrik’s opticamSWITCH works on trendsetting, silica-based PLC (planar lightwave circuits) equipped with TO (thermo optic) switches. This innovative, patent-pending design guarantees rugged and safe, simultaneous, non-blocking fiber-plus-power switching—with all fiber switching taking place free of any moving parts.

Safety features include redundant internal power supplies, permission-based remote control software, an intelligent power circuit that guarantees operation within the limits of power relays, and routing schemes that allow continued studio operation in the case of power loss on any particular opticamSWITCH in a network.

Peter Milbery, President of Neutrik USA, Inc., commented on the company’s new opticamSWITCH, “Neutrik’s opticamSWITCH brings increased functionality and efficiency to television broadcast environments. The system makes it easier to manage cameras for a wide range of production such as news, sports programming, talk shows, and TV shows. The routing structure saves time, eliminates full camera signal loss, and its modular setup enables flexibility and easy expansion. These benefits increase efficiency for camera and CCU management in television production.”

Neutrik’s opticamSWITCH is available now. For further information, please contact Neutrik USA Applications Manager David Kuklinski at dkuklinski@neutrikusa.com.

About Neutrik USA

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Neutrik USA, a subsidiary of Neutrik AG, is the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions. Neutrik manufactures a wide array of XLR connectors and receptacles, jacks and plugs, fiber optic connector systems, and accessories for a broad range of customers ranging from rock bands to lighting design and industrial equipment to broadcast studios. For more information, please visit Neutrik USA online at http://www.neutrik.us/, http://www.experience-neutrik.com/, and become a part of its social network family at www.facebook.com/Neutrik

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