Wednesday 11 January 2012

Video distribution

 VDS enables users to distribute high-definition video across structured cabling systems

TE Connectivity has introduced a new Video Distribution System (VDS) that enables network managers to deliver true high-definition RF and IP video over an existing Category 6 or 7 cabling infrastructure without the need for coaxial cabling or any RF tuning.

VDS enables the delivery of video signals such as cable television, satellite, in-house video, digital signage, electronic bulletin boards or any other service normally delivered over coaxial systems - but over a Category 6 or Category 7 twisted-pair infrastructure. The VDS eliminates the need for a separate coaxial infrastructure or the need for an RF technician to install it.

"We all want more - more often!" commented Luca Rozzoni, business line manager for LAN solutions at TE Enterprise Networks. "High speed broadband has raised our expectations for the delivery of content and now, wherever we are, we expect easy access to richer content"

Delivering rich content in the form of high-definition video has been a challenge for network managers as it typically means overlaying their twisted-pair infrastructure with an additional, coaxial infrastructure.

Rozzoni continued: "Now, with TE's Video Distribution System, we have removed these challenges, and whether you are the network manager at a hotel, a bank, a hospital or a university, you can easily inject true high-definition RF or IP video into your structured cabling system and display it wherever you have a network outlet."

VDS is a TIA-568/ISO 11801 compliant solution for delivering broadband RF signals over an existing structured cabling infrastructure. It supports full-spectrum video (862 MHz) for up to 90 metres or 550 MHz for up to 100 metres. TE's VDS is a true "plug & play" system with automatic gain control. Using self-adjusting baluns to provide amplification and equalisation, output and input levels are adjusted to provide perfect HD video at the TV set. The system automatically adjusts the head-end signal for proper system operation and thereby eliminates the need for manual tuning by solving the issues of equalisation and balancing traditionally associated with coaxial systems.

Rozzoni continued: "This is a significant addition to TE Connectivity's Enterprise Networks solutions. It solves one of the biggest headaches for network managers who are trying to integrate video distribution across an existing twisted pair infrastructure - and it provides a future-proofed solution for the longer-term migration to IPTV".

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