Harris Corporation to debut 'Intraplex NetXpress' at IBC 2008

Company to demonstrate IP-based video surveillance solution for transmission sites at tradeshow


Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, will provide a complete video surveillance demonstration for radio and TV stations interested in upgrading to IP-based security at transmission facilities at the 2008 International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) on September 12-16 in Amsterdam. (Stand 7.G20, RAI Centre).

The demonstration, featuring the Harris Intraplex NetXpress audio over IP platform, allows broadcasters and engineers to bolster security by taking advantage of a new Intraplex video module that can be added to new or existing NetXpress systems at the studio or transmitter sites. The complete solution allows engineers and studio personnel to monitor the transmitter site from the studio with the same NetXpress platform used to transport AES and analog audio, data and voice from studio to transmitter. Both live surveillance and alarm-based monitoring are possible using the NetXpress platform.

"Transmitter site security has always been a concern," said Chuck Alexander, director, Intraplex products, Harris Broadcast Communications. "The integration of sophisticated video analytics capabilities at these remote sites has made it possible to reliably detect unauthorized entry while only transmitting video on alarm or on demand."

The new video surveillance application uses low bit-rate MPEG-4/H.264 video compression to send multicast or unicast video, which can be viewed on one or more PCs anywhere on the IP network. Video analytics software in the new video encoding module for the Intraplex NetXpress chassis automatically detects people entering designated areas, or objects taken or left behind, and sends alerts complete with still images or full-motion video over the IP network to alert personnel at the studio or security office. Alarm logs maintain records of these events along with associated images.

The live IBC demonstration will showcase how the NetXpress NX-AVC-1 video encoding modules operate as edge devices within the NetXpress audio over IP platform. The NX-AVC-1 module receives analog video from a camera, encodes the video to MPEG-4/H.264, MPEG4 Simple Profile or MJPEG, and simultaneously runs the ObjectVideo Analytics Engine to generate alerts based on user-defined situations created and stored using Harris-provided software. The complete demonstration will show engineers how to connect the camera to NetXpress and encode video into IP, manage the video modules over the network, and write ObjectVideo rules for instant altering of suspicious activity including theft, loitering and trespassing.

The Intraplex NetXpress audio over IP platform is among the wide range of Harris infrastructure and networking solutions that optimize the multichannel workflows of today’s broadcast operations.

Harris Broadcast Communications provides products, systems, and services that deliver interoperable workflow solutions that span the entire broadcast delivery chain. The Harris ONE solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that are ideal for emerging media business models and for customers upgrading media operations to digital and high-definition services.