Designing the IP-Based Media Network, Part 3

Diversified CTO, Karl Paulsen, discusses the infrastructure changes as we move toward fiber optics for media transfer and to software for management and control of systems.

In our conclusion to this series, we look at other changes that will come as we move away from copper and more toward fiber optics for the media transfer mechanisms and to software for the management and control of the systems.

Next-gen IP facilities will see a significant shift from copper-based cabling (coax with BNCs and structured-cabling with 8P8C connectors) to optical fiber media. Expect a near total elimination of video patch panels and a major shift in design documentation. Coaxial cable in all IP-network-based designs may be reduced by as much as 90-95%. Other copper cabling will be limited to individual transition devices (e.g., gateways to/from SDI), system management (sub-1 gigabit) and AES67 audio. Coax and STP-cables will likely stay isolated as jumpers between devices and patch panels, but those hundreds of high density BNC connectors for unidirectional signals on coax will all but be eliminated.

Leverage the experience of Diversified, which has already built and is in the process of building ST 2110 and ST 2022 facilities. Together with vendor-partners, we can help alleviate the complications and promote a successful experience.

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