Post-Production Equipment, Technology, TV & Video Production

What’s up, dock10?

A leading UK television facility, dock10, has deployed IPE’s eMU3 automatic changeover units at its MediaCityUK studios

By Pradeep Suvarna

When it comes to power management in a broadcasting facility, power control and monitoring are critical issues for systems administrators. And given the high use of power in these facilities, what they keenly require is a simple, centralised control solution to manage every aspect of power performance, from controlling individual outputs to monitoring alerts. The need for such a system has never been greater than now, when the cost of power is steadily rising.
That was something that dock10, a leading UK television facility, realised and decided that it needed a system that would help it would help it with automatic changeover (ACO) units that conserves electricity. Moreover, the company wanted an effective power management system that could help it reduce overall operational cost.
After checking with various brands available with systems integrators, it decided to deploy IPE’s provides a range of intelligent PDUs, which in this case were eMU3 ACO units, at its MediaCityUK studios. IPE’s eMU3 ACO includes 12 power outputs, dual inputs with automatic, local or remote changeover, and an embedded web server enabling remote control and monitoring facilities.

With the eMU3 ACO, the systems administrators at dock10 can control up to 48 individual outputs from one ethernet cable, reducing their overall network deployment cost. Its intuitive web interface provides quick and easy access to control and configuration facilities. The unit also monitors the health of racks, and provides visual indications of the status of every output and provides email alerts if pre-set limits are exceeded.
Dock10’s technical operations manager, Darren Jones said, “As a facility that boasts an annual output of 1000+ hours of live transmission including ‘Match of the Day’ and ‘Blue Peter’, as well as providing campus-wide services to the whole of MediaCityUK, 24-7 resilience and reliability are key to our operation. The ability to monitor in real-time and have clear visibility of equipment ‘states’ and pre-empt potential issues by SNMP and email alarms was also important.”
All IPE PDUs provide continuous polling and at-a-glance system status for every output on every connected PDU with the ability to configure individual PDUs and outputs. On the eMU3 ACO, each input is also monitored and the active input clearly displayed.
Network settings including IP address, subnet mask, gateway and API port numbers can all be configured, and SMTP server and email addresses can be set so that systems operators can receive pre-set email alerts.
Jones added, “We continually evaluate equipment and infrastructure to stay at the cutting edge of technology, and all of the technology under consideration was tested against market competitors in a ‘shoot-out’. The IPE PDU won out and is now a central component of a robust technology hub in MediaCityUK, enabling us to provide the resilience that our clients expect.”
Reuben Such, head of IPE Products’ sales and support, added that dock10 is a long-standing user of the company’s Intelligent Display System and the PDU deployment is a natural extension of the total visibility and control dock10 provides for its clients across the board.

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