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Pebble launches Pebble Control to accelerate IP network provision

Weybridge, Surrey, UK – 7th April 2021: Pebble, the leading automation, content management, and integrated channel specialist, is pleased to announce the launch of Pebble Control, a self-contained, scalable, and easy to configure IP connection management system built specifically to enable broadcasters to make the leap to an all IP facility without the need to deploy a bespoke enterprise solution.

Leveraging full support for the NMOS (Networked Media Open Specifications) suite of protocols produced by the Advanced Media Workflow Association to facilitate networked media for professional applications, Pebble Control operates on web-based UIs and has been designed to deliver immediate benefits to even the smallest IP facility. It interfaces with NMOS-enabled devices from multiple vendors on the network and is easily reconfigurable for when interconnections change or when devices are added or removed, essentially providing plug and play capability for IP networks.

“SMPTE ST 2110 has been a game-changer for the rollout of uncompressed IP networks in broadcast and is invaluable for the way that it specifies how to transport and synchronise video, audio, and ancillary data. But it doesn’t cover how devices on a network can be discovered or connected, which is where the NMOS suite comes in,” explains

Miroslav Jeras, Pebble’s CTO. “We are seeing an increasing amount of proprietary approaches in the market, but the goal has to be to make interoperability simpler rather than putting barriers in the way, which is why NMOS and Pebble Control make such a compelling argument for broadcasters looking to establish IP native workflows.”

Pebble Control provides the following features:

  • Automatic discovery and resource management

Full support for NMOS IS-04 v1.3 and physical and logical views make organising an IP system simple while allowing broadcasters to squeeze every bit of productivity out of workflows

  • Alarms

Immediate feedback from the NMOS registry means users always know when critical devices go offline

  • Multicast settings management

Provisioning the multicast settings for NMOS senders is easily done through a responsive tabular interface. The ability to export and import configuration data means users can delegate and quickly restore settings

  • Streamlined connection management

Full support for NMOS IS-05 v1.1, alongside the flexibility of defining custom logical views and containers, means connection management is a streamlined and focused experience — as familiar as connecting SDI signals

  • Legacy router emulation

With the ability to emulate legacy index-based matrices or routers, any IO or container can be connected using the well-known SW-P-08 protocol

  • Software and hardware panel integration

Software panels compatible with NMOS IS-07 and third-party NMOS IS-07 hardware panels can be easily integrated to perform actions and display critical information. Pebble Connect’s own software panel provides configurable functionality and quick access to key features

  • Modern access control

Designed for security from the outset with a design approach that has embraced modern access control methodologies. Authentication and granular authorisation through attribute-based workflows means broadcasters have the flexibility to shape user access as required

  • Flexible deployment and host management

Pebble Connect’s ability to run standalone, as a redundant pair, or fully distributed and with a comprehensive UI for configuration means it can scale to the perfect size for any operation

Pebble is additionally making deployment as easy as possible with comprehensive online help and a series of tutorial videos available, meaning that IP routing and switching is within the grasp of any broadcaster looking to transition to IP.

“The transition to IP is gathering pace, but there are still numerous small traps that exist for broadcasters that want to establish all-IP workflows,” says Jeras. “Pebble Control takes one of those traps off the board, and by leveraging the interoperability of the NMOS suite of open standard protocols makes uncompressed IP deployments quicker and simpler than they ever have been.”

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Pebble playout technology selected to drive Asharq News

Weybridge, Surrey, UK , 22nd February 2021: Pebble, the leading automation, content management, and integrated channel specialist, supplied its playout technology to help ensure the successful launch of Asharq News, the leading multiplatform economic and political news service. Announced last November 2020, an exclusive content agreement between Bloomberg Media and Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), powers a key component of the channel: ‘Asharq Business with Bloomberg’.

Asharq News is headquartered in Riyadh with central offices in Dubai International Financial Centre in UAE, and Washington in the US, and and key hubs and studios in Cairo and Abu Dhabi. It also has regional offices and correspondents across key Arab countries and in major global cities, in addition to access to Bloomberg’s worldwide network. A recently announced winner of the prestigious BroadcastPro ME Innovative Project of the Year award, it features many state-of-the-art broadcast components and is one of the first SMPTE 2110 compliant stations operating in the region.

As a pure IP deployment the Asharq News project illustrates the power and flexibility of IP systems when it comes to establishing new broadcast channels in the 2110 era.

At its heart is a complex transmission pipeline with a large number of inputs and outputs, and featuring approximately 80 ‘flows’ (video, audio, and ancillary data) per integrated channel device. 2110 inputs can come from any source — studio, camera, elsewhere —, while outputs include the main program output, dedicated outputs for YouTube (with and without graphics), clean outputs for monitoring, and more.

The system also features DVEs, native Pebble Integrated Channel graphics and 2110 Vizrt external graphics, NDI monitoring outputs, 2110 live Voice Over, SCTE Signaling support, loudness processing, media recording, and more. Multiple integrations were required and managed by the Pebble development team overseeing the installation, including VizRT, Avid MAM, Evertz, and BTS.

“The flexibility of the SMPTE 2110 approach meant we could iterate rapidly and adapt the workflow to meet our needs,” comments Omran Abdallah, Engineering Director at Asharq News. “We were already on air when subtitles were added to the chain within a day- ensuring no impact to our seamless on-air performance. In a traditional hardware implementation that would likely have taken weeks to achieve.”

All changes to the system installed at Asharq News can be undertaken via a single user interface, ensuring the channel has an agile set up that is both responsive to market needs and future-proofed.

“We are delighted to have supplied our playout solutions to Asharq News,” comments Samir Isbaih, Pebble. “This is an important installation for the Middle East and elsewhere, as Asharq News’ integrations and features do far more than simply mirror SDI deployments in a much smaller footprint, they show the power and flexibility of IP-based workflows to continually iterate and bring agile flexibility to the continual evolution of broadcast channels that the market demands.”