Cerebrum reduces downtime for Metro TV
INDONESIA: Axon’s Cerebrum monitoring and control software has been installed at Indonesia’s first 24-hour news channel as part of a major upgrade to its high definition news studio. Based in West Jakarta, Metro TV reportedly selected the solution due to its ability to provide a ‘fully-automated and seamless workflow’, thereby providing cost savings by reducing downtime.
‘In conjunction with our systems integrator, Magna Systems Engineering, we evaluated several Network Monitoring System (NMS) solutions from different vendors to ascertain which one was right for us,’ explained Metro TV engineering manager, Jaja Kayjaya. ‘We chose Cerebrum because it delivered all our key requirements. These included stability, instantaneous response, ease of use, flexibility and the ability to monitor and control our existing equipment. Cerebrum also gives us the flexibility to increase the amount of third party equipment that we might want to monitor over time.
The installed Cerebrum solution links broadcast equipment using either Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) or third party protocols to provide a customisable monitoring and control system.
‘As a 24-hour facility, we cannot afford to have any disruption to our on-air programme,’ added Mr Karjaya. ‘Installing Cerebrum has helped our engineering teams to narrow down any problems within our workflow and this has significantly reduced the amount of time it takes to find faults. The engineers can also remotely access the system to determine which piece of equipment is causing problems within the workflow.’
Metro TV only operates one channel, however the Cerebrum solution was installed alongside Axon’s SynMC Master Control system, which has provided the channel with the capability to expand.
‘Our SynMC Master Control system is capable of handling 16 channels, and with this backbone in place, all we would need to do to increase our channel count is add a few more cards to our existing system,’ continued Mr Karjaya. ‘As far as Cerebrum is concerned, its capacity to offer a future proof solution lies in its ability to cope with any equipment enhancements or improvements we might make. We are free to introduce new pieces of equipment or undertake software upgrades because Cerebrum can easily cope with these types of change.’