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  • Dec 2013 dB among the UK’s most exciting & inspirational companies
    dB Broadcast has been included in a new league table of Britain’s most exciting small and medium sized companies. The listing, commissioned by The London Stock Exchange, names the 1000 most inspiring companies in Britain. This is the first such list and includes household names such as: Aardman Animations, Jack Wills, Addison Lee, Cath Kidston, Naked Wines and Moonpig.

    More than 100 industry sectors were represented, including banking, retail, construction and wine. Businesses included in the ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ list were at least three years old and based in the UK - with a turnover of between £6million and £250million over the last 12 months. They also had to show that over the last four years they had shown growth in revenue, number of employees, size of the workspace or new contracts.

    The report aimed to highlight the sectors such as manufacturing that will shape the future of the UK economy. Three quarters of the businesses named were outside the London area.
  • Nov 2013 dB Broadcast Creates Innovative New Signing Studios
    dB Broadcast has completed the commissioning of two new automated signing studios for a leading broadcast media-management service company. The facility provides in-vision sign language captioning for hearing impaired viewers for both live and pre-recorded programmes. The signers, who communicate using a combination of mouth, hand and finger movements, have become familiar figures to their audiences.

    The two one-camera studios with blue, green and black Chroma key screens each allow a single non-technical deaf signer to prepare their studio for operation without local assistance. This requirement was essential because the two studio floors were located in one building, with the control rooms and technical staff situated five miles away. This innovative approach provides greater flexibility, lower operational costs and enhanced operational efficiency

    The new studios are joined to the control rooms with remote control connectivity and video feeds, and the signer can access monitoring and on-air tally information in live or recorded mode through the supplied reverse picture feeds.

    All technical aspects of the studio had to be remotely controlled by the technical operators from two new control areas, but for efficient running the design had to allow for single person operation across both studios.

    The studios were fitted with Arri L7-T low energy LED lighting, Sony PMW-EX3 camera, Autoscript prompter and Telemetrics robotics pedestals, and the control rooms were equipped with a Sony MVS-7000X mixer and Miranda Kaleido multiviewer.

    “We are delighted to have been able to provide this state-of-the-art facility”, said Tom Swan, Sales & Marketing Director at dB. “Our independent status and extensive experience meant we could deploy the best equipment for this SD and HD facility and get it up and running reliably in the shortest time.”


  • Nov 2013 Cardinals Now Even More Intelligent
    dB Broadcast has added new functionality to its Cardinal range of intelligent mains distribution units (iMDUs). An external humidity and temperature sensor is now available to monitor relative humidity between 5 and 95% and temperature from -20 to +80 degrees Celsius, providing environmental monitoring for peace of mind within complex system installations, especially in unmanned remote and harsh locations.

    Cardinal iMDUs are preferred for their ability to provide up to 12 separately controlled outputs, SNMP interface, e-mail alerts and fail-safe operation. The web user interface and SNMP interface provide sophisticated remote control and configuration, and can be interfaced with clients’ own systems.

    Both single and dual input versions are available. The dual input version enables automatic switching to back up supply on failure of the main power source.

    While designed primarily for high performance broadcast engineering applications, the Cardinal iMDU range is also suited for general data centre operations, providing highly reliable performance in an efficient package. The product is tested against the most stringent European EMC immunity requirements (EN55103, category E5: "Heavy industrial environment and environments close to broadcast transmitters"), enabling remote control of mains distribution at locations such as broadcast transmitter sites.

    “Humidity and temperature sensing has been introduced following customer feedback on the popular Cardinal range”, says Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast. “A software upgrade also allows our existing customers access to full humidity and temperature monitoring.


  • Sep 2013 dB Broadcast makes Sunday Times Top 100
    The prestigious Sunday Times Tech Track 100 listing is announced annually, and dB Broadcast has made this year’s list, making it officially one of the 100 top-performing technology companies in the country.

    The Tech Track index ranks Britain’s fastest-growing private technology companies by sales, and dB was noted for its 42% sales growth over three years. Only two other companies in the East of England achieved a place on the list.

    “This is tremendous recognition of all the hard work our team has put in over the last few years, designing and building some of the world’s most advanced broadcasting equipment and achieving high levels of customer satisfaction in one of the toughest industries”, said a delighted Dave Bird, Managing Director of dB Broadcast.

    The Sunday Times accolade comes straight after dB Broadcast was recognised as one of Cambridgeshire’s Top 100 businesses in a listing compiled by accountants Grant Thornton in their ‘Cambridgeshire Ltd’ report.
  • Sep 2013 dB Broadcast Appoints Finance Director
    dB Broadcast, the leading broadcast systems integrator, has strengthened its top team with the appointment of Ross Amory to its Board as Finance Director with immediate effect.

    Amory, aged thirty, joined the company two years ago, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining dB Broadcast, he was responsible for financial reporting at office products company Spicers, part of FTSE 250 group DS Smith.

    Prior to that, he gained experience of leading the finance team at CLS Diagnostics, and was also at Anson Packaging, before becoming a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2007.

    Ross Amory joins Board colleagues Dave Bird (Founder and Managing Director), Tom Swan (Sales & Marketing Director) and Graham Pearl (Engineering Director).

    “We are delighted to welcome Ross to our top team and we look forward to him becoming further involved in the decision making process”, says Dave Bird. “He was recruited as Financial Controller with the well-founded expectation that he would make a rapid contribution as we continue to grow to record levels of business. This promotion recognises Ross’s achievements to date.”

    Top 100
    dB Broadcast was recently recognised as one of Cambridgeshire’s Top 100 businesses in a listing compiled by accountants Grant Thornton. The ‘Cambridgeshire Ltd’ Report is produced by analysing the financial performance of Cambridgeshire’s 100 largest companies based on information held at Companies House.

    “The award is based on our strong financial performance over the last two years,” says Ross Amory. “We know the business landscape and how strong the competition is, and so were extremely pleased to be acknowledged and to join such a prestigious group.”


  • Aug 2013 dB launches new Hawkeye DVB-T2 monitoring receiver
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridge-based independent system integrator and product manufacturer, has introduced a new DVB-T2 broadcast monitoring receiver to its Hawkeye range. Called the IQDBT105, the modular product will be shown for the first time at IBC2013 in September.

    A development from the successful MERlin and Hawkeye B105 receiver modules, the IQDBT105 is compatible with the Snell IQ range of enclosures and with the Snell RollCall control and monitoring system. The modular format allows high packing densities with up to 8 receiver modules in a 3RU frame.

    Complex DVB-T2 transmissions require precise and reliable monitoring to ensure that network operators have the data required to maintain a high quality end user experience.

    Features of the IQDBT105 unit include an SNMP interface that allows integration with Network Management Systems for monitoring and control - ideal for use at unmanned transmitter sites. The module monitors key RF signal performance parameters such as Modulation Error Ratio (MER) to give early indication of signal degradation, and Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) to determine the status of error correction.

    Programmable user templates can be used to compare RF modulation parameters with the ideal signal. Transport stream ASI parameters are monitored including PAT conformance and PID presence against a user defined list of expected PIDs.

    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast says: “This is a natural development for our range as we take our leading monitoring and acquisition module and make it compatible with the popular Snell IQ Modular range. We look forward to demonstrating it to our current and new customers at IBC Stand 10.A28 and at the Snell stand 8.B70.”


  • Aug 2013 Enhanced software release for MERlin DVB-T2 monitoring
    Cambridgeshire, UK – Leading broadcast systems integrator dB Broadcast will unveil an enhanced software release for its MERlin DVB-T2 monitoring receivers at IBC2013. The new release offers enhanced Modulation Error Ratio (MER) measurement in Single Frequency (SFN) Networks and adds support for Mode B (Multi-PLP) broadcasts.

    MERlin self-contained receivers provide high performance monitoring of RF modulation parameters including MER and Low Density Parity Check (LDPC), and the latest upgrade allows consistent, stable measurements even in difficult conditions where echoes are present or where signals are received from other transmitters operating at the same frequency. The enhanced MER measurement is field-proven to offer improved monitoring capability in difficult multipath sites.

    This release also enables PLP selection in M-PLP broadcast systems. Mode B support enables a PLP to be selected from within a M-PLP broadcast for payload monitoring, demodulation and output of the associated transport stream.

    The new release is available immediately and is shipping as standard with all new MERlin units, and as a software upgrade for installed equipment.

    “This software upgrade further extends the performance and versatility of our MERlin DVB-T2 receiver”, said Tom Swan, Sales & Marketing Director at dB. “At IBC2013 Stand 10.A28 we’ll be showing the latest MERlin product with a demonstration of this new release”.


  • Jul 2013 dB Broadcast to show extended Hawkeye range at IBC2013
    Leading broadcast systems integrator dB Broadcast will be demonstrating an expanded range of broadcast monitoring receivers at IBC2013 this year. The range includes the newly-launched IQDBT105 monitoring and acquisition module and the ASI transport stream monitor/switch module IQASI82, both of which are compatible with the Snell IQ Modular enclosure range and Snell RollCall control software.

    The IQDBT105 features a web-based SNMP interface for monitoring and control which is ideal for use at unmanned transmitter sites such as rebroadcast and gap-filler sites, and provide monitoring of parameters including MER (Modulation Error Ratio) and LDPC (Low Density Parity Check) error correction status.

    The IQASI82 modules are capable of continuous monitoring and switching of two separate or related ASI Transport Streams, with each stream being monitored independently. Switching is described as ‘near-seamless’.

    Both units can be mixed with Snell modules and packed in high density configuration - up to 8 modules in a 3RU frame, saving both space and cost.

    Also on show will be an enhanced software release for the very popular MERlin DVB-T2 self-contained monitoring receiver. This release offers enhanced MER measurement for SFN (Single Frequency Networks) and at reception sites with difficult multipath signals. MERlin also adds support for Mode B (Multi-PLP) broadcasts.

    “We are very excited about the new integrated range of products”, said Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast. “We believe they make a highly compelling approach to broadcast signal monitoring, and look forward to demonstrating the range to visitors at IBC on our stand 10.A28, and the Snell stand 8.B70.”


  • May 2013 dB Broadcast Reveals Latest Major Projects at BroadcastAsia2013
    dB Broadcast will be at BroadcastAsia2013 in Singapore highlighting some of the major projects they have recently completed.

    The company has been responsible for delivering three of the most significant broadcast projects to take place in Britain over the past few years, for clients including the BBC, Sky Studios and Arqiva.

    The BBC’s Broadcasting House development involved re-locating much of the Corporation’s news facilities. This highly complex and mission critical contract covered the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of all equipment for video production located within the studios, galleries, edit suites, graphic areas, newsroom and local apparatus rooms.

    In another flagship project with Sky Studios, dB Broadcast was appointed to install, test and commission the core technical facilities covering the central technical areas and master control room within the new Sky Studio building at Osterley in the UK.

    dB Broadcast has also completed a four year contract from Arqiva to supply and install Programme Input Equipment (PIE) as well as installing all cross-site cabling at 90 UK transmitter sites as part of digital switchover (DSO). The company was also selected to help with the Channel Clearance project to use the spectrum freed up by analogue switch-off by moving channels out of the 800MHz spectrum allocated for 4G services.

    The dB Broadcast management team will be on hand at Stand 5E1-01 throughout BroadcastAsia2013 to demonstrate dB products and discuss any system or product requirements.


  • May 2013 dB Introduces New High Performance Hawkeye Modules
    Leading UK-based systems integrator, dB Broadcast will use BroadcastAsia2013 to introduce several new products to the Asia Pacific market, including an ASI monitoring and switching module, and the new DVB-T2 monitoring receiver module.

    The new IQASI82 module is an ASI TS Monitor with a 2x2 near-seamless switch that provides independent TS monitoring of two input streams and automatic switch operation that is configurable by the user. The module is used to ensure broadcast continuity in the event of input stream errors.

    The IQASI82 retains all the features of the well-established Hawkeye B082S module, with the added advantage of integration with Snell IQ Modular frames and the RollCall Monitoring and Control system. The module can also be remotely monitored and controlled via the Snell SNMP interface. First customer shipments of the IQASI82 module have already commenced.

    The new DVB-T2 monitoring receiver module is called the IQDBT04 and is based on the successful MERlin DVB-T2 monitoring receiver. The IQDBT04 module receives an RF input signal and monitors key RF signal performance parameters such as MER and LDPC. Transport Stream integrity tests are also performed and the demodulated stream is available as an ASI output. The IQDBT04 module is expected to be available for delivery in Q3 2013.

    The modules can be seen in demonstration at BroadcastAsia2013 at the dB Broadcast stand 5E1-01 and at the Snell stand 5D3-01.


  • Apr 2013 dB Broadcast and Snell introduced new ASI module at NAB 2013
    At NAB2013 dB Broadcast Ltd and Snell introduced a new ASI monitoring and switching module for the Snell IQ Modular frames, called the IQASI82 module.

    The new module retains all of the features of the well-established Hawkeye B082S module from dB Broadcast, with the added advantage of integration with the Snell IQ Modular frames and RollCall Monitoring and Control system. The module can also be remotely monitored and controlled via the Snell SNMP interface.

    The IQASI82 module is an ASI TS Monitor with 2x2 near seamless switch that provides independent TS monitoring of two input streams and automatic switch operation that is configurable by the user. The module is used to ensure broadcast continuity in the event of input stream errors. Any combination and mix of Snell IQ modules can be housed in the frame - saving space and money. The IQ frame, PSUs and any appropriate Snell modules can either be purchased from Snell or from dB Broadcast.

    The product is available for immediate delivery.


  • Mar 2013 Monitoring RF Signals with dB Broadcast Receivers
    dB Broadcast Ltd have a range of solutions for receiving and monitoring RF broadcast signals. With solutions for both analogue and digital, DVB-T and DVB-T2, dB Broadcast have an industry leading range of products for transmitter site monitoring and off-air monitoring.

    Monitoring of RF broadcast signals is a critical aspect of a broadcast network operator’s ability to ensures their customers do not experience signal reception issues. Effective monitoring equipment gives visibility across the network of both transmitter performance and configuration.     

    The industry leading Hawkeye modular range of solutions now includes a DVB-T2 monitoring receiver module. The Hawkeye B105 is based on the successful MERlin DVB-T2 monitoring receiver and provides equivalent functionality to MERlin, but in a modular form factor. The Hawkeye B105 solution is ideal when multiple DVB-T2 RF broadcast signals are monitored at a single location. Up to 14 modules can be installed in a single 3RU frame.

    MERlin is a self-contained receiver for continuous off-air demodulation and monitoring of DVB-T2 and DVB-T signals. MERlin monitors input RF modulation parameters and signal performance metrics including MER and Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) status. The product is optimised for use at relay/repeater/gapfiller sites as it provides only the critical information required for remote monitoring.

    The Showman 1000 Off-Air Receiver from dB Broadcast is a multi-standard analogue TV demodulator for professional broadcast applications and is capable of receiving RF signals from all terrestrial and cable analogue broadcast TV standards.


  • Feb 2013 dB Broadcast welcomes Graham Pearl as Engineering Director
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridge based systems integrator, has moved to further strengthen its management structure with the appointment of Graham Pearl as Engineering Director.

    Graham, who spent a previous period with dB over a decade ago, returns with a brief to ensure the effective and efficient running of the engineering department.

    In the short term, he will be applying his broadcast industry experience to the task of developing staff, including dB’s in-house wiring team. In the longer term, Graham will be helping to formulate and initiate a business strategy plan to allow dB to develop upon recent successes.

    Graham will be supported in his role by a restructuring of senior positions within the engineering department. Mike Bryan will become the Head of Solutions with Gareth Evans taking the role of Head of Broadcast.

    Since starting as an apprentice at Pye TVT in Cambridge, Graham has worked throughout the broadcast industry in a number of different engineering positions.

    He holds an Electronic and Electrical degree from the University of Central Lancashire and has worked for companies such as Pro-Bel and IPE.

    David Bird, MD of dB Broadcast says, “I am delighted to be able to welcome Graham Pearl to the board of dB Broadcast. I have known Graham since we were apprentices at Pye TVT and he will bring extensive experience and knowledge to our operations.
    “I am confident that he will help the company to continue meeting the challenges of a demanding industry”


  • Feb 2013 ASI Monitoring and Switching in Broadcast Networks with dB Broadcast Hawkeye IQ Series
    The first Hawkeye module to be available for the IQ frame is IQASI80 series ASI transport stream monitor/switch module. The IQASI82 module has identical features to the well-established Hawkeye B082S module, with the added advantage of integration with the Snell RollCall system. The module can also be remotely monitored and controlled via the Snell SNMP interface.

    IQASI82 is a dual ASI TS Monitor with 2x2 near-seamless switch. Two input Transport Streams are routed to the main outputs under the control of the integrated 2x2 TS switch. Near-seamless switching is a technique developed by dB Broadcast that minimises disruption to the output stream by maintaining TS synchronisation when switching between sources.

    IQASI82 also provides independent TS monitoring of two input streams. Critical checks are performed on both Transport Stream inputs and the user can define which of these trigger alarms or switching. The implemented measurements are fully compliant with the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) measurement guidelines ETSI TR 101 290, (this standard is also commonly used when monitoring ATSC signals). The IQASI80 series supports 188 byte, 204 byte, packet, byte and burst mode ASI.

    In conclusion, dB Broadcast have solutions for monitoring and switching in ASI networks that enable operators to ensure continuity of their broadcast signals. These solutions are now available for the Snell IQ modular and RollCall control and monitoring system, extending the range of applications supported by the Snell IQ modular system.


  • Feb 2013 dB at Broadcast Video Expo 2013
    dB Broadcast, will be using their presence at Broadcast Video Expo 2013, stand B8 to highlight some of the major projects they have undertaken over the past 12 months.

    Over the last couple of years, dB have been involved with flagship projects such as Sky Studios in Osterley, the BBC’s Broadcasting House development in London W1 and Arqiva’s UK DSO (digital switchover) programme, three of the most significant broadcast projects to take place in Britain over the past two years.

    With the Sky Studios project, dB Broadcast was appointed to install, test and commission the core technical facilities covering the central technical areas and master control room within the new Sky Studio building. These facilities, that included 400 bays and 35 desks, have enabled them to distribute their programmes to many platforms, including the traditional satellite feeds, new media streaming, mobile phone services and many more.

    The BBC’s Broadcasting House development involved re-homing much of corporation’s news facilities. The contract with the BBC covered the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of all equipment for video production located within the studios, galleries, edit suites, graphic areas, newsroom and local apparatus rooms.

    In 2009 dB won a 4 year contract from Arqiva to supply and install Programme Input Equipment (PIE) and install all cross site cabling at 90 UK transmitter sites as part of digital switchover (DSO). This project was completed at the end of last year
    Representatives from dB Broadcast will be on hand throughout the exhibition to demonstrate dB products and discuss any system or product requirements.


  • Jan 2013 dB Broadcast showing new Hawkeye modules at BVE 2013
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridge-based independent systems integrator and manufacturer will be introducing a new Hawkeye module at BVE 2013.

    In collaboration with Snell, leading innovators in the digital media market, dB have developed a new ASI monitoring and switching module for the Snell IQ Modular frames, model IQASI82.

    The new module retains all of the features of the well-established Hawkeye B082S module from dB Broadcast, with the added advantage of integration with the Snell IQ Modular frames and RollCall Monitoring and Control system.

    The module can also be remotely monitored and controlled via the Snell SNMP interface. The IQASI82 module is an ASI TS Monitor with 2x2 near seamless switch that provides independent TS monitoring of two input streams and automatic switch operation that is configurable by the user.

    The module is used to ensure broadcast continuity in the event of input stream errors. Any combination and mix of Snell IQ modules can be housed in the frame, saving space and money.

    The IQ frame, PSUs and any appropriate Snell modules can either be purchased from Snell or from dB Broadcast.

    The module will be on show at dB Broadcast stand B8, BVE2013, which is being held at the Excel Centre in London from 26th-28th February. Representatives from dB will be on hand throughout the exhibition to demonstrate the products and discuss any system or product requirements.


  • Nov 2012 dB Broadcast Smash Monitoring Receiver Units Sales Record
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridge-based systems integrator and manufacturer, has enjoyed a record breaking year for sales of its professional broadcast receiver products.

    Over 1000 of the MERlin DVB-T2 monitoring receiver unit, Hawkeye B104 DVB-T2 modular receiver and Showman 1000 multi-standard analogue television receiver/demodulators have been shipped.

    Sales of the units have been strong in Europe and North America, as well as countries such as South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Brazil.

    MERlin was launched in late 2011 and has been designed for continuous off air terrestrial reception and monitoring of DVB-T and DVB-T2 RF signals, or for direct monitoring of a transmitter.

    The Hawkeye B104 module provides terrestrial reception of DVB-T and DVB-T2 RF signals and is typically used as part of Re-Broadcast Link (RBL) transmitter systems.

    The Showman 1000 series can be used with PAL, SECAM and NTSC analogue television standards, allowing for operation across the world.
    dB Broadcast continues to enhance its receiver product lines and recently introduced the Hawkeye B105 DVB-T2 modular monitoring receiver that combines measurement capability, technical performance and versatility with unrivalled packing density of up to 14 modules in a 3RU frame.

    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB says, “Sales figures for both the MERlin and Showman in 2012 products and Hawkeye modules reflect dB’s status as a major supplier of professional broadcast receivers.

    As a company we’re equally committed to providing cutting-edge solutions for the digital age, while supporting existing analogue systems which remain popular in many countries”.


  • Aug 2012 dB Broadcast introduces Hawkeye to Snell IQ at IBC2012
    Cambridge-based system integrator and product manufacturer dB Broadcast has announced that its range of Hawkeye ASI modules will be available for the Snell IQ Modular frame.

    dB will continue to supply Hawkeye systems with the standard V1606 frame but the company’s partnership with Snell and the IQ Modular range will provide greater world wide appeal for its Hawkeye products.

    The ASI transport stream monitor/switch module is the first to be available for the IQ frame. The IQASI82 module will be on show at IBC and has identical features to the well established B082S with the added advantage of integration with the Snell RollCall system. The module can also be remotely monitored and controlled via the Snell SNMP interface.

    dB's Hawkeye range provides accurate monitoring and switching of many types of broadcast signals. This gives local indications to maintenance personnel, as well as remote status signals that provide information to a control centre or system controller. Hawkeye also provides main/redundant switching to avoid single points of failure through the signal path.

    Any combination and mix of Hawkeye and Snell IQ modules can be housed in the frame - saving space and money. The IQ frame, PSUs and any appropriate Snell modules can also be purchased directly from dB Broadcast.

    Tom Swan, dB's Director of Sales and Marketing, says: "The introduction at IBC2012 of Hawkeye for the IQ Modular frame will give users a wider choice of frames and control systems opening up many more areas of the world to dB’s products.
    During 2011 dB shipped its 10,000th Hawkeye module. The two most popular modules are the B082S ASI monitoring and switch module, and the B104 DVB-T2 receiver module."


  • Jul 2012 Hawkeye B105 DVB-T2 monitoring receiver launched at IBC2012
    Leading UK independent system integrator and product manufacturer dB Broadcast is introducing a DVB-T2 monitoring receiver module for its Hawkeye range. Designed at dB’s Cambridge development facility, it is based upon the hugely successful Hawkeye B104 receiver module, which is operational within the UK DVB-T2 network.

    The Hawkeye B105 monitoring receiver provides additional RF and ASI monitoring facilities compared to the B104. The B105 has a built in Web interface allowing simple remote control and monitoring. A SNMP interface is provided for integration with Network Management Systems making it an ideal product for use at un-manned transmitter sites.

    The structure of a DVB-T2 signal is complex and requires detailed monitoring to ensure that the correct format is transmitted. The module monitors key RF signal performance parameters such as Modulation Error Ratio (MER) calibrated to 35dB, which give early indication of signal degradation. Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) to determine the status of error correction is used in conjunction with MER.

    The B105 module monitors RF modulation parameters against programmable user templates. Transport Stream ASI parameters are monitored including PAT conformance and PID presence against a user defined list of expected PIDs.

    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast says: “This new module combines measurement capability, technical performance, versatility and reliability at a price which will enable its wide scale deployment in a transmission network.
    This modular approach to monitoring provides an unrivalled packing density with up to 14 receivers in a 3RU frame.”


  • Jun 2012 dB Broadcast showcase MERlin at Broadcast Asia 2012
    dB Broadcast, the leading UK independent systems integrator and manufacturer will be showcasing the MERlin DVB-T2 receiver at Broadcast Asia 2012.

    MERlin, which was launched in late 2011, has been designed for continuous off air terrestrial reception of DVB-T and DVB-T2 RF signals.

    Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, have ordered 800 MERlin units, which are being deployed at television relay sites throughout the United Kingdom as part of the digital switchover.

    Other selected dB products will be also on show at the exhibition including the Hawkeye range of ASI switching and monitoring modules and the market leading Showman 1000 series of multi-standard analogue television receiver/demodulators.

    Representatives from dB Broadcast will be on hand throughout the exhibition to demonstrate dB’s products and discuss any specific requirements.

    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast says: "The MERlin DVB-T2 receiver combines measurement capability, technical performance, versatility and reliability at a price which will enable its wide scale deployment at DVB-T or DVB-T2 Relay sites in a transmission network.

    “With so much interest in digital television, it’s easy to forget that the majority of people around the world still watch television using traditional analogue reception therefore we continue to show the Showman analogue receiver.”

    Broadcast Asia 2012 will be held from 19-22 June 2012 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.



  • May 2012 dB Broadcast sponsors The Outward Bound Trust 2012 Diamond Cup Regatta
    Leading broadcast systems integrator dB Broadcast is pleased to be the main sponsor of The Outward Bound Trust 2012 Diamond Cup Regatta.

    The three-day regatta starts from Portsmouth Harbour on Sunday 17th June, and includes a black tie fundraising dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes. A total of 15 identical 40’ yachts are scheduled to take part, including a team from dB.

    The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity which raises money to help young people improve their social and emotional well-being through access to adventure experiences. The Trust helps young people to realise their true potential by building aspirations, self-esteem and resilience.

    dB Broadcast took victory in last year’s regatta and will be hoping to defend their title in 2012. As well as sponsoring the event and competing, dB will also be providing a yacht for young members of The Outward Bound Trust.

    David Bird, Managing Director of dB, says: “It is well known that my company is enthusiastic in training young wireman and graduate engineers and this is partly because of the excellent training I received when starting out in the industry. I also like outdoor sports and activities including climbing and this started as a teenager when I joined an Outward Bound Trust activity week. I am therefore pleased to be able to support The Outward Bound Trust in their fundraising activities by sponsoring this sailing event as well as taking part”.


  • Apr 2012 Arqiva deploying 800 of dB’s new MERlin DVB-T2 monitoring receiver
    Leading UK independent system integrator and manufacturer dB Broadcast has received the largest single order so far for the MERlin DVB-T2 monitoring receiver.

    Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, have ordered 800 MERlin units, which are being deployed at television relay sites throughout the country as part of the digital switchover.

    The MERlin DVB-T2 monitoring receiver was designed at dB’s Cambridge development facility and is based upon the hugely successful Hawkeye B104 receiver module, which has already been deployed by Arqiva throughout the UK DVB-T2 network.

    The new DVB-T2 standard allows much higher bitrates using the same bandwidth occupied by the original DVB-T system. This is achieved using higher order modulation and the advanced error detection and correction from DVB-S2, all of which can be monitored by the MERlin unit.

    MERlin is a self-contained 1RU unit that monitors key signal performance parameters such as Modulation Error Ratio (MER), allowing for the early indication of signal degradation and Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) to determine the status of error correction. The unit can also monitor RF modulation parameters against programmable templates.

    Arqiva continues to use the Hawkeye B104 modular version of the DVB-T2 receiver for re-broadcast at main transmitter sites.

    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast says: “This order confirms dB Broadcast as a leading product supplier within the broadcast market as well as one of the leading system integrators. The UK DVB-T2 roll out is one of the first major DVB-T2 deployments in the world and dB Broadcast is proud to be supporting Arqiva in this significant achievement."


  • Mar 2012 dB Broadcast appoint Dave Allister - Engineering team
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridge based systems integrator, has added further expertise to its in-house engineering team with the arrival of Dave Allister.

    With over 50 full-time staff, dB Broadcast is one of the largest systems integration companies in the UK.

    Dave joined dB early in 2012 and has been working on a London based project, where he is responsible for migrating a number of playout channels.

    A former student of the University of Salford, Dave graduated in 2006 with a first class honours degree in Media Technology before taking a job as a proposals engineer.

    During this time he gained specialised knowledge in all aspects of systems integration from large OBs, SNGs and studios, working with various customers such as the BBC, SIS Live and ITN.

    In 2010, he transferred to project engineering and took on a series of projects including the design and build of the first HD satellite uplink for the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation.

    Sales and Marketing Director Tom Swan says, "dB Broadcast has seen steady growth over the last few years and it is dB's policy to grow the business by employing in-house staff rather than relying on large teams of contract engineers.

    “By using our dedicated in-house engineering team which is now 18, we ensure an excellent standard of design combined with consistent quality.

    “With the support of our in-house wiring technicians, the engineering team are able to commit to completing large projects on time.”


  • Jan 2012 dB Broadcast awarded major studio project at BSkyB
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridge-based independent system integrator, has recently received a major studio order as part of BSkyB’s continuing development of their state-of-the-art production and broadcasting facility in Osterley, West London.

    The Sky Studios building, initially comprising 5 studios, opened on the 30th June 2011 after dB Broadcast installed and commissioned the Broadcast Centre comprising MCR, Playout and its core shared technical facilities - 400 bays and 37 operational desks. For the remainder of 2011 dB continued to work closely with Sky personnel to migrate all the existing services to this new facility.

    BSkyB continues to expand and dB Broadcast has recently been awarded a further contract to fit out two additional studio floors and one gallery brining the total to 7 studios. The final studio floor is being made ready for use with an OB van on an adhoc basis. This includes extending the studio infrastructure to the OB wallbox designed for this purpose.

    In addition to the Studio installation, dB Broadcast is also delivering the expanded Master Control and core infrastructure systems to enable the integration of these studios into the wider campus.

    dB's design team will work with the customer to develop and produce the design requirements and build information, including the purchase of critical-path equipment. dB will also be responsible for the desks and other operational furniture and at its peak, the team will comprise of four engineers and 11 wiremen.

    Mike Bryan dB Project Manager says, "This is another fantastic opportunity for dB to work with Sky to deliver these next studios. We are really pleased to be more involved in the complete delivery from the design all the way through to commissioning."


  • Jan 2012 dB at Broadcast Video Expo 2012 stand i53
    dB Broadcast, the leading UK independent systems integrator and manufacturer will be showcasing the MERlin DVB-T2 receiver module at Broadcast Video Expo 2012. MERlin, which was launched in late-2011, has been designed for continuous off air terrestrial reception of DVB-T and DVB-T2 RF signals and 300 units have already been delivered.

    Other selected dB products will be also on show at the exhibition stand.

    Aside from product displays, dB Broadcast will be using their presence at Broadcast Video Expo 2012 to highlight some of the major projects they have undertaken over the past 12 months.

    BSkyB continues to expand and dB Broadcast has recently been awarded a further contract to fit out two additional studio floors and one gallery brining the total to 7 studios. The final studio floor is being made ready for use with an OB van on an adhoc basis. This includes extending the studio infrastructure to the OB wallbox designed for this purpose.

    Work is underway on the installation of the video production areas within the BBC’s Broadcasting House redevelopment in central London, W1. The contract covers the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of all equipment for video production located within the studios, galleries, edit suites, graphic areas, newsroom and local apparatus rooms.

    In 2009 dB won a 4 year contract from Arqiva to supply and install Programme Input Equipment (PIE) at 90 UK transmitter sites as part of digital switchover (DSO). With DSO having already taken place in many regions this project will be completed later this year.

    Representatives from dB Broadcast will be on hand throughout the exhibition on stand i53 to demonstrate dB’s products and discuss any system or product requirements.


  • Dec 2011 dB close to completion of Digital Switch Over PIE contract
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridgeshire based system integrator and manufacturer, is close to completing a major contract awarded by Arqiva to supply and install Programme Input Equipment (PIE) at 90 television transmitter sites across the UK as part of digital switchover (DSO). The contract is due for completion in mid 2012.

    dB is the UK’s leading supplier of PIE systems and products for monitoring and switching signals at transmitter sites for which dB can customise the PIE configuration to meet the customer’s exact requirements.

    They have also been responsible for the installation of PIE equipment where fibre and copper structured cabling and data network hardware was provided between the sites’ incoming Points of Presence and the transmitter terminal equipment. These integration solutions have been for the physical layer RF, ASI and Ethernet.

    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast says, “dB Broadcast is pleased to be part of such a large and prestigious project which is testimony to dB's expertise in providing PIE systems and the quality of the Hawkeye products.”


  • Nov 2011 dB Broadcast adds transport stream monitoring to MERlin
    Leading UK independent system integrator and product manufacturer dB Broadcast has further refined the recently launched MERlin DVB-T2 monitoring receiver unit.

    Having already shipped over 250 MERlin units, dB Broadcast have now added a payload checking option to confirm that a valid and correct transport stream is being transmitted.

    A typical payload failure is caused by a modulator fault, which results in a constellation but no payload content. MERlin can now monitor PAT conformance and PID presence against a user defined list of expected PIDs. This option will begin shipping in November 2011.

    MERlin is a self-contained terrestrial receiver for continuous off-air reception and monitoring of DVB-T and DVB-T2.

    The unit measures Modulation Error Ratio (MER) to indicate RF signal performance and LDPC to determine how hard the error corrector is working to reconstruct the input signal.

    Programmable templates are used to check that input RF modulation parameters match the expected configuration and ensure that the correct signal structure and format is transmitted.

    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB says, “As the first DVB-T2 monitoring device optimised for use at relay sites, MERlin already provided a valuable tool to ensure trouble free operation of RF rebroadcast networks. Payload checking has been added in response to requests from our customers to provide confidence that their content is delivered as intended.”


  • Sep 2011 dB Broadcast announces further expansion to its full time workforce
    dB Broadcast, one of the UK's largest independent systems integrators, has announced further expansion to both its engineering and wiring teams. Mitch Honey arrives as a trainee wireman, Jack Marshall will be assisting in the design and implementation of embedded software, while Edward Waife joins as a systems design engineer.

    Mitch Honey has been handed a place on dB’s highly successful apprentice training programme. Mitch joins dB after gaining an NVQ Level 1 in Performing Engineer Operations and City and Guilds in Electrical Installations Level 2.

    Jack Mitchell recently graduated from the University of Leicester in Embedded Systems Engineering. As well as working on the design and implementation of embedded software, he will be investigating new technologies and platforms to incorporate into the dB Broadcast products line.

    With dB’s workload having continued to increase in recent months, Edward Waife will add additional expertise to the systems design team. After graduating from the University of Fairfax in Computer Science, Edward completed an MSc in Electronics and Computer engineering at Brunel University, and then spent several years at Harris as a product support and test engineer. At dB he will undertake system design, but specialise in configuring complex IT based broadcast systems.



  • Aug 2011 dB Broadcast Commences Migration at Sky studios
    Leading UK independent system integrator dB Broadcast won a prestigious contract from BSkyB to build the Broadcast Centre technical facilities within their new production and broadcasting facility and this new building, called Sky Studios was opened on the 30th June 2011.

    dB Broadcast was appointed to install, test and commission the core technical facilities within the Broadcast Centre, comprising 400 bays, 37 operational desks and 1,000,000 metres of cable. This is now more than 90% complete. This includes the playout system and the first channels were recently successfully migrated from the existing installation to the Sky Studios building, including Sky Atlantic and Sky Arts.

    dB Broadcast was also responsible for building the new MCR system and this went live in a stages, with operators moving into the building in April, making them the first operational staff to use the building. The full MCR is now live and equipment migrations are being completed to support broadcast operations.

    All the Coding and Compression systems within Sky Studios have been completed by dB Broadcast, the first migration occurred in mid June and will continue through to the end of September 2011. dB Broadcast have been utilising their in-house Ericsson specialists to support Sky with the testing, configuration and migration of these systems.

    Another major milestone was achieved at the beginning of July 2011 with Sky Sports News going live from the new building, this relies on a large proportion of infrastructure and facilities (Quantel Ingest and MCR) built by dB Broadcast.

    dB Broadcast continue to work closely with Sky personnel to migrate all the existing services and this will be completed over the next few months.

    Tom Swan, dB’s director of sales and marketing, said: “This is a prestigious project that included many challenges including its size, 3G HD capability and the migration of existing equipment while keeping services operational.”

  • Aug 2011 dB Broadcast wins Outward Bound Trust 2011 Diamond Cup Regatta
    Leading broadcast systems integrator dB Broadcast led the way back to port at the 2011 Diamond Cup Regatta having secured overall victory.

    The two day regatta was in aid of The Outward Bound Trust. It started out from Portsmouth Harbour and featured 12 high-profile teams from the broadcast and technology industries match racing in identical 40’ yachts in the Solent. The event also included a black tie fundraising dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.

    The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity which raises money to help young people access safe, adventure experiences through which they can raise their self-esteem, realise their full potential and achieve more than they ever thought possible.

    David Bird, Managing Director of dB, paid tribute to the work of the charity and revealed that as a teenager he attended an Outward Bound adventure in the Lake District and this was the inspiration for his interest in climbing and outdoor pursuits, as well as his passionate belief in providing opportunities for young people in industry through the apprenticeship and training schemes which he runs at dB Broadcast.

    Dave Bird says “Sailing is a team event and the ten crew members from dB, including five novice sailors showed excellent team work to narrowly beat more experienced crews from Elemental Technologies and Lloyds Development Capital. Congratulations to all the crews who took part, a total of about £25,000 was raised for a very good cause”.


  • Jul 2011 dB Broadcast continues to expand taking on 3 new staff
    Leading UK systems integrator dB Broadcast has further expanded its operation with three new appointments. Ross Amory has joined dB’s management team as Financial Controller, Mark Barnes joins the sales team as Pre-Sales Technical Specialist, and Paulina Franks takes on the role of Materials Manager.

    Ross Amory will be responsible for overseeing the company’s finances and arrives with a number of years experience with businesses such as Anson Packaging, CLS Diagnostics and Spicers, Europe’s largest wholesaler of office products.

    Ross is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has experience in investment projects, internal audit, process design and financial forecasting and planning.

    Mark Barnes joins the sales team undertaking systems proposals and working closely with the company’s products development team to provide technical sales and marketing support.

    Mark brings 15 years of broadcast industry experience to his new role and has gained extensive technical and commercial experience during his time at Radamec Broadcast Systems, Adherent Systems and Tektronix.

    Paulina Franks will be overseeing dB Broadcast’s range of in-house products such as Hawkeye and Showman in her role as Materials Manager. Paulina will be responsible for the purchasing activities and logistic processes around the manufacturing of the company’s products and managing stores for the component parts and finished products.

    David Bird, founder and Managing Director of dB Broadcast, says: "It gives me great pleasure to welcome Ross, Mark and Paulina and announce the expansion of the company to 55 full time staff. Their breadth of experience and expertise will be of significant value at a time when the company is seeing sustained and rapid growth.


  • Jul 2011 dB Broadcast launch MERlin at IBC2011
    Leading UK independent system integrator and product manufacturer dB Broadcast is introducing at IBC2011 a DVB-T2 monitoring receiver unit, called MERlin. MERlin can also monitor DVB-T, providing a future proof solution for those considering the possibility of DVB-T2 at a a later date.

    MERlin has been designed at dB’s Cambridge development facility and is based upon the hugely successful Hawkeye B104 receiver module which is operational within the UK DVB-T2 network.

    MERlin is a self contained 1RU unit that monitors key signal performance parameters such as Modulation Error Ratio (MER) which give early indication of signal degradation and Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) to determine the status of error correction. The unit can also monitor RF modulation parameters against programmable templates.

    MERlin has been designed for reliability and boots up in seconds (which is near instantaneous when compared to a PC based product). All measurements, tests and logs are performed and maintained in the MERlin unit so it will continue to function in the event of control network problems. A built in Web interface allows for simple remote control and monitoring and an SNMP interface is provided for integration with Network Management Systems. These make it an ideal product for use at un-manned transmitter sites.

    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB says “MERlin combines measurement capability, technical performance, versatility and reliability at a price which will enable its wide scale deployment at Relay sites in a transmission network. The product has been developed in direct response to our customers requests for a scaleable solution to help them meet their Service Level Agreement’s and ensure their viewers do not experience signal reception issues”.

    The first units began to be shipped in July 2011.


  • May 2011 dB Broadcast completes refurbishment work for broadcaster’s TV operation in Newcastle
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridge-based systems integrator, recently completed a contract to refurbish the sound facilities at BBC Newcastle, as part of the corporation’s regional television upgrade programme.

    BBC Newcastle’s Barrack Road facility is home to Look North, the broadcaster’s regional television news service for the North East and Cumbria region.

    dB Broadcast replaced the existing life-expired Calrec analogue audio console with a fully-assignable Calrec Zeta digital system. The mainframe and associated PSU’s were installed in the Central Technical Area (CTA) to minimize noise and heat in the Sound Control Room (SCR).

    dB replaced the ageing infrastructure between the SCR and CTA. Some existing outboard equipment such as spot effects and a digital audio playout system were retained, but dB supplied other equipment, including a new custom-designed technical furniture, new jackfields and new distribution equipment, together with integration into existing talkback and router systems.

    The television facility goes live to air seven days a week so dB provided a temporary sound control room whilst the refurbishment took place and the company worked closely with BBC Newcastle’s engineering department to ensure a smooth transmission to the temporary facility.

    The onsite installation took three weeks from start to finish and was handed over on time for the corporation’s operators to undertake their training. The final changeover occurred during a weekend period with completion and full operation ready for the following Monday lunchtime.

    Sales and Marketing Director Tom Swan says, “dB Broadcast achieved an onsite time of three weeks with careful planning and by prefabricating the system at the company’s premises near Cambridge”.


  • Feb 2011 Snell Kahuna Switchers to Drive Live News Operations for World’s Largest Broadcasting Organisation
    dB Broadcast, one of the UK’s largest systems integrators, has chosen Snell Kahuna HD/SD multi-format production switchers as central components in the BBC’s Broadcasting House redevelopment in central London, W1. Installed in each of the four largest studios in the W1 centre, the Kahunas will drive live news programs and support a seamless migration to HD operations for the world’s largest broadcasting organisation.

    “Within the W1 development, the BBC is creating a centralised focus for its national and international news operations that will bring the World Service and the domestic news service together on one site,” said Tom Swan, sales and marketing director for dB Broadcast.

    The newly developed Broadcasting House will host one of the world’s largest newsrooms. The Kahunas will see heavy service in three fixed-rig studios and one flexible-rig studio, switching all incoming content and clips for the 24-hour World Service and News Channel broadcasts. but will still draw from many sources that exist in SD and other formats – thus making the Kahuna’s multi-format capabilities crucial.

    As part of the project, dB is also installing approximately 30 edit suites and Sales and Marketing Director Tom Swan says, "dB Broadcast is delighted to have won this large and prestigious project.

    “By using our dedicated team, this will ensure a high quality design combined with consistent quality. The engineering team are also supported by our in-house wiring technicians, and this combination of staff enables us to take on large projects and confidently commit to completion dates.”


  • Jan 2011 dB at Broadcast Video Expo 2011 (stand i53)
    dB Broadcast, the leading UK independent systems integrator and manufacturer will be showcasing the Hawkeye B104 DVB-T2 receiver module at Broadcast Video Expo 2011.

    The B104 module, which was launched in late-2010, has been designed for continuous off air terrestrial reception of DVB-T and DVB-T2 RF signals and deliveries of the product are now under way.

    Other selected dB products will be also on show at the exhibition stand.

    Aside from product displays, dB Broadcast will be using their presence at Broadcast Video Expo 2011 to highlight some of the major projects they have undertaken over the past 12 months.

    Work has now started on the installation of the video production areas within the BBC’s Broadcasting House redevelopment in central London, W1. The contract to design, procure, install and commission all of the video production equipment within the new development is one of the largest and most prestigious undertaken by dB to date.

    In 2009 dB won a 4 year contract from Arqiva to supply and install Programme Input Equipment (PIE) at 90 UK transmitter sites as part of digital switchover (DSO). With DSO having already taken place in many regions this project is now over half-way to completion.

    Elsewhere, dB Broadcast is currently working on a contract from BSkyB to build the Broadcast Centre technical facilities within Sky’s new production and broadcasting facility on its Osterley Campus in West London, whilst work has been completed on a contract with Siemens IT Solutions and Services to supply the BBC with HD coding and multiplexing services.

    Representatives from dB Broadcast will be on hand throughout the exhibition to demonstrate dB products and discuss any system or product requirements.


  • Dec 2010 dB Broadcast increases engineering department to meet new contracts
    Leading UK independent system integrator dB Broadcast has moved to expand its in-house engineering team with two new arrivals.


    Engineering Director Gareth Evans now heads a team of 17 full time project managers and engineers.

    Justin Jelleyman joins as a CAD draughtsman, while Dan Brennan has taken the position of project support engineer.

    Justin is a CAD draughtsman with over a decade of experience in various drawing offices. He started in communications in 1995 and has worked for Vodafone and Orange. More recently, he has moved to broadcast engineering where he has undertaken projects for BT, the BBC and various systems integrators.

    Dan Brennan provides support to the division in his role as project support engineer. He works on the design, testing and after sales support of systems such as vehicles and studios. He also provides support to the product division by testing and configuring dB’s range of Hawkeye, Showman and other products.


    Sales and Marketing Director Tom Swan says,
    “It is dB's policy to grow the company and employ in-house staff rather than rely on large teams of contract engineers.
    “By using our dedicated in-house team, we ensure an excellent standard of design combined with consistent quality.
    “With the support of our in-house wiring technicians, the engineering team are able to commit to completing large projects on time.”


  • Oct 2010 dB Broadcast completes DF trailers for OFCOM
    Cambridge (UK) based systems integrator dB Broadcast has recently completed a fleet of 9 road trailers for Rohde & Schwarz, which will be used by the communications regulator OFCOM to check and monitor RF transmissions throughout the UK. Ofcom is responsible for the protection of the radio spectrum from abuse, both intentional and unintentional.

    Each trailer features a large composite UHF/VHF Direction Finding (DF) antenna mounted on a 10M telescopic mast which pivots to the horizontal position for travelling in the manner of a yacht-mast. The contract included the design, manufacture and test of all the associated power supply systems in custom-built weatherproof enclosures. The trailer and mast design allows for use in wind speeds of up to 100kph despite carrying a mast head load in excess of 50kg. Many components including the batteries are of military-grade specifications to enable the systems to function reliably whatever the British weather throws at them.

    Work on the project started late in 2009 and once the technical solution was agreed, the manufacture, test & delivery happened within six weeks, with the second batch of six trailers going through dB’s factory in just three weeks.

    Tom Swan, dB Broadcast's director of sales and marketing, commented: "We are always pleased to demonstrate our ability to provide innovative and high-quality engineering solutions involving disciplines not always familiar to systems integrators. For this project, we provided a bespoke, weatherproof solution drawing on expertise from the mast manufacturer and trailer builder, and using our own in-house expertise in vehicle electrics and custom mechanics.”


  • Sep 2010 dB Broadcast wins BBC W1 contract
    Cambridge-based independent system integrator dB Broadcast has won a major contract for the installation of the video production areas within the BBC’s Broadcasting House redevelopment in central London, W1. When completed, most of the BBC’s news output will have been moved from Television Centre at W12, along with the entire World Service production operation from Bush House.

    The contract covers the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of all equipment for video production located within the studios, galleries, edit suites, graphic areas, newsroom and local apparatus rooms.

    There are a number of television studios of different types. The largest studio is 334m2 – double height – and fitted with eight cameras. It is intended to be a flexible studio for a varied range of programmes, and will be equipped with motorised hoists for changing of sets.

    The World Service studios will be used for recording inserts into World Service video outlets. The clip studios are designed to be primarily self-operated but will also form a vital part of the daily news output.

    As part of the project, dB is installing approximately 30 edit suites and Sales and Marketing Director Tom Swan says, "dB Broadcast is delighted to have won this large and prestigious project.

    “dB's large full-time engineering team of 13 system engineers and project managers will undertake the design, build and test of the studios, edit suites and technical areas.

    “By using our dedicated team, this will ensure a high quality design combined with consistent quality. The engineering team are also supported by our in-house wiring technicians, and this combination of staff enables us to take on large projects and confidently commit to completion dates.”

  • Sep 2010 dB Broadcast increase engineering department
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridge based leading UK independent system integrator, has made two further appointments in the engineering department.

    Adam Hewes has joined as a Project Engineer, while James Grajcarek has moved from the company's proposals department.

    Adam graduated from Ravensbourne College in 2003 with a Higher National Diploma in Professional Broadcasting: Digital Technology and joined Channel Five as Engineering Co-ordinator.

    In 2005, he joined The Mill facility as an engineer in 2005, providing support for post production systems and managing installation projects.

    He moved on to Digital Vision two years later where he took up the role of Field Applications Engineer.

    At dB Broadcast he is currently working on a major contract with the BBC.

    James joined dB in 2008 with a BSc degree in Media Technology from Salford University and provided quotation support for the company’s own range of products and broadcast system proposals.

    His excellent progress has led to a position in engineering as part of the team undertaking projects in London.

    Adam and James take the number of new additions in the engineering department to four in the past two months

    Iain Betson and Mike Bryan both joined the company in June, while Steve Carlson was promoted to Project Manager.

    dB Broadcast is currently dealing with a number of multi-million pound projects and have moved to increase their engineering team in order to ensure successful delivery.



  • Aug 2010 dB Broadcast is selected as one of the strategic SIs for Sky’s new Broadcasting Facility
    Leading UK independent system integrator dB Broadcast has won a prestigious contract from BSkyB to build the Broadcast Centre technical facilities within Sky’s new production and broadcasting facility on its Osterley Campus in West London.

    This facility is a sustainable landmark broadcast facility which will provide studios, technical, and operational space for people in Broadcast Operations, Sky Sports, and Broadcast Technology.

    dB Broadcast has been appointed to install, test and commission the core technical facilities within the Broadcast Centre component. This includes the playout, compression and lines processing systems, enabling Sky to distribute their programmes to many platforms - including the traditional satellite feeds, new media streaming, mobile phone services and many more. dB Broadcast is also responsible for the installation of the Broadcast control system, IPTV system and the talkback facilities.

    The Central Technical Area consists of a number of apparatus rooms with a capacity to hold 400 bays of technical equipment. At the outset approximately 80% of these will be populated allowing space for further expansion and future technology to be easily accommodated. The Playout area will boast over 35 operational desks, controlling and monitoring BSkyB’s output over the multiple platforms. As part of this complex installation dB Broadcast will work closely with Sky personnel to migrate all the existing services to this new facility.

    Tom Swan, dB’s director of sales and marketing, said: “We won this major contract because of our experience in providing similar large systems and because we are one of the few companies with significant experience in encoding and compression as well as playout.

    dB Broadcast is one of the UK’s largest independent system integrators with a full time staff of more than 50 and this enables the company to take on multiple projects of this size.”


  • Aug 2010 dB Broadcast launches Hawkeye DVB-T2 receiver at IBC2010
    Leading UK independent system integrator and product manufacturer dB Broadcast will introduce a DVB-T2 receiver module at IBC2010.

    The Hawkeye B104 series module has been designed for continuous off air terrestrial reception of DVB-T and DVB-T2 RF signals. The receiver can be used as part of Re-Broadcast transmitter system or for direct monitoring of a transmitter.

    The structure of a DVB-T2 signal is complex and requires detailed monitoring to ensure that the correct format is transmitted. The B104 allows a template to be generated, which is used to compare the received DVB-T2 signal against expected parameters and if they are different an alarm can be generated. Eight fixed templates and eight programmable templates are provided and these are configured using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or by SNMP.

    The template parameters include Modulation Error Ration (MER), Low Density Parity Check codes (LDPC), maximum and minimum Transport Stream bit rates, frequency errors and many others. Frequency error is useful at transposer sites to ensure that the transmitter is outputting the correct frequency.

    dB Broadcast have already taken significant orders for the DVB-T2 receiver.

    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast says: “The DVB-T2 standard was ratified a couple of years ago and is being adopted in many countries because of its higher bandwidth compared to DVB-T. This allows multiple high definition services to be provided on a single multiplex.

    “The Hawkeye modular system provides a simple upgrade path from DVB-T to DVB-T2. The B102 DVB-T receiver is replaced by the B104 DVB-T2 receiver, leaving the system wiring unchanged.”


  • Jul 2010 dB Broadcast supply HD DTT coding and multiplexing services
    Leading UK independent system integrator dB Broadcast has announced the completion of a major contract from Siemens IT Solutions and Services to supply the BBC with HD coding and multiplexing services. This enables viewers to watch programmes in high definition on digital terrestrial TV (DTT).

    These services have allowed millions of viewers to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup in high definition for the first time.

    The high definition service on Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) became the first DVB-T2 HD service in the world with a technical launch at the end of 2009.

    Earlier in the year, dB had completed for Siemens IT Solutions and Services the build of the centralised coding and multiplexing nodes (CCM nodes) and these laid the foundations for providing HD on DTT.

    In a phased rollout, the BBC’s overall project will eventually lead to at least four high definition channels being available across the majority of UK households, including those from other public service broadcasters, such as ITV, S4C and Channel 4.

    Using advanced statistical multiplexing, transmission, and compression technologies and dB’s Hawkeye products, Siemens IT Solutions and Services has engineered the system to avoid any single point of failure within the transmission chain.

    The B080 series of Hawkeye modules supports MPEG2, MPEG4, DVB and ATSC standards. The DTT services use more than 50 modules and provide near-seamless switching.

    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director says, “dB Broadcast is delighted to have been involved with this ground breaking project and I expect many enjoyed watching the 2010 World Cup finals in HD through FreeView.
    “By 2012, the vast majority of UK viewers will be able to enjoy at least four channels in HD delivered through their TV aerials”
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  • Jun 2010 dB Broadcast recruits new Project Managers
    Leading UK independent system integrator dB Broadcast have increased their engineering team to fourteen with the appointment of three new Project Managers.

    Steve Carlson has been promoted to Project Manager, while Iain Betson and Mike Bryan both arrive with significant experience in the broadcast industry.

    The company is undertaking several large projects and they will support Engineering Director Gareth Evans in managing the department as well as leading projects.

    Steve Carlson joined dB Broadcast in 1997 as a Graduate Engineer and more recently has been a Senior Engineer before being promoted to Project Manager.

    Iain Betson worked initially at the BBC before moving into the commercial sector and managing facility builds for the likes of London’s XFM and Kiss 100.

    Mike Bryan started his career at the BBC where he managed the delivery of SNG and other vehicles and most recently spent time working in the events industry.

    David Bird, founder and Managing Director of dB Broadcast, says: "It gives me great pleasure to announce the promotion of Steve Carlson and welcome Iain and Mike to dB Broadcast. Their breadth of experience and expertise will be of significant value at a time when the company is seeing sustained and rapid growth.

    “dB is currently undertaking several multi million pound projects and will be taking on further staff including draughtsmen, engineers and wiring technicians.”



  • Apr 2010 dB Broadcast: expert in fibre installations
    Six of dB Broadcast’s engineers and wiring technicians have recently qualified under City & Guilds 3666 to install, joint, terminate and test fibre optic cabling.

    dB Broadcast, one of the UK’s leading systems integration specialists, has been at the forefront of the industry-wide move from traditional copper wire systems to fibre-optic systems.

    City & Guilds 3666 has been developed in conjunction with the UK fibre optics industry and is approved by the Fibreoptic Industry Association (FIA).

    Trainees are shown why fibre optic cabling is used, recommended installation practices and troubleshooting techniques.

    Following the training, dB Broadcast has undertaken fibre optic installations for two major broadcasters in London and at a number of transmitter sites in the UK.

    Sales and Marketing Director, Tom Swan says "dB Broadcast is unique amongst systems integrators in having its own large wiring team and it is a logical step to have in-house expertise and equipment to carry out and test fibre installations.

    “This course has given us the expertise to undertake fibre optical installations within an indoor environment as well as the design, testing and commissioning."


  • Apr 2010 dB Broadcast completes TV studio facility for West Thames College
    Now in its 21st year, Cambridge-based systems integrator dB Broadcast has recently completed a new television studio and associated control room for West Thames College at their Isleworth Campus in West London.

    The contract included the design, prefabrication, supply, installation and commissioning of a 3-camera TV studio equipped with HD cameras and a separate production gallery featuring a custom-designed control desk with 3 operators for lighting, vision and sound control. Other equipment provided for the new facility included a Panasonic HD vision mixer, Trilogy talkback system, JVC HD monitors and JVC tape machines.

    Work on the project started late in 2009 and was completed earlier this year. The studio will be used initially to offer students a 2-year Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Media Production.

    Tom Swan, dB Broadcast's director of sales and marketing, commented: "We are always pleased to continue our involvement in providing training for the next generation of broadcast professionals. dB prides itself on our established training schemes for engineering and wiring personnel and is pleased to add the installation at WTC to our portfolio of successful projects in the Further/Higher Education sector”.




  • Mar 2010 The world warms to dB Broadcast’s Cardinal MDU
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridge based systems integrator, has been working to improve the Cardinal range of intelligent mains distribution units (iMDUs) with the addition of an optional temperature sensor.

    The Cardinal range of iMDUs was launched at IBC 2009 and has proved popular with dB receiving 1000 orders over the past six months.

    The Cardinal MDU provides fully featured web and SNMP interfaces giving easy access to sophisticated remote control and configuration facilities. The optional temperature sensor can be connected to the Cardinal MDU via a serial cable and can be located anywhere in the rack.

    Information on the temperature within the rack is available on the SNMP or web interface and includes current temperature, and a table containing maximum and minimum temperatures recorded per hour.

    If the temperature exceeds a user configured maximum or falls short of a minimum set value it causes an alarm to be raised on the SNMP interface, web interface or via email messaging.

    The MDU can be configured so that it switches off one or more outputs of the Cardinal when the temperature exceeds the user configured maximum. If the rack temperature goes above this preset value, the Cardinal will automatically switch off the power to specified equipment preventing them from being damaged.

    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast says: "We are continuing to develop the features on the Cardinal range and would be pleased to discuss any new customer requirements."


  • Jan 2010 dB Broadcast at BVE 2010
    dB Broadcast, the leading UK independent system integrator and manufacturer, will be attending the 2010 Broadcast Video Expo with a new range of Cardinal intelligent MDUs on display.

    More than 500 units have been ordered since the product launch at IBC2009. Each MDU in the Cardinal range provides 12 separate outputs, an SNMP interface, email messaging, a choice of single or dual inputs and optional current and temperature monitoring all in a 1RU unit.

    dB Broadcast also manufactures the Hawkeye range of monitoring and switching modules and the Showman analogue receiver. Both of these products will be on display. The Hawkeye range of monitoring and switch modules continues to grow and is now accepted as one of the market leaders in its field.

    A recent UK project included 500 Hawkeye frames with 3,000 modules, which comprised of B080 series, and B049 ASI monitor/switch modules and B102 DVB-T COFDM receivers.

    Over the past 12 months dB Broadcast has also completed many projects from studios through to transmission.

    In October, dB completed a large contract to relocate BBC London's television facilities to the new Egton Wing adjacent to Broadcasting House in central London..

    dB Broadcast also won a major contract from Arqiva to supply and install the Programme Input Equipment (PIE) at 90 transmitter sites as part of digital switchover (DSO).

    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast says, “Broadcast Video Expo is an excellent show for presenting the company’s products and recent projects. It is also an ideal opportunity for customers to meet the company’s staff and discuss their system requirements”.

    The new products will be on show and the systems presented on the dB stand number H58 at Broadcast Video Expo, Earls Court 2, 16th to 18th February 2010.


  • Dec 2009 dB Broadcast completes television relocation
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridge based systems integrator, has recently completed a large contract to relocate BBC London's television facilities to the new Egton Wing adjacent to Broadcasting House in central London.

    The station produces local television news programmes and local radio news for the capital as well as web publishing, regional Ceefax and contributions to the Corporation’s network television news.

    The relocation contract won by dB Broadcast included the design, prefabrication, installation and commissioning of a 4 camera TV studio with control gallery, as well as a 2 camera in-vision presenter position for short news bulletins within the newsroom.

    In addition, dB oversaw the delivery of a hub transfer area for receiving incoming material for ingest to the video server, ten editing workstations, two non-linear editing systems and a weather graphics system.

    The new facility includes the Sienna network news automation system manufactured by Gallery software. This is an Apple Mac based system which comprises of a video server with editing and viewing workstations, playout control, ingest and archiving.

    Other major equipment included within the system are the QMDX vision mixer from Ross Video, Zeta digital audio console from Calrec, Evertz vision router and Miranda multiviewers.

    Work on the project started late 2008 and the facility went live on September 28th this year.

    dB Broadcast has spent the past few weeks assisting the BBC W1 team in getting the television station on air.

    Tom Swan, dB Broadcast's director of sales and marketing, adds: "The initial vision system is for a 625/50 SD system, but an important requirement was that it could operate at 1080P in the future.
    “To support this migration, dB had to select products with an upgrade path to 1080P as well design and build an HD infrastructure. It was also important to provide a system approach that would be familiar to the current operational team at BBC London."


  • Nov 2009 dB Broadcast wins Arqiva PIE contract
    Leading independent system integrator and manufacturer dB Broadcast has won a major contract from Arqiva to supply and install the Programme Input Equipment (PIE) at 90 transmitter sites as part of digital switchover (DSO). DSO is already well underway in the UK with Arqiva upgrading the entire terrestrial television infrastructure by 2012.

    The first full switchover was at the Selkirk transmitter group in November 2008 and this was followed by the West Country. The next region to stop analogue transmission and become fully digital is Wales in late 2009.

    Currently more than two thirds of UK homes have digital television, but by 2012 DSO will deliver full-power digital television signals from all transmission sites across the country.

    dB is supplying more than 550 bays across the 90 key sites. Prefabrication and testing is being done at dB’s factory and installation carried out by dB’s in-house technicians. The project includes approximately 500 Hawkeye frames with 3,000 modules, which include B080 series and B049 ASI monitor/switch modules and B102 DVB-T COFDM receivers.

    dB Broadcast is also responsible for the onsite cabling from the sites’ incoming programme feeds to the inputs of the transmitters and the installation of the IT network, remote alarm and RF monitoring infrastructure. This includes RF, ASI and Ethernet cabling, some of which is fibre.

    Tom Swan sales and marketing director says "dB Broadcast is pleased to be part of such a large and prestigious project and is testimony to dB's expertise in providing PIE systems and the quality of the Hawkeye product range.

    dB is the UK’s leading supplier of Programme Input Equipment (PIE) racks for monitoring and switching signals at transmitter sites and the company will customise the PIE configuration to meet the customer’s exact requirements.


    -END-

    For further information contact:
    Tom Swan, Sales & Marketing Director tom.swan@dbbroadcast.co.uk


  • Oct 2009 dB Broadcast announce two appointments
    Leading UK independent system integrator dB Broadcast has created two new posts, coming into effect from the start of October.
    Eugene Cooke joins as Business Development Manager with Jerry Lyle taking the position of Product Manager.
    The post of Business Development Manager has been created in order to help dB seek out and win new business, particularly in overseas markets.
    Eugene Cooke has a large amount of knowledge and experience in the broadcast industry as a senior sales executive and has spent time with Omneon and Snell & Wilcox. He will be aiming to build on the company’s strong contacts abroad, especially in Europe and the Middle East.
    Meanwhile, the post of Product Manager has been created following a restructuring within dB Broadcast with the aim of placing greater emphasis on expanding the company’s range of products.
    Jerry Lyle will be responsible for researching potential new product lines and bringing these products to market. He was previously Head of Development at Broadcast Technology, which became part of Harmonic in 2005, and has worked for dB on a consultancy basis since 2008.
    David Bird, Managing Director of dB Broadcast said: “We are delighted to welcome both Eugene and Jerry into the company.
    “They will provide valuable experience and expertise which will I feel confident will help us drive forward and meet our business aims over the coming years”.


  • Aug 2009 dB Broadcast to introduce Cardinal range of intelligent MDUs at IBC 2009
    Leading UK independent system integrator and manufacturer dB Broadcast will
    introduce a range of intelligent mains distribution units (iMDUs) at IBC.
    The Cardinal range of iMDUs provide fully featured web and SNMP interfaces giving easy access to sophisticated remote control and configuration facilities. The units include email messaging, current monitoring, a choice of single or dual inputs and optional remote temperature sensing, all in a 1RU unit.
    The dual input version allows two separate sources to be connected to the unit and switching between them is automatic when an input power failure occurs. The unit can be configured to send SNMP traps and email alarms when faults occur, including loss of input mains power and blown fuses. It includes an error log.
    dB Broadcast have already taken significant orders for the Cardinal range.
    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast says: “Several of dB’s
    current projects require intelligent MDUs, which are invaluable in larger systems with a central monitoring system.
    “For example, measuring the current on each output enables users to detect failures or meet energy conservation initiatives and monitoring the temperature in the rack can avoid overheating and damage to the equipment. All these results can be reported to the central monitoring system via SNMP traps”.
    dB Broadcast also manufactures the Hawkeye range of monitoring/switching
    modules and the Showman analogue receiver, all of which will be on show at IBC.

  • Jan 2009 dB Broadcast appoints Gareth Evans as Engineering Director
    Leading UK independent system integrator dB Broadcast has promoted Gareth Evans to the position of Engineering Director.
    He will bring to the board of directors a wealth of experience gained over 30 years in the broadcast industry.
    Gareth will be responsible for leading the project implementation team and for setting out the future direction of the engineering section in these challenging and fast changing times.
    He manages a staff of 11 experienced project managers, system and test engineers and also manages contractors selected from a pool of trusted engineers.
    All engineering training and staff development will be Gareth’s responsibility with the product development team continuing to report directly to David Bird, Managing Director of dB Broadcast.
    Having joined dB in 2001 as a project manager, he progressed to engineering manager in 2006.
    Gareth’s wide experience has enabled him to take direct responsibility for many of the company’s larger projects over the last seven years.
    These have included studio based projects for BBC Wales, MTV and QVC, and a major multi-channel playout centre for Turner Entertainment (TENIL) in central London.
    Gareth’s broadcast engineering career began when he joined BBC Wales from school as a technical assistant and later qualified as a BBC engineer working on electronic maintenance and on projects.
    After 10 years at the BBC, he joined Television South West in Plymouth as a project engineer during which time he was instrumental in the introduction of new technologies and working practises.
    After the demise of TSW, he continued in project engineering and managed a wide range of studio based and OB vehicle projects, both in the UK and abroad.
    David Bird, founder and Managing Director of dB Broadcast, says: "Gareth’s promotion to engineering director is in recognition of the excellent work he has done as head of engineering.

  • Jan 2009 dB Broadcast 20th Anniversary
    In a small unit on Sedgeway
    With 600 square foot of room to play
    Dave Bird started the company dB
    With just two staff making a total of three

    As time went on and the business grew
    More people joined the happy crew
    20 years on and with 48 staff
    We now occupy two buildings and a half

    The three who were here right from the start
    Have seen lots of changes and played a big part
    In the early years they were young dark and slim
    But now have grey hair and a slight double chin

    The early years were good and sound
    With turnover reaching £30 thousand pound
    But after 20 years have gone
    The turnover now tops £10 mill - e - on

    The work has been varied across the range
    Whether it's transmitter sites, studios or Commonwealth Games
    If you give us a challenge we'll prove to you
    There's nothing in broadcast dB cannot do

    The work our customers have passed our way
    Have made sure that we are here to stay
    We'd like to say a big thank you
    Without your support we could not do

  • Jan 2009 dB Broadcast at Broadcast Video Expo 2009
    The leading UK independent system integrator and manufacturer, dB Broadcast will be attending the 2009 Broadcast Video Expo following another successful year. Over the past 12 months dB Broadcast has completed projects from studios through to transmission and launched several new products.On display at Broadcast Video Expo 2009 will be the new SNMP interface for the popular Hawkeye range.
    The SNMP interface is intended to improve the ease with which customers can control and monitor dB Broadcast modules using their existing IP networks. One of the first customers using the SNMP interface is Korean Telecom who are controlling 45 of dB's B080 series of ASI monitoring and switch modules. Other selected Hawkeye modules will also be on show at the exhibition.
    dB Broadcast recently supplied their 10,000th Hawkeye module and have underlined their commitment to product development by moving their development and manufacturing units to a dedicated building on their current site.
    Elsewhere on the product front, dB will be demonstrating the Showman 1000 series of multi-standard analogue television receiver/demodulators.
    dB will also use Broadcast Video Expo 2009 to highlight some of their major projects from over the past year including the construction of two outside-broadcast vehicles for a Syrian customer and the re-location of BBC facilities in central London.
    Another major success saw dB Broadcast complete a major contract from Siemens IT Solutions and Services to supply the BBC with on-going coding and multiplexing services.
    Commenting on the project, dB Broadcast’s sales and marketing director Tom Swan says, “Some idea of the size of the project can be gleaned from the fact that it involves 270 bays of equipment, 250Kms of video cable, 15Kms of fibre and 2,500 man days of wiring ."
    The new products will be on show and the systems presented on the dB stand number H58 at Broadcast Video Expo, Earls Court 2, 17th to 19th February 2009.

  • Nov 2008 dB Broadcast reach landmark with Hawkeye
    Cambridge-based independent system integrator dB Broadcast has announced a major expansion of its facilities for designing and manufacturing the Hawkeye and Showman product ranges.

    dB Broadcast recently supplied their 10,000th Hawkeye module and have underlined their commitment to product development by moving product development and manufacturing to their own dedicated building on the current site.

    This major investment was undertaken with the aim of increasing the range of products supplied by the company in future.

    The new building is four times the size of the previous development and production areas.

    Several new products were unveiled at IBC 2008 including an SNMP interface for the Hawkeye range and the Showman 100 analogue receiver.

    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast says: “The new facility will include a large demonstration room enabling customers to view the full range of products including the different control systems.

    “One of the control systems is the B065 rack controller module and B067 PC GUI software.

    “The B065 enables monitoring and remote control of the Hawkeye B080 ASI TS and B090 SD/HD series modules and certain other Hawkeye modules via RS232 or Ethernet SNMP.”

  • Sep 2008 IBC 2008 – Training in an era of headlong change
    As part of the conference programme at IBC 2008, David Bird, managing director of dB Broadcast will be taking part in a seminar on training entitled ‘Fast forward to the future’.
    The session will be led by Adrian Scott of Pro-Bel and is set to include a panel debate on current training trends within the broadcast industry and anticipated challenges to the industry over the next decade.
    David Bird was invited to take part in the session thanks to dB Broadcast’s reputation for being one of only a few system integrators who train their own wiring technicians, project engineers and development engineers.
    A purpose built training centre was opened on site in 1999 and over the last nine years many trainees have gone on to become key personnel at dB.
    David Bird will be joined at the seminar by dB engineer Colin Harley, a third year undergraduate studying Media Technology at Southampton Solent University.
    Colin first came into contact with dB Broadcast at the age of 15 when he did 2 weeks work experience with the company as part of his secondary school education.
    He joined dB in 2003 as a trainee wireman, later going on to work in the engineering department, and is currently being sponsored through university by the company.
    The Southampton media course is biased towards broadcast engineering and includes modules such as Video Principles and Systems, Audio Principles and Systems, Communication Systems for Media, Digital Media Formats and Data Communications.
    Colin says: "The experience I have gained through employment prior to studying for a degree allowed me to choose the right engineering course and apply practically the knowledge that I am now gaining through study.
    "I feel this is a great advantage in terms of being able to see where a degree can take you when looking for employment."

  • Jul 2008 dB Broadcast offers SNMP interface for Hawkeye modules
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridge based leading UK independent system integrator, has completed the development of an SNMP interface for it’s popular Hawkeye range. The addition of an SNMP interface for the Hawkeye range will improve the ease with which customers can control and monitor dB Broadcast modules using their existing IP networks.
    SNMP is provided via an Ethernet interface on dB Broadcast’s proven B065 rack controller module. This allows monitoring and control of Hawkeye ASI and SD monitors/switches, receivers, decoders and other modules within the extensive range.
    The B065 automatically detects compatible modules in a chassis and provides a single point of control, allowing the rack to be treated as a single system.The optional B067 PC control interface software represents the chassis contents graphically, allows individual modules to be interrogated, extracts logs and displays alarm states.
    The Hawkeye modules that can now be monitored and controlled using SNMP include:
    B090 series of SD monitor and switch modules
    B080 series of ASI TS monitor modules
    B049 ASI DA with auto sensing switch, 3x6
    B043 Dual ASI/SD switch module
    B100 series of receiver modules
    The interface allows the user to access real time data and this includes various alarms and the status of the switches. The modules may be remotely controlled using the SNMP interface, giving the user the ability to detect system failures and change the status, all via an SNMP management tool.Applications include remote control at transmitter sites or centralised control in broadcast buildings.
    Tom Swan, dB’s director of sales and marketing, says: "dB Broadcast has recently supported several clients in their successful integration of SNMP enabled Hawkeye racks into their own control systems, forming a key part of the work towards digital switchover".
    At IBC2008 dB Broadcast will be demonstrating the SNMP interface between its Hawkeye modules and the MaxView network control and monitoring software from Datapath. Visit dB Broadcast on stand 10.A28.

  • Jul 2008 dB Broadcast announces Showman 1000 multi-standard TV receiver/demodulator
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridge based leading UK independent system integrator, has announced the release of the Showman 1000 series of multi-standard analogue television receiver/demodulators.
    The Showman 1000 series can be used with PAL, SECAM and NTSC television standards, allowing for operation across the world and is the latest in a line of well established Showman products to have been developed over the last decade.
    The new receiver is based on the BT Showman 5000 and 6000 ranges and is designed for applications such as transmitter feeds and monitoring, outside-broadcast reception and service acquisition in digital television head ends.
    The Showman 1000 range consists of two units; a multi-standard base model for monitoring applications and a higher specification unit incorporating IF inputs and outputs, alarms and logging features along with additional audio processors.
    Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast says: "With so much interest in digital TV, it is easy to forget that the majority of people around the world still watch television using traditional analogue reception."
    "The Showman range has been available for over a decade and thenew dB Showman 1000 will allow us to supply the world's analogue TV customers using a single product range rather than market- specific variants."
    The Showman 1000 series is available now and will be on show at IBC2008. The first significant order for the Showman 1000 was received earlier this year from a transmitter manufacturer requiring 65 units.

  • Jun 2008 dB Broadcast builds two OBs for Syria
    dB Broadcast, the Cambridge based UK independent system integrator, has completed the delivery of two outside-broadcast vehicles for a Syrian customer.

    Based on the Mercedes 814D Vario model, both vehicles are five camera capable outside-broadcast units, although initially only three
    cameras will be used in each.
    The vehicles are identical in specification except that one is equipped with a portable digital microwave radio link system.
    Construction and testing took place at dB's purpose-built premises close to Cambridge, with the customer coming to the factory to accept the vehicles.

    The project demonstrates dB's increasingly strong links in the Middle East and follows successful installations in Jordan in 2005 and 2006.
    dB Broadcast have build 20 OB vehicles over the last few years, ranging from small transmission vehicles to mobile studios, but this latest project is their first in the Middle East.

    Tom Swan, dB's director of sales and marketing, says: "This is an excellent project which enhances the company's reputation as an international system integrator."
    "This project was more complicated than usual owing to long timescales from quotation in April 2004 to completion in 2008 and trade embargos on certain products."

    Equipment for the vehicles included Sony DXC-D55 cameras, Canon lenses, Sachtler tripods, Sony MFS-200 multi format mixer, Calrec M3 audio console, Evertz routers, Trilogy talkback and Pro- Bel distribution equipment, whilst the microwave link was from Gigawave.

  • Sep 2007 dB Broadcast appoints Martyn Wheatley as Finance Director
    Leading UK independent system integrator dB Broadcast is strengthening its management team with the appointment of Martyn Wheatley as inance Director. Martyn has worked in the broadcast industry since 1990 and was formerly Finance Director of Independent Television News (ITN).

    Following qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1987, Martyn joined Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte (as it then was), in the City of London, where he worked in its audit, consultancy and corporate finance divisions for two and a half years.

    Martyn joined ITN in 1990 and was appointed Finance Director in 1994, a position he held for five and a half years. In 1999 he became Managing Director of EuroNews: a pan-European news channel, then part-owned and run by ITN – a position he held until 2003.

    Since 2003, Martyn has been, among other things, an independent business consultant in the TV sector, working in the UK and Middle East.

    David Bird, founder and Managing Director of dB Broadcast, says: "It gives me great pleasure to welcome Martyn to dB Broadcast as our Finance Director. Martyn's breadth of experience and expertise will be of significant value as the company continues to expand its systems work and range of products."

    Martyn Wheatley says: "I am delighted to be joining an organisation which has such a strong reputation for professionalism and engineering excellence, at a time when it is seeing sustained and rapid growth. I look forward to making a contribution to the management and financial administration of the company as it continues to develop."

  • Sep 2007 dB Broadcast to supply on-going coding and multiplexing services to broadcaster
    Leading UK independent system integrator dB Broadcast has announced that it has won a major contract from Siemens IT Solutions and Services to supply the BBC with on- going coding and multiplexing services. To enable the provision of these services dB will build multiple facilities, known as the centralised coding and multiplexing nodes (CCM nodes), to compress and stream BBC digital television signals.

    The facilities will be constructed and operational before the start of the analogue switch-off in 2008.

    Tom Swan, dB's director of sales and marketing, says: "Some idea of the size of the project can be gleaned from the fact that it involves 270 bays of equipment."Not only are we prefabricating all the bays at dB, while building work is carried out on-site, but all the equipment involved will be fitted and tested at dB. Not many other companies have the facilities to do this.
    "The project involves equipment from many companies and a large number of these will commission their equipment at dB, as well as on site, to ensure it interfaces with other systems,"concludes Tom Swan.

    As well as providing the central CCM facilities, dB is also upgrading many BBC sites around London.

    Over 700 of dB's Hawkeye switching and monitoring modules will be used in the project, including 320 of the B092S and 320 modules from the B080 series. All these modules will be demonstrated at IBC.

    New to IBC, the B092S continuously monitors two video signals and incorporates a 2x2 switch. The two inputs are typically main and reserve signals and the module can switch any of the inputs to the two outputs of the switch. The B080 series has been designed for continuous monitoring and switching of two ASI transport streams in a broadcast environment. The series supports MPEG2, MPEG4, DVB and ATSC standards.

  • Aug 2007 dB Broadcast wins China OB deal
    dB Broadcast, the leading UK independent system integrator, is pleased to announce its first order in China - a six-camera OB vehicle. The customer is equally pleased and covered the signing ceremony live on Chinese television.

    Based on a Mercedes 814D KA Vario vehicle, the OB vehicle will be built and tested at dB’s purpose-built premises in Cambridgeshire, Eastern England, and commissioned in China. The contract calls for a dB engineer to go to China to provide overall system training for Chinese engineers.

    Tom Swan, dB’s director of sales and marketing, says: “This is an excellent project and enhances the company’s reputation as an international system integrator. We have quoted for a number of vehicles in China and expect this to be the first of many over the next couple of years.”

    Equipment for the vehicle includes six Sony cameras and eight DVCAM camcorders, a Yamaha digital audio console, a Grass Valley hard-disk recorder, a Pixel Power character generator and a Harris router. Monitors are to be supplied by both Sony and JVC.

  • Jun 2007 dB Broadcast to introduce 12 new Hawkeye modules at IBC 2007
    Leading UK independent system integrator and manufacturer, dB Broadcast, will introduce some dozen new Hawkeye modules on its enlarged booth (10.118) at this year’s IBC.
    Tom Swan, dB’s sales and marketing director, said: “The new modular range includes DVB-S and DVB-T receivers, ASI switching DAs, video decoders, audio decoders and a control interface module with SNMP protocol. All the products are manufactured at our purpose-built factory in Ely, Cambridgeshire, and sold under dB’s Hawkeye brand name.”

    Tom Swan continues, “dB can now offer an expanded product line for existing and emerging cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcast applications. As a consequence of this expansion, we are setting up a worldwide dealer network and would welcome discussions with interested parties at IBC.”
    “The exact new product line-up for IBC has yet to be finalised,” says Tom Swan, “but will certainly include the B049 ASI DA module, with auto-sensing and auto-switching, three inputs and six outputs. Any input can simultaneously be switched to all six outputs. Satellite receivers and decoders will also be demonstrated.”

    Also demonstrated by dB will be the B065 rack controller module and B067 PC GUI software. The B065 enables monitoring and remote control of the Hawkeye video decoders, audio decoders, receivers and certain other Hawkeye modules via RS232 or Ethernet SNMP. dB Broadcast’s engineering team is currently adding further functionality to the B065, including the features of the B080 ASI TS and B090 SD/HD series modules.

    The B067 controlled GUI software is a multi-module multi-rack control system for the Hawkeye range of video decoders, audio decoders, receivers and other modules. Its graphics mimic the actual appearance of the modules in the rack, and clicking on a module fascia brings up the individual configuration window for that module.
    Further new dB products for IBC will be announced as they are finalised.

  • May 2007 dB Broadcast to feature new style of control desk at IBC
    Leading UK independent system integrator and manufacturer, dB Broadcast, will feature a new style of editing control desk, using non-traditional materials, on its enlarged booth (10.118) at this year’s IBC.

    The desk on show will include an acrylic “Plexiglass” script surface and will also have motorised script areas and monitor stack to enable users to set their preferred height.

    Tom Swan, dB’s director of sales and marketing, says: “Plexiglass has proven to be much more robust and reliable than timbers and timber laminates, which are prone to scratching and dents. It is heavy and has a similar tough finishes to that of glass. And, its inherent strength means that large script areas can be designed without the need for frequent supporting legs. Even after about five years of use, we expect the material to look as good as new.

    “As designers, we are keen to offer innovative approaches to broadcast solutions. For desk design we encourage the use of a variety of materials that differ from the mainstream timber (MDF) veneers and lino desk tops. Of course, we are still heavily involved with producing timber veneers and laminates for conventional systems, which remain the industry standard,” concludes Tom Swan.

    dB worked closely on the design of its Plexiglass desk with specialist design group Quantum Broadcast, who will have a representative on dB’s booth throughout IBC. According to dB, it has already received orders for its new style of desk.

  • Apr 2007 dB Broadcast installs new TV channel dedicated to wine
    Cambridgeshire-based independent system integrator dB Broadcast has completed the design and installation of all the technical facilities for a new satellite television channel, called Vinappris, dedicated to the appreciation of wine. dB was also responsible for all the initial technical support for the project.

    Working to a very tight deadline, dB completed the assignment, from design through to commissioning, in two months.

    Operating from a purpose-built studio at Birmingham’s Fort Dunlop, Vinappris will provide viewers with the opportunity both to learn about and to buy wine. The channel will broadcast for 24 hours a day on the BSkyB platform, with eight hours of live material. The output will be a mixture of studio production and finished clips, shot and produced in-house.

    The channel also has a stylish wine bar as part of its facilities. A state-of-the- art call centre and a warehouse for order fulfilment complete the Vinappris operation.
    l includes Sony DXC-D50 widescreen cameras, a Ross Synergy 2 vision mixer and a Harris Nexio server system

    John Bennett, operations director at Vinappris, says: “dB Broadcast worked to a very tight timescale and still managed to provide an excellent turnkey solution.”

    Tom Swan, dB’s sales and marketing director, says: “The Vinappris project proves, once again, that our strategy of retaining all resources in house enables us to deliver high-quality systems in record time.”

  • Apr 2007 dB Broadcast acquires designs and exclusive manufacturing rights to modular series
    Cambridgeshire-based independent system integrator dB Broadcast has announced a major extension of its Hawkeye 3RU modular range. It has achieved this through the acquisition of the designs and exclusive manufacturing rights of a modular range of professional video and audio receivers and decoders from a Californian equipment manufacturer. The products were designed and built in the UK and previously known as the DTRS3000 series.

    The deal also includes stock components, partly finished modules, test equipment and other items.

    Commenting on the agreement, Tom Swan, dB’s sales and marketing director, said: “The modular range includes DVB-S and DVB-T receivers, ASI switching DAs, video decoders, audio decoders and control interface modules with SNMP protocol. All the products will now be manufactured at our purpose-built factory in Ely, Cambridgeshire, and sold under dB’s Hawkeye brand name. As a consequence, we are looking to set up a worldwide dealer network.

    “The modular series is an ideal product line for dB to take on because it includes many complementary modules to our own. Also, they fit into the same frames that dB uses. In fact, dB Broadcast has been a customer for these modules in the past and has installed many of them.”

    Tom Swan continues, “By integrating this modular series into our current range, dB can now offer an expanded product line for existing and emerging cable, satellite, terrestrial broadcast and telecom applications.”

  • Mar 2007 dB Broadcast builds new Playout centre for SPORTSMAX in Jamaica
    Independent system integrator dB Broadcast has built a new, two-channel digital playout centre for SPORTSMAX, Jamaica’s 24 hour sports-dedicated TV channel.
    The total, ten-rack system was prefabricated and tested at dB’s purpose-built manufacturing facility in Cambridgeshire, before being shipped to Jamaica for installation at a newly-located media centre. The new media centre will be fully operational prior to the ICC Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean, beginning in March 2007, and is expected to be used for the Cup by outside broadcasters as well as by SPORTSMAX.
    A brand of Caribbean-based International Media Content (IMC), SPORTSMAX is Jamaica’s first and only TV station dedicated to sport, which it broadcasts live, in real-time, 24 hours a day via cable.

    The company is the rights holder (in many cases exclusive) in Jamaica and the Caribbean for live broadcast/distribution of major sporting events. These include Barclays English Premier League football, English FA Cup, NBA, West Indies Cricket Overseas tours, Ashes Cricket-Australia v England, IAAF Grand Prix events and the PGA (Pro-Golf) tour events.

    The new Playout centre will be one of the first digital systems in Jamaica and is based around Miranda presentation mixers, branding image stores, and distribution equipment. Also included in the system are GVG video disk recorders, with storage of 64 hours, while monitoring is on Panasonic plasma screens, fed from Zandar multi-viewers.
    Consultancy for the project was provided by London-based Ten Ten Digital. Commenting on dB’s contribution, project manager Mike Severyn said: “Having worked with dB before, I knew how organised the company is and the care and detail it puts into its back-office work. At the same time it is capable of giving a highly personal service. Another factor influencing the choice of dB,” says Mike, “was the ability to prefabricate and test off-site - a very important consideration.”

  • Feb 2007 dB Broadcast moves closer to London
    Cambridgeshire-based independent system integrator dB Broadcast has moved closer to London with the decision to base a key member of staff in the Capital full time.
    Commenting on the decision, Tom Swan, dB’s sales and marketing director, says: “Although in the last ten years or so we have undertaken major projects worldwide, it is also true that some of our largest and most prestigious customers are based in London, eg, the BBC, MTV, QVC and Turner Entertainment (TENIL).
    “We see the appointment of a project manager in London, as part of our plans to support our customers in the Capital and to approach many new ones.”

    The person appointed by dB is Phil Keeler, who recently joined the company after working for the last six years in a freelance capacity. Phil, who will operate from his home just south of London, is no stranger to the Capital, having worked in London for many years. “London-based companies he has worked for include The Mill, TVI Ltd and MTV Networks Europe. Phil was at MTV for six years (1994-2000) and his responsibilities as Projects Manager included the research, design, acquisition and integration of new technologies.

    Tom Swan continues, “Of course dB itself, with its purpose-built 20,000-square-foot pre-fabrication and testing facilities, is only an hour from London by train, and we are always delighted if our London-based customers wish to come and visit us. But Phil Keeler will provide a vital first point-of-call for most of our London customers.”

  • Jan 2007 dB Broadcast expands engineering team - appoints new Project Manager
    Independent system integrator dB Broadcast has expanded its 14-strong engineering team by appointing Phil Keeler as a Project Manager. Phil will report to Engineering Manager, Gareth Evans.

    Educated at Tonbridge Wells Grammar School and Ravensbourne School of Broadcasting, Phil Keeler has a Higher National Diploma in Broadcast Systems Engineering and over 16 years experience of the broadcast industry.

    For the last six years Phil has worked as a freelance Project Engineer and Manager. In that capacity he has been employed by dB Broadcast on a number of projects. These ranged from the ATV television station in Amman, Jordan, where he was responsible for the design and testing of the studios, to the glass-fronted MTV studio in London’s Leicester Square.

    Companies Phil has worked for include London-based The Mill, TVI Ltd and MTV Networks Europe. Phil was at MTV for six years (1994-2000) and his responsibilities as Projects Manager included the research, design, acquisition and integration of new technologies.

    As well as extensive projects in the UK, including numerous ones for the BBC, Phil’s overseas work has included National Broadcast Centres in both Tbilisi, Georgia, and Lisbon, Portugal. In Georgia, the project consisted of the design, pre-fabrication and building of a full broadcast centre in a very short timescale and small budget. In Lisbon, Phil was responsible for the relocation of a six-channel automated transmission system, microwave transmission, video tape dubbing areas and other associated facilities.

    Tom Swan, dB’s director of sales and marketing, said: “Phil has worked for dB Broadcast as a contractor on several projects over the last three years and we are delighted that he is joining us full time. He brings with him a high level of both engineering skills and commercial awareness, and a great sense of humour.”