INFOCOMM 2015 EXHIBITOR PREVIEW

R.L. Drake — Booth 5565

At InfoComm 2015, R.L. Drake, a leading global provider of digital and analog cable, digital signage, and MPEG encoding systems, will introduce its new PEG channel encoders and ND-24-IP decoder that, when combined offer a low cost video transport solution. The company will also demonstrate media players in a distribution network with encoders for digital signage applications.

New Solutions and Technology Demonstrations

Digital Signage Encoders – DSE 2 PLUS and DSE24

DSE 2 Plus

Digital Signage Encoding

A key highlight at Drake’s InfoComm booth will be the DSE 2 PLUS dual HD Digital Signage Encoder with multiplexed QAM output, originally based off of Drake’s industry-leading DSE24 HD Digital Signage desktop encoder. Integrators can utilize these encoders in cable networks, educational systems, hospitality, healthcare, and commercial or government facilities for digital conversion, digital signage, and PEG channel insertion applications.

While Drake’s DSE24 will encode a single uncompressed program derived from a source, the DSE 2 PLUS digitally encodes two uncompressed HDMI, high-resolution component video or VGA inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 (H.264), and then uses an internal multiplexing QAM modulator and low-noise upconverter to enable distribution of two HD programs over existing legacy fiber and coaxial networks while providing a superior reliability and consistent performance. Leveraging the bandwidth savings provided by the encoder, users can deliver twice as many HD programs or multiple channels at half the bandwidth. This enables users to tap into existing networks of digital HD displays to provide informational video, revenue-generating advertising, or promotional content in a vibrant high-definition format.

ND-24-IP Decoder

Drake will introduce its new ND-24-IP decoder, a low-cost professional device capable of decoding off-air, clear QAM, and IP content to SD/HD-SDI, HDMI, and Component outputs, which is ideal for digital signage applications, video link receive sites, or broadcast monitoring.

The ND-24-IP is a high quality HD or SD decoder that supports both MPEG-2 and H.264 video streams.  When paired with Drake’s PEG encoders (PEG-NE24-IP and PEG-NE24-IP-C), it can provide a high quality end-to-end IP video delivery solution.  The ND-24-IP features a LCD screen and a web-based GUI for simplifying setup and remote management.  The ND-24-IP supports both IGMPv2 and IGMPv3 protocols, which allows flexibility when configuring your IP network.

Media Players in a Distribution Network with Encoders

Drake is showcasing two of its media players for use in a distribution network with encoders.

The Drake DNP50 / DNP50 AVW is a high definition Android™ platform-based network media player capable of playing multi-layered MPEG-2 video streams. Once loaded with content, the DNP50 / DNP50 AVW will output video stream resolutions of 480p, 720p, or 1080p through its HDMI output port.

DNP Players Diagram

Network Media Players Co-located with Display

The Drake DNP100 is a multi-output network media player capable of playing multi-layered MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 streams. Once loaded with content, the DNP100 will output video stream resolutions of 480p, 720p, or 1080i through multiple synchronized outputs including Component, HDMI, Composite, and VGA output ports.

The output ports on either media player then can deliver the enhanced bit rate SD or HD content to the Drake DSE24 HD Digital Signage Encoder, then to the SDE24A or HDE24A MPEG encoder modules for QAM modulation. The DNP100 includes the Drake Digital Signage Manager content management software.

Video Transport Solution (PEG/Decoder)

The combination of either the Drake PEG-NE24-IP or PEG-NE24-IP-C PEG Encoders matched with the Drake ND-24-IP Decoder offers a reliable Video Transport Solution from the field to a studio or editing station. The complementary encoder/decoder pair supports video encoding from HD/SD-SDI, Composite video sources and transports via IP to convenient editing locations where the video is decoded to HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, component, or composite video for monitoring, viewing or redistribution purposes.

Drake PEG-NE24-IP-C

Video Transport Solution

The PEG-NE24-IP is a single HD-SDI input MPEG-2 or H.264 digital video PEG channel network encoder with IP output via a single SFP Ethernet port. The PEG-NE24-IP-C offers a single HD-SDI or composite video with left and right audio input and IP output. Digital video encoding and streaming is available in MPEG-2 or H.264 whereas PCM-embedded audio can be encoded to either Dolby® Digital AC3, MPEG1-Layer2, or AAC. Both PEG encoders are capable of outputting resolutions of 480i, 720p, and 1080i. The ND-24-IP is the ideal solution for professional video applications that require high-quality decoding of video signals from a wide variety of sources, particularly live video or data for transport over private networks. The encoders and decoder feature a Web-based GUI that is accessible via a dedicated RJ-45 control port, simplifying setup and remote management.

EH244 Solution for Flexible Encoding

At InfoComm, Drake will demonstrate its EH244 Series Encoder Host Chassis – an ideal platform for MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 H.264 video encoding needs due to its many flexible and configurable output options. Designed to house any combination of Drake’s popular HD and SD encoder modules (SDE24A, HDE24A, or SDI24A) the EH244 is designed with a total of six input bays and an internal multiplexer that allows the user to conduct custom program multiplexes and output them in any combination of RF QAM, ASI (transport stream) or IP based on the output configuration ordered.

EH Platform Diagram

EH244 for Flexible Encoding

By offering these options, customers can purchase a single output configuration based on an exact need to stay within budget or choose multiple output configurations to support both current and future needs such as RF QAM and IP. Common to all EH244 chassis is an RJ-45 Ethernet management port and an ASI data port for low data rate applications such as EAS (Emergency Alert System) and DTA set top box control data to support Drake’s “All Digital Bandwidth Recovery Solution.” For applications that require ASI for program stream distribution the Quad ASI option is recommended.

PEG Channel Encoders

At InfoComm, Drake will demonstrate its new stand-alone PEG-NE24-IP and PEG-NE24-IP-C encoders specifically designed for multipoint distribution applications. The encoders support public education and government (PEG) channels carrying local public access, school event, and municipal government programming. The low-cost PEG encoders allow users to efficiently transport SD and HD video/audio signals over IP networks.

PEG Diagram

PEG Multipoint Distribution

The PEG-NE24-IP is a single HD-SDI input MPEG-2 or H.264 digital video PEG channel encoder with IP output via a single SFP Ethernet port. The PEG-NE24-IP-C offers a single HD-SDI or composite video with left and right audio input and IP output. Both encoders have a second RJ-45 10/100 Ethernet port to provide control and monitoring. Digital video encoding and streaming is available in MPEG-2 or H.264 whereas PCM-embedded audio encoding can be encoded to either Dolby® Digital, MPEG1-Layer2 stereo, or AAC stereo. The PEG encoders are capable of outputting resolutions of 480i, 720p, and 1080i.

Company Overview
Headquartered in Ohio, R.L. Drake is an American cable TV institution that has been designing and building innovative end-to-end communications systems and video engineering components for over 65 years. Drake Digital headends are deployed in demanding locations worldwide. Commercial, government, and MSO customers of all sizes use Drake Digital systems. Drake arms multichannel service providers with the technical solutions they need to effectively compete in the residential, enterprise, and hospitality environments.

Company Contact:
Andy Ruffin
Vice President of Sales
Tel: 937-746-4556
Email: aruffin@rldrake.com

R.L. Drake Holdings, LLC
710 Pleasant Valley Drive
Springboro, OH 45066
www.rldrake.com