TSL solution to support Al Jazeera’s new channel

As part of its efforts to expand to a second international channel, Al Jazeera has purchased UMD and Tally systems from TSL.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  July 6, 2004

Al Jazeera has purchased a comprehensive UMD and Tally system from UK-based independent broadcast systems manufacturer Television Systems Ltd to support the launch of a second international channel. The contract has been organised through Thomson Broadcast. The solution includes two system controller versions – the UMD-SC-11 and the UMD-SC-21. These are supplied with the TSL Winsoft configuration programme, designed to run on a PC, though it is not necessary to have the configuring PC permanently connected to the system controllers. All operational configurations such as the router assignments, mnemonics and tally routing/mapping are set up using Winsoft. All parameters are automatically saved in a non-volatile memory and may also be saved to disc. Mnemonic lists and tally pin patches can be set in WinSoft to provide simple drag-and-drop for the updating and mapping for all displays whether assigned as router-associated or “fixed” displays. “We are pleased to be working with Thomson and Tek Signals to provide a solution for such a major broadcaster,” commented Russell Grute, sales manager with TSL. “TSL’s UMD and Tally Systems are in use 24/7 at broadcast facilities of all shapes and sizes right around the world.” The systems will also comprise 67 UMD-D8C dynamic displays; these are eight-character tri-colour dot matrix units with integral dual tally indicators. A UMD-PSU-22 2RU power supply unit completes the order to provide additional redundancy. TSL UMD and Tally systems can also be used with all popular multiviewers alongside conventional static and dynamic displays.

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