Salam bags multi-million dollar project from Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera recently put in place a comprehensive satellite monitoring and master control room for incoming and outgoing audio, video, L-band and RF signals at its headquarters in Doha.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  October 5, 2005

Al Jazeera recently put in place a comprehensive satellite monitoring and master control room for incoming and outgoing audio, video, L-band and RF signals at its headquarters in Doha. The supply, installation, commissioning and training for the US $2.7 million project was undertaken by Qatar-based systems integrator, Salam Media Cast. “This is one of the most crucial projects that was undertaken at Al Jazeera and it lies at the heart of its operations,” says Ghallab Mohamed, systems sales manager, Salam Media Cast. “This project is also the first of its kind to be done in the Middle East,” he adds. The installation comprises SDI video and analogue video systems. This includes a monitoring facility that is based around a 256 X 256 SDI video, stereo analogue audio matrix populated for 128 X 128. The monitoring facility consists of an RF system and base band monitoring system. The RF system is a complete monitoring system of 64 X 64 EH L Band matrix and huge number of IRDs. The Base Band Monitoring System has 64 dps 575 frame synchroniser with additional 2 x 75 HD to assist Al Jazeera to receive High Definition signals as well. “Al Jazeera was in need of a master control room to be installed in its existing satellite room but the control panels and monitors were to be installed in the adjacent new satellite monitoring room,” explains Ghallab. “They were also in need of a facility to enhance, standard-convert and process down linked video and audio signals,” he adds. The control room has now been divided into two control areas, one for uplink-control and monitoring and the second for down link control and monitoring. The monitoring stack will monitor incoming and outgoing audio and video signals dynamically assigned to the stack via the router control panel. Each control area also has two 50” plasma screens for monitoring purposes. Each plasma screen can display 16 different TV programmes selectable from the main matrix.

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