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Mediastar delivers TV to Kuwait National Assembly

The system, which was installed by the Kuwait-based Marafie Engineering Group, feeds television signals to various offices, including the Speaker’s office, cabinet ministers’ offices, and lounges.

Members of Parliament in Kuwait are using Cabletime’s MediaStar Compact multimedia distribution system to keep in touch with proceedings, even when they are not sitting in the chamber. The system, which was installed by the Kuwait-based Marafie Engineering Group, feeds television signals to various offices, including the Speaker’s office, cabinet ministers’ offices, and some other lounges.

The system can distribute a TV signal to a maximum of 24 screens simultaneously. It can showcase different programmes on different screens at the same time. In the building, the system is primarily used to show chamber proceedings, but five satellite channels are available to viewers when the parliament is not in session.

MediaStar Compact was selected over a standard SMATV system because of the strict security requirements. Only those authorised to watch the chamber proceedings will receive the signal in their office.

MediaStar’s video distribution and conferencing system has also recently been installed at The Dasman Centre for Research and Treatment of Diabetes in Kuwait. The solution is being used to deliver programming throughout the building to a network of plasma screens. The management software within MediaStar allows the Centre to control the feeds to specific screens, so that important announcements can be made on one screen without interrupting programmes on another.

The solution is designed to work on CAT5 structured cabling, which had already been installed at the Centre, and with Kathrein head-end equipment, which was also part of the proposal recommended by Marafie Group. Seven MediaStar hubs were deployed at the Centre, and an initial 18 channels are in operation. These feed to about 42 plasma screens and projectors, but this number can be increased as the Centre’s requirements change.

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