Reading, UK (July 19, 2006)–Pro-Bel has announced that Associated Press Television Networks (APTN) has purchased and installed new router and router control technology at its key U.S. hub in Washington, DC. The contract and installation was handled by Professional Products, a long-term Pro-Bel partner.
APTN is part of the globally renowned Associated Press. Its state-of-the-art television news service has three key hubs, London, New York and Washington, and it supplies content to over 330 broadcasters worldwide. This sits alongside radio and web-based services with a total of 242 total bureaus globally.
APTN has already deployed Pro-Bel routing and control technology in London and New York. Washington, which distributes inbound feeds across the U.S. and outbound internationally, now benefits from a Sirius 256 x 256 routing switcher, equipped 192 x 192 SD with embedded audio. This HD-ready system replaces existing analog routing technology.
For control in the Washington facility APTN is using Aurora, Pro-Bel’s widely deployed technology. In order to add massive flexibility, APTN is also using Morpheus control and monitoring software from the company. This allows bureaus across the US to access router crosspoints over the internet, thereby providing the ability to select a precise signal path remotely.
Rick Winde, national accounts director, systems group, professional products, says, “Pro-Bel provides rock solid products that also benefit from a technological cutting edge, as evidenced by APTN using part of the Morpheus family to provide the remote access it needs. The company also provides great support to us.”
Neil Maycock, president, Pro-Bel U.S., concludes, “Pro-Bel continues to innovate and the Morpheus line is a prime example. Combined with the flexibility of Sirius routing we can satisfy all situations. It is a pleasure to see companies with the stature of APTN using our products over a considerable period of time.”