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Optocore introduces Festival Box ahead of summer season

SFP solution will streamline multiple-band festival bills

Optocore chose the recent Frankfurt Prolight+Sound Show to launch its new Festival Box ahead of festival season this summer.

Having already brought products using fiber based technology to the broadcast industry — marketed through its close technology partner BroaMan — Optocore has responded rapidly to the growing demand from the live sound community for a more efficient signal transport system.

The Festival Box is based on the BroaMan Repeat48WDM media converter, which uses Repeat48-2Fiber modules at its source. This provides several specific models with different conversion options, such as 12 duplex SFP slots multiplexed into a quad fiber, six duplex SFP slots multiplexed into a duplex fiber, 12 BNC ports and 24 BNC ports.

The standard SFP modules allow any protocol to tunnel over the same fiber.

Optocore applications engineering manager Maciek Janiszewski said: “We have called it the Festival Box because it is perfect for festival situations when multiple bands are appearing, each sound engineer bringing different consoles, and running different protocols to the stage box.

“All can now be transported using just a single duplex fiber, thereby saving a tremendous amount of cabling between FOH and the stage.” And because the SFP optical module transceivers are hot-swappable they can simply be exchanged to meet any demand.

He continued: “What makes this so perfect for the rental market is that the Festival Box supports all fiber protocols as well as Cat5 Ethernet-based standards or even HDMI – it doesn’t need to ‘know’ the protocol, it will just pass it transparently. The customer can use the SFP flavour of choice to achieve simple connectivity.”