Utah Scientific intros iP-managed GigE router

Utah Scientific has released a revolutionary new 24-port IP router, giving broadcasters real-time, on-the-fly control of port priority, security groups, and port speed on Ethernet networks. The first product of its kind, the UTAH-400 iP Managed Gigabit Ethernet Workgroup Router will dramatically increase workflow efficiency in broadcasting or any situation where large video files or high-bit-rate streaming video are transferred over an Ethernet network.

“The UTAH-400 iP router is our first foray down a road that will lead us, eventually, to an environment where IT and traditional broadcast technology are seamlessly integrated,” said Tom Harmon, chief executive officer of Utah Scientific. “We’ve been in the business for three decades, and during that time have earned our success by consistently offering innovative solutions backed by unparalleled support. The UTAH-400 iP is an outstanding example of customer-responsive innovation from Utah Scientific.”

What makes the UTAH-400 iP unique? Its built-in control panel enables an operator to control switch parameters instantly, including allocating bandwidth, QOS, and VLAN assignments, in response to the constantly changing needs of a network. The ability to make instantaneous changes in response to traffic conditions means high-priority items coming from any device can be moved to any other port with top priority, while lower-priority items wait their turn. Dynamic management can also be used to reduce errors in streaming media traffic.

The control panel enables dynamic creation of security groups so the user can partition the network into smaller virtual networks, providing assurance that sensitive content can be seen only by people authorized to see it. Port speed control helps troubleshoot network operations and allows the operator to isolate network nodes that are using too much bandwidth.

“The patent-pending technology that went into this advanced gigabit Ethernet router is the direct result of listening to customers,” continued Harmon. “We’ve invested many hundreds of hours not only in R&D time, but also in interviewing and then presenting concepts to customers, broadcast engineers, IT engineers, and industry visionaries. This product is the culmination of all of that, and the beginning of further innovation that really marries broadcast and IT.”

The UTAH-400 iP Managed Gigabit Ethernet Workgroup Router is a freestanding product that can be upgraded to work under command of the Utah Scientific SC-4 Control System, providing users with integrated control of their broadcast and IT routing systems. The UTAH-400 iP will ship in spring, 2007.

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