Miranda Highlights NVision Integration
By Debra Kaufman
On the heels of the December announcement that Miranda was acquiring NVision, the 2009 NAB Show is the venue for showing off the results of that announcement. Miranda CTO Michel Proulx noted that Miranda and NVision have complementary product lines and a “common culture of innovations.”
“The reason for the acquisition of NVision is about expanding the product line,” says Proulx. “The key piece [we got with the acquisition] is the routing infrastructure, which now solidifies us as an infrastructure system company. We’ve joined an elite group of companies that can provide system-wide solutions.”
Miranda has handled the integration of NVision products by using that company name to represent the brand of all the routing products. “What we’re trying to achieve is to tightly integrate these products together, to add functionality and simplify the system,” says Proulx. At NAB 2009, Miranda is showing three examples of that tight integration: simultaneous control of router and interface from the same control panel; integration of NVision routers and Kaleido multiviewers to create very large monitor walls; and NVision Master control integration with Miranda rich branding.
Also on show is the Kaleido X16 multiviewer for stereoscopic 3-D television. “In the broadcast plant, 3-D requires 3 Gbps,” says Proulx. “We’ve been talking about that in broadcast for two years for either 1080p or stereoscopic. I think stereoscopic has taken the lead in terms of reason to have 3 Gbps. We have content, demand and consumer electronics all coming together. A number of specialized channels have already said they consider 3-D the next ‘premium’ TV experience after HD.”
Though the Kaleido X16 may represent future sources of revenue for broadcasters, Miranda’s NAB booth also reflected the realities of the market. “The real thing we’re addressing this year is reduction of operational costs,” says Proulx. “We have eight separate demos in our booth to address that.”