PMI Digital Taps Utah Scientific Routing Switcher for New Pittsburgh Facility

PMI Digital, a high-end post-production and media distribution company, has deployed a UTAH-400 digital routing switcher from Utah Scientific interfaced with a Barco high-resolution multiviewer in its new, 20,000-square foot facility in Pittsburgh.

Besides providing video and audio production, editing, and post-production, PMI distributes multiple syndicated satellite feeds for its clients. In January 2010, PMI relocated to a new facility with an all-new technical infrastructure. The company’s new 144×144 frame UTAH-400 router, along with associated control panels and control software, replaces a less robust analog/digital hybrid manufactured by another vendor.

“Just like a broadcaster, we operate 24/7 and we can’t afford down time with a critical component like the router,” says Ed Fraticelli, PMI’s chief engineer. “We wanted a self-contained all-SDI switcher, and once we filtered out those that weren’t built to broadcast standards of reliability, we found several with the features we wanted. What set Utah Scientific apart were the outstanding customer service and the 10-year, no-cost warranty. We were impressed with those. And it didn’t hurt that the president of the company came by to have lunch with us.”

In addition, the Barco 16-channel SMV-116 multiviewer provides a cost-effective, compact multiviewer solution, which is easy to set up and easy to modify besides storing 10 setups with push-button recall. The multiviewer features as many as 16 auto-sensing composite, SD, and HD (3G) inputs, as well as DVI-I video inputs (up to 1080p) for displaying schedules or important computer status information.

“When Utah Scientific got its start more than 30 years ago, we were all about broadcast,” says Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “Today the media industry is much different, and we find our routing systems are vital and effective components in a much wider variety of settings. No matter what the application, though, the high quality of our products and our service remain the same.”

The UTAH-400/144 is housed in a compact 9-RU frame and includes dual power supplies and controller cards. Like all UTAH-400 digital routers, it is based on an innovative matrix architecture that enables modular expansion, saves space, reduces power consumption, and minimizes generation of heat.

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