ZeeVee’s ZyPerHD encoders and decoders were recently selected by a FTSE-quoted global manufacturing company in a corporate communications deployment that could eventually extend to 150 screens worldwide. The installer, Duratec AV has already installed 25 screens at the manufacturer’s UK locations.

The customer sought a one-way video communications network, primarily to eliminate the need for staff attending the quarterly ‘town hall’ presentations by the CEO to gather together in a single location.

“The new installation greatly reduces the company downtime associated with these presentations, but brings other benefits too,” says Matt Risden, founder and operations director of Duratec AV. “We have made eight channels available on each screen, offering Sky News and corporate digital signage content as well as access to live presentations as they happen. Screens can also be set up flexibly to run Skype calls and other facilities. The channel shown on each screen is selected centrally in the management system as required. No custom programming or third party controller needed to switch sources.”

Duratec AV has provided an AV over IP installation through the existing site LAN, a cost-effective approach which was welcomed by the customer’s IT department which managed the project.

“As you would expect, the customer looked very closely at network capacity before agreeing to the installation,” Matt adds. “The sources and endpoints are connected directly to the network and as far as the IT team are concerned are simply additional network devices. ZeeVee ZyPerHD encoders and decoders are fully compatible with industry standard switches and network cable, and by using the existing infrastructure we considerably reduced the cost of installation. We didn’t have to run any cable at the site. We simply connected each encoder and decoder to a convenient network point.”

ZyPerHD encoders (transmitters) and decoders (receivers) can easily distribute HDCP copy protected 720p or 1080p video from any source to an unlimited number of displays directly over a standard Ethernet switch without any loss of frames. The network switches at the site have a specification of 1Gbps per port, and are quite comfortably able to handle the 16Mbps data rate required to support each end point.  The site was equipped with industry standard CatX cables, which were perfect for sending audio and video from any HDMI source up to 100 meters away with a clear picture. ZeeVee has supplied 25 ZyPerHD decoders and 16 encoders for this project so far.