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Automatic Video Protection Bypass Changeover Switch

Published on Feb 11, 2014 | News

Protection and Keep Alive PKA-2210 benefits transmission applications from broadcast and microwave links to fiber optic, satellite and wireless transmission

video changeover switch

Irvine, California, February 12, 2014 – VidOvation, a leading technology provider of video and data communication systems to the broadcast television, sports, corporate audio-visual, and government markets, announced today the general availability of their latest product offering, the PKA-2210. The Protection and Keep Alive (PKA) product is an automatic video bypass and signal changeover switch.

The PKA-2210’s primary use is as an automatic protection switch. The unit has A and B inputs with seamless and automatic switching capability. A primary video feed can be connected to the A input and a backup feed on the B input. If the A feed should fail, the PKA-2210 will switch to the B feed seamlessly using its multiple input frame sync capability. Another feature of the device is the internal generation of a video test signal with a character ID. This can be used to test and identify a video circuit. If the primary video circuit A fails and the B input fails as well or there is no backup B input, the system can seamlessly switch on a test signal and character ID onto the circuit or when it is not in use.

The PKA-2210 is available as a standalone unit or as a 1/3 rack-mount with an optional kit. The PKA-5210 card configuration plugs into the openGear 20 slot chassis with monitoring and control via DashBoard and SNMP.

The PKA-2210 benefits all types of transmission applications such as terrestrial broadcast television transmitters, microwave electronic news gathering links, mobile and fixed satellite transmission, fiber optic video transmission, 60GHz wireless video transmission and more. Explaining its use, Jim Jachetta, president and CEO of VidOvation adds, “As an example, a major network buys the rights to an evening national hockey game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, contracts a mobile production truck to cover the game, and leases a connection from the Staples Center to the network’s Sports Group in the east coast from a long haul video telecommunications provider. In many cases, the network will want to see if the video circuit is up and running hours before the televised event. The PKA-2210 is ideal for this type of application where the video transmission system and circuit must be kept active when there’s no video activity, or when there’s a need to perform remote diagnostics. Bottom line – the PKA-2210 is built for critical applications requiring the utmost in long term sustained performance, absolute reliability and long product life.”

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About VidOvation
VidOvation – Moving Video Forward – has over 20 years of experience as a leading technology provider delivering video and data communication systems to the broadcast television and sports, corporate audiovisual, and government markets. VidOvation’s expertise includes streaming video and webcasting, wireless video communications, video over wired IP and Ethernet networks, CATV and RF video transport over category cable, video over category cable and coax, video and RF over fiber optic cable and fiber optic networks, and fiber-optic cable assemblies.  We guarantee a wide spectrum of feature rich products that readily integrate into existing infrastructure and third party systems. For more information go to or call us at 1-855-VIDOVAT(ION) or +1-949-777-5435.


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