CT looks to IP future with launch of Integrated Networks service
Dave Crump, CT’s CEO Europe & Middle East, has announced the creation of its Integrated Networks design and deliver service. Created to improve event flexibility and save, the new department of CT will specialise in technical event infrastructure, and will be led by Sid Lobb.
Crumps said: "We have been developing the ideas for this new service for some time. We have started with a small and highly focussed team, but see this as a key growth area for the future. We’re optimistic we’ll see rapid expansion and broadening of the service offering in the future."
CT will now offer clients a bespoke technical solution that integrates and distributes video, audio, IT and comms signals over a Fibre/IP network infrastructure.
Lobb added: "We’re moving away from the traditional point to point way of doing things where you lay a cable and that’s where your signal ends up. Instead we’re putting in a distributed infrastructure meaning that we can put in any signal at any point, and then pull it out at any other point. Ultimately, it will save our clients’ money."
CT are already offering this new technology to clients, and are also supporting clients who use separate suppliers for different services. Working across corporate, exhibition, sport and entertainment clients throughout Europe and the Middle East the new team has responsibility for three main product and solution areas.
The first is signal transportation. MediorNet is one of CT’s new integration products that takes multiple audio, video, lighting signals into a single fibre and delivers those signals to any point on the Network. MediorNet runs alongside an IP infrastructure, or can be the transport mechanism, depending on the requirement.
Second is show communications. Here, CT offer clients full service show communications, including Matrix intercom, FreeSpeak II wireless systems and integrated Radio solutions.
The third is delivering market leading event networks, specialising in high density WiFi and high bandwidth switch networks. It encompasses everything from web streaming to social media, CCTV and cashless payment solutions at festivals. CT now offers cost effective production systems, including web production and streaming capability to any content delivery network, such as YouTube, Facebook or dedicated hosted services. This was recently showcased at the Sidemen Charity Football match, watched live by over 450k people at one time, and now has over 10 million views in total. All CT’s IP networks are based on Cisco 10GB networks as standard, which exceeds the capacity offered by most of CT’s competitors.
CT has also developed new software that uses all IP network infrastructure. Mercury is a CT data management system that enables hardware to interface with live data sources. Apollo is new distributed presentation software that clients are using when they want to control and synchronise presentations across dozens of breakout meeting rooms at the same time.