VidOvation, a technology provider of video and data communication systems to the broadcast television, sports, corporate audio-visual and government markets, recently announced the general availability of their latest product offering, the PKA-2210. The Protection and Keep Alive 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 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 unit also comes in a dual-wide card configuration called the PKA-5210. Up to 10 of the PKA-5210 cards can be installed in a 20-slot 2RU openGear chassis with monitoring and control via openGear's DashBoard and SNMP, the company said.

The PKA-2210 benefits 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.

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