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Canada’s Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) Builds IP-Based Video Transport on Embrionix Solutions

LAVAL, Quebec Aug. 27, 2019 Embrionix today announced that Canada’s Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) is using Embrionix emMODULAR, emFUSION, and miniaturized emSFP IP processing modules to realize the benefits of real-time media over IP in delivering content to Canadian viewers. The Embrionix solutions have been installed as part of CPAC’s shift from an aging CWDM system to a modern and more efficient IP-based video transport system. 

“CPAC has built a tradition of using technology to build efficiencies that enable quality program creation and delivery,” said Eitan Weisz, director of engineering, IT, and technical operations at CPAC. “We leverage technology to enable creativity, and the innovative design of the Embrionix emSFP solution is optimal for creative, forward-looking infrastructure design.”

CPAC is a commercial-free, not-for-profit, bilingual (French and English) television service providing a window on Canadian politics and public affairs. CPAC is owned by a consortium of Canadian cable companies, namely Rogers, Shaw, Videotron, Cogeco, Eastlink, and Access Communications, who have invested more than $50 million to create and preserve this editorially independent voice. CPAC is available across Canada on basic cable and satellite, on the web at cpac.ca and on the CPAC TV 2 GO mobile app.

CPAC studios are located just two blocks from the Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. CPAC’s CWDM system, previously used for daily live HD production, connected CPAC studios to the Parliament Buildings over a single dark fiber pair. In replacing that system, CPAC opted to implement a real-time media-over-IP system that would offer numerous and substantial benefits including inherent routing, increased capacity, improved operational flexibility, non-blocking architecture, and greater scalability for simpler future expansion. 

The new IP-based video transport solution is non-blocking with inherent routing capability, and it boosts capacity from eight signals in each direction, to a maximum capacity of 50 signals in each direction over the existing single dark fiber pair. As built, the system uses only one of the eight 100 GE aggregation ports on the switches and only uses 14 of the 48 ports on each switch.

Further information about Embrionix and the company’s solutions is available at www.embrionix.com.

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About Embrionix

Embrionix provides very compact, high-density IP gateways, IP signal processors, converters, and multiviewers for broadcast video applications. The company’s innovative, low-footprint solutions free up premium rack space, consume less power, and close the gap between fiber-optic, coaxial, and emerging IP technology deployments.

The transition to IP becomes much easier with a highly optimized solution for SDI-to-IP conversion provided by Embrionix. This is made possible with the company’s miniaturized emSFP modules equipped with an IP encapsulator and de-encapsulator. These miniaturized devices can be installed directly inside a 10GE or 25GE COTS IP switch for signal aggregation to 40/100GE ports or inside the company’s 1-RU emMODULAR aggregation frame, and they can convert any SDI legacy equipment within an IP network. Embrionix also offers a series of stand-alone, compact gateways tailored to monitor and format-convert IP signals.

With headquarters located outside of Montreal, Canada, Embrionix has design, R&D, and sales offices around the world. The company’s solutions are also available through a global network of professional value-added resellers. For more information on pricing and availability, please visit Embrionix.


Embrionix emFusion IP Gateways ( High resolution image )


Embrionix emSFP IP-processing Modules ( High resolution image