IEEE BTS Montreal chapter’s Technical session in CCBE
Date: September 16, 2011
DTV Transition Issues
Our senior design engineers, Dr. Manijeh Khataie is leading the IEEE BTS chapter in Montreal for 3 years. One of the chapter’s activities is to organize technical presentations, workshops and training session for broadcast engineers. This year she organised a technical session in CCBE in Barrie, Ontario. The initial idea for the venue was recommended by one of our chapter’s key supporters, Guy Bouchard, and after some discussion with and evaluation by Harrie Jones, the C.C.B.E. paper’s co-chair, it was allocated a two hour spot to have a technical session on DTV Transition issues. The chapter’s event took place on Friday September 16th at 3:45PM, and thanks to all the participants, speakers, and the C.C.B.E., it was a great success!
The Central Canada Broadcast Engineers (C.C.B.E.) is a member driven organization. The Executive Committee is made up of active members in the Broadcast Industry who volunteer their time and energy to provide the information about the latest technologies. This year the CCBE was celebrating their 60th anniversary; hundreds of engineers from central Canada got together to discuss the latest activities in broadcast technologies while enjoying a bit of fun in Barrie. Thanks to the weather cooperating, it was a beautiful weekend which many took advantage of by playing a round of golf.
The topics and the speakers were as follow:
1. PSIP Operation Issues, Leon Urban, Triveni Digital, Inc.
2. Advances in Video Coding, Tony Howard, Ericsson TV
3. ATSC Standard Enhancements Skip Pizzi, NAB
4. Mobile Television, Bijan Soleymani, AMD
5. ATSC emission Mask measurements, Guy Bouchard, Radio Canada (CBC)
The measure of the success of the speakers was that although the presentations were towards the end of a beautiful fall day (typically affecting the participation count!), it was evident that no one wanted to miss any bit of the discussions taking place.
You can read more information regarding this event in the fall IEEE BTS news letter, Fall 2011 issue.
First release of PSQ DVB-H headend in CABSAT 2011
Date: February, 2011
PSQ’s DVB-H mobile system was released at CABSAT 2011. Our design engineer Bijjan Soleymani with our president attended to CABSAT and introduced the PSQ’s new product to visitors. The system is a compact 8 channels DVB-H system in a 2RU chassis. It includes 8 independent encoders, a DVB-H modulator and the required ESG.
The Voyance mobile TV headend supports up to eight simultaneous independent digital video input (SDI), and MPEG transport streams over IP inputs and up to 24 embedded AES/EBU digital audio in SDI input. The IP Encapsulator of the unit accepts MPEG 4 video signal from the encoders and converts it into an IP stream. It manages different data types including a single program transport stream and embedded SDI audio streams.
Voyance MPE encapsulator inserts data services into MPEG 4 DVB compliant transport stream, preparing an ASI signal which can be distributed DVB-H content via a terrestrial network directly to handheld, mobile phones and PCs. Voyance modulator is a cost-effective Hardware board to support ATSC, DVB-H and DVB-T. It will help the customer to run the system to test, repair, or run a performance testing It can also be used for signal validation or checking out whether the receivers can handle a new transport stream.
PSQ’s Voyance is an end-to-end solution for DVB-H Mobile TV from SDI input to the handheld receivers in a 2RU system.
PSQ and IRT in CASAT 2010
Date: March 2011
PSQ Technologies Inc. one of the most recognized competence company for broadcast and satellite technologies was in Dubai to introduce their products and solutions that support broadcasters needs for distribution, contribution and network planning at the CABSAT 2010. On March (2 – 4) 2010 with cooperation of IRT, PSQ's business partner, we had a booth at CABSAT Exhibition: ZG-22, Dubai, UAE.
CABSAT is the
established and respected trade platform for the digital media and
satellite sectors across the Middle East, Africa, and Southern Asian
regions. Each year at the end of the Winter, more than 10,000 visitors
from around 100 countries get together in Dubai to get information
about the latest technologies in the area of satellite communication and
broadcasting. They are all welcomed by 700-800 expeditors from 50-60
countries which participate in this event.
Date: October 30th 2009
Inauguration of DVB-T Head-END in Iran
After two years of hard work, finally the efforts of PSQ’s engineers with a support of Ericson Television Ltd. (formerly Tandbeg TV Ltd.) engineers have resulted in inauguration of the first DVB-T head-end in Iran. “IRIB’s DVB-T head-end was inaugurated on 30th of October 2009 in the presence of IRIB’s senior management. This head-end is capable of providing 16 MPEG-4/(SD &HD) TV channels in and 48 Radio channels in AAC+ format. At this time, the system broadcasts in Tehran only. However, IRIB intends to expand its digital transponders to other provinces in order to give a nationwide coverage of the DVB-T head-end’s content.
The equipment which has been used in this system is as follows:
It is important to note the salient role of this project in the development of Iran’s broadcasting technology, as the top IRIB officials called the inauguration of this project, a watershed moment in the history of Iran’s broadcasting.
This project was one of major challenge of our engineers and it involved more than two years of planning, design, integration, commissioning and training.
The next step will be the installation of a standby system. In terms of configuration and equipment, the standby system uses the very same solution and material.
For more info: http://portal.irib.ir/web/digitaltv
Date: October 21st 2009
Topics in Digital TV: DTV Basics (advanced), DTV Monitoring and ATSC Mobile DTV
On October 21st 2009, Montreal chapter of IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, had hosted the first presentation of the new BTS Distinguished Lecturer Program (DLP) on Digital TV at Concordia University.Montreal chapter of IEEE Broadcast Technology Society was created as a result of continuous efforts of PSQ Technologies’ senior system Design Engineer ,Dr. Manijeh Khataie, she is currently the chair of this chapter.
In the beginning of the day, Dr. William Lynch, Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Concordia University, welcomed the group. The morning session began with a captivating presentation by Mr. Guy Bouchard, the Senior Manager of New Broadcast Technologies at CBC/Radio-Canada, and a BTS ADCOM officer. The topic of discussion was the general theory and drivers behind MPEG-2 Transport Streams. The second part of the seminar was handed over to the day’s distinguished lecturer, Dr. Richard Chernock. Dr. Chernock is currently the CTO at Triveni Digital, driving the technical roadmap for the company whose core business is DTV; in addition to his day job, he is also the chair of the BTS DLP.
Date: November 24th and 25th 2008
ATSC Digital Television 8-VSB Transmission System Fundamentals & Measurement Seminar
On Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th of November 2008, IEEE Broadcast Technology Society – Montreal Chapter, hosted a training seminar on 8-VSB. Montreal chapter of IEEE Broadcast Technology Society was created as a result of continuous efforts of PSQ Technologies’ senior system Design Engineer ,Dr. Manijeh Khataie.
The 1½-day seminar conducted by Gary Sgrignoli (of MSW) concerned the ATSC's digital television (DTV) vestigial sideband (VSB) transmission system fundamental concepts & measurement methodologies. The seminar is a combination of the fundamentals and practical aspects of broadcast engineering and aimed broadcasters, broadcast consultants, equipment manufacturers (broadcast, consumer, & test).
The seminar was held at Concordia University, Norman D. Hébert Meeting Room, hosted by IEEE Broadcast Technology Society – Montreal Chapter and was sponsored by 11 companies and organizations.The sponsors also introduced their products at their respective promotional stands. They also brought test equipments to do live measurements. This aspect of the conference inferred a learning experience to the break periods which also served as an opportunity for all of the attendees to interact. The latter aspect also occurred during question periods. Sixty broadcast engineers from different companies such as CBC, Industry Canada, Miranda, Videotron, Cogeco and TVA registered for this training seminar. Organizing this seminar was a great success for IEEE BTS Montreal, particularly regarding our effort in bringing industry and academia closer together.
Date: March 3, 2008
Creation of IEEE Broadcast Technology Society in Montreal.
William T. Hayes, President IEEE Broadcast Technology Society approved the creation of Broadcasting Technology Chapter in Montreal. The chapter was created as a result of efforts by PSQ’s Director of Emerging Technologies, Dr. Manijeh Khataie who will be the chair the chapter. Announcing the creation of the chapter, Dr. A. Benyamin Seeyar, President of IEEE Montreal Section said: “ I am certainly grateful to Dr. Khataie who made her best effort to make this activity a great starting point. With her dedication and leadership, I am very positive that she will make this Chapter a real successful entity within the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Montreal Section.”
For further information about the activities of the Broadcasting Technology Chapter in Montreal contact Dr. Khataie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: February 11, 2008
PSQ Technologies Inc. received the TTV’s achievement award for the third time.
At the annual business partner conference on February 8th 2008, held at the ‘Westin Turnberry Resort’ in Scotland, PSQ Technologies Inc. received the TTV’s achievement award. This is the third time that PSQ is awarded Tandberg Television’s Achievement Award. This award is presented to the TTV’s business partners who have exceeded their target volume of sales. “I am very proud of the work that PSQ’s team has done making us eligible for this award,” said Dr. Soleymani, the president of PSQ Technologies Inc., as he was announcing the award internally. He particularly appreciated the effort and hard work of our team of engineers in Iran. At the end he added “I hope that in 2008, we will do much more business in Canada and the rest of the world”.
PSQ's president receiving the achievement award from Emmanuel Boureau, vice president of sales TTV
From left to right, Mohsen Ghotbi, Emma Proctor, Reza Soleymani and Mark Compton
Date: February 3, 2008
PSQ Technologies and TANDBERG Television won the contract for IRIB’s DVB-T headends
PSQ Technologies and TANDBERG Television won the contract for two DVB-T headends for Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). These headends will be the first in a series of Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) installations in Iran.
IRIB, the government owned Broadcasting Corporation, make great leap forward by introducing DVB-T technology to distribute television signals to the public in Tehran. PSQ Technologies Inc. has helped pave the way for the national broadcaster to reach another important milestone. Through this project, IRIB will implement the most efficient television distribution system providing public with high quality, diverse programming. This will be a free-to-air digital TV service, transmitting programming in MPEG-4 across the country.
Date: February 3, 2008
New business development
Being specialized in system integration for Satellite Broadcasting, we need to increase our service offering internationally. Fast growing technology in broadcasting is demanding more activities in emerging market in Asia. To support PSQ’s local business partners’ activities in Pakistan and Bangladesh, our marketing manager travelled to the region discussing with them the most advanced technologies in digital broadcasting and PSQ’s expertise in this field. In this trip he visited Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) and Bangladesh TV (BTV) in order to introduce our company and to gain familiarity with their requirements. In his visit from Pakistan, he visited Pakistan TV(PTV) and Shalimar Recording& Broadcasting Company (SRBC).
Date: December 10, 2007
Installation of four 3+1 system
PSQ and Tandberg TV completed the site integration and installation of four 3+1 systems for the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). These systems were built in the facility of IRIB’s subsidiary Takta, and will be transferred to four major cities in Iran. The team was supported by our engineers in Pishrotazan, PSQ’s Iranian branch.
Date: November 1, 2007
Integration of 10 sets of DVB-T monitoring
The integration of the 10 sets of DVB-T monitoring has been started in our integration center in Tehran, Iran. This project was awarded in the Q1 of 2007. It includes ten sets of DVB terrestrial monitoring for the signals coming from different satellite sources. Each link receives three QPSK inputs, and ASI streams will be multiplexed as one TS to be fed to the monitoring unit and retransmitted through a local microwave transmitter. The system works with MPEG2 format.
Date: November 1, 2007
Two 1+1 system
Our integration team in Tehran have started the integration of two 1+1 systems. This project was awarded to PSQ in the Q1 of 2007. It is about two 1+1 uplinks to be installed in Tehran with two 42U, 19” racks for each uplink responsible for delivering the nodal signals to the satellite transponders. The system has the flexibility to function as 1+1 and 2+0. One of the uplink systems is MPEG2 format and the other is MPEG4.
Date: June 18, 2007
PSQ is awarded to a 3+1 uplink system
PSQ’s local branch, Pishrotazan, announced that they won the contract for an uplink system . It is a 3+1 uplink system including three 42U 19” racks that they are responsible for receiving camera signals and send them to the satellite transponder. The system has a flexibility to be controlled by software to function as 2+2, 3+1 and 4+0 combinations .Further, all video and audio signals will be converted to digital before any compression process. The main core of the system consists of encoders, multiplexers; and control and management. The system has the flexibility to compress data in both MPE2 and MPEG4 formats.
Date: May 25, 2007
IRIR Project is completed
PSQ Technologies Inc. has been awarded E3 and E1 video links between the main centers of the Islamic Republic Iranian Railways (IRIR). The system was installed in Tehran, Mashad and Shahroud in March 2007. The rest of the system will be installed by IRIR engineering team with the support of Pishrotazan, PSQ’s Iranian branch. There will be two extra links from Tehran to the south and one to the west. In order to be prepared for this installation, the IRIR engineering team received theoretical as well as on site practical training. The theoretical part was done in March 2007 and the practical one was completed last week. IRIR was very pleased with the course. Mr. Sep, the director of IRIR communication Network expressed his gratitude towards PSQ’s effort and Tandberg TV’s team.
Date: December 20,2006
3+1 Uplink, Kerman
3+1 Uplink for the city of Kerman was awarded to PSQ Technologies in early 2006. For the baseband, Tandberg TV EN5710 encoders, MX5620 multiplexers and SM6615 satellite modulators were chosen for this project. For the RF part 1+1 SSPB was used. This system is reconfigurable to a 2+2 system and to a 4+0 without redundancy. The system has been assembled by IRIB engineers with the support of our engineering team. In this project, PSQ’s engineers enjoyed the support of Mr. Omar Hawary from Tandberg TV. The IRIB installation team received one day on site training for later repairs and debugging of the system.
TTV's engineer Omar Hawary and PSQ's installation team in Kerman, Iran