Multiple agreements will provide upgrades, expansion and ongoing support for 5 years
23 January 2017
Sydney, Australia – TXA and Clearbox Systems have announced the signing of a number of agreements that will see the TXA National Monitoring System (NMS) upgraded, expanded and then supported for the next 5 years.
The TXA NMS has been in use for over a decade by both TXA and TV Network personnel to manage equipment at over 60 television transmission or retransmission sites around Australia. The TXA NMS is built upon the Kratos Networks Compass™ equipment monitoring and control (M&C) product. Compass is a suite of software components that are configured and developed by Clearbox Systems to make up the TXA NMS.
Timothy Neall, General Manager Operations at TXA said, “Our NMS is a critical piece of infrastructure used in operations by our customers and our engineers and technicians to ensure continuity of TV broadcast.” Michael Ryder, General Manager Engineering at TXA added, “Given the criticality of our NMS we wanted to make sure that it remains up to date and well supported into the future. These upgrades and the working relationship between our respective teams will ensure we have the best system possible.”
Jeremy Hallett, Executive Director at Clearbox Systems concluded, “We are proud to be able to continue our relationship with TXA. These agreements are testament to the effort that both TXA and Clearbox Systems have invested in our relationship at all levels. We are looking forward to providing assurance to TXA’s NMS operations well into the future.”
TX Australia (TXA) is a joint venture company owned equally by the three commercial metropolitan television networks, Seven, Nine and Ten. TXA:
- Owns, operates, manages, engineers, maintains and markets transmission and retransmission facilities in the five major mainland metropolitan cities of Australia
- Provides television transmission for broadcasters
- Markets its infrastructure facilities to access seekers
- Offers project management and technical maintenance services
About Clearbox Systems
Clearbox Systems is a leading supplier and integrator of Network Management and Spectrum Management systems for Defence, Government and Commercial sectors.
Clearbox Systems locally designs, develops and manufactures innovative software and hardware solutions to provide a flexible and unique response to their customer’s needs. These cost-effective and user friendly solutions are backed by a team of experienced integration and support engineers.
Multi-year agreement supports key SATCOM management tools for ADF
Clearbox Systems, an Australian Small/Medium-sized Enterprise (SME), has signed a multi-year agreement with Raytheon Australia for the ongoing support of an ADF SATCOM management system. The Ground Segment Management System (GSMS) is an innovative, software-based solution that was designed and developed by Clearbox Systems to provide the monitoring and control function for key WGS anchor stations. It provides Equipment Monitoring and Control, Spectrum Monitoring and Service Scheduling to manage the lifecycle of SATCOM services including scheduling, activation, health monitoring, deactivation and logging.
Having successfully delivered the GSMS in 2015, this agreement will see the GSMS supported for years to come. The agreement includes a technical support help desk backed by ongoing engineering support (including enhancements to the system over its life) and maintenance support.
The services are provided out of Clearbox Systems’ Canberra facility where engineers and technicians responsible for the system delivery have transitioned to its support.
Clearbox Systems presents Spectre – a high performance, scalable Analog RF to 10 GigE platform.
Spectre enables both Transmit and Receive RF applications from 400MHz to 4GHz at 200MHz bandwidth with streaming to and from
Rather than performing any on board processing Spectre hands off the digitised RF for processing elsewhere.
Spectre can be used as a desktop unit or as multiple units mounted in a chassis.
This flexibility means that Spectre is suitable for applications ranging from Research or Academia to Industrial or Military.
Spectre features a Xilinx Kintex XC7K160 FPGA and 512MB DDR3 RAM.
- Bandwidth: Up to 200MHz
- RF Selection: 400MHz to 4GHz
- ADC: Dual, 16-Bit 310 MSPS anti-aliasing
- DAC: Dual, 16-Bit 1230 MSPS anti-aliasing
- RF In/Out: SMA
- Transmit Power: 0dBm
- Receive Level: 0dBm
- Ethernet: SFP+ 10GigE Optical Ethernet
- Additional interface expansion board providing USB for JTAG and debug, USB serial for console, reset button, jtag header, SMA for Clock reference and 2 screw terminal connector for power (not required when chassis is used)
- Dimensions: 160mm x 100mm VME Card Profile
- Weight:270g (298g including development jig)
- Temperature: 0°C ~ 70°C with cooling fan (recommended)
- Humidity: 90% non-condensing
- DC Input: 12 volts at 1.4A
- Power Consumption: 16.8W running typical streaming application running.
26 November 2013
The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon David Johnston today congratulated the latest group of Australian organisations to have been selected to join the unique Rapid Prototyping, Development and Evaluation Program (RPDE).
The RPDE, which is a Defence and private sector collaborative venture, was established in 2005 to solve difficult and challenging problems affecting the delivery of capability to the warfighter.
I would like to offer my congratulations to the new members for successfully qualifying for RPDE’s world class Program, Senator Johnston said.
Through engagement with industry, Defence can maximise a wide range of expertise and continue to deliver the right capability for our service men and women. Commitment and cooperation within the Program is paramount he said.
New entrants this year include Optus Networks, UGL Engineering Pty Ltd, Queensland University of Technology and the University of Newcastle.
RPDE already includes an impressive list of Australia’s foremost research and development organisations, and has access to the most innovative solutions from leaders in their field.
A full list of the new and current organisations participating in the Program can be found at www.rpde.org.au.
Minister for Defence Media Adviser, Rebecca Horton: (02) 6277 7800
Defence Media Operations: (02) 6127 1999
Creates a new leader in the supply of turn-key broadcast systems in the Asia-Pacific region
SYDNEY, Australia, August 22nd, 2011 — Broadcast ONE Pty Ltd and Clearbox Systems Pty Ltd today announced their official partnership for the pursuit of broadcast systems business. This partnership will provide the broadcast industry with a single source for superior integrated solutions and through life support.
Darren Kirsop-Frearson, Managing Director of Broadcast ONE remarked, “Broadcast ONE and Clearbox Systems already have a long and successful working history in the broadcast industry, and I believe together we offer the industry an integrated solution that is unparalleled in the market place”.
The sales, marketing and industry experience of Broadcast ONE complements Clearbox Systems engineering and software capabilities to provide a unique market offering. By forming a partnership, Broadcast ONE and Clearbox Systems will be able to reach more customers and deliver complete turn-key solutions.
“In today’s technology environment, the broadcast industry is demanding that their suppliers provide complete system solutions that are engineered to meet their needs.” said Paul Solomon, Clearbox Systems Managing Director. “Through this partnership the industry is provided with a single source for integrated, cost effective solutions that are fully supported throughout the life of the system. This removes the risk and finger pointing associated with issuing multi-vendor contracts.”
About Broadcast ONE
Broadcast ONE has quickly grown to be the premier RF Systems and Integration Company in the Asia-Pacific region with significant recent successes in Australia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Broadcast ONE provides a range of engineering services, RF integration teams and is the representative for a number of key best-in-class manufacturers.
About Clearbox Systems
Clearbox Systems Pty Ltd, is an Australian firm proudly developing and delivering world class Network Management, Spectrum Management and Communications Systems. Clearbox Systems furthers the broadcast, satellite and telecommunications industries through a strong focus on developing market leading technologies for Commercial, Government and Defence sectors.
Broadcast ONE Company Contact:
+61 (0)2 9870 8811
Clearbox Systems Company Contact:
+61 (0)2 9114 6164
Monics from SAT Corporation and Foresight from Clearbox Systems to Monitor and Manage Communications Payload to Maintain Traffic Quality and Detect Interfering Carriers
SINGAPORE and COLUMBIA, Md., June 22, 2011 – Integral Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ: ISYS) announced today at the CommunicAsia 2011 exhibition and conference in Singapore, that its wholly-owned subsidiary, SAT Corporation, has successfully completed installation of a fully integrated carrier monitoring, satellite interference detection and spectrum scheduling system for MEASAT Satellite Systems (“MEASAT”).
SAT Corporation provided its industry-leading Monics® satellite signal interference monitoring, detection and analysis system at MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre (MTBC), located in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Monics gives MEASAT the ability to monitor payload traffic, and detect and analyze Radio Frequency (RF) interference, even if the interference is within the main carrier.
In addition, SAT Corporation deployed Foresight from its strategic partner, Clearbox Systems. The combination of Monics with Foresight gives MEASAT the ability to fully manage transponder traffic and to monitor, detect and analyze RF interference. MEASAT will also be able to manage transponder space by adding customer transponder leases and carriers to the database in real time.
Using SAT Corporation’s Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology, Monics with SAT-DSP is a state-of-the-art RF monitoring system providing automatic carrier monitoring, and interference detection and analysis of MEASAT’s entire constellation of satellites. Monics’ unique algorithms automatically detect, characterize and display interfering signals, and allow results to be viewed at any time.
Foresight is a satellite spectrum scheduling tool for satellite operators and satellite users. When integrated with Monics, users are able to schedule carrier access, populate Monics databases and view in real-time tabulated carrier measurement parameters and graph trends by transponder. Foresight also integrates with COMPASS Network Management System (NMS) from Newpoint Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Integral Systems. Foresight with COMPASS optimizes workflow for carrier site construction and tear down.
Integral Systems and its family of companies – including SAT Corporation and Newpoint Technologies – will be exhibiting at CommunicAsia 2011, being held June 21 through 24 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. For additional information on SAT Corporation’s Monics Carrier Monitoring and RF Interference Detection system or COMPASS NMS from Newpoint Technologies, please visit booth 1R1-01.
MEASAT is a premium supplier of satellite communication services to Asia’s leading broadcasters, DTH platforms and telecom operators. Operating four communications satellites, the MEASAT fleet is able to provide satellite capacity to over 145 countries representing 80% of the world’s population across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia. With the state of art MEASAT-3a satellite located at the Company’s key orbital slot at 91.5°E, the MEASAT fleet has a total of 100 transponders across four satellites. Leveraging facilities at the MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre, and working with a select group of world-class partners, MEASAT also provides a complete range of broadcast and telecommunications services including high definition and standard definition video playout, video turnaround, co-location, uplinking and IP termination services. For more information, please visit www.measat.com.
ABOUT INTEGRAL SYSTEMS
Integral Systems, Inc. is a global provider of products, systems and services for satellite command and control, telemetry and digital signal processing, data communications, enterprise network management and communications information assurance. We specialize in developing, managing and operating secure communications networks, both satellite and terrestrial, as well as systems and services to detect, characterize and geolocate sources of RF interference. Our customers include U.S. and foreign commercial, government, military and intelligence organizations. For almost 30 years, customers have relied on Integral Systems to design and deliver innovative commercial-based products, solutions and services that are cost-effective and reduce delivery schedules and risk. The Integral Systems family of solution providers (Integral Systems, Inc., Integral Systems Europe, Lumistar, Inc., Newpoint Technologies, Inc., RT Logic and SAT Corporation) as well as our services organization, Integral Systems Service Solutions (IS3), leads the market in offering complete ground segment solutions. Our dedication to “The Integral Difference” has solidified long-term relationships with the U.S. DoD, NASA, NOAA and nearly every commercial satellite operator in the world. For more information, visit www.integ.com.
ABOUT CLEARBOX SYSTEMS
Established in February 2007, Clearbox Systems Pty. Ltd. is a leading supplier and integrator of Network Management and Spectrum Management systems for Defense, Government and Commercial sectors. Through strategic partnerships with Newpoint Technologies and SAT Corporation, we deliver advanced monitoring and control solutions specific to customer’s needs. For more information, visit Clearbox Systems Pty Ltd.
Clearbox Systems is excited to announce a new project win requiring Clearbox Systems to work with one of Australia’s largest Defence contractors, BAE Systems Australia.
The project, being the Ground Segment Management System (GSMS) component of the JP 2008 Phase 3F program, enhances and extends the Australian Defence Force Satellite Communications Capability (ADSCC) through the design and construct of a new satellite ground station and the introduction of a new agile network management system. The new satellite ground station will interface deployed forces accessing the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system with the Defence Wide Area Network, and Australian Defence.
Clearbox Systems will be contracted through Newpoint Technologies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Integral Systems, Inc. The project is due to be operational by 2013. The win, worth in excess of AUD $1 million, underpins Clearbox Systems’ expertise in ground station management systems and its ability to deliver cutting-edge software systems.
When BAE Systems Australia invited US-based Newpoint Technologies to bid for the complex monitoring and control system, Newpoint Technologies recommended Clearbox Systems, its local Australian partner, for delivery of the project. Wally Martland, President of Newpoint Technologies Inc. stated, “We have a long history with Clearbox and they have more than proven their ability to deliver world-class systems. Their local presence and technical capabilities made this an easy decision for us.”
Clearbox will build on Newpoint Technologies’ Compass platform and the Monics system, provided by SAT Corporation, also a wholly owned subsidiary of Integral Systems, Inc. “Compass provides a mature and flexible platform upon which we can build some very sophisticated systems,” said Paul Solomon, Managing Director of Clearbox Systems. “It provides all the core functionality out of the box and allows us to focus on the key areas of customisation and innovation without needing to re-invent the wheel. One of its key strengths is its extensive open API which allows us to hook into any aspect of the system”.
The GSMS will provide the capability of automated service level management of satellite traffic, easing operator workload and providing failsafe uplink services. Securing this win moves Clearbox Systems one step closer to its goal of being the preeminent Australian Monitoring and Control solutions provider.