The Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA) updates its master control with Imagine Communications

Imagine Communications is building an updated master control and playout platform for the newly formed Egyptian National Media Authority (ENMA), previously Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU), the national broadcaster in Egypt. The phased upgrade of this facility is designed to deliver a high level of operational resilience and integrates seamlessly with the broadcaster’s existing infrastructure, ensuring a simple transition to IP when the broadcaster is ready to migrate its operations.

“Our master control room and satellite room are mission-critical parts of our operation,” said Rafaat Younes, chief director of studio projects department at Egyptian National Media Authority. “As ENMA is the national broadcaster and transmits the leading television channels to Egyptian audiences, we recognized the need to install equipment that is operationally well-proven by major global broadcasters. It was crucial that we invested in our facility to bring it up to date with the latest robust and reliable technologies, as staying on air is paramount.”

The master control room is primarily concerned with ENMA’s four national premium channels and the production center; alongside it is the satellite control room which monitors all the other channels delivered by ENMA via Nilesat. The Imagine Communications solutions incorporated include the Platinum™ IP3 router with integrated Platinum SX Pro multiviewers, providing expanded sources and outputs in a compact footprint. Once ENMA is ready to take the next step towards an all IP infrastructure, the Platinum IP3 will allow them to switch uncompressed video over IP and enable the multiviewer to take full advantage of multiplexed IP streams to monitor hundreds of PiPs over hundreds of displays, giving ENMA the ability to change their monitor stacks to meet their requirements at different times.

The installation also included the Nexio+™ AMP® Advanced Media Platform to manage digital content from ingest to playout, and signal processing and conversion using Selenio™ MCP and Selenio 6800+™ modules.

The system was supplied and engineered in conjunction with Imagine Communications’ systems integration partner, Integrated Communications Systems. The first phase of the system went on air in July, while phase two is due to go live in September 2019.