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CommandCenter Broadcast System Control
Be the Master and Commander of your Broadcast Infrastructure

These days, broadcast infrastructure survival starts with the structure itself. Enter CommandCenter™— providing management, monitoring, and diagnostics for multiple devices, applications, and workflows on a single platform. So go ahead, mold your broadcast infrastructure into the lean, mean asset machine it was meant to be.

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CommandCenter is—

  • A comprehensive toolset providing substantially increased workflow efficiencies with quick and easy configuration.
  • A platform designed to scale with your business needs—offering long-lasting reliability and lifecycle compatibility.
  • Customizable for the user with a graphical user interface that presents intuitive broadcast system workflows.
  • The answer to more efficient management of Loop-in-Path signal management devices and other operational workflow tasks without the need to integrate with additional external systems.
  • A very secure and predictable value proposition that enhances Grass Valley® routing switcher control solutions such as Prelude™, Encore™, and Jupiter™.
  • A Windows-based application offering advanced functionality that simplifies complex broadcast infrastructure workflows.
  • A solution that can be managed on-site or remotely.

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  • Manages a very wide range of broadcast devices
  • Offers unlimited graphical user interfaces and layouts
  • Supports up to 200 users
  • Efficient management of loop-in-path processing and other operational tasks
  • Extremely wide range of external protocol support for up to 500 devices
  • Logging to database with status, problem levels, and alarm notifications
  • Extensive Grass Valley and third-party routing switcher interfaces
  • SNMP monitoring of devices
  • Interfaces with external tally and automation system solutions
  • Windows OS 32-bit application, runs on Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Server 2003/2008/2012 32-bit, and 64-bit OS
  • Works either as a standalone system or redundant system
  • In standalone mode the system uses Microsoft SQL Server Express version (supplied and installed) which is limited to 10 Gb in size
  • In redundant mode the system uses Microsoft SQL Server Standard version which is not supplied as part of the system
  • Supports up to 200 client interfaces with either software or physical hardware panels
  • The system allows user groups to be defined and to specify what access users have for both the application and the system devices
  • Users can be defined with their own password and assigned to a specific group
  • A login is provided for both the client and server applications

Graphical User Interface
  • A user interface can be defined from an external file which describes how the UI is presented and what actions are performed from specified user inputs
  • The application provides different views of the system, devices, control, and navigation
  • The layout of all views can be changed on a user-by-user basis, and the current state is saved on shutting down and recalled on starting up the application
  • A specified PDF can be viewed for the selected device by being encapsulated in the manual view

Monitoring/Logging Functions
  • Logs all control and status item updates to an SQL database
  • Presence detection of all configured devices
  • Assign severity levels (error, warning, info, ignore, good) for all devices
  • Notify alarms: visually, audibly, via SNMP or SMTP
  • Export the events to an external file at user request
  • Navigate through the online historical events
  • Create alarm reports based on devices and user data between specific time periods

Signal Management Device Support
  • Capable of connecting up to 500 device chassis
  • Backup configuration settings for some/all of signal management devices to a file
  • Restore configuration settings for some/all of signal management devices from a file
  • Save an inventory list of identity data of all signal management devices to a file
  • Print a list of all signal management devices
  • Edit common parameters of different signal management devices in a system
  • Copy configuration settings of specific signal management devices in a system to the clipboard
  • Restore configuration settings of specific signal management devices in a system from the clipboard
  • Refresh the status of selected device
  • Default all the configuration settings of a specific device to factory defaults
  • Configure all boards of a certain type from a file
  • Compare one or more boards configuration/status against a backup file
  • Compare all boards of a specific type and optionally change settings of one or more boards
  • Upgrade one or more boards firmware in serial manner with the option to save and recall boards configuration before and after
  • Print the configuration of boards

Routing Switcher Control
  • Capable of connecting up to 10 routing switchers with up to 60 million crosspoints
  • Connect via native protocols to one or a number of physical routing switchers to:
    • Read mnemonics (if available)
    • Current cross point status
    • Current lock status (if available)
    • Make router takes/crosspoints
    • Lock/protect router destinations/sources (if available)
  • Current routing switcher protocols supported:
    • Blackmagic Videohub
    • Calrec SW-P-08
    • Grass Valley ES Switch
    • Grass Valley ES LAN
    • Grass Valley GV Native
    • Leitch Passthrough
    • Nevion V128
    • NVision NV9000
    • NVision Router Control
    • NVision Compact Router Control
    • PESA P1
    • PESA P1N
    • Quartz RCP01
    • SW-P-02
    • Snell SW-P-08
    • Sony Cart/+/++
    • Stagetex Nexus V5
    • Utah-RCP1
    • Utah-RCP3
  • Create up to 128 logical levels
  • Create up to 64,000 logical source/destination associations
  • Create virtual sources/destinations
  • Create level shuffling rules
  • Override mnemonics (level/source/destination) for specific physical routing switcher
  • Create up to 10 alternative mnemonics for a level/source/destination
  • Load/save router status to a file
  • Lock destinations for a period of time
  • Categorize the sources/destinations/levels/sub-categories

SNMP Devices
  • Capable of connecting to 750 devices
  • Connect to a device using SNMP V1 or V2c
  • Load SNMP MIBs
  • Create templates for a given SNMP device consisting of the control exclusions, status severities, GUI, macro, and MIB files used by the device
  • Receive and interpret SNMP traps
  • Optional logging of trap messages
  • View of SNMP MIB and data from a device

Tally and Mnemonic Function
  • Create/view up to 32 tally levels
  • Create/view cable database up to a limit of 64,000 cables
  • Create logical rules (AND,OR,NAND,NOR) for combining logic states on multiple tally inputs to determine state of a tally output
  • View state of all tally inputs/outputs for a given tally level up to a limit of 64,000 tally points
  • Configure up to 4,096 UMD devices and control the text being sent and the state of any tallies
  • Configure up to 64 joystick override positions
  • Ability to save/restore the configuration settings to and from a file
  • Typical tally in/out delay of the tally engine is less than 5 ms, actual tally speed will depend on the physical devices CommandCenter is connected to

Generic Devices
  • Capable of connecting to 500 devices
  • Connect to a device using its native protocol
  • Current protocols supported:
    • BACNet
    • cGP4848
    • DHD Audio
    • Evertz Symphony
    • For-A Tally
    • Gigwave Camera Control
    • Grass Valley DD35 Net
    • Grass Valley ACOS
    • Grass Valley M-2100 control
    • Grass Valley M-2100 tally
    • Image Video UMD
    • JLCooper eBox
    • Penta HD2Line Pro
    • Ping
    • Quartz QMC
    • Raw
    • RTS/Telex AZ edit
    • Sony 9 pin
    • Sony BVS/DVS tally
    • Sony MVS tally/editor
    • TSL UMD V3.1,V4,V5.1

Hardware/Software Platform Requirements
CommandCenter Server System Requirements
Prerequisite software:
  • Minimum: SQL Server 2008 R2 Express SP2 (Automatically installed if not present)
  • Recommended (or required if redundancy is needed): Microsoft SQL Server 2008/2012 Standard (Only one copy is required when mirroring to a redundant server providing any problems on the main server are resolved within 30 days) Note: SQL Small Business Server will only run on Small Business Editions of Windows OS.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 or later (Automatically installed if not present)
  • Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5 or later
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later (prerequisite for .NET Framework)
  • Adobe Reader V8 or later for manual viewer
  • Minimum: 1 GB RAM
  • Recommended: 4 GB or higher
Hard disk space:
  • Minimum: 160 GB
  • Recommended: 3x100 GB 10,000 RPM (or faster) SCSI/SAS HDD in RAID-5: (alternatively 2 disks in RAID-1 could be used)
  • Data storage requirements are approximately 1 GB per 4 million logged events, so depending on the log history required the storage requirements may alter.
Hard disk controller: If using RAID: RAID Controller with 256 MB (or 512 MB) Battery Backed Read/Write Cache
  • Minimum: Dual Core 1 GHz
  • Recommended: Quad Core 2.5 GHz Xeon 2x6 MB L2 Cache 1,333 MHz
Operating system:
  • Supported:
    • The application supports all versions of Windows operating systems later than XP excluding Windows XP Embedded Edition.
    • CommandCenter also relies on a version of Microsoft SQL Server running on the PC.
    • CommandCenter is currently distributed with SQL Server 2008 R2 Express which at the point of release supports the following Windows OS versions:
      • Windows XP SP3
      • Windows Vista SP2
      • Windows 7
      • Windows 8
      • Windows RT
      • Windows Server 2003 SP2
      • Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2
      • Windows Server 2008 SP2
      • Windows Server 2008 R2
      • Windows Server 2012
  • Recommended: Microsoft Windows Server 2003/8/12
  • Depending on the version of Microsoft SQL Server, some of these OS systems may not be supported.
Recommended screen resolution:
  • Minimum: WSXGA+ (1680x1050)
  • The specifications for the graphics card will depend on the users requirements, some servers are shipped with very low end graphics cards with 8 Mb of memory. These should be avoided as it can result in a slowness of performance when refreshing the screen especially when configuring/viewing the status of the Tally system.
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet: It is recommended to have a dedicated Ethernet link between the primary and secondary servers and a separate link to the clients. Therefore if network redundancy between the servers and the network is required, additional Ethernet adaptors are recommended.
  • Any serial interfaces for the system will require either a dedicated physical serial port on the PC or the use of a virtual serial port via an Ethernet serial device server interface. Either device must be accessible as a Serial port to the Microsoft Windows operating system.
Peripheral devices: DVD-ROM drive; mouse & keyboard; 2x USB ports; video display

CommandCenter Client System Requirements
Prerequisite software:
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 or later (automatically installed if not present)
  • Microsoft Windows Installer 4.5 or later
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1) or later (prerequisite for .NET Framework)
  • Adobe Reader V8 or later for manual viewer
  • Minimum: 1 GB
  • Recommended: 4 GB or higher
Hard disk space:
  • Minimum: 600 MB
  • Recommended: 1 GB or higher
Processor: Pentium III Compatible or higher
  • Minimum: 1 GHz
  • Recommended: 2 GHz or higher
Operating system: The application supports all versions of Windows operating systems later than Windows XP, excluding Windows XP Embedded Edition.
Recommended Screen Resolution:
  • Minimum: WSXGA+ (1680x1050)
  • The specifications for the graphics card will depend on the users requirements, if a VLC video streaming component is required then a suitable graphics card should be used.
Other: Ethernet/Wireless adapter fitted with support for IP connections
March 13, 2014
Hillsboro, Ore., March 13, 2014 — NZ Live, a new start-up broadcast facility in Auckland, has selected a fully integrated, turnkey, high-definition broadcast production solution from Grass Valley® to outfit its new facility. NZ Live will focus on feed recording, production, post-production, and playout of live sports programming from all over New Zealand. Initially, NZ Live will produce all the racing events throughout the country for the New Zealand Racing Board, but the facility is designed and purposed to cover all facets of broadcast workflows including OB operations and playout facilities. NZ Live expects to be on-air in late September 2014. This deal represents a powerful step forward for Grass Valley's presence in the growing broadcast market in New Zealand and Australia.
January 27, 2014
Hillsboro, Ore., January 27, 2014 — To build upon its success generated in the Middle East region in 2013, Grass Valley® will showcase a range of broadcast and media solutions at CABSAT 2014, held March 11-13 at the World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE. Spanning across two levels and designed for maximum impact, Grass Valley's stand (A5-20, Hall 5) will house its robust and growing product suite, including production switchers, cameras, editing software, and more, and provide a VIP atmosphere for meetings away from the busy show floor.
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