San Jose Sharks Enhance SAP Center Fan Experience with Live Production Solutions from Grass Valley
MONTREAL, January 31, 2019 — Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, along with global technology solutions provider Diversified, have joined forces to optimize the SAP Center in San Jose, California — home to the National Hockey League's (NHL®) San Jose Sharks. This project is part of a three-year, multiphase upgrade program that will see a complete overhaul of the stadium's live production infrastructure and workflow.
Market-leading products and technologies are key to providing unbeatable viewing experiences for fans. To help the San Jose Sharks achieve this, Grass Valley provided robust live production and networking technologies to strengthen production capabilities at the SAP Center. Grass Valley's strong line-up of successful deployments with other leading sports providers and the flexibility of its solutions to integrate with third-party systems were among the reasons why the company was selected for this project.
"Grass Valley is the ideal technology partner for this important upgrade," said Mike Meglathery, senior project manager, Diversified. "SAP Center's control room was built 25 years ago and was last upgraded 15 years ago, so the team's attention was often diverted away from mission-critical tasks to keep the systems running. The control room now runs efficiently and smoothly thanks to Grass Valley, so the team can prioritize delivering stunning images to fans."
The upgrade includes a Grass Valley 3 M/E Karrera K-Frame S-series Video Production Center, Sirius 830 Router and a Densité 3 Frame. This new setup delivers the speed needed to handle fast live production turnarounds, and to seamlessly migrate to 1080p as needed.
"Our decision to work with Grass Valley on this important project was, and has proven to be, an easy one," said Duane Yoslov, senior vice president, Diversified. "The SAP Center's production team and the large pool of freelance operators that help them with bigger games and tournaments are very familiar with Grass Valley's systems. As a result, they've been able to hit the ground running with no additional training required. This has made preparations for the All-Star Game that much smoother."
The open architecture and interoperability of Grass Valley's solutions means future expansions can be done with minimal disruptions to the operation.
"Fans have an unquestionable demand for high quality, engaging video content that keeps them on the edge of their seats," said Jan-Pieter van Welsem, vice president sales, Americas, Grass Valley. "Our solutions have given the San Jose Sharks the power to deliver that and to address other challenging requirements — regardless of complexity, format or resolution. This project clearly demonstrates our ability to cater to our customers' requirements at the highest standard. Together with Diversified, we are proud to be helping the San Jose Sharks take their live production capabilities to the next level."
For information about Grass Valley solutions and services, please visit grassvalley.com.
About Grass Valley
Grass Valley is focused on empowering customers to create, control and connect content wherever, however and whenever it is consumed. In this ever-changing media landscape, content remains the most important element. Many of our customers are faced with the need to create and support new workflows while continuing to operate their legacy workflows, simultaneously broadcasting through traditional channels, Over-The-Top platforms, and Video-On-Demand as well as to tablets, PCs, and mobile devices.
We provide the innovative tools and expertise to help customers improve the efficiency of their operations while telling better stories to attract and keep viewers. With Grass Valley's integrated solutions that enable flexibility, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, quality and scalability, broadcasters and content creators have what they need to sustain their businesses. Headquartered in Montreal, Grass Valley has been in the broadcast business for nearly 60 years and is part of St. Louis-based Belden Inc. For more information, visit www.belden.com.
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Diversified is a leading global technology solutions provider delivering a comprehensive suite of solutions designed to connect today's leading enterprises to the global marketplace. Our expansive yet unique team of industry experts partners with clients from a wide array of markets to help them achieve the highest performance levels, enhance their operations, increase productivity and drive ROI.
Founded in 1993, Diversified has emerged as global partner with more than 30 offices serving a dynamic and diverse global clientele. Whether it's connecting organizations with effective collaboration, media networks with viewers, fans with the game, brands with their audience, facilities with peace of mind, or enterprises with reliable technology infrastructure, Diversified is your dedicated technology solutions partner to connect you with all of your organization's technology objectives. Explore more at www.diversifiedus.com.
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