Lightware’s 25G Hybrid 120x120 router has had its most unusual installation to date: it has been integrated into a 76m private yacht built in Germany. As is typical for a yacht of this scale, the project has been three years in the designing and planning.
The Lightware 25G signal management matrix was felt to be the best choice for the ocean-going vessel for a number of reasons. It offered an infrastructure with an upgrade path to accommodate UHD/4K resolutions in the future. The 25G system provides multiple control layers that allow more video, audio and control signals to run over a single fibre optic cable; this reduces the overall amount of cabling needed to run to each room on board the yacht - an important factor in this space-limited environment. In addition, the 25G gives the crew peace of mind: it includes redundant hot-swappable power supplies and CPU boards as well as hot-swappable input and output boards and fan trays – meaning it is built for maximum system uptime.
The Lightware 25G router features HDMI inputs for local satellite TV boxes in the yacht’s staterooms and fibre outputs to feed Lightware MODEX receivers in the cabins. MODEX modular transmitters and receivers extend digital and analogue video and audio, USB KVM, Ethernet and control signals over a single fiber or Cat5/6/7 cable. Lightware developed special mounting hardware to allow the 25G frame to slide in and out of the equipment rack and make the most of space in the rack room.
The integrator was reportedly "blown away" by the level of post-sale support from US distributor Lightwave USA. The company’s Greg Byrnes visited the customer twice in Miami. On the first visit he provided technical support and training testing and preparing the system for the client factory acceptance test (FAT). The second visit included Andras Vasko, from Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest; the men offered additional on-site manufacturer support for a client demo and FAT.