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Snell Launches Centra Vite for Instant Router Control and Configuration
Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Offered Free With Every Snell Router, Centra Vite Enables Fast and Easy Configuration of Even the Most Complex Router Installations
 
READING, U.K. —Aug. 31, 2011 —At IBC2011 in Amsterdam, Snell will launch Centra Vite, a new router control and configuration tool that simplifies the setup of router installations and speeds them into operation. Centra Vite is provided free with all Snell Nucleus controlled routers.
 
“At Snell, we offer the industry’s most comprehensive range of routing switchers with solutions for operations of any size — from simple edit suites, to OB trucks, to large switching centers and playout installations. And now, with Centra Vite, our family of world-class routers is easier to install and configure than ever before,” said Kirsty Aldridge, product manager for control and monitoring at Snell. “As a bonus, Centra Vite offers a straightforward upgrade path to Snell’s powerful Centra system-wide control and monitoring system without compromising existing user interfaces and fundamental operation.”
 
Centra Vite provides a simple and intuitive way to define the basics of the router setup. A selection of default configurations allows operators to begin using their Snell routers immediately upon delivery, easily changing simple settings such as size and control port protocols. Centra Vite also allows operators to configure and design hardware control panels, edit signal names, configure associations for multi-level system support, and set up more advanced features including reference selection, switch points, inhibits, and the ability to configure different protocols for different serial and IP ports. A new snapshot application saves the live status of all or a selection of routes, allowing them to be recalled later — invaluable when upgrading or moving the router between venues in a truck environment. In addition, a Web interface allows soft panels to be used for remote crosspoint setting.
 
Centra Vite is not dependent on SQL database structures and does not require third party applications for database management, further simplifying the installation process and allowing smaller files to be emailed between users on different sites. Files can be saved in a simple, single file configuration for backup or for use as the basis of future configurations.
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