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Executive Summary

openGear® is the industry standard platform of choice for modular signal processing equipment. As the world’s first modular platform open to other manufacturers, openGear provides solutions derived from hundreds of individual cards from dozens of companies. This cooperative effort gives users best of breed product and budget options, all while ensuring common control and monitoring within the DashBoard ecosystem.

Choose the Best

  • Select from Best in Breed products
  • Enjoy a wide portfolio from industry leading manufacturers
  • Rely on a common, third generation 2RU chassis
  • Utilize a common control ecosystem across all products
  • Benefit from an Emmy award winning hardware and software platform designed by Ross Video

Control Everything

  • Integrate products designed to work within the DashBoard ecosystem, regardless of manufacturer
  • Monitor and control devices
  • Adjust parameters with practical real-time control
  • Build sophisticated custom control panels
  • Receive system reporting and alarms
  • Full Ethernet connectivity to frame and cards
  • Extend support to third party monitoring applications using SNMP

Match the Application

  • Support analog to UHD distribution, format conversion, fiber systems, master control, IP connectivity and processing and more.
  • Manage signals from analog audio to single link 12Gb/s UHD
  • Add IP processing and transport
  • Expand to UHD processing and distribution
  • Deploy modular Master Control and Branding
  • Enable Nielsen encoding
  • Solve Fiber and Data requirements

Initially Ross Video thought it would be best to find another company in the industry to develop cards that would be compatible with their existing frames. Making a modular frame is a surprising amount of work and effort and we thought if we could simply use an existing one it would be faster and simpler, and that customers would have a range of choices available to them. Most of the major industry players were approached to discuss this idea. It was explained to them the advantage to them would be that by offering competition within their frame, they would be able to win a larger share of the market.

Surprisingly, company after company would not grant permission to make cards compatible with their frames. These companies made it obvious that their business model was designed around getting a couple of their frames into a customer and then lock them in to their solution. Once they got their frames and control system into the customer, since there would be no compatibility with other vendor’s products, the customer would have no choice but to go back to them as they needed more equipment. The Ross approach had always been different. Previous Ross lines of signal processing had compatibility with existing standards. Users always loved this because they had choice.

So Ross had to create a new frame and control system. Instead of doing, yet again, the same thing every other company in the industry was doing, it was decided to create an industry standard for signal processing. This fit perfectly with the Ross code of ethics “#1: We will always act in our customers’ best interest”. Having a standard would be great for customers; they would only have one frame and control system to worry about with a wide range of product choices available. If it was great for customers, it would also be great for other players in the industry, especially smaller companies who just did not have the capability to produce a frame and control system. They could create cards for this new frame and sell them into the marketplace and be compatible with the growing openGear® signal processing ecosystem. As the new standard took off, Ross would also do well with a profitable share of the business. This new standard was branded openGear®.

During the development of openGear®, every design element was created around being open and being able to have numerous companies make cards for the system. This is very important to understand since trying to put all of the concepts and ideas about an open system onto an already designed platform would not work very well, l and would likely fail or be impossible to manage. openGear® was designed from the very start to be open which has offered for far more flexibility and simplicity than trying to incorporate this functionality after the design was shipping.