Broadcast news: the importance of reliable power

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Timeline’s broadcast facility in west London has increased the reliability of its operations through the installation of a new UPS 

Power is everything in the broadcasting industry. A continuous power supply is critical to ongoing operations such as programming and production, editing and recording and any downtime in continuous power will lead to a break in service, which could result in a loss of customers and negative brand repercussions.

UK broadcasting services provider Timeline supplies state-of-the-art facilities to major broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and BSkyB, among others. The company backs itself as the leading authority on shared server systems and the delivery of IP director networks.

Timeline’s state-of-the-art broadcast facility in Chiswick Park, west London, houses a comprehensive range of equipment for media production services. Video and audio equipment, edit suites, voiceover equipment and high bandwidth IP networks all require power via servers and, in the event of a power loss, a UPS backup. 

Timeline required a new UPS installation to ensure reliability of power at Chiswick Park and protect the site’s servers in the event of an outage, where downtime could be costly and potentially damaging to the business.

To ensure reliable uptime, backup power specialist PPS Power installed two Multi Sentry UPS 200kVA systems and associated equipment. These are supplied complete with a fully controlled IGBT rectifier to minimise the impact on the grid, and controlled by a digital signal processor (DSP) microprocessor, to provide maximum protection to powered loads with zero impact on downstream systems.

PPS Power opted for two standalone units with battery build, DC cabling, external bypass switch, simple network management protocol and commissioning.

The Multi Sentry UPS solution provided by PPS Power achieved an operating efficiency of 96.5%. This technology halves the energy dissipated in a year by traditional UPS, while the capital investment cost is returned in less than three years of operation.

The Multi Sentry UPS offers an input power factor close to one with low current distortions, avoiding the need for bulky and expensive filters. 

The solution offered Timeline more power than its previous system, ensuring a greater margin when sizing for future load increases. 

The system comes with a smart ventilation principle which manages the number of operating fans and their speed according to room temperature and load level. 

This helps preserve the lifespan of the fans while, at the same time, reducing the noise level and overall power consumption for unnecessary UPS ventilation.

Timeline can now rely on its servers to perform to maximum efficiency without concern of power loss. In the event of a shortage or power loss, the UPS system will provide continuous supply, allowing the facility to continue operating without unwanted interruption.

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