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Cerebrum - empowering customers to design their own systems

and extensive functionality, Cerebrum is also customisable and intuitive to operate. It’s also highly flexible to adapt to specific workflows, delivering a common control and monitoring interface for 300+

Considered the brains behind many and varied

processing modules in Axon’s renowned Synapse

workflows, Cerebrum allows remote and easy

range, as well as a wealth of devices from different

configuration of complex workflows, the ability to


manage and report events using a hierarchical system status, and control devices via an intuitive, user-

Looking to the future

friendly graphical interface. Limitless users can take easily manage multiple, complex routines. Ultimately,

While the system for the Dutch Parliament is running

the system empowers you, the customer, to design a

smoothly, there are now plans to expand capabilities.

workflow exactly how you want it. Axon doesn’t want

Unlike many manufacturers Axon ties customers into a

to fit your workflow into any one box or solution. Our

specific system and offers the power to adapt the

tools enable the system in ways that make it more

solution to changing requirements without costly

efficient and effective, because rarely do requirements

solution upgrades. Quite simply, doing their job right

remain the same over time.

means the Parliament can extend operational capacity without turning to Axon and having to pay more.

Like all Axon products, Cerebrum is based on our expertise, enhanced by what customers tell us they need. So, along with being packed with useful features

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CEREBRUM Dutch Parliament enters the future

Case study


Axon opens EU democracy - Dutch Parliament enters the future as citizens enter national meeting rooms


closed, internal or external—at all times. Parameters define monitoring for every meeting by type and built-in controls route the system to the right graphics and

When the Dutch Parliament looked to install a new broadcast system in their building in The Hague, there was no

displays for each room. The system provides completely

bettering existing infrastructure - there simply wasn’t any. They’d been using a third party and wanted to bring

automated control. When a technician inputs the

meeting room video and audio access and monitoring in house. The goal was to create a broadcast infrastructure

meeting type, the system does everything it needs to

providing completely autonomous monitoring and management that could be easily altered and updated as

do to make it a private or public meeting and allows the

requirements evolved.

correct access.

Answering the need

All interfaces are graphically-based for easy and

The desire to open up Parliamentary meetings to the

meeting rooms at all times. Screens indicate the video

public was the catalyst for the new system, helping to

and audio source and provide visual notification of any

bring transparency to activities whenever possible. For

potential problems, in a very clear visual way that’s

closed internal meetings, they required a system that

easy for first-line support.

would allow remote participation for those with authorisation. No small task. Sony and DM&S in the

There were no manpower specifications for human

Netherlands were both working on two specific portions

oversight of the monitoring system as it had to operate

of the tender, providing primary control and monitoring

completely autonomously. If equipment fails or video or

solutions for the eight individual meeting rooms and a

audio feeds falter, the system sends a direct alarm. And

large chamber known as “Plenaire Regie” of the

the stakes are high when all activity of meeting rooms

“Tweede Kamer” facility. Both turned to Axon for the answer.

in the open mode are available to any broadcaster who defined from the outset? How can a system be created

wishes to show highlights or broadcast high-profile

to accommodate growth and new functionality without

meetings in their entirety. This direct access saves

What might have proven a major stumbling block for

knowing specific requirements in advance? With

resources and greatly streamlines the broadcasting

many video infrastructure providers was merely the

traditional systems, not knowing exact specifications


starting point for Axon. The key was to design a system

can lead to costly upgrades and complex changes down

customised to meet the requirements of the Dutch

the road. Not so with Axon. Cerebrum, Axon’s

Proceedings are also streamed live to the web so the

Parliament. But what if those needs aren’t clearly

comprehensive software solution makes the

public can view them in real time. Additionally, the

implementation of multiple video and audio signal paths

system provides remote log in and access so authorised

easier, more efficient and cost-effective by giving users

personnel can virtually attend internal closed meetings.

“Axon didn’t promote one product or system over another. From the start, it was all about creating the very best solution for identified needs as well as the ones we couldn’t anticipate, so not locking the Dutch Parliament into a system that would require continual upgrades and expensive new infrastructure. “

the tools to add or adjust functionality. It was just this

The second part of the system solution was designed

capability, in addition to broad experience designing

specifically for the Plenaire Regie chamber and functions

video systems to specific situations, that set Axon apart

more as a studio facility, with multiple cameras,

from competitors.

The Solution Two separate Cerebrum systems are at the heart of the installation, each working independently from each

Dick Coenen Manager Solutions Development at Sony Professional


Case Study

intuitive review, providing status of all equipment in the

other but with some limited and defined connectivity to provide end-to-end quality and reliability. The system identifies functional specifications of each room and provides a status overview for meetings—open or

switchers, and multiviewers. The control system helps

The beauty of the integrated system lies within its ease, advanced functionality and highly reliable, autonomous operation.

drive the multiviewers on the monitoring wall and perform other tasks such as routing control and camera and joystick overrides.

Cerebrum - Case study Dutch Parliament.pdf