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CEREBRUM Broadcast control and monitoring


About Axon Axon Digital Design is one of a rare breed of technology pioneering companies. From its base in the Netherlands, Axon has grown to become a global leader in broadcast network infrastructure products and solutions. Axon is active and growing on every continent. It has regional offices in Brazil, China (Beijing and Shanghai), Germany, Russia, UAE (Dubai), Singapore, UK and USA, as well as an extensive network of specialist systems integrators that work alongside many of the world’s leading broadcasters on every continent. For a quarter century, Axon has invested in a global distributor network that supports world-wide operations with value-added services. An almost obsessive focus on customer support and a targeted product strategy spanning two decades, has resulted in a list of loyal customers that would be the envy of any technology vendor. What sets Axon apart from other providers? The 25 years of Axon’s history has witnessed seismic changes in the broadcast industry; from analogue to digital, 4:3 to widescreen, standard definition to high definition, 2D to 3D, linear passive to fully interactive and now the growing trend towards multi-platform distribution, second screen applications and connected TV. Throughout all of these evolutions, Axon has pioneered new enabling technologies that empower customers. In each of its three core product areas: Synapse modular AV processing (including multiview, master control and routing), Cerebrum monitoring & control system and TRACS compliance recording, Axon has delivered new levels of performance by harnessing the latest technical innovations and maintaining a razor-sharp focus on customer needs.

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As a result, Axon provides its customers with the capability to differentiate their products and services. For many, Axon is the difference. We understand what makes our customers’ businesses tick and can provide solutions that are not just fit for purpose at hand, but are also uniquely adapted to the application – from live production to play-out and master control.



Take control, make life easier In modern broadcasting, multi-platform delivery and

functionality, Cerebrum is also highly customizable

multi-purpose repackaging of content demand

and intuitive to operate.

Cerebrum in a nutshell

mastery of multiple workflows. Cerebrum software makes the control and monitoring of a broadcast

Adapting to your workflow

infrastructure easier, more efficient and cost-

Flexibility is essential in today’s broadcast

Cerebrum is a Windows-based system whose advanced functionality and broad range of

effective than ever.

environment. Cerebrum delivers the common control

features simplify multi device monitoring and control onto one easy-to-use interface. Cerebrum

and monitoring interface for a wide range of devices

forms the brains behind your many and varied workflows. It allows users to remotely:

Cerebrum provides comprehensive tools to

from different manufacturers - including routers,

configure, control, monitor and maintain products

production switchers, servers, receiver decoders,

from any manufacturer within and beyond the

multiviewers and waveform monitors - using either

broadcasting industry.

SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) or


Configure a complex workflow in a short amount of time


Manage and Report events using hierarchical system status

Synapse range can also be controlled.


Control devices via an intuitive, user-friendly graphical interface

Ultimately, you can define how you want to

Lower cost of ownership


Maintain a workflow over its lifetime

represent your workflow.

A trademark benefit of Axon systems is reduced

third party protocols. All processing modules in the The result is that multiple operators can take total control over multiple and complex routines.

total cost of ownership. Competitively priced

Cerebrum deploys IP/Ethernet communication to each device in your chosen workflow, providing

Cerebrum - Better by design

options, comprehensive functionality and user-

the ability to both configure and monitor devices at local and remote sites. It uses an SQL

Like all Axon products, Cerebrum is based on what

friendliness combine to reduce the need for manual

database to record, view and archive historical events, as well as store the user-defined aspects

customers tell us they need. So, along with being

intervention. Cerebrum offers you potentially

of each device’s configuration. This database can also be deployed for the user’s own

packed with useful features and extensive

dramatic savings.

requirements via ODBC or similar interface. The application allows up to 64 user-groups to be defined. For each group the level of access can be restricted, not only to program functionality but also to control access of individual settings on specific devices. Limitless numbers of users can be added and assigned to one of these groups, each with their own unique password. This ensures that Cerebrum can be used in operational areas where control of user access is required, as well as being an administrative tool. Advanced features, such as integrated router control, user-configurable GUIs, SNMP control & monitoring and UMD and Tally management are available as options.




Quick and easy configuration Within its clear and intuitive interface, Cerebrum

You can save the configuration of a device as a

provides the tools to configure your workflow with

template file, or to the clipboard, and quickly copy it

speed and ease.

to other selected devices of the same type in the workflow. Using Cerebrum’s Compare function, the

Each device is represented by one or more graphical

settings and status of a device of the same type can

dialogue interfaces, which are shown automatically

easily be compared, with any differences highlighted.

in the Device view when the device is selected. These provide a clear idea of the function and signal

To ease some aspects of configuration, and to make

flow within the device, and make clear what effect

monitoring of the system more applicable to each

the setting has on the signal path.

user’s particular environment, additional data can be added about the location, channel and/or service the

Monitoring workflows and events

device is providing. There is also a free-form notes field for other user information.

Cerebrum provides a multitude of ways to let you

The Event Log window can be filtered using different

accurately track events within your workflows.

criteria. Additional user data can be stored with each event, such as the cause for the related warning or

Each device in your workflow is shown in the System


View, and displays its current and historical status using an icon. Cerebrum actively monitors each

Cerebrum allows limits to be set for the size of the

device to check for its current status. The status of

Alarm Log table in the SQL database allowing the

each device is passed to a parent node within the

user to keep historical records for the activity of the

System View and a hierarchical status of your

system. When this limit is reached, ‘non-active’

complete workflow is shown using a single icon. This

events (which are not currently determining the

is also reflected in the application’s optional Status

current state of the system) will then be

Bar, and in the System Icon Tray, when the

automatically deleted or optionally archived out of

application is either obscured or minimized.

the active database to an XML log file.

Each event occurring for a device being monitored is

Each device has a monitoring tab in the Device View.

logged to the database and shown in the Event Log.

This dialog shows both the current and historical

A status priority can be assigned to each event to

status of the device along with a status history grid,

determine whether an alarm or warning action

which is similar to the Event Log but automatically

should be triggered. Each state of a device’s status

filtered for events specific to the selected device. For

can be configured by the system administrator to

most devices this dialog uses color to aid rapid

reflect the severity of the event, and the method by

visual status recognition of a device’s current state.

which the warning or error should be cleared, (either manually or automatically on returning to a good event state), allowing the status to accurately reflect the condition of a user’s system.




Customize your interface Making complex workflows easy to control The Cerebrum Panel View lets you display

control over the appearance and operation of the

customized interfaces for any device controlled and

newly-created interface and workflow. One of the

monitored by the system.

key benefits is the ability to change the user interface of the system at the same time as the


One interface to control many devices


Change entire signal flows by the press of one button

Pictorial representations of the workflow, signal path

installation to which it relates, without additional

or physical surroundings can be shown, featuring a

cost or deliverables.


Fully customizable appearance of your graphical interface

engineering teams can quickly relate. Users can

A CLF, or even one component in a CLF, can control


Use customized forms on stand-alone systems or on clients connected to redundant servers

monitor, control and locate information without

multiple features within the same device, or multiple

needing to understand the operation of either the

disparate devices, so that a range of operational


Combine multiple customized interfaces into one form

underlying software application or the physical

routines can be carried out quickly and efficiently.

aspects of an installation.

Several methods within Cerebrum, such as the


Embed browser windows in your forms to display additional information


Full screen modes to control your form via a touch screen


Ability to load and run multiple external macro files


Easy “offline” creation and testing of your forms


Control and monitor routers with your customized forms

‘drill-down’ interface to which your operational and

ability to display forms-on-forms, are used to reduce

Cerebrum form Designer

the amount of time required to create and maintain

Cerebrum Layout Forms (CLFs) are made up of basic

the designed interface. In many cases control

components and controls - buttons, bitmaps, labels,

templates are created and used for any duplicated

edit boxes, slider bars, rotary controls - which can

aspects of the interface.

be created and modified using the Cerebrum Form Designer. The visual Cerebrum Form Designer lets

Browser windows can be embedded within a form,

you change the behaviour and appearance of each

allowing the user to display additional information

component, with the result that users get complete

from external data sources not normally accessed from within Cerebrum. For example, browser

Router Control

windows can be used to display information from

You can extend the Cerebrum Panel View with the

third-party devices if they have embedded

router control option to allow video and audio routers

webservers or access system information such as

to be controlled using their native routing protocols.

system installation diagrams, contact details or help

The status of a routing device is shown in the Device


view and can be controlled using the uploaded mnemonics from the router, if supported by the

The Cerebrum interface can be simplified to a

control protocol.

full-screen single view showing customized forms, enabling you to control Cerebrum from a touch-

You can quickly design forms that provide access to

panel interface without the need of a keyboard or

router sources, destinations, locks and protects, as


well as those with either generic or tailored interfaces depending on the context of the current view or task.

The Panel View option is priced on a per-seat basis,

For example, when selecting a specific destination or

giving users the flexibility to control or monitor any

source, the user interface can display the controllable

aspect of any device that Cerebrum is controlling.

devices, guiding the operator in the choices available.

Cerebrum form designer




Multi-user systems The Cerebrum system can be deployed either as a

mirroring the SQL database so all configuration data

single instance where the client and server back end

and event logging will be automatically backed up in

are part of the same application or as a multi-user

two databases.

system where Cerebrum Clients connect to a Cerebrum Server from where the control, monitoring

Automatic changeover between the two servers can

and logging of the devices in the system is

be performed in the event of a failure when a third


witness application is used. The administrator can also force a manual changeover of the active server

You have the option to purchase a redundant

for maintenance or testing purposes. When the

Cerebrum Server (Cerebrum-RS) along with a SQL

active server is changed, clients are automatically

license to prevent any single points of failure within

connected to the active server giving minimal

mission critical systems. This option also enables

disruption to the control of the system.

Cerebrum clients

Cerebrum witness

Cerebrum control panels

IT network Cerebrum primary server

Cerebrum secondary server


Control network

ACP devices



SNMP devices

Generic devices



the HUB for your wider broadcast infrastructure SNMP control and monitoring The Cerebrum SNMP option allows you to connect, control and monitor thousands of third-party devices

control and monitor all your devices JJ

infrastructure – all from within Cerebrum.

One of the benefits of combining Tally management

The Tally and Mnemonic Management option gives

interfaces can be presented to operators of the

into the Cerebrum system is that customized user

the ability to integrate Tally management and

system not only to view the status but also to allow

Control and monitor thousands of

associated tasks within the Cerebrum system. The

limited system configuration in an instantly

devices supporting the SNMP protocol

Tally then becomes an integral part of the system

recognizable way as shown in the examples below.

supporting the SNMP protocol – servers, mixers, character generators, waveform monitors, IT

Tally and Mnemonic Management

and allows any user interface to show the Tally of If a device’s MIB file is available,

any defined point. Up to thirty two Tally ‘levels’ can

devices to the System view. If a device’s MIB file is

Cerebrum can set up severities for any

be defined, giving more than enough capabilities to

available, Cerebrum can set up status severities for


drive the traditional red, green and yellow tallies. Up

You start by scanning for and then adding SNMP


any parameter you require. This generic data can

to ten alternate Mnemonics can be assigned for the Add control exclusions to any

system’s sources and destinations, allowing

using any of the different controls supported by

parameter of an SNMP controlled

flexibility when displaying status information to the



different formats of supported display devices, such

then be presented to the user in an appropriate way


as router or switcher hardware panels, software Control exclusions can be added to any parameter of an SNMP controlled device. This enables you to tailor


Use SNMP controls and statuses in your

Integrate Tallies throughout your entire system JJ

Define up to 32 Tally levels to drive the traditional red, green and yellow tallies

panels, UMDs or multiviewers.

customised forms As the Tally engine is based on the Cerebrum script


Assign up to 10 alternate Mnemonics for the system’s sources and destinations

language, any event in the system can be a trigger to the Tally logic and any logical output can in turn user access to particular controllable features of a

control any device or trigger any action within the

device. With passwords you can then allow different

system. Virtual or System Tally points can be added

levels of access to different users, while keeping

and configured using logical expressions from other

critical controls perfectly safe and secure.

physical and virtual Tally points in the system,

The Cerebrum Form Designer lets you easily assign


Any event in the system can be a trigger to the Tally logic


The Tally ‘pin-patch’ interface allows

allowing for the configuration of potentially very

configuration and status monitoring of

complex expressions.

the Tallies

specific Object Identifiers (OID’s) to components Customized user interfaces can view Tally

from a MIB browser for fast and accurate creation of

The Tally configuration or ‘pin-patch’ interface not

user definable forms for the device. These controls

only allows configuration of the Tally logic but also

status and allow configuration of the

can be mixed with any other control of any other

acts as a status monitor for the current Tally state

Tally system

device, allowing a coherent multi-manufacturer

on a particular level. The interface can optionally

interface to be created.

show the fixed/dynamic device routing and signal


configuration on the same grid to determine how a As with the Cerebrum Panel View option, there is no

particular point has derived its current status.

practical limit to the products that can be controlled

Individual devices, or levels within a device, can be

or monitored via this interface. Everything is

minimized to a single row/column when not being

designed so that you can easily add devices from

actively viewed or configured, and an overview

different manufacturers onto the common control

‘map’ allows the user to easily navigate the currently

and monitoring interface provided by Cerebrum,

viewed area in the potentially large Tally grid.

without needing support or permission from the original supplier/manufacturer. 12



Cerebrum hardware Remote control panels

Three LCD panels are available: 16, 32 or 48 LCD

A number of remote hardware control panels have

buttons in either a 1RU or a 2RU form factor. In

been designed to work with the Cerebrum system,

addition, these panels have an incremental rotary

and give customers the option of choosing the most

dial which can be used in combination with LCD

appropriate control surface for a particular application.

buttons to allow intuitive control of one or more

The panels connect to the server using an IP

values such as audio gains and delays. Alternatively

connection. The panels feature LCD buttons with an

the dial could be used for scrolling through pages of

RGB backlight to allow a very flexible, dynamic and

sources/destinations. There are also two 1RU panels

limitless interface created using the Form Designer.

available with standard buttons. The panels are

Multiple rows of text with Latin, Cyrillic, Arabic or

powered with an external AC-DC brick PSU unit. The

Chinese fonts or icons can be shown on a single

rear of the panel features two lockable DC power

button giving no restrictions other than the resolution

inlets allowing for an optional redundant PSU in

of the LCD as to what can be displayed to the user.

critical control applications.



General purpose I/O unit

The unit provides a basic hardware interface to a

The CGP-4848 General Purpose I/O unit is a 1RU

Cerebrum Control system. The general purpose

rack mountable unit with 48 General Purpose Inputs

inputs and outputs can be used for a variety of tasks

(GPI’s) and 48 General Purpose Outputs (GPO’s)

including physical GPI/O’s for the Cerebrum Tally

available on six 37 way ‘D’ type connectors on the

and Mnemonic option or just for very simple

rear of the unit, with each connector carrying either

interfaces to third party devices for tasks such as

16 inputs or outputs.

alarm/status monitoring or control. In a similar way to the control panels, the CGP-4848 communicates


All GPI’s are optically isolated, providing a high

with the Cerebrum system over an IP connection

degree of isolation from the connected equipment. A

and is powered with an external AC-DC brick PSU

local, protected, low voltage source is available on

unit. The rear of the CGP-4848 has two lockable DC

the input connectors for any GPI’s fed from a

power inlets allowing for an optional redundant PSU

floating relay contact pair. All GPO’s are provided in

in critical control applications.

the form of a floating/isolated relay contact pair CCP4800

using the common and normally open contacts. Fifteen of the relay outputs also make the normally closed contact available.





Features JJ

General: JJ


Add/remove devices of different types from the





Work as a standalone system


Work as a redundant server system with


support for multiple clients JJ



automatically or manually JJ

In redundant mode SQL data is auto mirrored



System automatically restricts size of database below configured size Option to automatically archive removed data View a specified pdf of a device encapsulated in


the manual view JJ

Edit user ‘groups’ and be able to specify what that group has access to in both the application and the system devices


Edit users with their own password and assign


them to a specific group JJ

Change the home page of a view based on a


user/group JJ

Log into a client/server as a different user


Optionally automatically log into Cerebrum


Connect to a device using SNMP V1 or V2c

View currently loaded files and show state


Create logical source/destination associations


Load SNMP mibs


Create virtual sources/destinations


Create templates for a given SNMP device


Create level shuffling rules


Override mnemonics (level/source/destination)

Logs all control and status item updates to SQL Presence detection of all configured devices Assign severity levels for all devices (apart (ints,enums,strings...)


Assign whether the status items clear alarms


Assign a template to a SNMP device

Create alternative mnemonics for a level/


Auto registration of device OID polling based

Load/save router status to a file

Optional background polling of SNMP OID’s

Lock destinations for a period of time


Receive and interpret SNMP traps

Categorise the sources/destinations/levels/sub-


Optional logging of trap messages



View of SNMP mib and data from a device


Tally and Mnemonic system Create/view tally levels


Connect to device using native protocol

all status events


Create/view cable database


Describe functions supported in descriptor file

Notify Cerebrum alarms visually, audibly, via


Create logical rules (AND,OR,NAND,NOR) for


combining logic states on multiple tally inputs

Views the historical events logged and filter the

to determine state of a tally output JJ

Export the events to an external file at user Navigate through the on-line historical events


Basic configuration of CCP hardware

tally level

Support of Axon CCP panels

Configure UMD devices and control the text


Support of Axon CGP-4848 GPIO unit


Configure Joystick overrides


Script language interpreter with system event


Change acknowledgement state of alarms


Ability to save/restore the configuration

and/or action interaction with system


Create alarm reports based on devices and

what actions are performed from user input JJ


read mnemonics

control and navigation view


current crosspoint state

Change the layout of all views on a user by


current lock status

user basis and save/recall state on shutting


make router takes/crosspoints

down/starting up the application


lock/protect router destinations/sources

Lock changes to the GUI layout Reset the GUI layouts for a user


Cerebrum Form designer functionality JJ

settings to and from a file

Multi-document editor for the UI and macro files used by the Cerebrum application


Test mode for testing current file


Connects to Cerebrum as a client which enables the use of drag-drop editing

devices via native protocols and: JJ


being sent and the state of any tallies

Connect to one or a number of phyiscal routing

Show different views of the system, device,


Hardware JJ

Add notes to any event

Router Control






View state of all tally inputs/outputs for a given

Application logging with configurable levels


Generic Devices

Allows the event description to be overriden for

based on Windows credentials

Create a user interface from an external file





on one or more clients viewing it JJ


which describes how the UI is presented and





severities, GUI, macro and mib files

for a specific physical router

Hold the current and historical status severity

results based on certain criteria JJ

consisting of the control exclusions, status


from routers) to multiple object types

user data between specific time periods. JJ



for all status items in the system JJ

SNMP Devices

Create logical levels

manually or automatically JJ


Load and run multiple external macro files

database JJ


RouteMaster JJ

Monitoring / Logic engine

In redundant mode, failover system works








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Disclaimer September 2013 Due to constant product research and development all specifications are subject to change without notice. Axon Digital Design B.V. does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, availability and/or delivery of the products and/ or services listed in this catalog. Copyright Š 2013 Axon Digital Design B.V.

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