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Nationwide Fibre IRS Roadshow starts in London on 10 March, ending in Newcastle on 4 April 2011

22 February 2011

A series of nationwide roadshows to demonstrate the benefits of a new and innovative solution for TV reception in communal buildings - the fibre integrated reception system (Fibre IRS) - will launch on March 10 at the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) headquarters in London.

Organised by the satellite operator ASTRA together with Global Invacom, manufacturer of the Fibre IRS system and supported by Sky, Freesat and Digital UK a comprehensive programme on Fibre IRS will be presented at five other nationwide venues, in addition to London - Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle during March and April (see timetable below for dates and venues).

The afternoon seminars start at 12.30 with a complementary lunch, and finish at 17.00. They are aimed at anyone who designs and implements communal reception systems such as architects, building technologists, surveyors, property managers, managing agents, aerial installers and developers.

A Fibre IRS is based on two successful and proven technologies - fibre optics and satellite. This solution is a faster, more convenient and future-proof option that enables long distance and reliable signal transmission in multiple dwelling applications.

It prevents the proliferation of satellite dishes, allows tenants to be operator independent and is compatible with advanced technologies such as high definition and 3D. Furthermore it is quick and easy to install, and saves up to 30% compared to conventional copper installations.

The system - conceived by Global Invacom and developed in conjunction with ASTRA and BSkyB - was developed as a result of an ASTRA competition for manufacturers, schools and universities, and is now used extensively throughout Europe.

It has been tested and certified and is designed to enhance buildings by removing the need for individual aerials and heavy cables. Later this year the system will also be able to claim that it is 'greener' than similar distribution systems because of its significantly lower power requirements.

How does it work?

An integrated reception system (IRS) distributes the signals from a single communal aerial to every home in the system, providing each with access to digital satellite TV and radio, digital terrestrial TV, and FM and DAB radio.

Fibre-based systems allow the use of a much wider variety of configurations. In particular, they can carry signals over much longer distances than conventional copper cables. This means that large housing developments can utilize a single IRS, with substantial cost savings in initial outlay, installation and maintenance.

Roadshow schedule

To attend register, email or telephone as follows:


0207 632 7900.

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