The National Learning Institute (INA), an autonomous Costa Rican institution that focuses on para-university technical education, faced with the advancement of Digital Television in that country, made the decision to incorporate an integral laboratory to expand its academic offer in this area. It should have all the current systems of transmission of digital audiovisual content, which included: Terrestrial systems, Cable, Satellite, and Streaming. The laboratory should serve both to train new technicians as well as to train experienced professionals who need to deepen knowledge in the new technologies.
The company chosen to carry out this task was VideoSwitch, together with the collaboration of its partner in Costa Rica, SoniVisión. The laboratory was conceived from the beginning with the aim of being composed of real equipment, the same that the technicians would use to make a real transmission. We also sought to cover the four most used media today: Terrestrial Television in ISDB-Tb standard (the standard chosen in Costa Rica and much of Latin America), Cable Television, Satellite Television, and Streaming through the Internet, what is known as OTT (Over The Top). At the same time, a test platform for Ginga applications was incorporated, a standard that is being promoted in Costa Rica.