PESA - Huntsville
103 Quality Circle, Suite 210
Huntsville, AL 35806
US Toll Free: +1-800-323-7372
PESA - Toronto
90 Allstate Parkway, Suite 404
Markham, ON L3R 6H3
PESA - Beijing
Room 704 Dongzhimen Waidajie 42
Beijing, 100025, China (PRC)
Tel: +86 1380 126 2787
PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama and started business in 1973 as one of the first audio and video router manufacturers in the world. Over the last four decades PESA has built a strong network of partnerships and relationships with key companies around the world. Our customers and partners depend on PESA solutions to support critical audio and video production environments. We are deployed in military facilities, mobile production vehicles used in live sports broadcasts, broadcast studios, and in many other live production environments where failure is not an option. PESA is proud to be trusted in these types of environments year after year and takes pride in delivering rock solid performance and reliability that people have come to expect from our solutions.
PESA is the leading supplier of routing switcher systems for broadcasting, post production, corporate, educational, cable, religious, and government markets. In the early eighties, PESA recognized the increased demand for wide bandwidth routers and revolutionized the routing switcher industry by introducing the first 100 MHz router for high-resolution computer graphics. Since that time, PESA’s evolution of wide bandwidth routers continues to set the pace for others to follow. Our R&D department continues to push the envelope for uncompressed full bandwidth products supporting signal integrity all the way up to today’s 4k standards. Recent additions in the areas of live video streaming have launched several award winning products and expanded our product portfolio. The PESA XSTREAM builds upon our established broadcast reputation to deliver powerful and affordable multi-channel streaming solutions for a variety of live streaming applications.
We direct & manage the movement of audio and video signals to simplfy human communications
We provide routing switchers and distribution equipment to some of the most prestigious facilities in the world. Our history in the broadcast business includes thirty years of supplying routers to over 20 percent of U.S. call letter stations. We have provided routing systems for the Olympic Broadcasting Centers as well as supplying custom systems for NBC, RTO, NRK, and Sony. Our routing switcher systems have been used during major broadcast events such as the World Series, the Super Bowl, NASCAR races, major golf tournaments, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show and other special events around the world. Our proven history of providing superior, high quality products at a very cost competitive price continues to secure PESA as a major supplier of routing solutions for the broadcasting industry.
PESA is also deployed in large corporate environments that have a variety of audio and video distribution needs and high-resolution switching applications. Fortune 500 companies such as JC Penney, AT&T, Microsoft, Yahoo, Cisco, IBM and many others rely on PESA for switching and distribution equipment. One of PESA’s strongest markets comes from the Federal business market. PESA has committed to this market segment by investing the right combination of resources to successfully command a large portion of government business. Agencies such as the Navy, Air Force, White House, CIA, NASA, and many major defense contractors rely on PESA for providing audio and video solutions in these critical and demanding environments.
As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support.
After serving as a communications officer in the Merchant Marines in WWII, Dick Swan majored in communications while studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. After leaving school, he went to work for WGN-TV in Chicago for ten years, where he filmed the White Sox and Cubs games in the early days of television. He worked for several radio stations and travelled to southern California to start his own radio station. He then joined Sarkes Tarzian where he worked as a sales engineer. In 1958, he co-founded General Communications, Inc. While there, he co-invented the vertical integral switching system, which became and remains, the predominant method of switching TV signals in the television broadcasting industry.
When the company was sold in 1961 he returned to work for Sarkes Tarzian and then moved on to become an industry consultant, setting up TV broadcast equipment manufacturers with switching equipment.
Dick Swan and his family moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1970 to go into partnership with a colleague at American Data Corporation. Though the association was short-lived, it began a long and fulfilling life in Huntsville. In 1973, with his life savings, he started Communications Technology, Inc., with partner and friend, Frank Zimmerman. They manufactured switching equipment for the television industry.
After successfully building the company, they sold it to 3M in 1977.
In those days 3M had a video manufacturing division that developed and sold broadcast-quality videotape recorders, character generators and routing switchers, among several video-related products. The company also made recording tape, including all the sizes used for professional video recording. At one point in the 1980s, the company’s video hardware manufacturing business winnowed down to a successful line of routing switchers, which combined good bandwidth, modest size and reasonable cost. In 1990, a Spanish company called PESA Electronica, which had
a very broad line of products, acquired the 3M video manufacturing division, renaming the 3M group to PESA and establishing two companies in the U.S. The name PESA is actually an acronym that combines someone’s name (P.E.) with (S.A.) the European equivalent of “corporation”.
In 2005 the company was sold to a private equity group out of Canada and went through re-branding and a name change to QuStream before returning to the original PESA name and brand which remains today.