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28/01/2004

BBC Technology delivers playout infrastructure control to Broadcast Centre

BBC Technology has announced that its Colledia Control system will be used to monitor and control the playout infrastructure at the BBC's new Broadcast Centre.
Opened in October 2003, the Broadcast Centre is Europe's most advanced broadcast facilities new home for BBC Broadcast
Colledia Control will collect, log, filter and present on-screen status information from playout equipment and systems at the Broadcast Centre, enabling operational staff to rapidly assess the nature of any reported faults and identify necessary remedial action. The monitoring system will be configurable to allow flexibility for future changes in equipment and operational process and is designed to scale with BBC Broadcast's future plans for expansion.
Ann Wilson, Managing Director, BBC Technology, said: "We are proud to provide the Broadcast Centre with technology that will lie at the heart of its playout function. Following on the heels of deployments of Colledia Control at ESPN and DIRECTV, this implementation is further evidence of the value that major broadcasters see in the ability to seamlessly control increasingly diverse and complex operational equipment infrastructures from a single interface."
Chris Howe, Head of Technology, BBC Broadcast, added: "We have built the Broadcast Centre to be one of the most technologically advanced in Europe, working with our system integrators to select the best technology for each client."
Colledia Control is a software-based product that provides flexible and reliable control across all areas of broadcast infrastructure and operations, including both modern and legacy equipment, from one user-friendly, touch screen interface. It improves productivity and cost efficiency by enabling a single operator to manage an entire broadcasting infrastructure and operation, from content creation to distribution. It enables broadcasters to simplify complex processes involving multiple broadcast components, remotely control offsite equipment from a central location and monitor the status and performance of their entire broadcast infrastructure.
Colledia Control can interface with over 5,000 different pieces of broadcast equipment, and does not require upgrades to existing equipment.
The BBC's Broadcast Centre will house the playout, channel management and creative teams for international channels, BBC channels and other broadcasters. It is at the heart of BBC Broadcast's vision to lead a major shift in broadcast media management from traditional tape-based formats to digital media, transforming their capability to playout, present, manage and repurpose rich media content for any platform and any broadcaster.
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