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29/01/2004

ATG selected for BBC Broadcast central storage and archive project

ATG Broadcast, one of Europe's leading systems integrators, has been selected by BBC Broadcast as systems integrator for the Central Storage and Archive system to be installed in Broadcast Centre.
In the initial phase of implementation, D10 format files created using Omneon Servers under Omnibus control will be transferred to a 50 TB SGI disk array from where they can be accessed by the Quantel Digital Production Village recently installed by ATG, and used to create trails and interstitial material. The 50 TB of storage will represent several weeks of programming.
A 200 TB ADIC Scalar 10K Archive Library controlled by Front Porch Digital’s DIVArchive Hierarchical Storage Manager allows files to be archived either as a manual process or according to archive rules set within DIVArchive. It will be possible to archive files from multiple playout servers to the Library, enabling programmes requiring repeat broadcasts to be ingested once only.
Future phases of the project will introduce other services hosted by the SGI disc array, including automatic transcoding, aspect ratio conversion and delivery of content to a variety of platforms. Browse copies will be created and accessed via multiple PCs and decoders connected to the SGI disk array. They will be used for the review of programmes, the creation of subtitle files and other ancillary services.
Each national division of the broadcaster will be able to initiate file transfers of programmes to be broadcast in their areas, giving enhanced flexibility to their schedules.
Alan Pimm, ATG Broadcast Sales Director, said: "We are delighted that BBC Broadcast have chosen us for this important project that will form the heart of the new Broadcast Centre. Our clear technical understanding of their requirements has enabled us to propose a system that comprehensively meets the initial requirements and is easily scaleable to meet future demands."
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