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21/04/2008

ITN Commits To Install Pro-Bel's MCM Control And Monitoring System

ITN, one of the world's leading independent news and multimedia content companies, has committed to purchase and install leading-edge infrastructure management technology from Pro-Bel for its London headquarters.
Morpheus Control and Monitoring - MCM - is Pro-Bel's overarching command and control system, designed to deliver the management capabilities that are necessary for today's end-to-end integrated broadcast production and delivery networks.
Kirsty Aldridge, Pro-Bel's Product Manager for Control and Monitoring, said: "We have been working closely with ITN over the past year to assist them in future-proofing their control operations.
"Given the sheer volume of national and international news feeds coming into ITN's MCR, as well as audio feeds back out to reporters, users need a powerful yet intuitive tool-set to ensure operational integrity."
Ms Aldridge added: "MCM provides access to multiple systems from one, user-definable interface and this provides a level of flexibility previously unseen in the industry.
"MCM can mimic an existing front end that operators are used to, while transforming the functionality available to them, particularly in such areas as the remote control of modular products like aspect ratio and signal conversion. MCM will also provide ITN with a far more intuitive router control set-up."
Keith Cass, Director of Technology, ITN, said: "MCM will replace our in-house system for router and tie line control, but we are also very excited by what MCM will offer for device management, thereby simplifying operations in our master control room."
Pro-Bel showcased the latest MCM developments at NAB 2008 in Las Vegas. These included a new, highly intuitive and fully customisable user interface providing control and monitoring of Pro-Bel's routers, master control, automation and the Vistek modular infrastructure family. Support for a wide range of third-party products is in development.
Adrian Scott, Pro-Bel's Chief Marketing Officer, said: "We have worked hard to bring to market what is in reality a very complex technology. We are grateful for ITN's commitment and look forward to working with them closely on the evolution of the product."
Pro-Bel delivers innovative automation, media management and master control solutions as well as outstanding routing, control and signal distribution systems - all designed to be flexible and scalable, protecting the investment of the customer.
Further information is available at: www.pro-bel.com.
ITN is a leading independent news and multimedia content company, creating, aggregating, packaging and distributing news and other multi-platform content to a wide range of customers around the globe.
ITN Source is a leading provider of motion imagery, representing the largest collection of moving image libraries in the world, selling video clips from over 800,000 hours of footage captured over three centuries.
ITN's headquarters are in London with international bureaux and offices in New York, Berlin, Beijing, Brussels, Paris, Sydney, Johannesburg, Bangkok and Tokyo.
Further information is available at: www.itn.co.uk and www.itnsource.com.
(KMcA/JM)
VMI.TV Ltd

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