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20/08/2009

Abit To Showcase Compact Automation System At IBC

Playout automation specialist, Abit, will display its new, cost effective, 'compact' automation system for the first time at IBC this year on Stand 8.A28a.
The system takes 17 years development knowledge and delivers it in a small platform capable of providing workflow and playout automation for up to three transmission channels.
Richard Thomas, Software Development Director at Abit, said: "Following on from discussions at IBC 2008, potential customers wanted an option to take advantage of the wide range of functionality and expertise Abit has developed, but without the need to control a large number of devices in a multi-channel architecture.
"Our solution gives them access to the full power of the application software in a much smaller non-redundant platform.
"The main benefit of this approach is that Abit will continue to develop and maintain a single source of software configured to run on its existing systems, which allows customers for the new compact system to take advantage of future product enhancements if required.
"This includes access to our latest Linux based dual redundant automation system for clients interested in the compact platform," he said.
On show to back up the power of the solution, will be software configured to operate a three-channel system, showing a range of sophisticated features such as logical linkage of channels, media transfer from file servers and control of transmission servers in parallel with branding equipment. The approach of controlling diverse workflow paths in parallel allows easy last minute-changes to the playout schedule. Algorithms ensure that the changes can be successfully implemented after or even during the material transfer from the storage to the transmission equipment.
The placements of branding and infill material are also automatically recalculated on a frame accurate basis based on the new schedule.
Abit is a privately owned, leading provider of tailor-made automation hardware and software solutions for broadcasters of all sizes. Clients include major broadcasters such as: MTV, NRK, WDR, RTL and CBC.
Thomas confirmed: "Our investment in the new system underlines our ongoing commitment to create the most flexible automation solutions possible for both our high-profile and smaller broadcast clients across Europe.
"We anticipate the system power, size and cost are matched to the future needs of broadcasters and will prove a popular addition to our product offering at IBC."
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