New Software Systems from Harris Corporation Deliver Best-in-Class, Interoperable Workflow Solutions for Broadcasters
New H-Class™ Solutions Deliver Tight Integration Between Automation and Traffic Applications
CINCINNATI. — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, will showcase enhanced and all-new H-Class™ software solutions at the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention taking place April 14-17 in Las Vegas (Booth N2502, Las Vegas Convention Center). The H-Class™ media software suite is a comprehensive family of interoperable systems that together form the core of Harris media workflow solutions for today’s broadcast operations.
Making its North American debut at the show is the H-Class™ Comperio; digital asset management system. Comperio joins Invenio® in the H-Class™ family of digital asset management systems, and offers media companies advanced digital asset management tools in an easy-to-deploy, cost-effective package.
Designed for integration with H-Class™ ADC™ and D-Series™ automation products, as well as Harris® NEXIO AMP™ video servers, the Comperio™ digital asset management system manages the key workflows that help media companies acquire, catalog, edit and distribute digital video content. The system links descriptive metadata about a program or advertisement with the video essence of the content, allowing users to incorporate rich browsing and media transfer functionality across their operation. Powerful search and media movement capabilities make it easy to preview proxy content and move corresponding high-resolution material from the archive to a playout destination.
Next-Generation Automation Systems
At NAB2008, Harris also will showcase the new H-Class™ ADC-1000™ and D-Series™ DSX7000 and DSX8000 automation systems — next-generation products that feature extensive revisions to their underlying core technology, while maintaining full backward compatibility.
The ADC-1000™ automation system offers an increased number of channels and improved device support; enhanced network control capabilities; and Windows Vista® support. Among its new network control capabilities, the ADC-1000 automation system adds true IPv6 support and IP control of the NEXIO AMP™ server.
The D-Series™ DSX7000 system employs a single pair of device controllers to support up to 40 channels of automation. The D-Series™ DSX8000 system operates on a distributed architecture that can have multiple pairs of device controllers and support up to 1,000 aired channels. Both DSX-series products feature a new Modular Device Interface Control Architecture that allows users to manage and control IP-networking devices. DSX automation can also control Harris® DTP™ (Digital Turnaround Processor) systems, mCAPTURE compressed media stream recorders, Platinum™ routers and Icon™-series channel branding systems.
Many H-Class™ software systems at NAB — including the Comperio™ digital asset management system, the ADC-1000 automation system, the DSX7000 and the DSX8000 — will highlight an improved Graphical User Interface (GUI) that features a new, uniform look and feel across applications. This common interface makes it easier for operators of one H-Class™ product to learn another H-Class™ product — translating into better-trained users and fewer human errors.
Tight Integration between H-Class™ Automation and Traffic Systems
At NAB, Harris also will demonstrate tight interoperability between the ADC-1000™ and OSi-Traffic™ traffic, accounting and reporting systems. (ADC™ versions 10 and 11 will also support this tighter integration with OSi-Traffic™.) Data can now be exchanged between the two systems in near real time. This capability allows OSi-Traffic™ traffic, accounting and reporting systems to promptly and automatically relay changes and updates to the operations log. Once the changes have been made, the ADC-1000 automation system reports the status of those changes back to OSi-Traffic™ traffic, accounting and reporting systems.
This improved interoperability is enabled via BXF, the new SMPTE 2021 Broadcast Exchange Format software standard. BXF was developed to standardize methodologies for communications between traffic, automation, content management and workflow software systems. Harris has implemented BXF throughout the H-Class™ software suite to enable these interoperable systems to communicate faster and more effectively.
“We have developed solutions that streamline workflow and more efficiently manage resources, assets and revenues,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications. “We’ve incorporated the BXF standard in our full suite of software applications. Tight interoperability between automation, traffic, sales, billing and digital asset management is crucial to a broadcaster’s bottom line.”
Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems, and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions that span the entire broadcast delivery chain. The Harris ONE approach brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that are ideal for emerging media business models and for customers upgrading media operations to digital and high-definition services.
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