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Harris Corporation Releases IconMaster 3.0; Master Control System Streamlines Broadcast Workflow, Lowers Per-Channel Costs


CINCINNATI — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, announces the release of version 3.0 of IconMaster™, a feature-rich master control switcher that is fully configurable between standard- and high-definition (SD/HD) formats and offers advanced features that enable broadcasters to streamline workflow, centralize media management and lower per-channel costs in multichannel environments.

IconMaster™ v 3.0 extends interoperable workflow solutions by enabling control of Harris® CENTRIO™ multiviewers and Platinum™ routers over Ethernet. By coupling IconMaster™ with CENTRIO™, the master control operator can control the multiviewer directly from the master control switcher. In addition to driving Under Monitor Display (UMD) and tally information to CENTRIO™, IconMaster™ drives picture-in-picture source changes when different router inputs are assigned to IconMaster inputs. In multichannel environments, the IconMaster system drives both picture-in-picture content and screen layout changes when changing from channel to channel.

Leveraging the new IconMaster SCP, a touch-panel-driven software control panel that connects multiple IconMaster module sets, IconMaster v 3.0 provides users with internal and external control over branding, including features such as automatic Emergency Alert System (EAS) and full-quality digital video effects (DVE). IconMaster v 3.0 also utilizes the new Connectus™ graphics management system for centrally managing and distributing media content across all networked systems.

“IconMaster™ has a reputation as a powerful and flexible modular master control switcher, and these latest enhancements pack even greater functionality into the same small footprint,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications. “The IconMaster system is ideal for both automated and manual master control, as well as multichannel environments. Features such as Ethernet control, integration with multiviewers, enhanced routing control, and remote software panels provide a particularly strong solution for multiple channel launches.”

Harris also introduces IconMaster™ LITE, which offers all the features and functions of the full IconMaster system but is designed for customers that do not require internal branding. IconMaster LITE can be easily paired with a Harris IconStation™ channel branding system to enable rich branding for a high-impact on-air look.

Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions that span the entire media delivery chain. The Harris ONE™ solution 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.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of $5.4 billion and 16,500 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications®; products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at


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