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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR AUDIO MONITORING The Hong Kong Jockey Club has added to the audio monitoring capabilities at its on-site broadcasting centre within the Sha Tin racecourse with the installation of the iAM-MIX from Wohler Technologies. The kit will be used as part of the Jockey club’s new streamed and televised horse racing coverage. “In the past, we have not needed equipment such as the iAM-MIX,” said SK Yeung, senior broadcasting services manager, Hong Kong Jockey Club. “However, the expansion to our racecourse demonstrated challenges that we had not faced before. Wohler’s iAM-MIX allows us to monitor a MADI stream with 64 audio channels, all through one device that is simple to operate and easily accessible to our staff.” STORAGE Quantum has improved the efficiency and flexibility of its StorNext workflow storage platform via a software update. Version 5.4 includes the ability to integrate existing public cloud storage accounts and third-party object storage (private cloud) as archive tiers in a StorNext-managed media environment. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, NetApp StorageGRID, IBM Cleversafe and Scality RING are all supported. Other new features include the ability to deploy applications embedded within StorNext-powered Xcellis workflow storage appliances. In other news, TMD has announced the full integration of its Mediaflex-UMS media service applications with Quantum’s Xcellis workflow storage. The tie-up will aid content archiving. TMD has also joined the Quantum Advantage Programme, a platform that allows partners to test and qualify their technology with Quantum equipment. ARCHIVE STANDARDS The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) has announced that Scott Barella and Andy Warman have been voted on to its board of directors. Barella is the chief technology officer of Utah Scientific. He has served as deputy chairman of the AIMS Technical Working Group since January 2016 and was instrumental in organizing the IP interop at the Arista booth at the 2016 NAB Show. Warman is the director of production and playout strategy and market development at Harmonic, where he provides business development and strategic direction for Harmonic’s line of playout-enabled technology. Warman has deep domain knowledge in the production and playout arena and experience in automation, news production, content creation, and infrastructure common to broadcast workflows. Before joining Harmonic, Warman spent 11 years at Harris Broadcast (now Imagine Communications). 18 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 121 January 2017 Imagen has become a corporate partner of BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity. The move will see Imagen’s Enterprise Video Platform used to archive video content across the fragile and conflict-affected societies where BBC Media Action works. The project’s main aim is to implement an online multimedia archive that will enable the BBC Media Action teams working around the world to share their editorial content, ultimately bringing the teams closer together and encourage collaborative working. The large library of media content, aimed at bringing lasting change to peoples lives, will be available to all the charity’s staff through a dedicated Imagen video portal. BBC Media Action produces more than 200 hours of video per year, including TV and radio dramas, radio discussion, magazine shows, and public service broadcasts, reaching over 200 million people in 28 countries.