Volicon today announced that its Observer(R) Enterprise digital video monitoring and logging system is becoming a central element within the world's largest 24x7 sports broadcaster and other leading U.S. sports broadcast networks. Significant wins in the past year have resulted in Observer installations that provide continuous monitoring and recording of some of the country's best-known sports channels, which are using the Volicon system to benefit all areas of their operations.
"The Observer Enterprise system is popular within the sports broadcast market because it does so much more than provide reliable continuous recording and easy media access for compliance purposes," said Mike Asebrook, senior director of product marketing at Volicon. "What Volicon provides and what sports broadcasters require for their advanced monitoring and logging needs appear to be a perfect match. Users in this demanding 24x7 sports delivery environment focus on getting the most out of new technologies across their organizations, and the Observer system offers functionality that's valuable in a wide variety of use cases. It is common that virtually every department in a media enterprise uses the Observer platform on a daily basis. We're told repeatedly by our customers that Volicon's rugged dependability and rich feature set have become product mainstays for everyone from interns to CEOs."
The Volicon Observer family of products captures, stores, and indexes broadcast content from multiple channels and a variety of inputs, offering users simultaneous 24x7 Web access to video from their desktop computers. The Volicon system also facilitates audio/visual content identification, live and archived content detection, matched clip export, and alerting via SNMP, SMS, and email.
At leading sports networks, such as Comcast SportsNet New England (CSNNE), the sales, traffic, programming, production, and engineering departments all rely on the Observer platform to resolve any quality and content issues such as discrepancies with airing of commercials or other promos. Users at their desktops simply log on via a Web browser interface, find and validate the appropriate content, and create and send clips to other internal users or customers as proof of delivery.
Because the Observer system supports text-based Boolean search queries through recorded closed captions, those networks that caption all of the programming they produce can quickly locate even promo items that are simple reads during a broadcast. Integration with industry-standard as-run logs supports searches based on program, as well as time. The "scrub" viewing function gives users quick mouse or keyboard control to move forward or back in the video stream to quickly identify exactly what happened.
Sports broadcast networks also employ the Observer system to support long-term archiving of the content aired on their channels. With decades of content, archiving media is a critical piece for future repurposing. Interfacing smoothly with standard HSM systems, the Volicon video monitoring and logging system gives desktop users immediate access to their archived content. Whether producers, editors, and talent are reviewing recent shows or looking deeper into the archive for milestone or classic replay series, they can locate and play out media from within the Observer interface. The scalability of the platform allows networks to expand their monitoring and logging operations with ease.
Volicon provides the broadcast and cable industries with the most efficient, reliable, and cost-effective automated multichannel video content logging and monitoring system for compliance, media analysis, content repurposing, and quality of service. Its Observer(R) real-time digital video monitoring and logging solutions are based on Volicon's patented Video Monitoring Architecture (VMA). VMA is comprised of a multichannel video streaming engine, interactive search, content analytics, and service monitoring and alarming capabilities. Volicon products and services meet the demanding requirements of broadcasters, cable and IPTV service providers, and enterprise and government organizations looking to improve broadcast product quality, enhance video management, and lower costs. More information is available at www.volicon.com.