TVU Networks, the global technology leader in live IP video solutions, today announced that it will officially show its TVU Alert and TVU Command Center workflow solutions for professional broadcast for the first time in Europe at IBC 2016 on stand 2.B28. TVU Alert is a cloud-hosted service that makes it quick and simple to send mission-critical alerts, such as breaking news, anywhere throughout a news organization. TVU Command Center is also a cloud-based solution that allows for the central management and control of all the TVU transmitters, receivers, and services within a group from virtually anywhere. Together, they help broadcasters get to air first with live video from the most important breaking stories.
TVU Alert was designed to allow any user on the system to create a short alert and send it to other TVU users reporters, directors, management and technical staff with the push of a button, enabling news stations to react and report on a story as it is breaking. said TVU Networks VP of Product Management Matt McEwen.
Alerts can be sent to and from any TVU edge device such as: a TVU One live mobile IP newsgathering transmitter; TVU Grid IP video distribution, routing and switching system; MLink live video uplink transmitter; the TVU Anywhere app that turns an iPhone or Android device into a live video transmitter; and the TVUPack mobile uplink solution. Alerts can be customized and sent to individuals, devices or to entire groups in the network.
With TVU Alert, a dialog window allows the user to create the alert message and set up the recipient list, then send with a simple button push. TVU devices can participate in peer-to-peer chats with another device. For example, a technical director can send specific instructions to camera operators via their TVU Anywhere-enabled mobile devices. They can engage in a two-way chat. For group alerts, any number of users can be included in a group, and alert messages are only viewable by group members.
McEwen added, Getting to air first also depends on communication from the broadcast studio to the field. To that end, our service also includes a cloud-based TVU Alert Dashboard and TVU Alert API.
The TVU Alert dashboard provides an interface that assignment desk managers, news directors or anyone can see when an alert comes in from the central interface. The Alert message is shown there as well as an indication of when the Alert was sent. Users can also send an Alert from the dashboard.
The TVU Alert API allows alerts to be imported and exported from external sources, including news production systems, wire feeds, script writing, archive access and equipment automation.
TVU Command Center
Also on show on stand 2.B28 is TVU Networks TVU Command Center. The new cloud based solution provides a centralized management control of all TVU devices and systems within a group remotely from anywhere. It features a robust set of tools including the following:
- Full control of TVU transmitter functions, including latency and bit-rate
- Full control of TVU receivers, including Geo-locate, a GPS-based map view of all powered TVU transmitters
- Full control over adding or removing individual supported devices
- Full control over all TVU Grid video content switching, routing and distribution
- Integration of the TVU Multiview feature for previewing six live video streams on a single monitor
- Support for TVU Analytics for full monitoring of data usage, including pre-set alerts for data usage thresholds
- Support for TVU Booking service for the scheduling of automated live video transmission
TVU Command Center also allows IP video sources to be added or deleted, transmit and output to a third party website or content delivery network (CDN) such as Akamai, YouTube Live, and Ustream. Video clips from TVU transmitters can be easily downloaded and managed from a central point, and edited clips output to FTP or multiple video sources such as CDNs.
TVU will showcase all of its solutions, designed to help organizations fully leverage the extraordinary power of IP for video broadcast, on stand 2.B28 during IBC, to be held from September 9-13 at the RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam.