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ND SatCom Provides Workflow Solution for Smart Satellite News Gathering

Monday, May 1, 2006  
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ND SatCom's latest integrated SNG workflow solution smartSNG significantly changes the way SNG is done in the broadcast industry today. The solution automates SNG operations from pre-planning through transmission via satellite to final deactivation. One smartSNG key feature is its easy usage: it allows a one button operation by a single, non-technical person.

Starting with the newsroom, the integrated system covers not only the planning of production resources but also the booking of uplink equipment and satellite transponder capacity, and the control of all equipment online.

The ND SatCom smartSNG vehicle is the perfect solution for broadcasters who already use a database for the planning of resource utilization. Synchronization with the database takes place autonomously. The system fully automatically points the antenna to the desired satellite, activates the DVB-S uplink equipment in time for the transmission, and sets uplink and downlink frequency ranges and data rates. It also deactivates the uplink on completion of the transmission.

From a technological perspective, smartSNG extends the user interface into the newsroom itself. It integrates the communication with user equipment at remote and mobile sites with a control subsystem which effects the activation, deactivation and control of the transmitting and receiving equipment. The existing separation of activities for workflow planning and the execution of transmissions required - up to now - a considerable amount of coordination between involved parties.

smartSNG streamlines the complete workflow and therefore eliminates a substantial amount of costly and error-prone human intervention. Broadcasters achieve the highest level of operational efficiency by fully integrating SNG operations into the production workflow and by increasing reliability and availability at the same time. The complete workflow integration is based on ScheduALL - ND SatCom's preferred technology partner and market leader in the process automation field.

ND SatCom is a leading global supplier of satellite-based broadband VSAT, broadcast and defense communication network and ground station solutions and is Europe's leader in Satellite News Gathering technologies. Its clients include broadcast & media, enterprise, telecom, government and defense environments worldwide. As a global company with more than 25 years of experience in the satellite networks and systems businesses, ND SatCom is a reliable source of comprehensive and secure turnkey and tailored system engineered solutions,represented by regional sales and service offices worldwide.
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