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Stand-Alone Automated Monitoring and Quality Assurance System Integrates Easily Into Any Infrastructure to Ensure Accurate Content Ingest and Playout


HAMPSHIRE, U.K. -- April 14, 2008 -- Snell & Wilcox today announced the release of QC Station, an automated quality assurance system that leverages the intuitive algorithms of the company‘s advanced Hyperion content monitoring technology to provide alarms and on-screen display of faults or anomalies in audio, video, and metadata. A stand-alone system that can be incorporated easily into any type of system infrastructure, QC Station significantly reduces the burden of quality assurance in ingest and playout applications and streamlines distributed operations by enabling remote monitoring from a centralized location.


“By monitoring content quality and makeup according to specific content and branding profiles, QC Station allows quality assurance staff to do more with less,” said Joe Zaller, vice president of corporate development at Snell & Wilcox. “With the aid of QC Station, operators can handle additional video screens, oversee reliable ingest of more content, or manage monitoring of remote playout. In addition to providing sophisticated audio and video monitoring, the system features built-in metadata analysis that‘s valuable in ensuring compliance with the program schedule and with advertiser requirements.”


QC Station uses proven algorithms to detect even subtle errors in video, multiple channels of audio, and metadata. Quality control operators can adjust the system‘s alarm function according to level, specific area of the screen, and type of content and station branding. QC Station provides alarms and logs content faults to provide a record of content quality and, in turn, support service-level agreements. The monitoring system is capable of frame-accurate measurement and recording of commercial content for the purpose of verification. It also uses metadata to detect program identity and parental guidance ratings. As a result, operators can be confident that the right content is airing properly on the right channel.


QC station also features TCP/IP connectivity, which supports remote monitoring and quality assurance. While QC Station provides a local display of faulty content, it also generates thumbnail images for remote monitoring over IP. Dual redundant, hot-swappable power supplies add system reliability, which is critical for remote deployments with fewer staff.


Snell & Wilcox designed QC Station to integrate smoothly into any type of new or existing system infrastructure. Those broadcasters that use Snell & Wilcox IQ Modular infrastructure products can build QC Station into their RollMap network control and monitoring system. The unit can be installed anywhere in the signal flow -- between the tape source and server for ingest, or as the last stop for signals before they leave the building for broadcast -- and will not interfere with the signal path or introduce new signal elements.


QC Station will be on display at the Snell & Wilcox booth, SU4220, at the 2008 NAB Show. More information about QC Station and other Snell & Wilcox products is available at www.snellwilcox.com.


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Snell & Wilcox designs and builds the world‘s most advanced systems for video playout, mastering, repurposing, infrastructure, and live production switching. Providing solutions that deliver immediate value while enabling a controlled and cost-effective transition to HD and file-based systems, the company serves a worldwide base of customers in the broadcast, postproduction, cable, satellite, mobile TV, and IPTV markets. In business since 1973, Snell & Wilcox maintains its U.S. headquarters in Burbank, Calif., and European headquarters in Hampshire, U.K. Additional offices are located in New York, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, and Russia. Further information is available at www.snellwilcox.com.


Snell & Wilcox, Putting Pictures to Work, QC Station, Rollmap, IQ Modular, and Hyperion are trademarks of the Snell & Wilcox Group. All other trademarks mentioned herein are acknowledged as property of their respective owners.

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