Ohio PBS Affiliates Automate With Nverzion

August 24, 2007
Automation solutions company Nverzion has provided a customized suite of Nverzion content distribution and automation solutions to support the implementation of edge media servers at each of Ohio’s eight PBS affiliates.

The implementation was an initiative of the eTech Ohio Commission, which manages a telecommunications network for distribution of educational content and online learning throughout the state.

Beyond backup automation, Nverzion’s content distribution architecture provides an effective method of managing and distributing large A/V files between eTech Ohio and each affiliate, and among the affiliates themselves, through the eTech fiber-optic network.

“In response to our affiliates’ need for additional program feeds we have been working to implement asynchronous content delivery methods which take advantage of our robust statewide fiber-optic network,” said Jillian Froment, eTech Ohio executive director.

Each affiliate has also been provided with an Omneon Media Deck server and Nverzion backup automation software. Nverzion’s NGest product is used to manage the majority of the quality control and trimming of the A/V files, and XPlorer is used to allow the station to manually move data through the storage system for greater control and flexibility. Distribution is managed by Nverzion’s XPansion software. Additionally, the ProTrack traffic system, which is currently in use by the affiliates, has been customized to integrate with Nverzion to allow it to act as the master system for all content requests.

The solution gives the affiliates the ability to independently and efficiently archive and access files of their choice at the central repository, while assisting eTech Ohio in the management and monitoring of all traffic, content control decisions and content dissemination for greater efficiency and economy.

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