04.11.2008 08:46 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
DNF Controls announces automation backup system
DNF Controls is now offering the Universal Automation Backup System (UABS), an affordable, easy-to-use solution for reliable playout control in the event that main or backup automation systems fail.
To ensure that broadcasts continue uninterrupted and as scheduled, UABS uses existing playlists from traffic and automation systems to control program and commercial playout. The hardware-based system gives broadcasters continuous playout support.
The UABS offers broadcasters a straightforward means of maintaining the integrity and value of their on-air broadcasts. In an emergency, the UABS allows operators to roll programs (clip or tape) manually on one video server channel and automate commercial break playout on a second server channel.
The operator can also use the UABS for automated playout of both program and commercial content. The UABS supports one playlist for a full or partial broadcast day; the playlist itself may contain time-triggered, follow-along and manually controlled elements. Operators can modify the playlist at any time, even during playout, by adding and removing elements or by appending playlists.
The new UABS is available in two models. The UABS-1 features functionality more than capable of handling emergency playout, and the UABS-2 features extended capabilities such as a robust toolset that addresses ingest control. Both models enable program segment playout and support secondary general-purpose outputs (GPOs).
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