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North Plains supports Microsoft’s CS Framework for DAM

North Plains Systems, a provider of digital asset management (DAM) software and workflow solutions, announced that it is the first company to show seamless compatibility with Microsoft’s Connected Services Framework (CSF) for broadcast and film production applications. North Plains’ TeleScope Enterprise is a software suite of applications that facilitates digital asset management processes that streamline the handling of content.

The Microsoft Connected Services Framework for Broadcast and Film is made up of a series of modules that enable media companies to build an interoperable, manageable, and scalable infrastructure of shared services that connect existing technology to support a dynamic production process across organizational boundaries.

Both North Plains and Microsoft said they are committed to helping broadcasters and film studios build out digital environments and system architectures that leverage IT technology to increase their operational efficiency, reduce costs, and take advantage of new business opportunities. The companies are working together to jointly develop an infrastructure and common application framework that supports the business goals of the media and entertainment industry.

At the recent NAB 2005 convention in Las Vegas, North Plains and Microsoft hosted a demonstration in the Microsoft booth to illustrate how the CSF architecture allows Telescope to manage the capture, production and distribution of both short and long form video assets for broadcast, film and cable content.

Built on the Microsoft .NET Framework and industry standards such as XML, SOAP, and WSDL, the CSF enables film studios, broadcast and cable companies to utilize various Web services to build connected systems. It allows North Plains’ Telescope to be tightly integrated with third-party products from Avid Technology, TeleStream, Omnibus Systems, and the Platform. The combination of TeleScope and Microsoft’s CSF platform allows information to cross platform, application, and business boundaries and streamline the creation, management, and delivery of digital content.

TeleScope Enterprise is designed for media organizations that want to develop DAM solutions as part of their web services strategy or Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). TeleScope MDP is a web-based digital asset management solution for workgroups that need a cost-effective way to share digital content internally and around the world. Designed for ease of use, MDP provides a task-focused web interface that enables users to quickly locate and access the content they need.

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