Harris Nexio Brings Breaking News to Air Force Bases

Harris will provide the U.S. Air Force with broadcast distribution systems that will provide breaking news to 10 military bases in Europe and Asia.

Harris was chosen by integrator Snader and Associates to provide the breakaway news systems to the Air Force News Agency Services (AFNEWS).

“Our complete, shared storage news distribution system provides the scalability to meet the U.S. Air Force’s changing broadcast needs,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications. “The truly integrated workflow offered by our breakaway news system enabled us to win this significant contract.”

The Harris breakaway news systems—with Harris Nexio servers plus routing systems, software and processing gear—will allow the Air Force to provide breaking news to bases in the Azores, Turkey, Italy, Germany and Japan.

The Air Force News Agency, headquartered in San Antonio, communicates news, information and entertainment through print and electronic media to Air Force and Army military and civilian members assigned to locations worldwide. The agency provides news and information via print, broadcast and Internet products.

Harris’ Nexio server platform uses open standards to accelerate time-to-air and reduce the costs associated with content acquisition, production, distribution and media management.

The announcement was made at GEOINT 2007 in San Antonio.