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Harris to support Winter Olympics in Vancouver

Harris has been tapped to supply graphics, servers, editing, networking, processing, branding and test and measurement equipment to Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium for coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games in February.

Harris will deliver an end-to-end HD broadcast solution for the consortium's suite of assets during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games that will help centralize operations and make production more efficient.

The Harris ONE system chosen brings together highly integrated products that enable advanced media workflows. The Harris package includes the NEXIO AMP advanced media platform and NewsForce HD/SD production platform, which will be used to build video clips for news and other programs. Harris NetVX video networking systems and Inscriber G7 integrated SD/HD broadcast graphics are also central to the system. A variety of fixed and handheld Harris Videotek test and measurement solutions will be used to monitor video and audio signals live from the venues, assuring signal integrity and compliance with national broadcast standards.

Harris is also supporting the consortium's online coverage of Vancouver 2010 with a backup control solution for FTP file transfer during digital coverage of the Games on and The system is comprised of NEXIO Remote software, which monitors and controls channels on NEXIO servers over a local area network, and the NEXIO PlayList event-sequencing application, which enables clips to be selected from the NEXIO database and arranged in any order for frame-accurate transmission.

CTV, the leading broadcaster within the consortium, is currently using a workflow for local and national news built on Harris NEXIO AMP and NewsForce platforms, Inscriber G7 graphics and the Inscriber Connectus centralized graphics management system. The Harris ONE solution is used for “CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson,” “Canada AM” and CTV News Channel.

In addition to its Toronto headquarters, CTV currently has Harris NEXIO servers and Velocity editing solutions at its Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg, Halifax, Edmonton and Calgary locations. CTV also uses NEXIO and Velocity solutions for its broadcast news operations at BNN, TSN and RDS.