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PBS Creates ACE Broadcast Solution

PBS and a consortium of technology suppliers have announced the development of ACE, a new multi-component broadcast solution.
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(February 16, 2004) Alexandria, VA--PBS and a consortium of technology suppliers have announced the development of ACE, a new multi-component broadcast solution. The consortium includes Accenture, BroadView Software, Intel, Microsoft, Miranda Technologies, Omneon Video Networks, OmniBus Systems, and SES AMERICOM. ACE will enable PBS member stations to take advantage of standard building blocks and information technology (IT) methodologies to automate repetitive processes and reduce costly manual operations.
"PBS has always viewed the innovative use and implementation of new technologies as part of its mission to serve our member stations and the American public, and ACE builds on this history by using standard IT building blocks to optimize our broadcast operations," said André Mendes, chief technology integration officer at PBS. "By integrating best-of-breed technologies from a consortium of leading suppliers, we have created a simplified broadcast model that is easy to replicate, expand, and service, yet flexible enough to preserve the character of individual member stations."
The ACE solution relies on standard components and a highly reliable and redundant network to consolidate basic operational services across all facilities while reducing redundant functions and manual processes at each member station. With a minimum infrastructure investment, participating PBS member stations benefit from easy integration and installation of proven play-to-air systems; standardized training, support, and monitoring of local control operations; and a resulting readiness to make a fast transition to a more efficient, fully featured digital broadcasting environment.
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