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Winner: PBS Ingest Suite
by Omneon and CEI

Focused on establishing discrepancy-free program feeds, PBS teamed with systems integrator CEI to develop a comprehensive solution based on a new workflow concept. Together, they designed an ingest suite that did more than reduce errors. The server-based system inspired further enhancements, which provide reliable and money-saving program-delivery solutions.

PBS and CEI decided to examine the benefits of moving the packaging of programs upstream. To achieve their goal of discrepancy-free program feeds, the team decided to build a prototype ingest suite. To this end, the design process began in earnest on an SD/HD-capable solution.

Key technology: Mirrored Omneon video servers totaling 9TB storage, ADIC Scalar 10K LTO-1 tape archive, Front Porch Digital DIVArchive with 860TB managed storage, Harris Automation, Dolby-E hardware, Clarity 67-inch Lion LCD display, Miranda Imagestore and Kaleido-K2 display processor

Runner-up: Starz Encore
by OmniBus Systems

Key technology: OmniBus Colossus automation system, OmniBus Archive interface with Avalon preview, NVISION SDI transmission router, Pro-Bel return router, Pinnacle playout primary and backup, Pinnacle ingest servers, Pinnacle DekoCast, Evertz delay and closed captioning, Dolby E decoder and AC3, Leitch sync generator, Leitch reference DA, Tektronix monitors, Wohler 5.1 audio monitors, Sony picture monitors and ingest VTRs, Barco monitor cubes, Videotek test and measurement equipment