Thomson unveils NexGuard content security

At the NAB2006 convention (booth #SU844), Thomson will unveil NexGuard, its comprehensive digital rights and content management package developed by the company’s Content Security teams in the United States, France and Germany.

The NexGuard suite of tools protects against piracy while tracing and monitoring digital content across the entire supply chain, from production to postproduction and distribution.

NexGuard includes watermarking, encryption, controlled access and forensic data solutions that manage and secure the storage, transfer and viewing of digital content. This content includes production dailies, postproduction elements, digital intermediates, feature films, digital broadcasts, digital cinema releases and DVD screeners. NexGuard also includes a content signature identification service that combats the illegal flow of entertainment titles on the Internet.

Thomson's digital watermarking technology embeds an invisible forensic mark in every frame through a data replacement process. The embedded information is linked to a database that automatically isolates the source of illegal content. In its robustness, capacity to store forensic data and ability to yield implicating information from a small amount of footage, Thomson's watermark exceeds the digital cinema specification requirements set by the Hollywood studio consortium, Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI).

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