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Arqiva ushers in Signiant workflow

22 April 2013
Arqiva ushers in Signiant workflow

Broadcast media services company Arqiva has established a content ingest and delivery system based on Signiant‘s software. The new automated playout system provides speedy remote content ingest, automated workflows and complete visibility into content delivery. "With Signiant, we’re enhancing delivery-to-air with exceptional time-savings and control," said Gregory Burns, workflow specialist at Arqiva. "The software, not our operators, now moves content to and between the customer’s location and our Media Centre. As we develop new services the platform will also be used to automate the movement of content and metadata between our Media Centre and other platforms such as VOD or IPTV. We are saving time that we can now be applied toward other, more important business-enhancing activities." Signiant’s system-to-system file movement solutions remove human intervention from many steps in the playout workflow. A private cloud solution for sharing media assets across the broader partner ecosystem, Signiant’s Managers+Agents software (pictured) features a workflow engine that interrogates Arqiva’s automated database and queries whether or not ingested content is known to the system. If it is known, the workflow engine delivers it appropriately – either into online storage or various transcoding applications as required. If content is not known, the system will store it offline, or use customer-provided metadata to publish records into the automation system – instead of requiring operators to check the system for content, note anything that’s missing, or see if content and metadata have arrived. Software agents installed on the sending and receiving ends manage and track content movement to certify delivery. "Broadcast service providers don’t have time, staffing level or budget to keep working in the same old way," said David Nortier, general manager, Signiant EMEA. "To stay competitive, they must find new ways to automate traditionally manual processes while ensuring the highest quality. Signiant is delighted to help organisations such as Arqiva and others to enhance efficiency to their operations and to that of their customers."

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