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Cape provides good hope to RAI

21 December 2006

Italian state broadcaster RAI has selected Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Platform provider Cape Clear Software to serve as a key enabling technology to support innovative services such as TV game show voting for all of RAI’s interactive digital television channels.

RAI chose the Cape Clear ESB Platform to enable its Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) because it was the only system that could be seamlessly deployed into their existing complex infrastructure, and could deliver the performance and clean integration with external systems that the initiative required. The meteoric rise in popularity of interactive television that allows viewers to vote for contestants in talent contests, dance-offs, game shows, and the like has placed enormous demands on broadcasters to provide an infrastructure capable of accurately processing millions of votes submitted virtually simultaneously.

Many broadcasters, including BSkyB and Channel 4 in the UK, have chosen Cape Clear’s market-leading ESB Platform to power a SOA that enables integration with third-party content, high performance, and reliability for similarly modern broadcasting applications.

“We needed a best-of-breed solution that would allow us to add new services quickly and would provide robust and proven performance – enough to support the enormous peaks typical of interactive TV mass voting systems where many millions of responses from viewers are received in a period of just a few minutes,” said Massimo Duca, project manager at DTV, RAI. “Cape Clear’s ESB Platform allows us to achieve this while seamlessly integrating with our existing infrastructure.”

In the case of RAI, Cape Clear’s ESB Platform is embedded into an implementation model that uses a third-party service access gateway to integrate external suppliers of content and services for quiz and game shows. This model, running on a SOA, allows rapid connection to programme voting, SMS, email, alerting, forums, and polling applications as part of the service delivery environment whilst ensuring secure access to external networks and enabling revenue collection for the services provided.

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