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Volicon’s Observer hits 500+

2 January 2007

Volicon has announced that it has shipped more than 500 channels of its Observer desktop video-monitoring system since the product’s introduction at NAB2005.

“In a very short period of time, our Observer desktop monitoring system has found strong endorsement by leading networks and media groups all over the world,” said Russell Wise, vice president, world wide sales at Volicon. “The unique functionality and dramatic workflow efficiencies offered by the Observer are difficult for broadcasters to ignore, and we feel that the rapid adoption and deployment of the Observer is the most telling proof of its value in a highly competitive marketplace.”

Volicon’s system delivers the power to monitor, record, archive and stream content from one to hundreds of channels to ordinary desktop computers, making content available on demand, live or archived, from any desktop. The Observer gives users total control, providing them with the ability to search, retrieve, view, analyse, annotate, share, and export video from any location using an IE-compatible interface. An intuitive web-based GUI increases organisational efficiency by allowing mission-critical video broadcasts and analysis to be used as work material.

The unique functionality of the Observer system is popular with broadcasters because it adds value to a range of critical broadcast operations. The system does more than monitor for regulatory compliance and ad verification. The Observer allows users to ensure high-quality service through both local and remote channel monitoring. Broadcasters, media companies, and cable MSOs across the globe now use the Observer to capture and view multiple channels, monitor transmissions of multiple stations, and compare their programming to that of their competitors.

The system enables realtime searching of closed-caption text, even providing email alerts when tagged subjects or keywords are broadcast. Thus, captured media assets can be checked for quality assurance or used for correlative analysis alongside viewer ratings information. EPG data, as-run logs, and custom metadata can be linked to assets to improve workflow integration.

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