‘Broadcast automation without boundaries’ is one of two whitepapers from Pebble Beach Systems, available from NewBay Connect. Since its formation in 2000, Pebble Beach Systems has grown to become a major player in the specialised field of broadcast automation.
The white paper, by Pebble Beach Systems’ technical director, Ian Cockett, can be downloaded free of charge from NewBay Connect, the online depository of white papers, analyst reports, case studies, briefings, and tutorials. An outline of the document can be found below, and the paper can be accessed in full here.
‘The rate of change within broadcast facilities is accelerating. The need to increase channel counts and handle new formats and services, whilst simultaneously lowering staff count, provides today’s broadcasters with many challenges.
Broadcast automation systems have been deployed for over 20 years to help manage that change, and to achieve tasks that would not have been possible using manual labour. From the early uses of automation to control robotic tape libraries through to today’s use of IT servers which manage hundreds or thousands of terabytes (TB) of data, broadcasters have steadily become entirely reliant on software systems.
This paper examines the challenges faced by today’s broadcasters and outlines an enterprise approach to broadcast automation that helps solve these problems, allowing broadcasters to combine their legacy broadcast hardware with the latest integrated channel-in-a-box solutions. By providing integrated platforms that are extensible, capable of integration with other business systems and that can grow as a broadcaster’s requirements change, we can achieve “automation without boundaries”.’