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Synamedia debuts suite of data-driven SaaS services, Black Box expands KVM solutions, and more

TVBEurope rounds-up the latest products and services news from Synamedia, Black Box and Signiant

Synamedia is launching Synamedia Go, a modular suite of data-driven SaaS services that aim to enable pay-TV and OTT/D2C services to create value from their technology platforms.

The new service launches with Go.Aggregate and Go.Experiment, which are both targeted at commercial, product and editorial teams.

Go.Aggregate aims to make it easier for viewers to switch between broadcast, catch-up and OTT content sources in a provider’s ecosystem. The idea is for platforms to unify content from different services and present it to viewers in a “simplified, curated and searchable way”. The suite supports  metadata aggregation, recommendations and federated search across multiple services.

Go.Experiment gives business teams new tools to improve and accelerate decision-making on content spend, UI improvements, and live event promotions.

Nick Thexton, Synamedia CTO, said, “Synamedia Go makes it simple for video providers to turbocharge their existing platforms to work harder for them, all with minimal disruption. Our suite of add-on modular services helps them test, refine and introduce features, apps and services that solve real business pain points and that really resonate with viewers.”

Black Box expands KVM solutions

Black Box has launched two new products aimed at offering greater flexibility to high-performance KVM signal switching and extension. The company has extended its Emerald Unified KVM platform with power over Ethernet (PoE) versions of its Emerald PE transmitters and receivers for HD applications, as well as a new ZeroU DisplayPort transmitter.

“These new Emerald PE and ZeroU systems give users even greater freedom in optimising their facilities and workflow to best support their operations,” said John Hickey, senior director of KVM and R&D for Black Box.

“With its new PoE option, Emerald PE can be deployed even more readily at the user desk or in the equipment room or data centre. Now available in both DisplayPort and DVI versions, our space-saving ZeroU transmitter can be implemented readily across various media production infrastructures.”

Signiant expands SDCX SaaS platform with acquisition

Signiant has acquired Lesspain Software, a German provider of embedded media processing software and the desktop application Kyno.

Signiant said it intends to use the company’s talent and technology to extend the functionality of its Software Defined Content Exchange (SDCX) SaaS platform, adding tools for interaction with media assets. According to Signiant, the platform connects more than 50,000 media and entertainment companies of all sizes.

Signiant CTO Ian Hamilton said, “Customers are looking to Signiant to facilitate organising, finding, and interacting with their media assets in various value-add ways. These capabilities require enrichment of our platform’s metadata and proxy framework, areas where the Lesspain team will contribute both skills and code. I look forward to welcoming them into our product group to help accelerate delivery of these enhancements.”

Core members of the Lesspain team will remain based in Germany, where Signiant said it plans to grow its development organisation.