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Tightrope Media Systems and BrightSign Announce Digital Signage Partnership

Digital Signage Expo exhibit will emphasize how signage operators can achieve affordable yet dynamic networks across large-scale deployments

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, February 10, 2014
Tightrope and BrightSign announce a partnership that brings complementary strengths of each company together for a powerful digital signage solution. Available this spring, the partnership aims to make affordable content creation, advanced management, and media playout across large out-of-home networks a reality.

BrightSign is the market leader in digital signage media players, specializing in large deployments and having successfully deployed more than 500,000 units worldwide. That scalability and BrightSign’s signature reliability, combined with the dynamic content capabilities and advanced user features of Tightrope’s Carousel system, produces a cost-efficient yet sophisticated digital signage platform for large-scale deployments.

Tightrope and BrightSign will demonstrate seamless integration across their products at Digital Signage Expo this week. Visitors to the Tightrope booth (#1053, Sands Convention Center) will learn how the full Carousel user experience pairs with the reliability of BrightSign media players to meet the demands of any enterprise or large, network-based installation.

“BrightSign specializes in designing and building bulletproof hardware for all kinds of digital signage applications,” said Jeff Hastings, CEO, BrightSign. Our continued growth and market penetration is due to our reputation for delivering extreme reliability and advanced hardware features such as the powerful video engine and hardware-accelerated HTML5 rendering engine in the BrightSign XD product line. To further serve the diverse needs of our customers, we are dedicated to integrating our hardware platform with leading CMS providers and proud to announce our partnership with Tightrope.”

Tightrope will emphasize BrightSign’s leadership in feature-rich digital signage solutions, displaying a channel of Carousel-created social media content (Twitter, Facebook), RSS feeds, weather information, template-based messages, videos and live emergency alerts. Tightrope representatives will also discuss how advanced Carousel features like user permissions, built-in data integration, and scheduling of freshly-created content integrate seamlessly with BrightSign media players.

“With this integration, Carousel becomes the centralized platform that incorporates all users, content, channels, zones, scheduling and third-party data integration into a single common interface that is easy to use,” said Eric Henry, Signage Solutions Lead, Tightrope Media Systems. “BrightSign users can take advantage of these comprehensive, advanced features in Carousel to build more dynamic content, while retaining the affordable, reliable BrightSign media players they trust.”

About BrightSign
BrightSign, LLC is the market leader in digital signage players. Based in Los Gatos, California, the company develops products, software and networking solutions for digital signage. BrightSign solid-state digital sign controllers set new standards for both stand-alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease of use and interactivity. Online information about BrightSign units is available at www.brightsign.biz. For US sales inquiries, please contact sales@brightsign.biz or call +1-408-852-9263. For European sales inquiries, please email Pierre Gillet: pgillet@brightsign.biz or call +44-1223-911842. Follow BrightSign at http://twitter.com/brightsign and http://www.facebook.com/BrightSignLLC.

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, Internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Barix Introduces Next-Generation In-Store Radio Solution

SoundScape delivers comprehensive management and audio playout solution to help retailers, businesses efficiently engage consumers

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 29, 2014Barix has long been a global provider of in-store radio solutions, bringing value to retail shops and other businesses through brand awareness, consumer engagement and revenue generation. The introduction of SoundScape, its next-generation in-store radio solution, positions Barix as a technology leader in the retail market, helping businesses enhance flexibility and fuel new business opportunities from an advanced yet easy-to-use platform.

SoundScape is a comprehensive solution to manage audio distribution over IP networks, offering a centralized management portal and audio players at multiple locations. Music service providers can efficiently power in-store radio networks with SoundScape, using the portal to manage, configure, group and monitor SoundScape audio players and device status network-wide. SoundScape also enables content scheduling through built-in software, or allows service providers to use custom scheduling solutions.

Barix previously offered live streaming and Store and Play programs as separate applications, each available via software downloads for its IP audio encoders and decoders. SoundScape supports both applications on the same device, allowing retailers to switch between live feeds and stored playlists that play back at scheduled times. Both applications support targeted, location-based advertising insertions that seamlessly fade in and out of music programs.

The network-wide management capabilities of SoundScape further reduces costs and complexity by enabling customers to remotely deliver firmware updates, create and monitor logs, and track play reports for sponsors. This takes the onus off content providers who previously used in-house or third-party monitoring solutions to perform such services. Retailers can also integrate SoundScape with music suppliers to minimize licensing costs.

“Businesses of all kinds, including many retail chains, have long used Barix in-store radio solutions to deliver live streams and file-based playlists to stores and locations,” said Guggenheim. “SoundScape retains the core Barix competency of efficiently and reliably moving audio across IP networks, while introducing new features that will ultimately help businesses create better brand awareness, improve the shopping experience and increase basket size as part of their omni-channel strategies.”

SoundScape additionally provides value through an ability to target content across the network. The end-to-end architecture ensures that businesses can group devices to receive specific ads, other languages or completely different programs – whether by location, by department or otherwise.

The ability to switch between live streams and stored playlists brings additional flexibility. Retailers can take advantage of true, dynamic ad insertions within live, branded radio programs for part of the day, and switch to stored content at busier shopping times to preserve network bandwidth. The Store and Play application otherwise allows retailers to switch to special, customized playlists for holidays, events and local store promotions. To the latter point, retailers can easily take advantage of system flexibility to insert special ads for real-time promotion of price drops and other in-store specials.

Barix will demonstrate the complete solution in simulated retail environments at ISE 2014, taking place February 4-6 at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam (Stand 8-E275); and one week later at Digital Signage Expo (Booth 1716), taking place February 12-13 at the Sands Convention Center.

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

Barix Audio Signage Solutions Give Screens a Voice

Multichannel audio streaming solution engages consumers on mobile devices in retail environments

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 22, 2014Barix comes to ISE 2014 and the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) with a unique retail solution that enhances the shopping experience for consumers and adds value for retailers through mobile connectivity and synchronized promotional content.

The unique solution aims to give the screen a voice, engaging consumers at shopping windows and inside stores through visual content and associated audio streams. A free Barix smartphone app called Barix Audio Point, to be available in traditional App Stores, prompts consumers to scan a QR Code for stream access, which provides relevant and captivating audio content in synchronization with on-screen video. The combination brings higher awareness to promotions, store branding and other messaging through deeper engagement with shoppers – and addresses the retailer’s goal of increasing basket size.

At ISE 2014 (February 4-6, RAI Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam, Stand 8-E275) and DSE (February 12-13, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 1716) Barix will demonstrate a complete audio signage solution with screenFOOD, a dynamic in-store merchandising company whose content management system automates video delivery. The Barix solution can work with any Digital Signage player to achieve this multi-sensorial approach, with Barix encoding and streaming high-quality audio through access points near each screen. Those access points enable the Wi-Fi connection that delivers audio to mobile devices in perfect harmony with video playing out on screens.

The complete solution gives systems integrators and end users an all-in-one package that is quick to deploy, with ongoing reliability. Multichannel audio capacity additionally supports multiple streams, allowing retailers to provide audio signage content in several languages.

Barix CEO Ronni Guggenheim believes the bring-your-own-device trend in retail makes audio signage a natural step in advancing the customer journey, from redeeming special coupons delivered alongside mobile streams to receiving information about online shopping after stores have closed.

“The act of seeing and listening together raises the grade of perception, and through this solution retailers can give their customers a more complete experience that raises the potential to drive purchases,” said Guggenheim. “Barix excels at moving audio over IP networks with very minimal delay, and our audio signage solutions feature content management systems from screenFOOD and other suppliers to help retailers deliver an enjoyable in-store audio visual experience to consumers.”

screenFOOD CEO Pierre Farine believes that this concept advances communication at retail touchpoints to a new level, moving past solitary audio or visual to bring greater context to the shopping environment.

“Good sounding audio helps to focus customer attention and extend their journeys into the mobile universe while on premises,” said Farine. “Overall, this solution breathes new life into visual screen content. Barix also shares our philosophy of high-quality, reasonably priced technology and customer-centric solutions, and we see this as a unique opportunity to bring an innovative and exciting retail solution to market.”

Systems integrators can add more value by using the same network architecture to separately deliver Barix in-store radio solutions with dynamic ad insertion; and live paging and intercom. Retailers can deploy the latter at help points alongside display screens to expand customer service channels.

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

Bannister Lake Offers Powerfully Affordable Score Bug Solution

BL Score Bug Go delivers portable and affordable score bug graphics when space and budgets are tight

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, January 16, 2014 – Bannister Lake announces the immediate availability of BL Score Bug Go, a compact, cost-effective, lightweight professional score bug solution for live broadcast sports and in-house venue stadium, arena, and park production. This uncompromising carry-on package provides support for HD-SDI output of real-time scoring and game status, helping production teams generate high quality turnkey score bug graphics from a portable system at a fraction of the price.

This turnkey solution packs exceptional power given its compact laptop-sized form factor featuring Bannister Lake’s scoring and game status solution and a sophisticated graphics and animations engine. A Thunderbolt™-enabled laptop bundled with an AJA Io XT external video interface device offers:

• Full uncompressed HD and SD 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 capable video capture and playback
• Built-in support for HD clips and audio
• Switchable reference and LTC inputs and outputs
BL Auto Pilot™ support additionally provides direct data connectivity to arena scoreboard controllers and radar guns for instantaneous and automated game data.

Bannister Lake’s sport-centric interface turns operators into power users. Operator hot keys offer instant in-game access to score, sponsor, and clock updates, and game exceptions and infractions such as penalties, flags, and substitutions.

“The Score Bug Go solution is the right score bug solution at the right price,” stated Georg Hentsch, President of Bannister Lake. “Between its full HD SDI key and fill and the solution’s $15K price tag, every broadcaster and venue can be a major league player with stunning, cutting-edge score bug output.”

BL Score Bug Go is available and shipping now through Bannister Lake as well as authorized resellers.

About Bannister Lake Inc.
Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for Broadcast Television, Cable, Satellite and in-venue audio visual applications worldwide. Our display solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing infrastructure, automating the process of data entry for video graphics display and improving the productivity of your organization. Visit Bannister Lake online: www.bannisterlake.com

Barix Sharpens Retail Focus in 2014

Company to introduce new strategy, solutions at ISE and Digital Signage Expo

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 15, 2013
Barix opens 2014 with a new executive management team and company strategy that will shift the company’s focus to core growth areas, with retail a key focus heading into two first-quarter trade shows.

The company will unveil a new booth design at the ISE 2014 and Digital Signage Expo shows simulating technology in retail environments, with three key demonstrations:
Audio Signage, a unique application that delivers multichannel audio streams to consumer devices in synchronization with visual displays
In-Store Radio and Ad Insertion, a long-time Barix expertise improved through new hardware and software, including a system-wide management platform
Paging and Intercom, addressing retail store communications for security and general needs in real-time

Barix retail solutions feature tried-and-true Barix IP audio technology at the core, leveraged to bring complete solutions that engage consumers, simplify communications and add value for systems integrators through simple installation, scalability and all-in one converged network solutions. All three demonstrations will showcase the core Barix benefit of reliably moving audio over IP networks.

“Particularly with our audio signage solution, we aim to bring the two siloes of video and audio communication into a single-contained, harmonized and managed platform in the retail shop,” said Ronni Guggenheim, CEO, Barix. “Overall, we view the retail market as an exciting opportunity to showcase how we can merge core Barix strengths and new enhancements to deliver complete, reliable and cost-effective solutions that engage audiences, enrich brands and generate revenue.”

Barix will move its ISE stand to the digital signage hall this year to more prominently display its new retail solutions to systems integrators and end users with interest in this market. Barix will exhibit at Stand 8-E275 at ISE 2014, which takes place February 4-6, RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam. The company will then demonstrate these solutions the following week at Digital Signage Expo (Booth 1716), taking place February 12-13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

Barix Appoints Domenico Gambino as VP Sales and Barbara Haller-Rietschel as VP Marketing Communications

Appointments round out executive management team, strengthen sales and marketing strategies

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 8, 2014 — IP audio and control specialist Barix will sharpen its customer outreach and communications focus with new strategic, consolidated structures in sales and marketing. Long-time head of technical sales Domenico Gambino has been promoted to Vice President, Sales, while Barbara Haller-Rietschel transitions to Vice President, Marketing Communications. Both report directly to Barix CEO Ronni Guggenheim, and complete his new executive management team.

Domenico Gambino’s appointment will have an immediate effect on how Barix communicates with its customer base by merging channel sales, technical sales and technical support into a single organization. This creates a sensible, singular structure for outreach across channel partners, OEMs and end users that enhances communication between Barix and its customers. He will lead a large team with several managers reporting to him across channel, support, pre-sales and training operations.

Domenico will additionally focus on strengthening and expanding sales channels; and developing sales strategies to drive global growth. In his previous role at Barix as Head of Technical Sales, Domenico developed a deep understanding of Barix customer requirements while working across its network of resellers and systems integrators.

“Barix has a reputable image and a strong presence, along with trusted technical competence and well-regarded product reliability,” he said. “It’s my goal to sharpen sales and support focus in the short term through our current product offering, while developing a long-term roadmap in collaboration with our product marketing team to fulfill market expectations moving forward. Most importantly, our restructuring of the sales operation will have a positive impact on our customers’ daily operations.”

Barbara will make significant contributions in developing and executing the company’s new marketing strategy — which Barix will publicly unveil at the ISE show in Amsterdam in early February — while also being laser-focused on branding; and both internal and external communications. Her years of experience at Barix and knowledge of IP trends and technology leave her well positioned to succeed in a business environment ripe with change.

“We intend to change the face of Barix from a box manufacturer to an IP solutions provider,” said Haller-Rietschel, who previously oversaw marketing operations in the role of company president. “Barix has been in the audio over IP market for 10 years, and the market has matured significantly. We are refreshing our strategy to more effectively adapt to changing customer needs across the markets we serve.”

The appointments of Domenico and Barbara follow on the heels of Ronni Guggenheim’s hiring as CEO; the appointment of Barix founder Johannes G. Rietschel as CTO; and the promotion of Frank Frederiksen to COO.

Barix: The Voice of Simplicity (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, specializes in the research and development of state-of-the-art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks/Internet, offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industries. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

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Tightrope Media Systems Keeps Digital Signage Content Fresh with Tight Social Media Integration

New Carousel software release adds Twitter, Facebook authentication alongside new visual enhancements tools to address evolving customer needs

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, December 17, 2013Tightrope Media Systems announces a new software release for its tried-and-true Carousel digital signage platform, giving its customers new tools and enhancements that keep content fresh and enrich visual appeal.

Available today, the Carousel 6.4 software release supports direct Twitter and Facebook integration, simplifying how operators access and subsequently incorporate social media feeds into signage layouts. This native connection, achieved via a simple login process, also better organizes social media integration so that content remains timely.

“Social media is so natural to people today that it’s easy for most to focus in and consume that information on signage platforms,” said Eric Henry, Signage Solutions Lead for Tightrope Media Systems. “Our customers are increasingly seeking ways to ensure that their social media content is current, dynamic and well-aligned with their screen content. It creates a natural connection between consumers and the businesses or organizations that rely on digital signage as a communications platform.”

The new Carousel software release also includes visual and operational enhancements to keep screens lively and appealing. A new text character limit on Carousel bulletins eliminate screen crowding and wordy passages to retain viewers and strengthen messages. Similarly, a new web preview feature offers a quick glance at clock bulletins to ensure content is synchronized and easy to digest. Operationally, a new copy option allows for quick transfer of new bulletins to fresh templates, allowing users to create and customize layouts rich with up-to-date information.

“The new software release benefits our customers across all digital signage verticals we serve, including hospitality, transportation, sports and houses of worship,” said Henry. “These enhancements also reflect what our customers are requesting today.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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TNDV Mobile Production Trucks Standardize on Harman

NASHVILLE, December 16, 2013 — Mobile television production specialist TNDV has standardized on Harman digital audio consoles, allowing the company to deliver exceptional multi-channel audio production capabilities for remote broadcast and production projects of all sizes.

Nic Dugger, owner and president of TNDV, notes that the fleet-wide upgrade took several years and required a sizable investment, but the return on investment has been clear from the outset — and in some cases, the standardization has encouraged repeat business.

“Harman digital audio consoles produce outstanding sound quality, which is primarily why we choose them,” said Nic Dugger, TNDV’s president and owner. “Today, when a customer books any of our trucks, they are assured the best performing digital audio consoles on the market. Freelance crews can use the same intuitive user interface, operation, and architecture, and once familiar with set-up and software they can quickly turn their attention to the production.”

Besides having a high degree of confidence in their performance, Dugger likes that all Harman models have compatible, interchangeable parts. Because of this consistency, TNDV’s flexibility on live show sites is greatly improved since parts can be swapped between the Soundcraft and Studer models on different trucks in the field. And since TNDV’s truck engineers are intimately familiar with the Harman architecture, they can perform routine maintenance and even trouble-shoot the consoles when necessary.

“Because Harman appreciates that their media and entertainment customers are doing time-critical projects, they send us replacement parts no questions asked. They stay engaged with our engineers until the matter has been resolved,” he said.

Meet the Fleet
Aspiration, TNDV’s flagship HD expanding side video mobile unit, offers a Soundcraft Vi4 live production console with 72 input channels and 36 outputs, with up to 42 faders and 5.1 surround sound mixing capability in a private, on-board audio mix booth.

TNDV’s Vibration—a digital audio-only mobile unit—features the flagship Studer Vista 9 console with 256 inputs and 7.1 surround sound capabilities. Designed for audio mixing and recording of broadcast television and digital film productions, Vibration is a 53-foot semi-trailer that houses an acoustically isolated audio suite, machine room, and comfortable client lounge with custom furnishings and hardwood floors.

TNDV’s other Nashville-based trucks, Inspiration and Origination, both feature Soundcraft Vi1 consoles with up to 32 motorized faders, 96 DSP channels and 5.1 surround sound mixing capability. The Origination installation was the most recent upgrade, with the Soundcraft Vi1 vastly improve audio capabilities on the 30-foot mobile production unit.

Dugger approximates his business at 60 percent live entertainment and 40 percent live sports, which he says makes Harman consoles attractive for his bookings since they are “primarily entertainment desks.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television

Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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Tightrope Media Systems ZEPLAY Enhances Fan Experience For Ottawa Senators NHL Games

Arena’s production team credits durability, ease of use, and archiving capabilities as key features of instant replay system

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, December 9, 2013 – The Ottawa Senators recently upgraded the production capabilities of its multipurpose home arena, Canadian Tire Centre, focusing on a new LED score board, cameras, fiber infrastructure and a complete control room overhaul. The control room project included replacing its older SD gear with new, all-digital HD switchers, routers and replay system that would meet the production crew’s specific requirements.

The production team selected two ZEPLAY slo-mo instant replay systems for sports from Tightrope Media Systems, citing ease of use, durability, and quick and easy access to game action as benefits – all while offering exceptional value for its price.

Stan Kertesz, audio and video production manager for the Ottawa Senators, explained that his crew needed a reliable and easy to use replay system for its new LED score board and monitors located throughout the arena. This is because ZEPLAY would be integral to capturing fast-paced game action and generating fan excitement during home games.

“It has always been important that we have the ability to produce our own replays,” explains Kertesz. “We realize that when you’re a fan watching a game at home, you get these great angles and replays, but that’s not always the case when you’re in the arena watching the games live. With that in mind, I wanted two replay machines from the start. We had one SD system from another vendor but the front end control wasn’t very good, and it had some bugs. It also only gave us four angles, and I wanted many more.”

Kertesz took a serious look at the price-to-performance ratio of available replay systems. “The consultant we were working with recommended Tightrope,” he says. “We checked it out and the price point was very good. I looked through the specs and the functionality and realized this system was exactly what we needed. We’re basically getting two machines for the price of one.”

Each ZEPLAY system allows operators eight channels of live replay (four in, four out) and a built-in multiviewer for studying angles. The unit’s controller and jog/shuttle wheel with magnetic stops gives operators the accuracy and speed needed when working under pressure. “They are good, solid controllers,” says Kertesz. “That’s something we didn’t have before with our old unit; that ease of use and control is something my operators appreciated right off the bat.”

ZEPLAY’s extensive tagging options to assist with storage, recall and lightning-fast highlight package creation was another essential feature for Kertesz. His operators archive game-day footage for highlights, promo packages, posting videos online or even as complementary footage after a game during player interviews.

“The archiving capability and full HD quality is very important to us, and overall it is the biggest way that ZEPLAY enhanced our game and workflow,” says Kertesz. “It’s great that we can show replays during the game, but with the tagging features, we also have that ability to create these HD highlight melts after the games. We can digitally transfer those to our edit suites and build databases. It makes the workflow really simple.”

Up and running on ZEPLAY after training for only two games, Kertesz stresses that it was not only quick and easy to learn, but the rewards were immediate.

“You can hear the reaction from the fans when you get a good replay, like the puck just barely stopping on the goal line,” says Kertesz. “So, we get recognition that it enhances the fan experience. Overall, ZEPLAY was a great choice and has become a big part of our show.”

About Tightrope Media Systems

Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Bannister Lake Launches School Closings Solution

BL Snow Day offers a simple, cost-effective way to generate and deliver school and community notices across many systems and devices

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, November 21, 2013 – Bannister Lake announces the availability of BL Snow Day, a new cost-effective school closures and local community events solution for broadcasters, schools, municipalities and digital signage networks.

BL Snow Day’s simplified web-based workflow provides an unlimited number of content moderators the ability to pre-schedule content for future play out and set automatic story expiration. Automation and editorial tools enable staff to manage community events, local news stories, images, and video content and organize it into reusable topics and playlists ready for broadcast.

In broadcast, BL Snow Day helps local TV stations generate and broadcast real-time critical school closures and bus cancellations or delays due to inclement weather on any platform, including digital signage, web, and mobile. BL Snow Day also provides a simple toolset for on-campus information, allowing K-12 schools and universities to share early dismissal details across campus TV systems and digital signage networks.

Additionally, municipalities can use BL Snow Day to broadcast school closing and community event information across town hall systems, and offer it as a shared resource for the entire community. This allows local broadcasters, schools, and fire and police departments to centrally access and use the system.

Above all, BL Snow Day is quick to deploy, providing end users and systems integrators with an uncomplicated platform that is simple to install and easy to learn. Any system that can read an RSS, XML, ODBC, or JSON feed can immediately integrate BL Snow Day output, which gets new customers up and running quickly.

“Your school closure solution shouldn’t be complicated to install, integrate or operate when you’re looking to share local information with your viewers quickly and efficiently,” stated Pete Challinger, VP U.S. Business Development at Bannister Lake. “BL Snow Day is easy to integrate and easy to learn. It eliminates your manual copy and paste workflows, and it offers good value for call letter stations, schools and government agencies looking to add closure coverage or update their existing systems.”

BL Snow Day is available as an enterprise server 1RU chassis solution, a secure cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, and a lightweight, solid-state, portable Nano turnkey solution that fits in the palm of the hand.

About Bannister Lake Inc.
Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for Broadcast Television, Cable, Satellite and audio visual applications worldwide. Our display solutions are designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing infrastructure, automating the process of data entry for video graphics display and improving the productivity of your organization. Visit Bannister Lake online: www.bannisterlake.com

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