Automation System was developed using object oriented C++ code predominantly
under the Windows 2000 operating system. The NOVUS System was also
developed to be portable so that it can be easily migrated to run
under the LINUX operating system should the end user so desire.
at Television Stations
Automation subsystem was developed in collaboration with the station
engineers and operators at Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver, CO and WXXI
TV in Rochester, NY.
part of the AUTOMATION System that manages the movement of video between
video servers (online storage) and archives (nearline storage), and
interfaces with Avalon, has been working near flawlessly at Rocky
Mountain PBS for over 5 years.
Use of Metadata
AUTOMATION System attaches metadata to each video server clip that
follows the clip into the archive. As a result, each clip can be played
to air without having to access an external database. Use of metadata
in this way also eliminates database synchronization problems.
Architecture with Automatic Failover
AUTOMATION System employs a distributed architecture whereby realtime
control is separate from schedule management and each device controlled
has its own NOVUS RTP72 realtime control device. By virtue of this
unique hardware approach, each RTP72 delivers powerful reliability
features. With further development and by utilizing redundant Schedule
Managers, dual LAN switches with crossover connectivity, and multiple
LAN connections to each RTP72, all single points of failure could
each AUTOMATION RTP72 has its own processor with an embedded realtime
operating system, true frame accuracy is achieved.
Interface with Traffic
AUTOMATION System has a seven-way traffic system interface including,
the import of on-air schedules, record schedules, dub orders, and
purge orders, and the export of exact program timings, purge confirmations
and as-run/discrepancy logs.
AUTOMATION System has a number of unique features including the ability
to elegantly handle Voice over credits, live breaks and extended logo