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Pebble Beach Systems at IBC 2017



Company to Showcase Virtualised Channel in a Box; Lighthouse Web-based Monitoring & Management Tool; and Beluga Workflow Engine

Weybridge, UK and Broomfield, CO., USA, July 11th, 2017 – At IBC 2017, on booth 8.B68, Pebble Beach Systems, a leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, will be showcasing its latest range of solutions, including: the deployment of multiple virtualised channels in both a public and a private cloud with Orca; Lighthouse, a web-based remote management and monitoring tool for the Marina  automation system; and Beluga, a new workflow engine, content management and video processing solution.

Orca: Virtualised Channel in a Box for Public and Private Clouds

IBC attendees will be able to see a live deployment and hosting of multiple channels in the public or private cloud, using Orca, Pebble’s virtualised playout solution running under the Marina automation control system. The ability to deploy new channels in a matter of minutes at low cost makes Pebble’s public cloud solution particularly suited to pop-up, event-based channels, comprehensive Disaster Recovery applications, and any instance where deployment agility is required.

DMC, the European media gateway, recently announced the launch of its innovative, full-IP virtualised playout platform, based on Pebble’s Orca system. DMC’s fully virtualised software-defined ‘private broadcast cloud’ provides a step-change in industry innovation and enables its customers to benefit from the agility and flexibility of an all-IP world.

Hosted at DMC’s re-imagined network operations, media management and distribution facility in Amsterdam, the platform provides international content owners with a passport to 700 million European viewers. The platform, which delivers 30 channels today, will be used by more than 80 channels in Europe from September 1, 2017, following the full migration of remaining channels from DMC’s former facility. The all-IP architecture enables DMC to commission and deliver new channels to market faster than ever before ‘a matter of hours instead of weeks’, with the potential to reduce this to minutes.

In recognition of its pioneering vision and technical proficiency, DMC and its technology partners have been shortlisted for a prestigious IBC Innovation Award in the Content Distribution category. The winner of the category will be announced on Sunday, September 17th at 18:30 CET at the RAI Auditorium.

Lighthouse Remote Monitoring and Management for Marina Automation, now with new Channel Design and Deployment Tools

Lighthouse is a web-based remote management and monitoring dashboard for the Marina automation environment that extends Marina’s functionality to business users, operational staff and engineers both inside and outside the broadcast facility. As Pebble’s product portfolio expands into the virtual world, Lighthouse offers a series of interfaces which deliver configuration and deployment functionality for Orca virtual channels. Using the new design and deployment tools, Lighthouse users can quickly and easily design, edit, launch and decommission virtual IP channels on the fly.

Control, monitoring, media management, and system configuration tools are offered via an array of widgets on configurable web-based dashboards, with the ability to aggregate data across multiple sites.

Modern playout workflows require agile, responsive methods of interaction at any time of day or night. Lighthouse extends the reach of staff with standard browser interfaces so that status and corrective actions are just seconds away, even outside the control room. For users with control privileges, accessing and controlling a channel from any location with Lighthouse makes unattended operation safe, and worry-free for senior staff.

Beluga

Developed in partnership with Blue Lucy, Beluga is a new workflow engine, content management and video processing solution that integrates closely with Pebble’s Marina automation system. It offers targeted file delivery, content preparation, and integrated QC workflows without the need to deploy an enterprise MAM solution.

Beluga’s content management approach focuses on the tasks of preparing content for playout and distribution. Checking segmentation, program content, allowing for conformance editing, performing comprehensive QC and generating reports are all essential steps along the playout pipeline. Beluga also adds transcoding and proxy creation to Marina’s existing toolset. As the number of users grows, Beluga’s simple web-based interface enables teams to interact with the media dynamically without having to install dedicated client software.

About Pebble Beach Systems 

Pebble Beach Systems is a world leader in automation, channel in a box, integrated and virtualised playout technology, with scalable products designed for highly efficient multichannel transmission as well as complex news and sports television. Installed in more than 70 countries and with proven systems ranging from single up to over 150 channels in operation, Pebble Beach Systems offers open, flexible systems, which encompass ingest and playout automation, and complex file-based workflows. The company trades in the US as Pebble Broadcast Systems.