A public service broadcaster in the Middle East has been using Pebble’s Neptune automation (Pebble’s original automation software) for over 10 years and it was time for the playout system to be replaced after years of faithful service. As a long standing Pebble customer, this broadcaster made the decision to upgrade from Neptune to Pebble Automation. The new system was required to control traditional chains of devices, with the exception of a Pebble Integrated Channel which they wanted to keep as a spare channel.
For the solution, Pebble Automation controls 6 playout chains comprising of main and backup server ports, a third party master control switcher, and VizRT Multichannel. The video transport is ST 2110 using a third party connection management system. SDI from VTRs and Pebble Integrated Channel will be converted to ST 2110 to be compatible with the rest of the system. Pebble Automation’s content management will be responsible for managing archive and restore to a Masstech data tape library. All schedules are created using automation preparation clients. The Neptune database will be migrated to Pebble Automation so that all historical metadata will be available in the new system.
Working with a valued system integrator in the region, the implementation commenced in late 2022 and the system is due to be on air in Q1 of 2023.DOWNLOAD PDF