ANNOVA to demo OpenMedia at CABSAT 2009

Leading provider of newsroom solutions on the lookout for regional partners

(PresseBox) (Munich, ) ANNOVA Systems, developer of the leading newsroom solution, OpenMedia, will be showing its flagship product at this year's CABSAT exhibition to be held in Dubai from March 3 to 5, 2009. ANNOVA plans to showcase OpenMedia version 3.5, a comprehensive, all-in-one newsroom computer system featuring powerful tools that enable highest productivity levels in cross media planning, event planning, control room functionality, and information sharing. Visitors to the CABSAT trade show will find ANNOVA in the Bavarian Pavilion, booth ZP 2-2 in Zabeel Hall. Already the leading newsroom solution provider in the German-speaking area, the company is presently extending its reach to the Middle East market and is seeking partnerships for product sales and support in this region.

In addition to showcasing OpenMedia's newsroom and planning functionalities, ANNOVA will also be demonstrating the extensive and robust integration capabilities of the OpenMedia Interface Services (OMIS) in Dubai. OMIS provides seamless integration with a wide range of industry-standard software products and devices. Specifically, an OpenMedia integration with the Solutions 4 Media (S4M) Video Production Management System will be shown.

Working closely with leading broadcasting technology vendors, ANNOVA will be presenting new workflows designed for the most diverse of radio and television environments as well as reuse of all meta data for innovative Web services. And for the first time, the company's new, ready-to-use basic broadcast package for up to 50 users will be on show: OpenMedia 3.5 including video management with a predefined basic workflow for a rapid start with a professional production environment.

"OpenMedia is a complete newsroom computer system that delivers unmatched flexibility and functionality," says Michael Schueller, CEO, ANNOVA Systems GmbH. "We are well established in western Europe, supporting major broadcast operations with thousands of simultaneous users. Now we are looking for partners who can represent OpenMedia in the fast-growing Middle East broadcast market. In response to differing needs we have created turnkey packages including hardware from leading vendors that allow us to make the professional working environment of OpenMedia available to broadcasters of any size with minimal installation time."

The OpenMedia Enterprise Newsroom Computer System

OpenMedia is an advanced Newsroom Computer System (NCS) that provides maximum flexibility, speed, and scalability for handling the essential tasks of broadcast news production - from wire management, scripting, and rundown planning through to playout control. OpenMedia is highly scalable with a client-server architecture that delivers robust, reliable performance even with thousands of simultaneous users connected to a single server. The system is freely configurable and can be adapted to a broad range of different workflows. It is also fully compliant with the Media Object Server (MOS) protocol.

OpenMedia Plug-in Integration (OMIS)

One of the strong points of OpenMedia, the OpenMedia Interface Services (OMIS) provides an easy to use, straight-forward plug-in interface for third-party systems including video production systems, automation, and studio devices. To be on show in Dubai, the OMIS integration with the S4M production system acts as an example for the seamless workflow created for journalists, enabling them to work with S4M's desktop video browsing, video and voice-over tools within OpenMedia's user interface. All work and metadata created with S4M is saved and made available from within OpenMedia.

Based on the latest standards, OpenMedia offers proven capabilities to provide the most diverse and complete integrations available today. These include the industry's leading editing, graphics, playout, automation, and archive systems and hardware.

New Features in OpenMedia 3.5

eGallery is a powerful, optional feature of OpenMedia's Newsroom Computer System that allows control room operators to create customized and role-specific views of the rundown with detailed information about the individual functions under their responsibility. Each operator can configure a preferred view of the essential rundown data including title, status and timing elements with custom displays with additional data fields that are most relevant to his role. eGallery (known as eRegie in Germany) helps eliminate error-prone paper handling in control rooms.

Cross-media Planning. This new feature greatly improves multi-media planning and coordination across multiple production units such as radio, TV, or Web departments. Planners create "cross-media containers" for news stories and OpenMedia links all the relevant external (wires, web links, etc.) and internal information (clips, stories, etc.) to them, making it easy for anyone involved to see the aggregated body of materials. The current status of the various components is also displayed and OpenMedia automatically tracks how and when the story is used.

Event Calendar. This new time and event planning module offers improved capabilities for organizing and bundling events and related materials for stories or shows. The Event Calendar allows journalists to identify, locate, and access all contacts, sources, reference files, research, video, and other data related to a particular event. The Event Calendar module is particularly useful for large projects and coverage of major events. It offers daily, weekly, and monthly views, items can be automatically entered from agency sources and assignments can be made directly from the calendar.

New Administration Tool. The new administration tool in OpenMedia 3.5 greatly simplifies the administration of multiple OpenMedia Connect systems. Administrators can manage user rights, permissions and other functions of multiple systems from a single console. Microsoft Active Directory Service and Novell eDirectory are both supported to improve administration across distributed computing environments.

OpenMedia Connect and WebClient Access

OpenMedia Connect allows multiple OpenMedia systems to share materials between each other, whether they are located in the same building, across town or across the country. Regional offices can easily view, control and exchange materials; access and level of sharing is based on a strict set of rights and permissions.

OpenMedia WebClient allows users to connect to an OpenMedia system via the Internet without needing OpenMedia software on their laptop or PC. Users can browse data and create documents directly.

ANNOVA Systems GmbH

ANNOVA Systems GmbH provides software, development, consulting, and implementation services for the broadcast industry. With over 10,000 users, its flagship OpenMedia solution is considered to be one of central Europe's leading enterprise newsroom systems on the market today. ANNOVA was formed in early 2008 by top executives of the German subsidiary of New York based Dalet Digital Media Systems. ANNOVA subsequently acquired Dalet's OpenMedia activities, which had hitherto been limited to Germany, and have since commenced to expand them on a wordwide basis. Additional information is available upon request or from our website at www.annova-systems.com.

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