Product/Service

Channel Control System

Source: Columbine JDS Systems, Inc.

Channel Control System
D-MAS targets broadcasters who are planning to go to air with a multi-channel bouquet, and those who wish to convert existing manual multi-channel systems to automatic operation.
Columbine JDS Systems, Inc. ts broadcasters who are planning to go to air with a multi-channel bouquet, and those who wish to convert existing manual multi-channel systems to automatic operation. It is capable of controlling from a single channel to many channels and runs a real-time operating kernel that ensures fault resilient multi-channel broadcasting with synchronous or asynchronous operation and control.

At the heart is a dual computer system running in keystroke shadow mode. Main and stand-by computers continually monitor and up-date each other via Ethernet and LAN. Either of the computers may run the schedules assigned to them so that in the unlikely event of a computer failure, control will seamlessly and automatically switch to the other machine.

The system controls devices via dual serial connection for device control redundancy. Serial communication provides the most reliable method of real time machine control.

The distinctive system architecture means that switching times will not be compromised by secondary functions within your broadcast environment. The system architecture includes a traffic computer that acts as a gateway separating your house LAN from the Automation LANs. The traffic gateway prevents viruses from infecting your Automation system and provides a route to make your traffic files available to the Automation System.

In addition to the conventional keyboard and mouse, the product offers control panels, which allow fast, instinctive operation that is especially important in an emergency. LCD-labeled functions make for ease of use and unsurpassed flexibility. Apology captions can be taken to air with a single button push. Additionally, error lights are provided, which can be clearly seen from the other side of your broadcast control room.

The system offers the option of a Windows NT operational interface, which enables a "master-follow" style of operation where the timings for "follow" channels are determined by the "master" channel. Commercial breaks can be taken simultaneously across several channels, all running their own regional commercials before rejoining the main program

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