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AP/AzEP Alliance Advances Live Field Reporting

Hardware and new software work together with AP?s ENPS news system (September 10, 2004)

Producers in the newsroom can now integrate field news operations into their news scripts. Live shots can be directly associated with stories; receive site traffic can be automatically scheduled and dynamically rescheduled; ENG transmitters can be remotely powered up just prior to air and powered down automatically at the completion of live field reports.

Specialized hardware and newly-released software from Arizona Engineered Products (AzEP) works in concert with APs industry-leading ENPS newsroom computer system to bridge the information gap. Via AzEPs MOS-compatible Central Receive and Remote Control software, ENPS monitors, coordinates and controls critical aspects of field microwave reports.

Integration of AzEP and ENPS systems enables stations to remotely control many aspects of live shot set up, allowing field crews to concentrate on covering their stories. Field scripts can also be sent to the newsroom for editing, inclusion in the newscasts script and closed-captioning.

Communication with live trucks is handled over an existing station-licensed radio channel. Information is passed back and forth as compressed, encrypted burst data.

Mike Palmer, ENPS Director of Broadcast Digital Distribution Systems and Strategy, said, ?AzEP integration with ENPS allows Producers and Assignment desks to, for the first time, closely integrate field transmission units with Running Order and Story content within the newsroom computer system. Producers and Assignment editors can not only assign live transmissions to specific stories, but they can also monitor live shot status directly from their ENPS workstations. This first-ever application of the MOS Protocol to Field Transmission will provide tighter integration of live shot production with studio production and allow journalists and field crews to focus more on what they do best producing live news.

?AzEP appreciates the enthusiasm and support that AP/ENPS has shown for its MOS-based applications. AP is a terrific partner in this project and shares a common vision, said Jeff Sales, President of Arizona Engineered Products. ?Seamlessly integrating ENPS with AzEPs Central Receive and Remote Control systems means users wont have a big learning curve. But theyll see a tremendously increased ability to plan, coordinate and control their field news product, he added.

MOS is short for Media Object Server, a powerful communications protocol used to integrate and link newsroom computer systems and broadcast production applications and equipment. MOS enables journalists to see, use, and control media devices inside the ENPS interface, removing the technical barriers so the individual pieces of newsroom production technology ?talk a common language.

About The Associated Press
The Associated Press is the world's oldest and largest newsgathering organization, providing text, audio, news photos, graphics, video and technology to more than 15,000 news outlets worldwide. More than 3,300 television stations, radio stations and networks in more than 50 countries use its broadcast news software and systems, including ENPS, AP NewsCenter and AP NewsDesk. AP's broadcast division is based in Washington, D.C.

About Arizona Engineered Products
Arizona Engineered Products, LLC, designs, builds and markets advanced automatic antenna positioning devices, central receive software and remote control systems. It is a privately-held corporation based in Tucson, Arizona.

For more information about AP contact: Roger Lockhart AP / ENPS Phone: (202) 736-1145 Email: or visit For more information about Arizona Engineered Products contact: Marie Kocher Arizona Engineered Products Phone: (520) 891-5858 Email: or visit


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