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Harris Collaborates in Road Show with Technology Leaders to Demonstrate Interoperable Digital News Workflow

Unique collaboration with The Associated Press, Sony Electronics and Sundance Digital (March 13, 2006)

Harris Corporation today announced that the company collaborated in a unique effort with The Associated Press (AP), Sony Electronics and Sundance Digital to demonstrate its Leitch NEXIO server system as part of an integrated digital news workflow and on-air, play-out management solution. A joint road show across southern California highlighted the open interoperability of each vendor's products as part of an end-to-end digital news solution.

"This was the first time I was able to observe multiple manufacturers come together to jointly demonstrate an integrated solution," said Craig Jahelka, general manager at KERO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Bakersfield, Calif. "Typically, manufacturers come to demonstrate their individual products as opposed to an integrated solution."

The demonstrations featured the Leitch NEXIO server, NewsFlash and NewsFlash Preditor non-linear editing systems; Harris Inscriber character generator (CG) solutions; AP's broadcast news production system, ENPS; Sundance Digital's NewsLink for newsroom automation; and Sony's MFS-2000 production switcher.

"This road show exemplifies our commitment to open interoperability and collaboration with other manufacturers to provide the best newsroom solutions that meet the needs of our customers, who often must integrate a diverse mix of products," said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications Division's Leitch Business Unit. "With our NEXIO Partner Program, we continue to provide exceptional, multi-vendor, integrated news workflow platforms, and this tour was a chance to meet face-to-face with some of our key customers and demonstrate the practical benefits in an end-to-end newsroom solution."

Through the NEXIO Partner Program, Harris' Leitch Business Unit collaborates with companies that deliver products addressing the automated acquisition and distribution of content within a broadcast environment, as well as companies that provide solutions for content storage, organization, retrieval and distribution. These relationships enhance the NEXIO platform's ability to serve customers' diverse needs. NEXIO is a modular, scalable server system for transmission and news environments, which offers integrated application platforms for editing, browsing and media management across a multi-tiered storage hierarchy.

"AP is proud to have participated in this project, which demonstrates that multi-vendor solutions for news production provide robust answers and freedom of choice for our mutual customers," said Mike Palmer, director of video technology and strategy for The Associated Press. "MOS (Media Object Server) integration of each vendor's equipment provides plug-and-play functionality with a minimum of setup and complexity."

"All too often customers are asked by vendors to 'believe' that their products will work with those of other vendors," said Paul Greene, product manager for live production systems for Sony Electronics. "On this road show, Sony was able to illustrate our connectivity in a real-world situation."

"Sundance Digital is pleased to join our valued technology partners in demonstrating the synergy between our respective products," said Robert C. Johnson, president of Sundance Digital, Inc. "NewsLink provides a scalable, flexible control layer between ENPS and the on-air devices that make a station's live news stand out in the market. The combination of our solutions enhances newsroom workflow, allowing producers and directors to focus on the quality and content of their on-air newscast."

The news workflow demonstration starts with assignment editors and producers initiating creation of media descriptions and placeholders in "assignments" and "running orders" using the Sundance NewsLink plug-in running within AP/ENPS. The rundown is passed to the Sundance NewsLink application via a MOS interface, providing visual indications for those elements that are ready for air, as well as those created as placeholders. The empty placeholder information, including the ENPS-created naming convention, is then passed on to the Leitch NewsFlash non-linear editor, once again via a MOS interface. Video material is ingested into NewsFlash through the NEXIO Ingest Control Manager, simultaneously making a high- and low-resolution copy of the ingested content. After editing in either NewsFlash in high resolution or the NewsFlash Preditor browse editor in low resolution, the completed package is then published using the appropriate MOS object placeholder. Through the MOS interface, information related to the completed package updates the NewsLink rundown, as well as the AP/ENPS rundown. During this process, Inscriber Studio is preparing graphical elements that are planned as part of the news story for playout with the Inscriber AutoCG. When the newscast begins, the rundown can be manipulated through the ENPS GUI Interface, automatically updating the NewsLink rundown controlling the NEXIO server and Inscriber AutoCG. At the end of the newsroom workflow is the video production switcher, Sony's MFS 2000, which combines all the elements to produce the on-screen image that is transmitted.

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 over 15,000 news outlets worldwide. More than 3,300 television stations, radio stations and broadcast networks in more than 50 countries use its broadcast news software and systems. ENPS, the AP's news production system, combines intuitive functionality with powerful features, including program rundowns, scripting, planning, contacts, messaging, archiving, third-party device control, publishing, news wire management, full text searching, tight MOS integration and language support. Designed by and for broadcasters, ENPS fits the changing needs of all types of broadcast news environments.

About Sony Electronics
Sony Electronics' Broadcast and Production Systems Division (BPSD) develops and manufactures high definition and standard definition products in several technology areas including digital cinema, digital cinematography, ENG/EFP, content creation, display and projection, optical and network systems, and professional audio and video. Sony BPSD technologies are used in the digital production of documentaries, episodic television programming and theatrical releases, as well as by broadcast news organizations, rental houses and event videographers. Professionals in such market segments as live event production, house of worship, government, healthcare and education also use these technologies.

About Sundance Digital
Texas-based Sundance Digital, marking its twelfth successful business year in 2006, is an award-winning provider of high-performance television automation solutions for broadcast and professional television applications. The company offers a broad range of scalable software, such as: Titan(tm) for centralcasting and higher channel-counts; FastBreak NXT Automation(tm), a complete master control solution for individual stations; FastBreak NXT XPress(tm) for commercial insertion; and Intelli-Sat(tm) satellite feed record manager. Sundance's NewsLink product offers tight integration between the servers, editors and graphics devices used in digital newsrooms.

Additional information about Sundance Digital is available at

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of over $3 billion and more than 13,000 employees - including 5,500 engineers and scientists - dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications(tm) products, systems, and services. The company's operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications.

Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at


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