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OmniBus Announces Colossus Version 3

Integrates G3 technology into leading automation system (August 02, 2004)

OmniBus Systems, the award-winning provider of comprehensive automation and asset management solutions to the broadcast industry, today announced the release of a major new version of its leading large-scale, multichannel, multidelivery automation and control system. The new Colossus Version 3 combines the proven multichannel architecture of the core Colossus automation system with the modular flexibility of OmniBus G3 technology. The result is a system able to control an unlimited number of channels, items, or devices -- all through customizable desktop-based user interfaces -- to provide new levels of efficiency and flexibility to today's large-scale broadcast operations.

"Colossus Version 3 bridges the gap between video, audio, Internet, and data-streaming applications, just as earlier Colossus systems have, while also providing broadcasters with flexible user interface and device control options that bring greater functionality to facilities of all types and sizes," said Mike Oldham, CEO of OmniBus. "Through the use of modular control components that address virtually every device and process involved in media ingest, monitoring, playout, and management, Colossus gives operators precise access to and control over the specific areas of media and data necessary to perform their jobs efficiently."

Colossus' customizable G3 Desktop component features a highly intuitive user interface with a timeline-based display that allows a single operator to monitor the status of all channels at a glance and to focus in on any single stream, confirm its data, and drive it in the traditional manner should the schedule require it. Operators also have the ability to preview and adjust program junctions ahead of time, inserting sophisticated visual and audio effects where necessary. Dynamic master control elements reflect the properties of each scheduled event.

New revenue opportunities for OmniBus' customers can be developed thanks to the flexibility and expandability built into Colossus Version 3. By utilizing the ability to schedule sub-channel breakaways as part of the main transmission chain, broadcasters can target specific audiences for content delivery, making it possible to maximize commercial revenue potential without the need to invest in separate transmission output chains. Furthermore, there are no restrictions placed on the number of channels, items, or devices the system can control.

Because of its unique ability to move resources between channels and switchers dynamically, adding services often involves no more than providing a router destination. Colossus systems can be configured in a variety of different ways, including 100% mirrored operation -- virtually eliminating the worry over a single point of failure in the transmission chain.

Colossus also provides sophisticated security capability, full redundancy, and support for centralcasting operations including remote access and operations. Because the Colossus architecture works seamlessly across a wide area network, remote automation systems can be monitored and controlled from a central point for centralcasting, or operators at a disaster recovery site can access the central transmission facility or seamlessly move the entire operation off-site if necessary.

A new level-based security element allows broadcasters to specify the range of data available to each operator, ensuring operators have access only to the particular areas of media and data that are appropriate to their roles. And the fully redundant architecture ensures reliable on-air integrity with sophisticated back-up and fail-over functions that make the most efficient use of station broadcast and IT resources.

"Colossus Version 3 addresses all of the complexities of the modern large-scale broadcast facility," said Ian Fletcher, OmniBus cofounder and CTO. "But it is the simplicity that really sets it apart. With the G3 technology, broadcasters can structure their operations according to their own needs and workflows. Each desktop interface can be set up to provide functions specific to each operator's job. It can provide all automation and control within a facility or extend to control a group of facilities. Modules and channels can be added as needed and without limits. Colossus is extremely powerful and extremely flexible."

Learn more about Colossus and other OmniBus Systems products at

About OmniBus Systems, Inc.
OmniBus Systems, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of OmniBus Systems, Ltd. OmniBus Systems provides broadcasters worldwide with comprehensive automation and asset management solutions that address every area of a television facility and deliver wide-ranging customer benefits and cost savings across the full spectrum of operational processes. OmniBus Systems, Ltd. is a worldwide company with headquarters in the UK and offices in Germany, Asia, and the United States. More information is available at


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