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OmniBus and Front Porch Digital Combine Forces

Companies working to provide tightly integrated media management solutions (September 08, 2005)

OmniBus Systems and Front Porch Digital today announced that they have joined forces to deliver even more tightly integrated automation and archive management solutions for reliable, efficient, and cost-effective media management in complex broadcast environments. Building upon a solid track record of many advanced deployments, the companies' close collaboration has played a key role in successful installations across the globe for market-leading broadcasters and cable networks.

"Our leading automation system paired with the Front Porch DIVArchive system has demonstrated excellent performance and exceptional value in numerous installations for global media brands," said Dave Polyard, senior vice president of sales and marketing at OmniBus Systems. "The flexibility of Front Porch's archive solution complements the functionality of OmniBus OPUS automation by improving interoperability among multiple storage systems and devices. The positive relationship we share enables us to work jointly in delivering solutions that address the demands of multichannel broadcasting."

The close integration of OmniBus automation and DIVArchive simplifies the storage, management, and accessing of content throughout a facility, linking facilities' hardware and software systems to enable efficient use and movement of media assets, thereby streamlining the operations required for effective multichannel playout. Users can search for and filter video clips for efficient transfer across a given facility or among multiple facilities. Joint OmniBus and Front Porch archive processes make use of user-created metadata for specific shots during an interactive logging process. Users then can use the rich toolset in OPUS.pinpoint to search for and display metadata for clips on the system.

"One of the most critical aspects in choosing an asset management solution -- or any digital broadcast application, for that matter -- is the quality of the integration that can be demonstrated through successful installations," said Mike Knaisch, CEO of Front Porch Digital, Inc. "When broadcasters consider the customer references that we share with OmniBus, it's clear that together our companies can meet the mission critical requirements of even the most challenging projects."

OmniBus Systems' unique multichannel automation and control system features an architecture that allows users to expand channel output incrementally, in small or large steps, and maintain a high quality of service while meeting both their technical and business goals. Proven OmniBus device drivers control traditional equipment while incorporating innovations such as data-streaming technology, allowing the system to bridge the gap between video, audio, Internet, and data-streaming applications. The system's timeline-based display enables a single operator to monitor the status of all channels instantaneously, or to focus in on any single stream, confirm its data, and drive it in the traditional manner should the schedule require it.

DIVArchive (Distributed Intelligent Versatile Archive) is a software middleware that enables interoperability between large digital media storage devices, video servers, editing systems, and digital media workflow applications. Using DIVArchive, media companies can build open and scalable digital video archives that deliver storage optimization, protection and control, full life-cycle management, video near-line editing and partial retrieval, video content repurposing and sharing, archive networking, and more.

More information about OmniBus Systems automation is available online at Additional information about Front Porch Digital solutions is online at

About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the broadcast and media division of Incentra Solutions, Inc. (, a provider of complete IT and storage management solutions to broadcasters, enterprises, and managed service providers worldwide. Front Porch Digital provides total digital archive management and transcoding solutions and is the market leader in delivering unique software, services, and integrated hardware solutions for digital archive management to broadcasters and media companies worldwide.

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About OmniBus Systems
OmniBus Systems provides broadcasting, cable, and satellite organizations with comprehensive automation and media content management solutions that address every area of television-related operations. Its newsroom, content, and workflow automation solutions include acquisition and recording of rich media material, low-resolution editing, media asset management, and playout. OmniBus is a global company with headquarters in the United Kingdom and offices in the United States, Germany, and Singapore.

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