Monday, 23 December 2013

Passion recognised – Adder singled out as one of Britain’s most inspirational companies

Passion recognised – Adder singled out as one of Britain’s most inspirational companies
Adder Technology has been named as in the Companies to Inspire Britain report from the London Stock Exchange Group. The report celebrates a host of fast growing and dynamic SMEs in the UK and we are delighted to be a part of it.

We’ve been named in the innovators category which recognises our passion and commitment to forging new ways forward in the technology space. As an innovation-focused company we have always been determined to understand the needs of our customers and not only be at the forefront of change, but to lead it. This is especially true with the rise of digital video technologies, which have spurred our customers to find new ways to work.

In the broadcast sector, particularly, we are using our IP-based KVM to enable customers to bring flexibility and scalability to their operations, and ultimately move away from bespoke technology that has historically dominated this industry.

While IP may not be a new technology, we are continually working towards finding new ways in which it can be used to drive efficiencies and reduce costs. It is our objective to support our customers’ evolving needs through the creative deployment of IP-based KVM solutions.

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Friday, 20 December 2013

The Future of Remote Control Rooms

The Future of Remote Control Rooms
Article: Room with a view

Physical control room facilities have changed remarkably little over the past three decades. However, bandwidth improvements coupled with the emergence of sophisticated mobile devices that can capture, send and receive high-quality video and photos have led to a step-change in how we think about control rooms. In theory, the control room can now be wherever it needs to be.

One of the keys to delivering video remotely is the ever growing availability of network bandwidth which will enable better image quality and higher frame rates. Also, by giving users real-time interactivity with remote computers, it is also possible to offer greater levels of collaboration. At Adder, we foresee a future where we’ll soon be able to provide a collaborative experience over high performance LAN, in addition to the WAN option we already offer.

To read more about our vision for the future of control rooms, read our contribution to the feature “Room with a view” in the November issue of InAVate. The digital version is available to read free here.

Friday, 13 December 2013

What does the future hold for the broadcast & post production facility of tomorrow?

What does the future hold for the broadcast & post production facility of tomorrow?
Article: Adder's Post Production Survey: Results

A survey developed by Adder Technology to gain an insight into the key issues facing the UK post production industry was carried out over the summer. The majority of respondents were from the TV industry, with a smaller percentage from film companies, archives and corporate video.

When respondents were asked to rate the broad challenges they faced in future-proofing their facilities, in house collaboration issues came out on top, followed by security and access control, space and scalability, costs, and finally capital expenditures. In terms of IT procurement the results suggested that the most pressing priorities were “updating specialist broadcast technologies”, as well as making facilities more flexible and centralising assets, building in greater resilience and back-ups, cloud technologies and enabling greater collaboration.

When those surveyed were questioned about managing workflows, almost half said they use solely Standard IP, while only 15% said they use bespoke technologies and the others using a combination of the two. The main concerns cited about switching to standard from bespoke systems were the cost of upgrading their facilities and bandwidth limitations.

The findings give a clear indication that the industry is gearing up towards a more co-operative working environment and we have already seen evidence that collaboration is a key influence in determining the future functionality of post suites. In order to remain competitive and profitable, these facilities have to remain relevant and continue to deliver increased capabilities and efficiencies. The emergence of high performance IP-based technologies, flexible and more effective facilities will be one of the ways in which these aims could be achieved.

The ability of post production houses to easily adjust to the needs of its customers and offer a high level of adaptability will be vital to future success. We believe IP technology offers the most flexible means to do this and will become a key influence in determining the future functionality of post suites. To find out more see page 38 of the December issue of TVBEurope, available online here.