Triveni, Digital Alert team up on M-EAS

Triveni Digital recently announced that Mobile Emergency Alert System (M-EAS) functionality is now available for its metadata generation system.

The company has created a software interface developed in conjunction with Digital Alert Systems that bridges Triveni Digital’s GuideBuilder 5 metadata generation system and Digital Alert Systems’ DASDEC emergency messaging platform. The combination constitutes an integrated solution for the reception, generation, and subsequent distribution of messages over the M-EAS platform.

"Integration of GuideBuilder with the industry-leading DASDEC emergency messaging platform allows broadcasters to easily incorporate this powerful tool into their existing workflows,” said Ralph Bachofen, vice president of sales and head of marketing at Triveni Digital. “The solution also offers cost savings by allowing our customers to realize a significant enhancement to their current EAS messaging service through an easy software upgrade path."

Designed to enhance traditional EAS messaging, M-EAS is a new mobile data service that enables broadcasters to transmit emergency messages in their Mobile DTV broadcast signal, allowing for the delivery of rich media alerts anywhere, anytime on portable electronics.

GuideBuilder produces program guides and metadata for hundreds of TV stations and cable operators, allowing them to comply with FCC PSIP requirements, generate consistent DTV metadata, and prevent errors to ensure a superior quality of experience (QoE) for viewers. Through integration with the DASDEC emergency messaging platform, GuideBuilder brings support for M-EAS and associated rich media into the existing workflows of DTV distribution plants.


ThinkAnalytics expands recommendations capabilities

Search and recommendation vendor ThinkAnaytics announced this morning that it had expanded the capabilities of its hosted ThinkCloud platform for programmers and service providers.

ThinkCloud is a turnkey, software-as-a-service component that allows service providers to offload IT resources and use a “pay as you grow” business model. ThinkAnalytics said that it also enabled quicker launches of personalized applications as well as faster deployments of its search and recommendation engine.

ThinkCloud comes equipped with out-of-the-box recommendations algorithms, business rules and real-time feedback loops that allow customers to quickly measure and tune their applications. ThinkCloud is pre-integrated with ThinkTV, ThinkSports, ThinkMovies metadata libraries, and metadata provider partners. 

ThinkCloud has been deployed with three unnamed European service providers. ThinkAnalytics’ platform is available as a cloud-based, on-premise or hosted solution.

“Cloud-based recommendations enable our customers to get content recommendations up and running with minimal effort,” said Peter Docherty, founder and chief technology officer, ThinkAnalytics. “Our cloud-based solution is built on our leading advanced analytics and business rules engine. ThinkCloud puts our customers in control to launch a range of multiplatform personalization and content marketing applications on their timeframe, faster.”

ThinkAnalytics has a customer base of over 50 operators and content providers worldwide serving more than 130 million licensed subscribers. ThinkAnalytics’ customers include Cox Communications, Fox, Liberty Global, BSkyB, Swisscom, Unitymedia in Germany, Zon in Portugal, and Nordic operator Canal Digital.


Pasternack bows new line of  dividers

Pasternack Enterprises rolled out a new line of Wilkinson power dividers.

The multi-octave power dividers cover popular com-
munications bands from 0.5 to 2.7 GHz including 3G and 4G, plus Wi-Fi bands, and are well suited for applications such as in-building distributed antenna systems (DAS) or test environments.

Pasternack is offering two Wilkinson designs covering 0.5 to 2 GHz and 0.7 to 2.7 GHz bands.