Sky Brazil Selects Axon’s Compliance Recording System

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Netherlands-based broadcast infrastructure, facility control and compliance recording specialist, AXON Digital Design, has announced its first supply of its TRACS compliance recording system into Brazil. The two systems are bought by Sky Brazil the leading subscription television service provider in Brazil.

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Sky Brazil is 93% owned by DirecTV and 7% by Organizações Globo. In 2012, Sky Brazil has reached more than 5 million subscribers, ranking as second in number of subscribers in Brazil. Currently Sky Brazil has 39 channels in HDTV in total.
On this project, Axon has worked closely with its local distribution partner, Line Up Systems. Based in Sao Paulo, Line Up Systems carries out a complex set of activities that make it possible to provide complete solutions to broadcasters requirements and applications, with technical support to suit the client’s structure to DIGITAL TV, technical support to assemble a new broadcasting station, and for the suitability of broadcasting systems, producers and TV studios in universities.

For Sky Brazil, a key feature of TRACS2 is live stream forwarding, which enables the user to create a unicast or multicast (depending on system settings) of a live video stream over a local area network. All computers on the network can hook up to this video and audio stream without needing the TRACS client application and without using up additional bandwidth per individual live view.

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“Compliance recording is a legal requirement in Brazil and we evaluated many systems before selecting Axon’s TRACS2,” commented Claudio Silva, Project Manager, at Sky. “With TRACS2 being used to record many hundreds of TV channels worldwide we believe that it is the natural choice, plus the great local support provided by Line Up makes the decision even easier to make.”

More and more broadcasters worldwide are now legally obliged to provide recordings of their transmissions pretty much on-demand. Being able to quickly prove that a transmission actually happened can help to resolve a dispute, or maintain advertiser confidence. Axon’s third-generation compliance recording system makes compliance easier, more efficient and cost-effective than ever.

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TRACS2 is based on the Linux OS and runs on dedicated hardware equipped with RAID 5-configured disks. There is no tape stock, recorder or storage costs - it offers low operator and maintenance costs creating potentially dramatic savings. The system is safe and secure, providing automatic recording with no direct access to recorded content and a sophisticated user-management system.
TRACS2 is easy to use - search and retrieval is fast and simple, even for multiple users. The system is compact - rack-mountable (just 1RU high) with a small footprint and no tape storage implications.

“Throughout its history, Sky has cemented a reputation as a pioneer and a top class provider of broadcast services to Brazil so we are honoured to be able to include them on our customer list,” commented Harry Kanters Director of Marketing & Sales at Axon Digital Design. “Last year, we installed over 200 channels of TRACS2 making it the leading compliance recording and video logging system worldwide and this important project indicates its growing popularity in the international market”.

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Headquartered in The Netherlands, and with offices across the world, Axon develops, manufactures and markets high quality broadcast equipment for the conversion, processing and compliance recording of audio and video signals. Products integrate advanced signal processing techniques, innovative engineering and modular flexibility and provide high quality, affordability and reliability within mission-critical broadcast applications.

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