Montgomery, Alabama, USA – PlayBox Technology announces the completion of a playout solution for travellers passing through Birmingham Airport in Alabama. It comprises a latest-generation AirBox Neo and TitleBox Neo allowing prepared or live graphics and titling. A local television broadcaster has won the contract to provide regional, national and worldwide video and audio content complete with text overlays.
"This is a very impressive example of tightly focused broadcasting," says PlayBox Technology USA director of operations Van Duke. "The requirement was for a compact and efficient solution that could be operated in a mix of live and automated modes. The concept is highly innovative, combining audio and video into an IP stream inside an AirBox Neo server and then forwarding the stream via optical fiber from the playout studios to the airport. There the stream is decoded to HDMI and fed straight to monitors located throughout the airport terminals. AirBox Neo incorporates a streaming preview output which generates a confidence display without needing any extra hardware. The system is fully operational and working well, streaming up to 10 hours of news and file-based content every day. AirBox Neo also allows the system manager to take a traffic log and import it so that specifically targeted commercials can be inserted into the playlist. The Birmingham Airport project demonstrates the great versatility of the channel-in-a-box concept in general and AirBox Neo in particular."
"Scalability is a central feature of the AirBox platform, enabling a single operational concept to be deployed on any size from a multi-channel multi-language network to a specifically zoned audience," adds PlayBox Technology president Don Ash. "The potential for dedicated television services in the corporate sector is enormous. Established broadcasters have exactly the skills required to achieve success."
Supporting UHD, HD and SD playout, AirBox Neo is designed for 24/7 unattended operation and can also be operated manually, including the ability to handle live-to-air throughput. Parallel outputs allow the running of two or more SDI or IP streaming SD/HD feeds simultaneously. Changes to the playlist can be made during an on-air session. Clips in the playlist, except the one which is currently playing, can be trimmed, edited or repositioned. Playback order can be performed seamlessly without stopping the current playout session. Live productions are facilitated by a live show clipboard which allows insertion and/or execution of various events or live streams.
TitleBox Neo provides a wide range of interactive on-air graphics and titling capabilities which can be manipulated live. The feature set includes horizontal crawling text, vertically rolling credits and messages, still and animated logo graphics, analogue and digital clocks, banner slideshows and chat text with automated horizontal or vertical scrolling. Among the additional creative facilities are pre-constructed graphic components, video resizing (from a live source or file), window-style display and website content ingest.