DAVID Systems announces integration with long-term planning tool Plato 3
Editorial online planning system fully integrated in Broadcast Server environment
Digital media and team-centered production workflows pose a new challenge for program planning in radio and TV. Contributions are edited and maintained by different teams not only up to the time they are transmitted but also for analysis, research and archiving processes after they have been broadcast. Simultaneous, location-independent access to the current planning data, quick rescheduling in case of changes, and a permanent overview of the current topics for the editor-in-chief are only a few of the high demands on a modern broadcast planning software. Plato is a database driven online system for real time editorial planning of radio and television programs which has proven its unconditional reliability in continuous operation in public broadcasters' editorial departments for more than seven years. Plato provides a central tool for all editorial staff for the efficient planning, research and archiving of entire programs, individual segments, contact information, and events equipped with cutting-edge web 2.0 software technology.
DAVID Systems has integrated Plato functionality in their on-air environment as well as in the Database Manager (DBM). Both companies collaborated to develop an interface that allows for a complete synchronization between program planning and on-air scheduling systems. Export of segment metadata and synchronization of segments is done through DBM while export of segment broadcast data and synchronization of broadcast time and slot is done through DigAIRrange. The Broadcast Utility Server imports the broadcast data based on the current rundown. Plato transfers scheduled contributions to the on-air storage which are listed there as virtual entries and aligns them constantly. Changes in the DBM are immediately transferred to the planning system and vice versa. If Plato takes a contribution over to a show, it is automatically transferred to DigAIRrange as well and is available as a placeholder for the producer in the pre-planning area. Changes continue to be aligned between the two systems until the contribution is played out.
"With the Plato integration, we closed the gap between long-term program planning and on-air scheduling", said Thorsten Michaelis, Chief of Support Department at Radio Berlin Brandenburg. "Our Broadcast Server can now take over contributions from the editorial planning automatically including metadata - and all that is synchronized in real-time and is always up-to-date."
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About Plantri GmbH
Plantri offers eight years of experience of developing editorial planning software for radio stations. Plato has been used at the German public broadcaster Radio Berlin Brandenburg since the year 2000. The reliable data integrity has been proven impressively by uninterrupted operations ever since then. (www.plantri.com)
Über DAVID Systems GmbH
DAVID Systems has been developing products and system solutions for the broadcast market since 1991, with a focus on radio, TV, and associated Internet services. DAVID Systems is an abbreviation of Digital Audio & Video Integration & Development.
The broad product portfolio represents all fields in a typical broadcast workflow as a single, unified system environment - from multimedia production to data exchange and file transfer through to play-out and broadcast process control. DAVID Systems products are, without exception, network capable, centrally administrable, based on standard industry platforms, and use a shared content management system. Open interfaces facilitate integration with third-party systems.
A highly motivated team in Germany and the US ensure that new trends are recognized quickly, evaluated, and rapidly implemented in close consultation with our customers and partners. DAVID Systems' client base includes well-known broadcast organizations, some with over 2,000 networked workstations in both European and North American core markets.